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The Inclusive School

Sustaining Equity and Standards

Judy W. Kugelmass

160 pages
Teachers College Press
How do schools sustain a collaborative, inclusive culture in these times of high-stakes testing and standardization? Through the story of a progressively minded public elementary school, the author shows how committed educators can collaborate to maintain a creative, inclusive educational environment and still rise to the demands of state-imposed standards. Featuring the voices of teachers and administrators, this timely volume: Explores the 15-year evolution of a “school in chaos” to a highly regarded school serving a diverse student population. Brings together vital themes of inclusive education, constructivist practice, and school reform. Demonstrates the complexity of creating and sustaining schools where children from racial, cultural, and linguistic minorities and those with special educational needs can be successfully educated in the same classroom. Examines the conflicts between imposed reforms focused on accountability and reforms focused on social justice. Describes administrative and teaching innovations that work.
Author Bio
Judy W. Kugelmass is Associate Professor in the School of Education and Human Development, Binghamton University (SUNY).