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Inclusion Stories is a five-episode audio documentary series that tells the stories of families and school districts who have committed to pursuing authentic inclusive education. Produced by MCIE.
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Inclusion Stories MCIE

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Inclusion Stories is a five-episode audio documentary series that tells the stories of families and school districts who have committed to pursuing authentic inclusive education. Produced by MCIE.
Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Chapter One: It Is a Long Story

    Chapter One: It Is a Long Story

    Carolina and Jaiker share their journey of advocating for inclusive education for their daughter Natalia, who has Down syndrome. They discuss the challenges they faced in navigating the special education system and their decision to remove Natalia from special education services. They highlight the importance of inclusive education and the positive impact it has had on Natalia's development and happiness. The episode also features insights from Cecil County Public Schools in Maryland, where inclusive practices are the norm.
    This is part one of a five-part series about families and school districts fully committed to inclusive practices for all learners.
    Transcript: https://otter.ai/u/I61Kqa0ABSDbl7RMgbVGFOfwMHA
    Resources:
    The Segregation of Students with Disabilities (National Council on Disability): https://ncd.gov/sites/default/files/NCD_Segregation-SWD_508.pdf
    Cecil County Public Schools: https://www.ccps.org/
    Thank you to our sponsors!
    Communication First: https://communicationfirst.org/
    Roots of Inclusion: https://www.rootsofinclusion.org/
    Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates: https://www.copaa.org/
    Thompson Policy Institute on Disability: https://www.chapman.edu/education/centers-and-partnerships/thompson-policy-institute/index.aspx
    iSecurePrivacy
    The White Family
    The Teague Family
    Support was provided by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and Club 21 in Pasadena, California.
    Music
    Theme: The Light by Greg Drews and The Truth
    End Credits: Stella's Rhumba by Marcus Gerakos
    MCIE:
    Website: https://www.mcie.org/
    Email List: https://bit.ly/MCIE-Email-List
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThinkInclusive/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/think_inclusive/
    Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/think_inclusive
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ThinkinclusiveUs
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/inclusive-education/

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    • 38 min
    Chapter Two: What a Novel Idea

    Chapter Two: What a Novel Idea

    Christina and Justin share their journey of advocating for inclusive education for their daughter Harper in general education and their frustrations with their school district's initial placement recommendations. Christina expresses concerns about an upcoming IEP meeting and the possibility of the district pushing for a separate placement for Harper. The episode also features insights from Bre Gastaldi, who visited West Linn-Wilsonville near Portland, Oregon, an inclusive school district. Bre discusses the importance of having school leaders who are supportive and knowledgeable about inclusive practices and highlights the need for strong leadership at the district level to drive systemic change.
    This is part two of a five-part series about families and school districts fully committed to inclusive practices for all learners.
    Transcript: https://otter.ai/u/xYLaeCCq3gYFL8Nr-2R3lOBAe38
    Resources:
    West Linn-Wilsonville School District: https://www.wlwv.k12.or.us/
    Thank you to our sponsors!
    Communication First: https://communicationfirst.org/
    Roots of Inclusion: https://www.rootsofinclusion.org/
    Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates: https://www.copaa.org/
    Thompson Policy Institute on Disability: https://www.chapman.edu/education/centers-and-partnerships/thompson-policy-institute/index.aspx
    iSecurePrivacy
    The White Family
    The Teague Family
    Support was provided by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and Club 21 in Pasadena, California.
    Music
    Theme: The Light by Greg Drews and The Truth
    End Credits: Passenger by Jose Galvez
    MCIE:
    Website: https://www.mcie.org/
    Email List: https://bit.ly/MCIE-Email-List
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThinkInclusive/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/think_inclusive/
    Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/think_inclusive
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ThinkinclusiveUs
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/inclusive-education/

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    • 43 min
    Chapter Three: Everyone's an Inclusive Educator

    Chapter Three: Everyone's an Inclusive Educator

    Tim Villegas visits schools in Washington state that are fully committed to inclusive education. He starts his journey at McMicken Elementary School, where he observes the inclusive practices in action. He then visits Sehome High School, where he witnesses the inclusive culture and co-teaching practices. The schools prioritize the needs of all learners and provide support and accommodations to ensure their success. The goal is to create an inclusive environment where every student feels valued and included.
    This is part three of a five-part series about families and school districts fully committed to inclusive practices for all learners.
    Transcript: https://otter.ai/u/Eh_hzeoGMUE0pwsPJopRNd3i68g
    Resources:
    Beyond Access Model: https://bit.ly/UNH-beyond-access
    Does Self-Contained Special Education Deliver on Its Promises? https://bit.ly/causton-self-contained
    McMicken: https://mcmicken.highlineschools.org/
    Sehome: https://sehome.bellinghamschools.org/
    Thank you to our sponsors!
    Communication First: https://communicationfirst.org/
    Roots of Inclusion: https://www.rootsofinclusion.org/
    Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates: https://www.copaa.org/
    Thompson Policy Institute on Disability: https://www.chapman.edu/education/centers-and-partnerships/thompson-policy-institute/index.aspx
    iSecurePrivacy
    The White Family
    The Teague Family
    Support by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and Club 21 in Pasadena, CA.
    Music
    Theme: The Light by Greg Drews and The Truth
    End Credits: End Song by The CafFiends
    MCIE:
    Website: https://www.mcie.org/
    Email List: https://bit.ly/MCIE-Email-List
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThinkInclusive/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/think_inclusive/
    Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/think_inclusive
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ThinkinclusiveUs
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/inclusive-education/

