The Inclusive Practices Tools: Trying to Take a Short Cut to Inclusion?
The Inclusive Practices Tools (IPT) is a Ministry of Education self-review tool designed to help schools become more inclusive and assist the Ministry of Education to reach their target of 100% fully inclusive schools in New Zealand. Chris McMaster provides a critical analysis of the IPT initiative in an article published in the NZ Journal of Teachers' Work. McMaster looks at what the IPT has to offer, details its limitations, and suggest some strategies to make it more meaningful.
Protecting the rights of disabled learners & their families to quality, inclusive early childhood education.
Protecting the rights of every child to a quality, inclusive early childhood education (ECE) presents many opportunities and challenges for teachers, families, communities, policy makers and funders. The most significant barriers disabled children and people experience in education and society are based, not on their impairments, but on negative attitudes towards difference. This article, by Dr Bernadette Macartney was published in "Children" (Winter 2012: No 81), the journal of the Children's Commissioner.
NZEALS is a cross sector organisation of education leaders in New Zealand. Their Aug 12 magazine Leading Lights featured a theme of Leadership for Inclusion and has some really interesting articles. Thank you to NZEALS for giving us permission to publish this issue on our website.
IEAG’s primary goal is to advocate for and support the development of an inclusive school system in Aotearoa New Zealand. This involves changes in education so that principals, teachers and other school staff have the values, knowledge and skills needed to teach all children in their community. Our position statement explains why such changes are needed, and what these changes might mean for New Zealand schools.