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Seven Principles of Inclusive Education

Tanenbaum's Seven Principles for Inclusive Education

The complete list of suggested ways to create inclusive educational spaces can be found at The Seven Principles for Inclusive Education (.PDF). Below is a summary of the points and selected suggestions:

1. Teaching All Students

  • Expect student's backgrounds and abilities to be different
  • Listen carefully to student's questions and comments

2. Exploring Multiple Identities

  • Engage students in projects
  • Discuss all areas in which a student may find opportunities for success
  • Maintain a respectful environment among the students

3. Preventing Prejudice

  • Teach explicitly about histories of unfairness, or institutionalized inequality
  • Set clear boundaries and rules

4. Promoting Social Justice

  • Engage in critical thinking
  • Explore power dynamics
  • Encourage students to develop a sense of civic responsibility

5. Choosing Appropriate Materials

  • Let groups speak for themselves
  • Experts are everywhere

6. Teaching and Learning about Cultures and Religions

  • Emphasize that culture is not a fixed or permanent condition
  • Help students see a range of nuanced views and make connections within and between cultures

7. Adapting and Integrating Lessons Appropriately

  • Be mindful of who is in your classroom, so that the lessons can be more culturally-relevant
  • Do not assume that you can tell where students are from or how they identify just by looking at them, by the sound of their names, or articles of dress

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