The Inclusive Classroom

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Today’s emphasis on inclusive education shows great promise for the success of tomorrow’s youth. As Open Society Foundations explains, “Inclusive education means different and diverse students learning side-by-side in the same classroom.” In this model, special needs students spend most of their learning time side-by-side with a diverse mix of students and this results in… Read More

The STEAM movement has shed a great deal of light on the many benefits of teaching students interdisciplinary lessons and projects, but how do we make sure all of our learners are able to thrive in this innovative, multidimensional learning environment? We need a range of inclusive teaching strategies in order to meet our learners’… Read More

Making a difference for students sometimes means avoiding a confrontational relationship between parents and schools. Debra Harper’s EdD in Transformational Leadership has given her a broader scope of understanding to help facilitate those relationships. What inspired you to work in education? I was on my way to start a fast-track for a bachelor’s degree in… Read More

When you’re in the market for a new car, you go for a test drive. When you’re deliberating restaurant options, you check out the menus. When you’re in the market for a master’s degree? Sample the classes. In our new series on the Room 241 blog, we’re asking Concordia faculty to give you a closer… Read More

It’s one thing to believe in a cause, it’s another thing to change your career for it. Darlene Hester-Slade’s passion for special education developed later in life after she had already earned her MBA and had a fifteen-year career as a successful accountant. We sat down with this Virginia-based Exceptional Education Teacher to find out… Read More

5 Strategies That Co-Teachers Can Use to Work Better Together

By Meaghan Maldonado, MEd February 20, 2018

Many teachers share their classrooms with other educators, and you might be one of them. Sometimes one educator is teaching the whole class while the other is working with English learners, students with special needs, and/or those with learning differences.  Here are five ways to help make the transition from flying solo to working in… Read More

10 Important Trends in Education to Expect in 2018

By Alisa Bates, PhD January 2, 2018

Educators, administrators, and those in higher education who are committed to ensuring quality experiences for students across the ages (and for new growth opportunities for themselves too) should be excited for the year ahead. There’s no question that 2018 will bring light to a variety of topics and issues that could monumentally affect the way… Read More

As a resource teacher in Iowa, Jessica Wambeke helps elementary school students who have many different needs and learning styles. With a Master of Education in Special Education (now called the MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: The Inclusive Classroom), she is passionate about supporting students in every possible way, creating inclusive learning environments, and learning… Read More

Inclusive Education: What It Means, Proven Strategies, and a Case Study

By Lilla Dale McManis, PhD November 20, 2017

Considering the potential of inclusive education at your school? Perhaps you are currently working in an inclusive classroom and looking for effective strategies. Lean into this deep-dive article on inclusive education to gather a solid understanding of what it means, what the research shows, and proven strategies that bring out the benefits for everyone. What… Read More