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Browse curated resources on inclusive practices, equity and disproportionality, systems change, literacy, SEL, federal and state policies and regulations and more.

 

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High-quality resources and data must inform the work of school districts, educators, policymakers and members of the media. These resources, curated by the Urban Collaborative, are intended to support the work of its members and anyone committed to creating equitable and inclusive education practices. Note: The resources below link to external sites.

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Title Publication year Author Publisher Format Topics
"“How Can a Student with Severe Disabilities Be in a Fifth-Grade Class When He Can’t Do Fifth-Grade Level Work?” Misapplying the Least Restrictive Environment Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities "

This article briefly responds to the following question: Why aren’t more students with severe disabilities being placed in general education classrooms?

Giangreco, M.F. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities Article
  • Inclusive practices
42nd Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 2020

The report focuses on children with disabilities being served under IDEA, Part B and Part C, nationally and at the State level.

OSEP Department of Education Report
  • Federal/State Policies
  • Inclusive practices
A Summary of the Evidence on Inclusive Education

In this report we sought to identify research that demonstrates the benefits of inclusive education not only for students with disabilities, but especially for students without disabilities, since evidence of benefits for the former is already widely known.

Hehir, T., Grindal, T., Freeman, B., Lamoreau, R., Borquaye, Y., Burke, S. Instituto Alana and Abt Article
  • Inclusive practices
About Universal Design for Learning

CAST is a multifaceted organization with a singular ambition: Bust the barriers to learning that millions of people experience every day.

CAST CAST Website
  • Inclusive practices
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
Are Paraprofessional Supports Helpful?

An article highlighting paraprofessionals in classrooms and the inadvertent effects of paraprofessional help and the alternatives to overreliance on paraprofessionals.

Giangreco, M.F., Hoza, B. Article
  • Inclusive practices
Being Bad: My Baby Brother and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

In a poignant and harrowing journey from systems of education to systems of criminal justice, the author follows her brother, Chris, who has been designated a “bad kid” by his school, a “person of interest” by the police, and a “gangster” by society… No other book combines rigorous research, personal narrative, and compelling storytelling to examine the educational experiences of young Black males.

Laura, C.T. Teachers College Press Book
  • Families/Community
  • Equity
Building Educational Equity Indicator Systems: A Guidebook for States and School Districts

This guidebook presents a carefully chosen set of educational equity indicators as a starting point for addressing longstanding disparities in key educational opportunities and outcomes.

Nielson, N. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Book
  • Systems
  • Equity
Chapter 15: Effective Use of Teacher Assistants in Inclusive Classrooms

This article reviews effective uses of teacher assistants in inclusive classrooms.

Chopra, R.V., Giangreco, M.F. Sage Publications Article
  • Inclusive practices
Closing the School Discipline Gap: Equitable Remedies for Excessive Exclusion

The research presented in this volume demonstrates that disciplinary policies and practices that schools control directly exacerbate today’s profound inequities in educational opportunity and outcomes.

Losen, D. Teachers College Press Book
  • MTSS - Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
  • Equity
Coherence: The Right Drivers in Action for Schools, Districts, and Systems

If initiative overload and fragmentation are keeping your best plans from becoming reality, it’s time to start leading differently. The key to bringing about the kind of successful and sustainable change you need is the Coherence Framework, a dynamic, customizable road map.

Fullan, M., Quinn, J. Corwin Book
  • Systems
Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution

Down the road from Woodstock, a revolution blossomed at a ramshackle summer camp for teenagers with disabilities, transforming their lives and igniting a landmark movement.

Newnham, N., LeBrecht, J. Higher Ground Productions Digital media
  • Federal/State Policies
  • Inclusive practices
  • Equity
Distance Learning Resources

For almost three decades USDLA has been a key focal point for all aspects of distance learning.

United States Distance Learning Association United States Distance Learning Association Website
  • Inclusive practices
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
Early Childhood Conference: Advocacy (ASU) Catherine, E. ASU Digital media
  • Equity
Educating Peter

An Academy Award winning short documentary that follows Peter, a student with Down’s syndrome, in his inclusive third grade classroom.

