Supporting Participation and Learning: Lessons Learned from Inclusive Classrooms

SWIFT Strand 4

This study is part of the Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT) Center ( that identified six elementary/middle schools implementing inclusive school reform. We examined classroom level factors impacting success. This presentation will summarize lessons learned from structured observations across 65 classrooms for supporting participation and learning in inclusive classrooms for all students.

After this session, participants will be able to:

  1. 1. Describe instructional staffing arrangements and roles, methods of instructional groupings, peer supported learning, and other means of providing all students access to core academic curriculum.
  2. 2. Describe how support for learning can occur in inclusive classrooms through such methods as universal design for learning, behavioral interventions, and accommodations and modifications.
  3. 3. Discuss effective implementation of essential components of highly inclusive classrooms and the issues the field is facing with regard to effective practices leading to student learning and inclusion within classrooms and throughout schools.

Mary Morningstar, Karrie Shogren, Hyunjoo Lee, Kiara Born