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Principal Leadership for Social Inclusion

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I recently co-facilitated a webinar sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) titled Social Inclusion: An Opportunity for Principal Leadership.

My co-facilitators included Steven Bebee, principal Cactus Shadows High School (AZ), Bill Schreiber, principal Granite Falls Middle School (NC) and Barbara Oswald, Special Olympics South Carolina.

It was a privilege to share and learn from these local and national leaders on how principals lead their schools to integrate and sustain social inclusion.

While US schools understand physical inclusion (ensuring all students have equitable access to facilities, services and activities) and academic inclusion (engaging diverse students in the teaching-learning process of the general education classroom) there is less familiarity with social inclusion.

Social inclusion ensures that all students have the opportunity for the development of authentic friendships with a broad range of their peers in a variety of settings. In addition students assume leadership roles to positively change their school and community.

In the attached PowerPoint you can follow the social inclusion examples each of the school principals integrated into their schools as well as specific strategies and lessons learn from the experiences of all the facilitators.

We conclude with a statement that socially inclusive school climates successfully:
  • Promote inclusion for all students
  • Promote social justice for all students
  • Promote the engagement of all students.
Our focus and belief that each student should be included and engaged is built on the principle that each student has strengths, talents and gifts and schools need to integrate and sustain strategies to maximize their contribution to their own development and the school’s inclusive quality and character.

To download the presentation,
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About the author: Terry Pickeral, president Cascade Educational Consultants has extensive experience in policy development, advocacy, education reform, youth leadership, teaching and learning strategies, education collaborations and civic development. His commitment is to ensuring schools create and sustain quality teaching and learning environments for all students to be successful in school and contribute to their communities as active principled citizens.
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