10 Reasons to Support Inclusive School Communities for ALL Students

9. Team Building Improves Schools

A cornerstone of effective special education has always been collaborative teamwork. An inclusive approach to service provision requires an even greater amount of collaboration among an even greater number of education professionals. Teamwork not only results in improved instruction for students, it also brings about increased esprit de corps and support among a critical mass of educators in a school building. Positive working relationships and a sense of shared responsibility for students are now recognized as cornerstones of successful school-wide improvement efforts. Relationships established among staff involved in creating inclusive learning experiences can support such initiatives, resulting in increased learning for students throughout a school.

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