Working with the IEP team
When working with the IPE team, it is essential to understand that IPE is both a document validated by the IDEA and process which involves a number of professionals, united by the same cause. During each meeting, IPE team is responsible for reviewing the current document, updating the information, and designing a detailed plan to meet the needs of a student (Kvande et al., 2018).
The benefits of inclusion to students without disabilities
Inclusive education is beneficial not only for students with disabilities but also for learners who do not require special educational needs. Inclusion contributes to the establishment of meaningful friendships and development of respect for all people. Students gain increased acceptance of individual difference, learning how to appreciate diversity and get prepared to live in a versatile society as adults (Kvande et al., 2018). Furthermore, learners have an opportunity to practice and teach others to achieve better academic outcomes via extensive range of resources.
Percentage of students with a mild intellectual disability
According to the US Department of Education (2019), 95% of children from 3-21 are provided free of charge education in public schools. Out of these 95% of students, around 60% spend 80% or more of their time during the day in regular classrooms together with their peers (US DoE, 2019).
When the student not benefit from an inclusion classroom
Inclusive classrooms can be detrimental both for students with and without disabilities. Academically gifted learner and individuals diagnosed with severe behavioral disorders that might impact the behavior of other students would not benefit from an inclusion classroom. Academically gifted learners ultimately require more resources and harder curriculum than regular students (Kvande et al., 2018).
Placing them in a self-contained classroom would help to meet their professional ambitions and educational needs more effectively. By working with a paraprofessional, students with severe mental and behavioral disorders would receive special attention to maximize their academic performance and social integration (Kvande et al., 2018).
Transition planning is critical for students with intellectual disabilities because it allows facilitating the student’s move to individualized education (Kvande et al., 2018). By setting specific goals and outcomes to accomplish during the current year, a student is better prepared to benefit from special education.
Kvande, M. N., Bjørklund, O., Lydersen, S., Belsky, J., & Wichstrøm, L. (2018). Effects of special education on academic achievement and task motivation: A propensity-score and fixed-effects approach. European Journal of Special Needs Education, 34(4), 409-423. Web.
U.S. Department of Education. (2019). Digest of education statistics. National Center for Education Statistics.