Using Inclusion as a Framework to Build Equity and Support All Students
Reimagining Special Education
Special Education

A visionary call to action from inclusion experts Jenna Mancini Rufo and Julie Causton, Reimagining Special Education guides readers in creating more equitable schools and services, through practical strategies teachers can use right away and thought-provoking, big-picture questions for administrators to tackle. Readers will explore how inclusive educational practices can address each student’s unique needs as schools reopen and bridge learning gaps for students who struggle.

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2022 128
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As schools reopen their doors and students return to the classroom, what will the “new normal” of special education look like? The pandemic exposed educational inequities and areas of urgent need—and now, schools have a unique opportunity to press pause and reimagine their practices. This book helps K–12 school leaders and educators take the lessons of the COVID-19 era and turn them into action: by closely examining what worked during distance learning, letting go of practices that keep some students struggling, and planning new routines and environments that meet the needs of every learner.


A visionary call to action from inclusion experts Jenna Mancini Rufo and Julie Causton, Reimagining Special Education guides readers in creating more equitable schools and services, through practical strategies teachers can use right away and thought-provoking, big-picture questions for administrators to tackle. Readers will explore how inclusive educational practices can address each student’s unique needs as schools reopen and bridge learning gaps for students who struggle. Throughout the book, vignettes and anecdotes spark lightbulb moments for educators and show what recommended practices look like in real classrooms.


Essential reading for administrators, classroom teachers, and other education professionals, this is the forward-thinking guide every school needs to reimagine the possibilities for special education, support authentic inclusion, and help learners with and without disabilities thrive in a changing world.


DISCOVER HOW TO:

  • Re-story students by focusing on their gifts and strengths rather than their deficits
  • Redesign instruction and assessment to be more flexible and better meet students’ unique needs
  • Restructure intervention frameworks to move away from sorting and labeling students and toward a flexible model that provides access to all
  • Revitalize co-teaching with tools and strategies for serving students with and without disabilities
  • Realign service delivery through inclusion facilitation and consultative supports
  • Rethink equity by creating a culture of belonging, dismantling exclusionary programs, and tackling individual and institutional biases


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Reimagining Special Education: Creating Positive Change in Disruptive Times
About the Online Materials

About the Authors

Foreword

Preface

Acknowledgements

Dedication

Chapter 1    Resetting School: Lessons Learned from COVID-19 Remote Instruction

Chapter 2    Re-Storying Students

Chapter 3    Redesigning Instruction and Assessment

Chapter 4    Restructuring Intervention and Enrichment

Chapter 5    Revitalizing Co-Teaching

Chapter 6    Realigning Service Delivery

Chapter 7    Rethinking Equity

Afterword

References

Index

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Jennifer Kurth, Associate Professor, University of Kansas - July 16, 2021
Should be required for all teachers! Rufo and Causton have found the brightest silver lining of the global pandemic: An opportunity to reimagine special education services. Each chapter contains valuable tips and practical tools to do just this – reimagine supports, instruction, and services.”
Belva Collins, Emeritus Professor, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and University of Kentucky - July 16, 2021
Filled with examples, activities, and strategies, the book will be a valuable tool to teachers, administrators, parents, related service providers, and personnel preparation faculty who are daring enough to push the pause button to reconceptualize special education and who are willing to recreate the way in which services are delivered.”
Cheryl Jorgensen, author of It’s More Than Just Being In: Creating Authentic Inclusion for Students with Complex Support Needs - July 16, 2021
This book illustrates perfectly the idea that good teaching for students with disabilities is good teaching for all students.
John Draper, Founder, Together We Rock! Inc. - July 16, 2021
A valuable resource that is a must-read for both experienced and aspiring teachers. As a person with a disability who experienced firsthand the benefits of an inclusive and equitable education, I find the authors’ strategies sound and practical, with thought-provoking questions that will inspire the reader to turn possibilities into success."
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  • Blank reimagining school template
  • Blank program planning matrix
  • Team meeting minutes template
  • Co-teaching walk-through for educational leaders
  • Co-teaching self-assessment form
  • Co-teaching action plan template
  • Discussion questions

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