Inclusive Education

Schools of Promise operates under a specific vision of inclusive education that hinges on the notions of belonging, community and engaging opportunities for all students. We champion a definition of inclusive education that welcomes and values difference, while also leaving room for respectful support of those differences. This vision of inclusive education has been shaped by experience, as well as the following scholars' words:

Kunc (1992) defines inclusion as:

the valuing of diversity within the human community. When inclusive education is fully embraced, we abandon the idea that children have to become “normal” in order to contribute to the world. . . . We begin to look beyond typical ways of becoming valued members of the community, and in doing so, begin to realize the achievable goal of providing all children with an authentic sense of belonging. (pp. 38–39)

Udvari-Solner (1997) defines inclusion as:

Inclusive schooling propels a critique of contemporary school culture and thus, encourages practitioners to reinvent what can be and should be to realize more humane, just and democratic learning communities. Inequities in treatment and educational opportunity are brought to the forefront, thereby fostering attention to human rights, respect for difference and value of diversity. (p. 142)