Special education should not be synonymous with separate education. That’s the position of the MCIE’s Tim Villegas. Tim joined me for this week’s podcast to talk about the MCIE’s mission and their approach to inclusive education advocacy and curriculum support.
The MCIE (which stands for Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education, though their regional focus extends far beyond the state of Maryland) works with educators and school districts to help integrate meaningful inclusive education into the classroom. Moving from full segregation to authentic inclusion is not going to happen overnight. But although the pace of change can be slow, it’s not stagnant; incremental progress is progress. And when children with disabilities don’t have access to inclusive education programs, there is still a lot that advocates, parents, and teachers can do to help support their goals and dreams.
Tim Villegas is a former special education teacher and current Director of Communications at MCIE. He’s also the founder of Think Inclusive and the host of the Think Inclusive Podcast.
A top-down approach based on a commitment to communication and collaboration is the best investment a school can make in transitioning toward authentic inclusion long-term. Listen now to learn how it can be done.
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Resources & Links Mentioned:
- Blog https://www.thinkinclusive.us/
- The “think inclusive” podcast https://www.thinkinclusive.us/podcasts/
- Social accounts for MCIE:
- Resource: “the best inclusive education links” PDF. I think he said this is the link: http://babat.ly/inclusion100 but that’s probably a transcription error, it doesn’t work
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Special thanks to Tim Villegas for joining me this week. Until next time!