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Webinars on Inclusive Education (details)



North America highlighted at the world map Relevance - Aims - Context - Issues and challenges - The implementation process - Evaluation - Future developments - Contact details


The following is a link to the website where information on the three series of web seminars can be found:

http://www.iod.unh.edu/Projects/niei/Webinars.aspx



Example reference number: 045EN
Relevance

This example is relevant to the following areas of the UNESCO Policy Guidelines:

 

D1 - Conduct awareness campaigns via media, posters, conferences and training

 

J5 - Encourage new methods and new ways of learning

 

K1 - Improve pre- and in-service training, mentorship and team-building

 

K5 - Encourage teachers to organise their work in teams and to apply problem oriented teaching methods as well as paying respect to diversity and different learning styles among their pupils

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Aims

The goal of the webinar series is to make available at free or minimal charge evidence-based practices in inclusive education that can be viewed anytime, anywhere there is a high-speed internet connection. Sample titles in the first two series include:

Fundamentals of Inclusive Education

  • Establishing a School/District Leadership Team to Promote Improvement Efforts
  • Desired Outcomes and Best Practices for Students with Autism and Related Disabilities
  • Administrative Leadership for Inclusive Education
  • New Views of Students with Autism and Related Disabilities
  • Including Families and Students as Partners

 

Each of the webinars in the Fundamentals and Administrators’ series consists of an archived PowerPoint presentation (with audio narration), related resource materials (e.g., journal articles, book chapters, videos); and an optional field-work assignment that suggests an activity for putting the webinar information into practice.

 

The third series - Educators’ Leadership for Inclusive Education - consists of 7 PowerPoint presentations that individuals may use to conduct professional development or informational workshops to their own audiences. These PowerPoint presentations contain the same information that is presented in the archived webinars but they can be customized with examples of your own students, schools, and communities.

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Context

These webinar series were developed by staff and faculty at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire (U.S.) each of whom have 20+ years experience in the field of inclusive education. They were developed with funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009. They are available to anyone in the U.S. or elsewhere who has a high-speed internet connection.

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Issues and challenges
  • Rationale for and Research on Inclusive Education
  • Core Beliefs and Principles of Inclusive Education
  • Embedding Inclusive Education into Broad-Based School Improvement Activities
  • Adapting Curriculum and Instruction
  • Sensory Supports
  • Positive Behavior Supports
  • Facilitating Social Relationships
  • Inclusion Beyond the School Walls

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The implementation process

From 2009-2011, the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire (U.S.) received awards from the U.S. Department of Education to establish the National Inclusive Education Initiative for Students with Autism and Related Disabilities. This project is situated within the Institute’s National Center on Inclusive Education.

 

The Institute on Disability, University of New Hampshire (U.S.) have worked on this initiative between July 2009 and July 2011. Webinars will continue to be available after the grant award has expired.

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Evaluation

Evaluation of 2009-2010 webinar participants found that there were significant changes in knowledge from before to after viewing the webinars. Participants were highly satisfied with the webinars based on evaluation feedback. Evaluation of the 2010-2011 series is on-going by evaluators external to the Institute on Disability.

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Future developments

At the conclusion of funding for this initiative, the webinars will continue to be available at a reasonable cost. They are free until at least July 2011 and perhaps beyond.

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Contact details

Mary C. Schuh, Ph.D.

Project Director and Assistant Research Professor

Associate Director, Institute on Disability

University of New Hampshire

56 Old Suncook Rd., Suite 2

Concord, NH, 03301

U.S.A.

mary.schuh (at) unh.edu

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