Need for Training in Inclusive Practices for Teachers of Inclusive Classrooms

There is a lack of training in the areas of inclusive practices and disability for middle school teachers of inclusive classrooms that contain a wide variety of students. This project offers a professional learning opportunity intended to increase teacher efficacy of inclusive practices and in return increase student learning in these classrooms. The content of the professional learning opportunity was designed to (a) increase teachers’ understanding of two common disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), along with the correlating strategies to be used for these populations. This professional learning opportunity was also designed to (b) teach the 10 best inclusive strategies for teachers of inclusive classrooms. This training consists of a presentation with a slideshow including videos, group reflections, games, and a one-page best practice reference sheet that summarizes the key points of the presentation.