Wurzburg, G. Digital media
  • Inclusive practices
Effective Inclusive Schools: Designing Successful Schoolwide Programs

This book presents lessons learned from in-depth case studies of some of our most effective inclusive public schools. The authors conclusively demonstrate that schools can educate students with mild and severe disabilities in general education classrooms by providing special education services that link to and bolster general education instruction.

Hehir, T., Katzman, L. Jossey-Bass Book
  • Inclusive practices
  • Systems
Eliminate Inequities for All

All individuals who wish to eliminate inequities can benefit from the ICS Equity Four Cornerstone Framework and Process, including educators in K-12 schools, districts, regions, state education agencies, educator preparation programs, universities, and community agencies.

Integrated Comprehensive Systems for Equity Integrated Comprehensive Systems for Equity Website
  • Inclusive practices
  • Systems
Improvement in Action: Advancing Quality in America's Schools

Improvement in Action, Anthony S. Bryk’s sequel to Learning to Improve, illustrates how educators have effectively applied the six core principles of continuous improvement in practice. The book highlights relevant examples of rigorous, high-quality improvement work in districts, schools, and professional development networks across the country.

Bryk, A. Harvard Education Press Book
  • Systems
  • Equity
Including Samuel

An award-winning documentary film that chronicles one family’s efforts to include Samuel, their son who has cerebral palsy in every facet of their lives. The film honestly portrays his family’s hopes and struggles, as well as the experiences of four other individuals with disabilities and their families.

Habib, D. Institute on Disability/UCED Digital media
  • Families/Community
  • Inclusive practices
Intelligent Lives

From award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib comes INTELLIGENT LIVES, a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America.

Habib, D. Institute on Disability/UCED Digital media
  • Inclusive practices
  • Transition Planning/Services
Intersectionality in Education: Toward More Equitable Policy, Research, and Practice

This book presents a framework for addressing intersectionality within educational spaces to combat the cumulative effects of systemic marginalization due to race, gender, disability, class, sexual orientation, and other identity-based labels.

Cavendish, W., Samson, J.F. Teachers College Press Book
  • Equity
It's More Than Just Being In: Creating Authentic Inclusion for Students with Complex Support Needs

For students with disabilities, including those with complex support needs, inclusion means more than just physical presence in a classroom—it means full participation and valued membership in their school community.

Jorgensen, C. Brookes Book
  • Inclusive practices
Lost Opportunities: How Disparate School Discipline Continues to Drive Differences in the Opportunity to Learn.

The analysis presented here helps to convey how high and disparate levels of exclusionary discipline in terms of days of lost instruction time contribute to large inequities in educational opportunity.

Martinez , P., Losen, D. Learning Policy Institute; Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the Civil Rights Article
  • MTSS - Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
  • Equity
Meeting Families Where They Are: Building Equity Through Advocacy with Diverse Schools and Communities

This book presents an in-depth discussion of how human disability and parental advocacy have been constructed in American society, including recommendations for a more authentically inclusive vision of parental advocacy.

Harry, B., Ocasio-Stoutenburg, L. Teachers College Press Book
  • Families/Community
  • Equity
Meeting the Needs of Students of ALL Abilities

This book provides a clear road map for everyone who is interested in changing schools to be responsive to ALL students. School personnel, school boards, and individual educators will be challenged to think courageously about how schools should operate for every student who comes through the classroom door.

Capper, C.A., Frattura, E.M. Corwin Book
  • Inclusive practices
  • Systems Change
No Pity: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement

This book serves as the first true cultural history of the disability rights movement.

Shapiro, J. Penguin Random House Book
  • Federal/State Policies
  • Inclusive practices
  • Equity
Overcoming Dyslexia

Now a world-renowned expert gives us a substantially updated and augmented edition of her classic work: drawing on an additional fifteen years of cutting-edge research, offering new information on all aspects of dyslexia and reading problems, and providing the tools that parents, teachers, and all dyslexic individuals need.

Shaywitz, S., Shaywitz, J. Vintage Books Book
  • Disability Specific
  • Literacy/Dyslexia
Postsecondary Transition Films

These postsecondary transition films show effective transition practices captured on film, and each film also has a discussion guide to aid in classroom discourse.

