Wednesday, August 10, 2016

I Wanna Learn More about Inclusion: Now What?

In my experience, the best way to become more knowledgeable about inclusive practices is to read like a maniac. That being said, there's so much out there that it can become intimidating. My suggestion is to start small with these three newsletters. Sign up for them and you get a daily, weekly, or monthly update on strategies, research, and technology that matter for students. 

I highly recommend signing up for Swift's monthly newsletter (scroll down... it's on the righthand side of the page). Swift Schools is connected to several national universities that promote inclusion and is a favorite of mine because it combines practical suggestions with research based articles. When your done with your monthly newsletter, head over to their website. It is a goldmine. I check for updates on the SWIFT Shelf pretty regularly. 

Are you a teacher? Do you have students with print based disabilities? Do you believe all students should be able to access the texts provided to them? If you answered yes to the (very, very loaded) questions above then sign your students up for Bookshare. Afterwards, subscribe to their monthly blog. The Bookshare technology is great but it can be overwhelming. The blog does a wonderful job of giving tips and tricks for teachers to use Bookshare meaningfully in the classroom. 

The newsletter signup is located at the very top of the screen. Nicole sends daily articles and links about inclusion and inclusive topics. Some articles are better than others but the ones that are good are really good. I also recommend checking out her blog. 

Those are my top three. What inclusive blogs and newsletters do you subscribe to?