Districts and Schools

FIN facilitates the implementation of best practices for inclusive education for districts and schools. These are the type of services our network can provide to increase positive outcomes for students with disabilities.

Districts

FIN Facilitators can provide these customized services and supports below to districts, but not limited to the following:

  • District needs assessment: District-level Best Practices for Inclusive Education (BPIE) assessment aligned to DBPIE Assessment Priority Indicator, surveys, interviews, checklists,
  • District-based planning and problem-solving
  • Professional development
  • Repeated classroom visits/observation/feedback
  • Ongoing, specific PD, technical assistance (TA) and follow-up to district teams
  • Data collection, data analysis, evaluation, and progress monitoring for district-level teams
  • Building capacity sessions for cadres in effective inclusive practices (e.g., facilitating and supporting school-level BPIE assessment)
  • Co-training/co-facilitation with cadre members
  • Facilitate teams/cadres with implementation of district-level collaborative learning structures: professional learning communities, webinars, online learning courses,
  • Provision of research-based resources and related materials
  • Coordination of site visits to model schools
  • Multi-project collaboration to provide district support
  • Support for family involvement to increase LRE and student achievement
  • Data collection, evaluation and progress monitoring resources and tools
  • Peers as Partners in Learning development and coaching for district personnel

District Resources

Inclusive Scheduling
Two page tip sheet for teachers on Inclusive Scheduling.

In-Class Service Delivery Models
Two page tip sheet for teachers on In-Class Service Delivery Models.

District BPIE Indicators At-a-Glance
A list of the 30 BPIE Indicators only.

Schools

FIN Facilitators can provide these customized services and supports below to schools, but not limited to the following:

  • School and classroom needs assessment: School–level Best Practices for Inclusive Education (BPIE) assessment and/or classroom walkthroughs
  • Ongoing school-level planning, and problem-solving in collaboration with district teams, school leadership teams, grade level teams, content area teams, individual teachers, and other special projects.
  • Site-based, job-embedded professional development
  • Classroom visits, feedback and follow-up
  • Identify and implement progress monitoring and evaluation methods and strategies aligned with core and intensive instruction
  • Site-based planning
  • PD for school-based leadership (e.g., Principal’s Academy)
  • Peers as Partners in Learning development and coaching for school personnel

Instructional Resources

Paraprofessionals
Two page tip sheet for teachers and paraprofessionals on the role of the paraprofessional in inclusive settings.

Flexible Grouping
Two page tip sheet for teachers on Flexible Grouping.

Differentiating Instruction
Two page tip sheet for teachers on Differentiating Instruction.

Specially Designed Instruction
Two page tip sheet for teachers on Specially Designed Instruction.

Collaborative Teaching 
Two page tip sheet for teachers on Collaborative Teaching.

Specially Designed Instruction
Two page tip sheet for working with students with Vision Impairments. This product was produced in collaboration with the Florida Instructional Material Center for the Visually Impaired. Click here to access additional resources.

Supporting Secondary Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities in the Virtual Environment

The Access Project, Florida Inclusion Network (FIN), Project 10: Transition Education Network, and Technology and Learning Connections collaborated on 9/2/2020 to provide resources to district and classroom-level educators related to supporting secondary students with significant cognitive disabilities in the virtual environment. National and state best practices were shared as well as strategies for establishing and facilitating communication with parents/families. Click here to listen to the recording.

Additional Resources

Building Inclusive Schools

Building Inclusive Schools (BIS) is an eLearning module that provides an overview of effective inclusive practices for students with disabilities. The module is comprised of five learning sessions that can be viewed or reviewed at any time.

Click here to view the module

Including Students with a Significant Cognitive Disability: Module 1

Module 1 of “Including Students with a Significant Cognitive Disability” explains what the research says about the benefits of inclusive education, what it is, why it’s so important, and how it’s currently being implemented in Florida schools.

Including Students with a Significant Cognitive Disability: Module 2

Module 2 of “Including Students with a Significant Cognitive Disability” focuses on the practice of planning and teaching academic content for students with a significant cognitive disability in inclusive settings.

TATS & FIN Talks with Instructional Staff, Vol. 1, No. 1

Informational pamphlet for Pre-kindergarten (PreK) instructional staff that provides a definition and key elements of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in inclusive PreK learning environments.

TATS & FIN Talks with Instructional Staff, Vol. 1, No. 2

Informational pamphlet, for Pre-kindergarten (PreK) instructional staff, that provides an Overview of the application of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in inclusive PreK learning environments.

What is Inclusion?

An overview of the foundations of inclusion, with essential concepts and frameworks needed to promote an inclusive school culture.