Power of Inclusion: Administrative Overview

The video below highlights one Round Rock principal’s unique approach to inclusion scheduling:

With increased accountability measures, the elimination of STAAR-M, and the constant need for efficient and effective deployment of special education staff, campus and district administrators may be interested in advanced inclusion training.

Region 13 is offering a 1/2 day administrative overview of our Power of Inclusion workshop on July 21 (SU1428384). This 3-hour workshop is specially designed for campus and district-level administrators supporting teachers and students in an inclusion model. Topics covered will include:

  • LRE data
  • Co-Teaching observation
  • Specially Designed Instruction
  • Scheduling Tools

Appropriate administrative support is essential to the success of an inclusion program. Attendance at this fast-paced, half-day workshop will give you the tools you need to support your teachers and students.

Another convenient option for administrators is to access and view our free online webinar: No More Square Pegs in Round Holes: Master Scheduling for Inclusion (SP1327536).

And finally, Region 13 education specialists are available, on a limited basis, to work directly with campus and district administrators on master scheduling and inclusion support. For more information, contact Cathy Miller (cathy.miller@esc13.txed.net) or Matt Holloway (matthew.holloway@esc13.txed.net).


Master Scheduling, Inclusion Science, Free Books, and More!

Several items of interest for educators working to support inclusion settings:

1. Cathy Miller’s presentation on Master Scheduling with inclusion in mind, No More Square Pegs in Round Holes, is now available as a free webinar: http://www4.esc13.net/agc/webinars/ This 45-minute presentation gives administrators access to a host of tools to make sure that students with disabilities are being given access to the general curriculum in the least restrictive environment appropriate.

2. Performance Based Assessment in the Science classroom is now open for registration. Teachers working in Science classrooms grades K-8 will be interested in this workshop designed to help generate more meaningful assessment of student work. Special emphasis will be given to creating meaningful rubrics and differentiating assessment to determine the needs of all learners. More info on E-Campus.

3. Remember that the first 100 registrants for the June 14 Inclusion Institute will receive a complimentary copy of keynote speaker LeAnn Nickelsen’s book: Deeper Learning. Spots are still available on E-Campus.

4. Summer workshop opportunities abound at Region 13, including Power of Inclusion (a revamped version of the popular Power of Two training), Accommodations Central, Operation J.O.Y., and more. Download the flyer for the full schedule of AGC workshops here: AGC Flyer

A Unique Approach to Inclusion

“Special education teachers make great team leaders because they don’t focus on content, they focus on children.”

Robert Sormani, principal of Chisholm Trail Middle School in Round Rock ISD, talks about his unique approach to scheduling for inclusion and collaboration amongst his teachers at our Perspectives on Inclusion panel during last week’s Leadership Network Conference.

Creating A Master School Schedule ….

is like working a 3-D jigsaw puzzle.

With  budget constraints looming over our heads, building a master school schedule becomes even more important than ever before.  A well planned master school schedule accompanied by thoughtful student placement can ensure that limited staff and resources are used in the most efficient ways possible.  This planning is important in all areas, but probably none any more important than planning for one of our least available resources – special education staff.

To meet Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) requirements, IDEA states, “Each public agency must ensure that- to the maximum extent appropriate, children with disabilities… are educated with children who are nondisabled;” It also states that each public agency must ensure a continuum of placements to meet the needs of children with disabilities.
(This Models of Support document describes a continuum of services.)

Creating a master school schedule is like working a 3-D jigsaw puzzle, but when all of the pieces fit together, it becomes a master piece.  If you are an administrator or a teacher, now is the time to start gathering information to help plan for serving all students with the resources available.

To help you in creating your masterpiece, we’ve included two support documents, one for elementary campuses and another for secondary.  These support documents will help you organize, review, and analyze, how and where your students are receiving their special education services.

Elementary Analysis of Performance of Students with Disabilities

Secondary Analysis of Performance of Students with Disabilities

ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS to keep in mind when developing a master school schedule:

  • To what extent do our policies, priorities, and actions reflect our educational beliefs?
  • How might we work smarter and more efficiently?
  • How can school schedule and class placement impact teaching and learning?
  • Which students, teachers or subjects should have priority when developing a master schedule?

If you would like to dive deeper into this process and would like further assistance, please contact:

Cathy Miller
Education Specialist for Access to General Curriculum (AGC)

Jim Gonzales
Coordinator Special Education