10 Reasons to Support Inclusive School Communities for ALL Students

8. Increased Instructional Support for all Students

In inclusive schools, resources—especially instructional personnel—can be leveraged to create more effective and efficient learning opportunities for all students. When students with disabilities are educated in general education classes, special educators and specialized instructional support personnel provide support in those settings. This results in general education teachers and students having additional expertise more available. For example, additional personnel can result in smaller instructional groups during language arts and math, which allows for more frequent and individualized interactions between teachers and students. In addition, general educators have often remarked that their instructional repertoire has expanded as a result of team-teaching with special educators. In this way, special educators and general educators support each other in meeting the educational needs of all children.

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