The Relationship Between Diversity and Inclusion
For each student to learn and participate in the classroom, all boundaries and barriers must be found and resolved. This helps to promote inclusion, diversity, and equality at both an individual and classroom levels.
It is very important to know each student properly, and his or her identity must be clearly defined in order to adequately promote inclusion. This should be done during the enrollment. Information may be gathered from IEPs, 504 plans, specialists, social workers and school psychologists, physicians, outside agencies, former classroom teachers, past school records, and interviews with both the parent and the student in question.
Inclusion is not limited to students with disabilities, however. Other situations that contribute to learning barriers must also be considered, This includes--but is not limited to--financial problems, family relationships, travel issues, peer pressure, culture pressure, and lack of resources.
This information gathered is important for identifying diversity and inclusion strategies to enhance learning experiences. For inclusion to be successful, classrooms should be diverse and should be open to all students, irrespective of their problems, special needs or disabilities.