Key Principles for Equitable and Inclusive Education
Mara Sapon-Shevin and Diana Lawrence-Brown
This important book provides a unique merging of disability studies, critical multiculturalism, and social justice advocacy to develop both the knowledge base and the essential insights for implementing fully inclusive education. The authors expand the definition of inclusion to include students with a broad range of traditionally marginalized differences (including but not limited to disabilities, cultural/linguistic/racial background, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and class). Chapters provide 12 key principles important to developing a critical perspective toward educating diverse students.
- Personal stories that make concepts accessible to new and pre-service teachers.
- Application exercises ideal for courses and professional development workshops.
- Highlight boxes that raise additional questions for discussion and debate.
- Interactive, multimodal instructional activities to use with many kinds of learners.
- Additional activities and resources available online at www.tcpress.com.
"Condition Critical" Reviews
“Teacher educators will be thrilled to find complicated principles of equity and inclusion analyzed and explained in ways students will find not only insightful but enjoyable to read.”
“A powerful call to challenge rigid school practices that attempt to sort and level students. This extremely clear guide helps us move from critique to action, interweaving difficult matters of income disparity, language and religious marginalization, racism, and gender expression and identity. The authors inspire us to engage in the hard work of justice- and equity-oriented pedagogy and to do so collectively, with humor and with passion.”
“ Condition Critical offers a critical framework for valuing and responding to student differences grounded in an expansive view of social justice, equity, access, and excellence. Accessible and engaging, each chapter skillfully weaves together first-person narratives, opportunities for self-reflection, and practical examples of key classroom practices. The result is a thoughtful and inspiring book that does more than critique the status quo; it points the way to transforming classrooms and schools for all.”
“In this comprehensive and important book, inclusion is firmly and unapologetically situated in the context of social justice―a crucial orientation often missing in how-to books. The authors encourage us to remember our roots and rekindle a movement based on civil rights.”