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  • Presentation Inclusion Task Force

    Increasing Inclusive Practices:

    Presented to School Committee January 14, 2015

  • BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS Inclusion Task Force

    Inclusion Task Force Members Dr. William Henderson* – Co-Chair; Retired Principal, Patrick O’Hearn Elementary School #Mary Tamer* – Co-Chair; Former Member, Boston School Committee; Parent, Boston Public Schools tMichael Loconto* – Task Force Liaison and Member, Boston School Committee; Parent, Boston Public Schools Natalie Ake – Principal, Dr. Catherine Ellison/Rosa Parks Early Education School Jean-Dominique Herve Anoh – Headmaster, Mary Lyon Pilot High School tAixa Borrero-Sanchez – Supervisor for Support Services, BPS Office of Special Education and Student Services #Raul Garcia – Inclusion Teacher, Boston Arts Academy tMarjorie Crosby – Occupational Therapist, BPS Office of Special Education and Student Services Carolyn Kain – Chair, BPS Special Education Parent Advisory Council; Parent, Boston Public Schools #Patricia Lampron – Principal, Dr. William Henderson Inclusion Elementary School Dianne Lescinskas – Director, Project B.I.N.D., Boston Boys and Girls Club Dorchester; Board Member, BPS Special Education Parent

    Advisory Parent Advisory Council; Parent, Boston Public Schools Lindsa McIntyre – Headmaster, Jeremiah E. Burke High School Marvin Mitchell – Special Education Administrator, Joseph P. Manning School Jerry Mogul – Executive Director, Massachusetts Advocates for Children Eileen Nash – Deputy Superintendent of Individualized Learning, BPS Office of Special Education and Student Services Elaine Ng – Parent, Boston Public Schools; Strategic Planning Director, BPS Office of Special Education and Student Services #Maria Paiewonsky – Transition Specialist, Institute for Community Inclusion, UMass Boston Janet Palmer-Owens – Retired Academic Superintendent and Principal, Samuel W. Mason Elementary School #Ed Powell – Executive Director, Streetsafe Boston Richard Robison – Executive Director – Federation for Children with Special Needs Regina Robinson – Board Member, BPS Special Education Parent Advisory Council; Parent, Boston Public Schools; Member, Boston

    School Committee Dr. Zachary Rossetti – Assistant Professor of Special Education, School of Education, Boston University tJacquelyne Sedgwick – Certified Teacher, Special and Regular Educations, Ohrenberger School Dr. Maria de Lourdes Serpa – Professor of Literacy, Graduate School of Education, Lesley University

    t members from September 2014 – January 2015 # members from September 2013 – June 2014

  • BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS Inclusion Task Force

    The Inclusion Task Force Charge: In the Fall of 2013, the Boston School Committee formed an Inclusion Task Force with a mandate to draft recommendations for increasing

    quality inclusion opportunities in the Boston Public schools.

    “Elimination of the achievement and opportunity gaps for Black and Latino students in BPS is our collective

    responsibility and shared goal” BPS Equity Office School Committee Presentation, November 5, 2014

  • BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS Inclusion Task Force

    Five Core Beliefs

    BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS Inclusion Task Force

    • Inclusion is a civil right. • BPS must meet or exceed state targets for inclusion. • All students with IEPs must have equal access to quality inclusion

    opportunities without regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, gender, gender identity or linguistic ability.

    • Quality inclusion is developed and supported in collaboration with the development and support of quality general education.

    • Quality inclusion is good educational practice which benefits all.

  • BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS Inclusion Task Force

    Key Areas Examined Substantially Separate Classrooms

    – A higher percentage than the state average of students in substantially separate classrooms

    High Quality Inclusive Options

    – Availability of quality inclusive opportunities at all grade levels

    Scaling Inclusion

    – In a strategic, systemic manner district-wide while ensuring high quality

  • BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS Inclusion Task Force

    Increasing Inclusive Options

    BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS Inclusion Task Force

    1. Placement in inclusive classrooms with appropriate services and supports will be the first consideration for all special education students.

    2. Students with any category of disability from early childhood through Grade 8 will have access to quality inclusive classrooms in all geographic areas of the city.

    3. Quality inclusion options in high schools will be available for students with disabilities regardless of their disability.

