Inclusion Fireside Chat
Thursday, June 02, 2022, 07:30pm

In 2019, the State Legislature recognized the immediate need to increase inclusionary practices (IPP) across Washington state schools and they provided OSPI with funds in the Biennial Budget, to implement professional development in support of inclusionary practices. The focus of IPP is to improve outcomes and to engage students with disabilities in general education classrooms, content, and community. When we provide high quality instruction, relationships, and approach education through an equity lens for students with disabilities, we improve the education outcomes for all our WA state students. Parents, please join IPP Demonstration Sites Project Director and B.F. Day parent, Dr. Cassie Martin, in a facilitated discussion about inclusion in WA State and how we all have a role in creating a culture where all students belong. Creating inclusive schools requires commitment, inquiry, and collaboration to begin removing barriers and in order to pursue educational justice. Our discussion will explore how belonging is central to a student’s academic and social engagement and progress. We will address some of the barriers that exist, whether institutional or interpersonal, that can reinforce exclusion and students’ experiences of oppression and what the research tells us about how this impacts educational outcomes. We will also address how elevating and paying attention to things that are working well in our school community can be a powerful catalyst to create a culture of membership and belonging. To learn more about the IPP and inclusion in WA state, please watch this short video where Superintendent Reykdal and Dr. Cassie Martin highlight the critical need to make schools more inclusive and call us all to action: Inclusionary Practices Project Video.

Here is the link to attend to the Inclusion Fire Side Chat: Topic: BF Day Family Night: Inclusion and Belonging Time: Jun 2, 2022 07:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting