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The Think Inclusive Podcast (presented by MCIE) features conversations and commentary with thought leaders in inclusive education and community advocacy. Think Inclusive exists to build bridges between parents, educators, and disability rights advocates to promote inclusion for all students. To find out more about who we are and what we do, go to thinkinclusive.us (the official blog of MCIE) and check us out on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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The Think Inclusive Podcast (presented by MCIE) features conversations and commentary with thought leaders in inclusive education and community advocacy. Think Inclusive exists to build bridges between parents, educators, and disability rights advocates to promote inclusion for all students. To find out more about who we are and what we do, go to thinkinclusive.us (the official blog of MCIE) and check us out on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

    BONUS: The Best of the TI Podcast (Volume One)

    BONUS: The Best of the TI Podcast (Volume One)

    Since I started the podcast in 2012, I've always wanted to do a "best of" podcast!

    Today, we are highlighting five conversations that I had from the early years of the podcast.

    Paula Kluth talks about why some schools aren't as inclusive as they think they are. Dan Habib discusses how Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) looked for one high school. Julie Causton explains why her research project, called Schools of Promise, shows why inclusion works for all students. Nicole Eredics gives one important strategy for inclusive classrooms. And Scott F shares what it is like to have students with significant disabilities included in his classroom.

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    Intro Music - Clap Your Hands by Jahzzar / Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)

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    • 34 min
    Shelley Moore | What Is All The Fuss About Baked Potatoes?

    Shelley Moore | What Is All The Fuss About Baked Potatoes?

    The Think Inclusive Podcast (presented by MCIE) features conversations and commentary with thought leaders in inclusive education and community advocacy. Think Inclusive exists to build bridges between parents, educators, and disability rights advocates to promote inclusion for all students. To find out more about who we are and what we do, go to thinkinclusive.us (the official blog of MCIE) and check us out on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Today on the podcast, Shelley Moore, inclusive education consultant and presenter extraordinaire!  We talk about what her path looked like to become a special education teacher and why she cares about inclusive education so much. Also, we discuss the major differences between Canada's educational systems and the United States are regarding special education. And what is all this fuss about baked potatoes? And how do they relate to strategic planning for students in the classroom? One Without the Other: Stories of Unity Through Diversity and Inclusion https://amzn.to/33vF2kn Donate to MCIE - bit.ly/mciegive

    • 29 min
    Jennifer Spencer-Iiams | Leading for All: How to Create Truly Inclusive and Excellent Schools

    Jennifer Spencer-Iiams | Leading for All: How to Create Truly Inclusive and Excellent Schools

    The Think Inclusive Podcast (presented by MCIE) features conversations and commentary with thought leaders in inclusive education and community advocacy. Think Inclusive exists to build bridges between parents, educators, and disability rights advocates to promote inclusion for all students. To find out more about who we are and what we do, go to thinkinclusive.us (the official blog of MCIE) and check us out on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
    Today on the podcast, Jennifer Spencer-Iiams, Assistant Superintendent for the West Linn-Wilsonville School District, talks to us about the transformation in her district toward inclusive practices. Her book, Leading for All: How to Create Truly Inclusive and Excellent Schools, shares lessons learned from years building district schools where all students are served in their neighborhood school and classrooms with their general education peers.
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    • 28 min
    Amy Langerman, Amanda Selogie & Vickie Brett | LRE

    Amy Langerman, Amanda Selogie & Vickie Brett | LRE

    Discussions around the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) for students with disabilities are almost always tricky. For this episode, we attempt to make LRE a little more understandable. We interview Amy Langerman, special education advocate and attorney in California and Arizona. We discuss the difficulty of some parents seeking the Least Restrictive Environment for their child and how services are delivered in both states. Next, we have Amanda Selogie and Vickie Brett from the Inclusive Education Project (which is a fantastic podcast if you don’t already know about them). We also discuss LRE and strategies that you can take to help advocate for inclusive education wherever you are on your inclusion journey.
    Also, stay tuned for information about next season.
    Amy Langerman: https://www.amylangerman.com/
    Inclusive Education Project: https://www.inclusiveeducationproject.org/

    • 33 min
    Carol Quirk | Systems Change and Inclusive Education

    Carol Quirk | Systems Change and Inclusive Education

    Today on the podcast, my interview with Carol Quirk (CEO of the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education). We discuss what it really takes for school systems to move to a model where 90% of all students with disabilities are included in general education classrooms. It is not only a pipe dream. 
    References: 
    MCIE
    The Segregation of Students with Disabilities by the National Disability Council
    For audio transcripts click here: https://thinkinclusive.us/podcasts

    • 36 min
    BONUS: To Waiver or Not To Waiver / Betsy DeVos Gives Her Recommendations to Congress

    BONUS: To Waiver or Not To Waiver / Betsy DeVos Gives Her Recommendations to Congress

    For so many of us, whether you are an educator, parent, or both, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a strain on all of us. And in late March, when word got out that Betsy DeVos was going to possibly recommend waiving part of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) because of the hardship that the coronavirus was putting on the educational system, we all got nervous. 

    Today on the podcast, my interview with Denise Marshall (the Executive Director of Council of Parent Advocates and Attorneys) and Jennifer Lesh (the President of the Council for Exceptional Children) where we discuss Betsy DeVos's recommendations to Congress.

    References

    COPAA

    CEC (Free Membership Code: CECED60)

    NPR: Secretary DeVos Forgoes Waiving Disability Law Amid School Closures

    HuffPost: To Access Online Services, New Jersey Students With Disabilities Must Promise Not To Sue

    For audio transcripts click here: https://www.thinkinclusive.us/betsy-devos-gives-her-recommendations-to-congress/

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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21 Ratings

21 Ratings

svsujoe1 ,

Great podcast!

I just stumbled across this podcast and I absolutely love it!! Can’t wait to listen to past episodes!!

LKS_1 ,

Jennifer Spencer-Iiams was a Great Guest!

First time listener and I was impressed. Great show, great guest!

msecuador ,

Just what we need! Thank you!

I jsut listened to Les Brown's episode --the first of season 7. It was so good I started taking notes. The sad thing is what he astutely knew was wrong in the 1960s is still often what is practiced. Not only that--but as a parent of a child with Down sydnrome, who is fully included in high school, I see regression behind me. I see great sacrifices necessary on the parent side for inclusion to even be possible. And I see parents actually advocating for seprate schools and biuilding seprate living options. We need to stop the regression--and move forward again. Together! Thanks for all you do!

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