Relevant readings for my inquiry into inclusion

Relevant readings for my inquiry into inclusion

The following are some of the people I’m interested in studying with, and the readings I’ve reviewed in preparation for deepening my inquiry.

Teaching students with exceptionalities – Dr. Jennifer Katz

I hope to study further with Dr. Jennifer Katz. I took EPSE 317 with her this past summer, and I absolutely loved it. I learned very much about teaching children with exceptionalities and my duty, as a teacher, and my legal responsibility, to include all learners in my classroom. 

Books:

  • Ensouling Our Schools is a book about UDL for mental health, well-being and reconciliation.
  • Teaching To Diversity: This book goes into Dr. Katz’ Three-Block Model of UDL. Especially Chapter 3 on social emotional learning and community building is applicable to my inquiry.

Annotation of Teaching to Diversity

Dr. Katz has a degree in inclusive education from UBC, and is the founder of the Manitoba Alliance for Universal Design for Learning (MAUDeL). In her book, Teaching to Diversity (2012), Dr. Katz outlines her 3-Block Model for inclusive education, which includes 1) Social Emotional Learning, 2) Inclusive instructional practice, and 3) Systems and structures to support diversity in the classroom. Of particular interest to me is her focus on the brain and the benefits of inclusive education for all students in the classroom, as well as her evidence-based approach. Especially in Block 2, Instructional practice, she goes into great detail about practical methods to create a comprehensive class profile that features SEL and diversity at its centre, and then how to use that profile to plan a unit and even a year, including all of the assessment that would require. The book also features many case studies from her sixteen years as resource teacher and special educator.

Circle Pedagogy – Marna MacMillan

After taking 308 and 311 with Miriam and Marna, I have developed a keen appreciation for circle pedagogy. The circle we formed in the first week of the 2019/20 teacher program was a transformative experience where I felt first-hand the power of the circle to create cohesion and unity.

Books:

  • The Little Book of Circle Process: This book talks about the history of circles in First Nations cultures, and goes into the practice of creating a circle, as well as how to organize a circle.
  • Circle in the Square: This book is about restorative justice using circle pedagogy.
  • Teaching Restorative Practices Manual is exactly what it sounds like. See annotation below.

Annotation of Teaching Restorative Practices Manual

The Teaching Restorative Practices Manual (Clifford, 2015) is a 72 page document with three parts. Part 1 outlines what restorative circle teaching is and offers goals and guidelines for students and teachers. In Part 2 many concrete circles activities are outlined. In Part 3 there is a comprehensive unit plan with lessons laid out for a teacher to use in their classroom, first introducing circles, then building up the classroom community, and finally teaching restorative skills. For the purpose of my inquiry, I am most interested in these community-building circle activities. The manual was created originally by San Fransisco Unified School District and was expanded upon by the Center for Restorative Process.

Inclusive Education, UDL and Backwards Design – Shelley Moore

I am also very interested in learning from Shelley Moore and I’ve watched many of her videos. Shelley talks a lot about Universal Design for Learning and Backwards Design. 

Shelley has a Youtube Channel called Five Moore Minutes and a website called fivemooreminutes.com

Building strong relationships – Kim Bartel

Kim Bartel’s blog is full of great articles about how to build strong relationships with students with exceptionalities. 

Middle Years Self Regulated Learning – Leyton Schnellert

And of course I am so grateful to have the opportunity to study with Leyton, who is the master of inclusive education as it applies to Middle Years Self-regulated Learning.

Bibliography

Bartel, Kim. Reflections: kimbartel.ca. A blog. https://www.kimbarthel.ca/reflections.

Clifford, A. (2015). Teaching restorative practices with classroom circles. Santa Rosa,
CA: Center for Restorative Process.

KATZ, JENNIFER. Ensouling Our Schools: Mental Health, Well-Being, and Reconciliation in the Udl Classroom. Place of publication not identified: PORTAGE & MAIN PR, 2018. Print.

Katz, Jennifer. Teaching to Diversity: The Three-Block Model of Universal Design for Learning. Winnipeg, MB, Canada: Portage & Main Press, 2012. Print.

Lundy, Kathleen G. Teaching Fairly in an Unfair World, 2nd Edition. S.l.: Pembroke Publishers, 2020. Internet resource.

Moore, Shelley. Five Moore Minutes. Website and Youtube Channel.

Pranis, Kay. Little Book of Circle Processes: A New/old Approach to Peacemaking. New York: Skyhorse Publishing Company, Incorporated, 2015. Internet resource.

Riestenberg, Nancy. Circle in the Square: Building Community and Repairing Harm in School. St. Paul, Minn: Living Justice Press, 2012. Print.

Schnellert, Leyton, Nicole Widdess, Linda Watson, and Faye Brownlie. It’s All About Thinking: Creating Pathways for All Learners in the Middle Years. , 2015. Internet resource.