Habib, D. Institute on Disability/UCED Digital media
  • Inclusive practices
  • Equity
Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children

Against the background of normal progress, Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children examines factors that put children at risk of poor reading. It explores in detail how literacy can be fostered from birth through kindergarten and the primary grades, including evaluation of philosophies, systems, and materials commonly used to teach reading.

National Research Council National Research Council Book
  • Literacy/Dyslexia
Promoting the Educational Success of Children and Youth Learning English: Promising Futures

This book examines evidence based on research relevant to the development of DLLs/ELs from birth to age 21 can inform education and health policies and related practices that can result in better educational outcomes.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Book
  • English Language Learners/Special Education
Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership, Sixth Edition, Sixth Edition

Reframing Organizations provides time-tested guidance for more effective organizational leadership.

Bolman, L., Deal, T. John Wiley & Sons, Inc Book
  • Systems
Restraint and Seclusion: Resource Document

The purpose of this Resource Document is to present and describe 15 principles for State, district, and school staff; parents; and other stakeholders to consider when States, localities, and districts develop policies and procedures, which should be in writing on the use of restraint and seclusion.

Duncan, A. Department of Education Report
  • Federal/State Policies
  • MTSS - Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
Review of Special Education in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

At the request of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Dr. Thomas Hehir and his associates prepared several reports on the status of special education in the Commonwealth using available data and resources.

Hehir, T., Grindal, T., Eidelman, H. Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Report
  • Federal/State Policies
  • Inclusive practices
  • Equity
Review of Special Education in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

At the request of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Dr. Thomas Hehir and his associates prepared several reports on the status of special education in the Commonwealth using available data and resources.

Hehir, T., Grindal, T., Eidelman, H. Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Article
  • Federal/State Policies
  • Inclusive practices
  • Equity
Special Education for A New Century

Special Education for a New Century pays particularly close attention to how inclusive education practices can best be promoted in the era of standards-based accountability.

Katzman, L. Harvard Educational Review Book
  • Inclusive practices
  • Equity
SWIFT Domains and Features at Henderson School

SWIFT Domains and Features at Henderson School: One of six nationally recognized SWIFT Knowledge Development Sites, the Dr. William W. Henderson Inclusion Elementary School in Dorchester, MA, is featured in this film and highlights some of the SWIFT domains and accompanying features.

Henderson School The Swift Center Digital media
  • Inclusive practices
  • Systems Change
The Blind Advantage: How Going Blind Made Me a Stronger Principal and How Including Children with Disabilities Made Our School Better for Everyone

The Blind Advantage provides insight into the challenges, possibilities, and practicalities of including students with disabilities—and into the mind and heart of an inspired and determined leader.

Henderson, B. Harvard Education Press Book
  • Disability Specific
  • Inclusive practices
  • Systems
The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

CASEL is committed to advancing equity and excellence in education through social and emotional learning.

CASEL CASEL Website
  • MTSS - Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
  • Systems
The Hardest Questions Aren't on the Test: Lessons from an Innovative Urban School

This book highlights the Boston Arts Academy, a school with an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse student body, where 94 percent of its graduates are accepted to college.

Nathan, L. Beacon Press Book
  • Systems
  • Equity
Understanding Disproportionality Part 3: TAC-D’s Root Cause Analysis Approach | 2019

Part 1 and Part 2 of this series on disproportionality covered what the problem of disproportionality is and how it presents itself throughout the education system.

Kaur, J. NYU Steihhardt Article
  • Equity
Wrestling with the Paradoxes of Equity: A Cultural-Historical Reframing of Technical Assistance Interventions

Equity assistance centers (EACs) have played key roles in fulfilling the legacy of the Civil Rights Act by providing technical assistance (TA) to districts and schools in addressing discriminatory behaviors on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, and religion for over 50 years.

Gonzalez, T., Artiles, A. Multiple Voices: Disability, Race, and Language Intersections in Special Education, 20(1), 2020, 5–15 Article
  • Equity
“Where Do We Start?” Cheryl Jorgensen’s 10-Step Plan for Jumpstarting Inclusion

Dr. Jorgensen offers practical, real-world steps that any school team can take to make their school more inclusive, both for students with ASD and learners with a wide range of other needs.

Jorgensen, C. Brookes Article
  • Inclusive practices