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Flexibility for Multi-Tiered Learning Environments

Erin Maguire, Executive Director of Student Support Services at Chittenden Central Supervisory Union in Vermont, supports an inclusive model for special needs students. According to Maguire, kids should be seen as whole students, not separate constructs whose disabilities isolate rather than connect. A multi-tiered learning environment with inclusion and the promotion of least restrictive practices is a more beneficial plan.

Laws and funding policies play a role in telling educators how to implement programs that in the long run place restrictions on the very students who need the most support. By using flexible funding streams, Erin Maguire believes teachers and care workers can create more successful inclusive learning environments that attend to the needs of all students, regardless of disability.

Readings of Interest

‘We Are One’ bridges gap in New Rochelle schools

Special needs program offers confidence, interaction

Inclusion gym class leads to friendships, ‘promposals’

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