A Primer on Inclusive Education

Patricia Alvarez McHatton, Sedef Uzuner Smith, and Tara Plachowski
January 2021 | Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity

This guide from Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity (BranchED) is designed for teacher educators as a resource guide to inclusive instruction, defined by BranchED as incorporating culturally sustaining practices, social and emotional learning, trauma-informed practices, and student-centered instructional delivery. It encompasses various pedagogical frameworks that exemplify quality inclusive instruction, emphasizing the interconnectedness of inclusion and academic rigor. The primer outlines essential pedagogical frameworks and provides practical recommendations for their implementation in the classroom. Focusing on inclusive instruction, it addresses six critical areas for teacher preparation providers to enhance their programs. The primer emphasizes the importance of minimizing barriers to learning, supporting all students, and maintaining academic standards and highlights the role of teacher educators and practitioners in creating an inclusive classroom climate conducive to learning and to fostering a sense of belonging.

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