Changing Perspectives is excited to announce a collaborative project with our friends at Kids Included Together (KIT)! This year, to celebrate Inclusive Schools Week, happening nationwide December 3-7, we have worked with KIT to produce an Inclusive Schools Week Activity Guide.
The impetus for this project came about when our Executive Director Sam Drazin and KIT CEO Torrie Dunlap connected last year and learned that KIT and CP have similar missions – working to make our communities and our schools more inclusive of children of all abilities. CP’s training and professional development work is primarily in schools and with KIT’s new Inclusive Schools initiative, Torrie and Sam thought this would be a perfect opportunity to put the two organizations’ collective minds together and create an inclusion toolkit for educators.
Each December, the Inclusive Schools Network promotes Inclusive Schools Week to celebrate the progress that our public schools have made in being more inclusive of students with disabilities (and other marginalized identities) and also to encourage dialogue that will continue to move the needle forward on inclusion.
This year, Changing Perspectives and KIT are participating in ISW by providing an Activity Guide as a free resource for teachers and administrators. This Activity Guide has a mini-lesson plan for each day of the week, centered around a daily theme. Included in the plans and related to each theme are professional development resources for teachers, suggested student and school-wide activities, informal learning assessment questions, and assorted additional inclusion resources.
We’ve tried to make the Activity Guide easy-to-use and provide resources that are short and to the point – we know how valuable a teacher’s time is. The great thing is that teachers can use as many or as few of the tools as they want! If they’re looking for one great group activity to do with a Best Buddies or Unified Theater club or if they think their school would embrace a week of school-wide activities like Mix-It-Up Lunches and Unique Hat Day – we’ve got all those options covered!
The Inclusive Schools Week Activity Guide is accessible to anyone and everyone on KIT’s Online Learning Center. You don’t need to create an account to download the guide but we hope you’ll check out the Free Inclusion Resources and sign up for a free trial while you’re there so you can see the plethora of additional resources available.
We encourage everyone to get their school or their child’s school involved in Inclusive Schools Week and we want to thank KIT for being such a fantastic partner in inclusion!