What is Inclusive Scheduling?
Inclusive scheduling is a team process to develop a schoolwide master schedule that includes support for students in inclusive classrooms and other general education settings. Inclusive scheduling involves the scheduling team’s development of a master schedule driven by the following:
- Increased time in the least restrictive environment (LRE) for students with disabilities (SWD),
- Level and intensity of support for students to be successful in the LRE,
- Consideration of instructional supports for students without disabilities,
- In-class exceptional student education (ESE) service delivery models,
- Expectations that all students will make adequate yearly progress, based on the general education standards and curriculum, and
- Ongoing, collaborative planning time among education professionals.
Inclusive scheduling is a decision-making process that:
- Involves appropriate team members;
- Is student-centered;
- Reflects the practice of educating students with and without disabilities together, regardless of their abilities or readiness;
- Regards all ESE certified faculty and staff as capable of providing in-class support;
- Requires ongoing collaboration between special and general educators;
- Benefits all students;
- Establishes time for collaborative planning.