    4. Ensure that early childhood inclusion enrollment meets or exceeds state percentage targets.

    5. Ensure that the BPS Inclusion Plan is implemented in a realistic and fiscally responsible manner.

    6. Create learning communities among schools, within schools and/or among staff to share best practices in Inclusion.

    7. Identify and publicize inclusion options in the BPS for families, staff, and the larger community.

  • BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS Inclusion Task Force

    Student Population

    19.5%

    80.5%

    SY14-15 Enrollment

    Students with Disabilities (SWD)

    All Students

    0%

    5%

    10%

    15%

    20%

    25%

    30%

    SY2011-12 SY2012-13 SY2013-14 SY2014-15

    SWD Population as Percentage of All Students

    Total # BPS Students – 54,312 Total # SWDs – 10,591

    Source: MA DESE District Profile Data does not include Horace Mann charter schools or out of district placements

  • BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS Inclusion Task Force

    2.5%

    55.9%

    41.6%

    33.9%

    27.6%

    38.5%

    31.0% 32.7%

    36.3%

    0%

    10%

    20%

    30%

    40%

    50%

    60%

    Full Inclusion Partial Inclusion Substantially Separate

    2012-13 Total=1228

    2013-14 Total=1279

    2014-15 Total=1213

    Source: MA SIMS Enrollment current as of October 1 of each school year as reported to Massachusetts DESE

    State Targets

    Full Inclusion 24%

    Partial Inclusion No target

    Substantially Separate

    13.9%

    Educational Environments for Students Aged 3-5 with IEPs

  • BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS Inclusion Task Force

    Source: MA SIMS Enrollment current as of October 1 of each school year as reported to Massachusetts DESE

    27.4% 26.1%

    38.2%

    8.0%

    40.1%

    15.6%

    36.0%

    8.3%

    43.5%

    12.7%

    35.4%

    8.3%

    0%

    5%

    10%

    15%

    20%

    25%

    30%

    35%

    40%

    45%

    50%

    Full Inclusion Partial Inclusion Substantially Separate Separate Schools

    2012-13 Total=9597

    2013-14 Total=9697

    2014-15 Total=9697

    State Targets

    Full Inclusion 59.7%

    Partial Inclusion No target

    Substantially Separate 14.5%

    Separate School 5.5%

    Educational Environments for Students Aged 6-21 with IEPs

  • BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS Inclusion Task Force

    School Year 2014-15: Enrollment by Race

    Source: MA SIMS SWD includes all students aged 3-21 with IEPs

  • BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS Inclusion Task Force

    School Year 2014-15 Race and Educational Environment

    44%

    37%

    52%

    40%

    63%

    45%

    16% 15% 13% 14% 11%

    15%

    35% 39%

    25%

    38%

    18%

    33%

    5%

    9% 10% 8% 9% 8%

    0%

    10%

    20%

    30%

    40%

    50%

    60%

    70%

    Hispanic Total=4529

    Black Total=4506

    White Total=1397

    Asian Total=382

    Mixed/Other Total=56

    Native Amer. Total=40

    Full Inclusion

    Partial Inclusion

    Substantially Separate

    Separate School

    Source: MA SIMS Includes all students aged 3-21 with IEPs

  • BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS Inclusion Task Force

    Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners

    39.6%

    16.8%

    39.6%

    4.0%

    SY14-15 Educational Environment for ELL SWDs

    Full Inclusion

    Partial Inclusion

    Substantially Separate

    Separate School

    Source: MA SIMS Includes all students aged 3-21 with IEPs

    Total # of Students with Disabilities – 10,591 Total # of ELL Students with Disabilities – 3,494

  • BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS Inclusion Task ForceBOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS Inclusion Task Force

    Next Steps Report Progress to School Committee in December, 2015

    School Year 2015-16: Implement Year Two of the Five Year Inclusion Plan • Open 27 inclusive Grade 1 classrooms in addition to existing 27 K2

    classrooms • Expand inclusion in Network A: 11-13 inclusive classrooms in

    Grades 2-7 • Continue to implement the use of Goalbook in inclusive classrooms • Continue professional development and support for schools,

    teachers, and paraprofessionals in Universal Design for Learning (UDL) district-wide

    Develop a Special Education Supplemental Report • Identification, development and testing of metrics • Creation of a report template for each school