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    • 55 min
    Chapter Four: Everybody's In, No Exceptions

    Chapter Four: Everybody's In, No Exceptions

    Tim Villegas visits Ruby Bridges Elementary School in Woodinville, Washington. He speaks with educators, administrators, and leaders at the school and the state to understand how inclusive practices are being implemented and the impact they have on students with disabilities. The episode starts off with conversations with self-advocates and families at the Tools for the Journey Conference in Pasadena, California.
    This is part four of a five-part series about families and school districts fully committed to inclusive practices for all learners.
    Transcript: https://otter.ai/u/ohoThBbF7ua9R536WjXTRcws_xM
    Resources:
    Tools for the Journey Conference (Club 21): https://clubtwentyone.org/programs/tftj/about.html
    Ruby Bridges Elementary School: https://rubybridges.nsd.org/
    Inclusionary Practices Project Demosites: https://ippdemosites.org/
    Thank you to our sponsors!
    Communication First: https://communicationfirst.org/
    Roots of Inclusion: https://www.rootsofinclusion.org/
    Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates: https://www.copaa.org/
    Thompson Policy Institute on Disability: https://www.chapman.edu/education/centers-and-partnerships/thompson-policy-institute/index.aspx
    iSecurePrivacy
    The White Family
    The Teague Family
    Support by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and Club 21 in Pasadena, CA.
    Music
    Theme: The Light by Greg Drews and The Truth
    End Credits: All I Ever Wanted by Nicky Costabile
    MCIE:
    Website: https://www.mcie.org/
    Email List: https://bit.ly/MCIE-Email-List
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThinkInclusive/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/think_inclusive/
    Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/think_inclusive
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ThinkinclusiveUs
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/inclusive-education/

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    • 51 min
    Chapter Five: An Experiment in Hope

    Chapter Five: An Experiment in Hope

    Tim Villegas shares his experiences with inclusive education and the obstacles he faced while attempting to implement it in non-inclusive school systems. He shares the story of Damian, a student with multiple disabilities who was included with the assistance of a paraprofessional. However, Tim realizes that this approach was not true inclusion and failed to address the systemic issues that resulted in segregation in the first place. Tim has a conversation with a former colleague about the impact one teacher can have on changing a system from within. He also discusses the progress and challenges faced by Sevi, Harper, and Natalia, three students with disabilities whose families have been advocating for inclusive education. Finally, Tim concludes with some hopeful discussions with future educators and the real question everyone should be asking themselves.
    This is part five of a five-part series about families and school districts fully committed to inclusive practices for all learners.
    Transcript: https://otter.ai/u/JM-lQu_nfi6qoaJ3BAQkvvoH2rc
    Thank you to our sponsors!
    Communication First: https://communicationfirst.org/
    Roots of Inclusion: https://www.rootsofinclusion.org/
    Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates: https://www.copaa.org/
    Thompson Policy Institute on Disability: https://www.chapman.edu/education/centers-and-partnerships/thompson-policy-institute/index.aspx
    iSecurePrivacy
    The White Family
    The Teague Family
    Support by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and Club 21 in Pasadena, CA.
    Music
    Theme & End Credits: The Light by Greg Drews and The Truth
    MCIE:
    Donate: https://secure.givelively.org/donate/maryland-coalition-for-inclusive-education-inc
    Website: https://www.mcie.org/
    Email List: https://bit.ly/MCIE-Email-List
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThinkInclusive/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/think_inclusive/
    Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/think_inclusive
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ThinkinclusiveUs
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/inclusive-education/

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Inclusion Stories Teaser Trailer

    Inclusion Stories Teaser Trailer

    What if there were truly inclusive schools out there where families didn't have to fight for their children with extensive support needs to be included?
    The good news is that there are. But the not-so-great news is that in order to access them, it depends on where you live
    This Fall, get ready for the stories of families and school districts fully committed to inclusive schools for each and every learner.
    Produced by MCIE.

    Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

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13 Ratings

kaylacobe ,

Love it!

This podcast needs to be heard! Every teacher, every parents, every human. Great story telling and so much information and insight. Thank you!!

PJDRJS14 ,

Amazing

This podcast is so needed! As a parent who feels exhausted from trying to convince school my child is worthy of being included and educated, it’s refreshing to hear other people fighting for the same things. It can feel so lonely advocating through a system designed to segregate. Sometimes I just need to know I’m not alone.

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