We are an ISP school, what does that mean?

Dear Parents,
Diskin is a part of a network of schools in Clark County who are ISP schools. ISP stands for Inclusive Schools Practices. We believe students do better when they feel better. There is significant reserach that supports the idea of children thriving when they area able to feel accepted by their peers, and learn within the same enviroment as thier peers. Another way to look at Inclusive education is that the services a student needs come directly to the student instead of the student having to go to a 'special class' -- a teacher, an assistant or accommodations come to them in their home classroom. A key part of our motto is, relationships. Building relationships here at Diskin within the school and the community means to ensure that students and families feel respected and appreciated for individual uniqueness.

The Promise of Inclusive Education

Inclusive education brings all students together in one classroom and community, regardless of their strengths or weaknesses in any area, and seeks to maximize the potential of all students.

  • Inclusion is an effort to make sure that diverse learners – those with disabilities, different languages and cultures, different homes and family lives, different interests and ways of learning – are exposed to teaching strategies that reach them as individual learners
  • Inclusive schools ask teachers to provide appropriate individualized supports and services to all students without the stigmatization that comes with separation
  • Teachers in inclusive classrooms vary their styles to enhance learning for all students

About Inclusive Education

The purpose of education is to ensure that all students gain access to knowledge, skills, and information that will prepare them to contribute to America’s communities and workplaces.  The central purpose becomes more challenging as schools accommodate students with increasingly diverse backgrounds and abilities.  As we strive to meet these challenges, the involvement and cooperation of educators, parents, and community leaders is vital for the creation of better and more inclusive schools.

What is inclusion?         
Inclusion is an educational approach and philosophy that provides all students with community membership and greater opportunities for academic and social achievement.  Inclusion is about making sure that each and every student feels welcome and that their unique needs and learning styles are attended to and valued. 

Inclusive schools put the values upon which America was founded (pluralism, tolerance, and equality) into action; they ask teachers to provide appropriate individualized supports and services to all students without the stigmatization that comes with separation.   Research shows that most students learn and perform better when exposed to the richness of the general education curriculum, as long as the appropriate strategies and accommodations are in place.

At no time does inclusion require the classroom curriculum, or the academic expectations, to be watered down.  On the contrary, inclusion enhances learning for students, both with and without special needs.  Students learn, and use their learning differently; the goal is to provide allstudents with the instruction they need to succeed as learners and achieve high standards, alongside their friends and neighbors.

A Story about a boy in a wheelchair:

This is one of my favorite stories from Richard Lavoie.  I am summarizing the story for you, as it is a bit lengthy. 

In a city in Minnesota it was an early morning, at Lakeside View Elementary school, they were nearly snowed in AGAIN but had to be at school anyway. All the children were lined up anxiously waiting to get in the warm classroom. Mr. Holland was frantically shoveling the snow off the steps so the children could get into class. All the students were in line at the bottom of the stairs, except for one.  Stanley, he was waiting at the bottom of the ramp, since he was in a wheelchair. Everyone loved Stanley, he was eager to learn and loved school. He was an honor roll student with a kind heart. So he was patiently waiting for Mr. Holland and asked him, please also shovel the ramp. Mr. Holland, frustrated by all the snow and the other 15 students watching him frantically work away, ....said "I will I just  have so much to shovel for all these kids.  One of the students in line at the stairs said, "Mr. Holland if you shovel the ramp we can all get in the room together".