15 Resources on Creating Inclusive Classrooms


Today’s inclusive classrooms need to engage all students, while providing supports and accommodations for those with learning disabilities and a wide range of learning modalities. Here is a curated list of resources just released on ASCD myTeachSource that offer ways to integrate appropriate strategies to help all students succeed in your classroom.

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Free Resources

Inclusive Learning: Meeting Each Student’s Special Needs Podcast from Whole Child Education

This Whole Child podcast focuses on creating inclusive learning environments where each student feels safe, supported, and engaged.

Charting a Course to Transgender Inclusion from Education Update

When it comes to providing transgender students with a welcoming environment and equal access, “the law is on the student’s side.” Find resources and best practices for helping your transgender students navigate the school system—while upholding their rights as mandated by Title IX.

When Students Seem Stalled from Educational Leadership

Most instruction in school involves symbolic representation, but if students lack effective comparative structures, they will have trouble processing information at the symbolic level. Read this informative article about how to reach struggling students and engage them in learning.

Hanging In: Working with Challenging Students by Jeffrey Benson (ASCD Webinar)

Author Jeffrey Benson shares powerful stories of struggling students and provides strategies to help educators identify positive and negative influences on student achievement.

How to Support Struggling Students by Robyn Jackson (ASCD Webinar)

Education consultant and author Robyn Jackson discusses specific intervention and remediation strategies educators can use immediately to help their students turn failure into learning and growth opportunities.

Create Inclusive Learning Experiences with ASCD Professional Development

The professional development resources listed discuss different ways to successfully create inclusive learning experiences for struggling students. Filled with real classroom stories, strategies, and solutions, these resources guide educators on creating positive and productive learning experiences for students with a wide range of backgrounds, characteristics, and expectations.

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Appendix: Sample Lesson Plans for Inclusion Class Activities by Judy Willis

Check out these lesson plans by Judy Willis, which show the neurologic behind the strategies that make them useful for inclusion classes. Including a variety of presentation formats and accommodating all students’ learning or developmental levels will ensure that they do not perceive individual accommodations as evidence of limitations.

Peers Helping Peers from Educational Leadership

With support from their peers, students with special needs can succeed in the general classroom.

Improving Instruction for Students with Learning Needs from Educational Leadership (Issue)

Features several articles on the challenges and possibilities of improving instruction for students with learning needs, strategies for confronting ableism, different approaches with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism, and ways to integrate students with special needs into the classroom.

Teaching All Students from Educational Leadership (Issue)

Features several articles on inclusive learning environments, dual language learners and special education, students’ cultural literacies, and teaching with diverse populations.

ASCD Resources

A Teacher’s Guide to Special Education by David F. Bateman & Jenifer L. Cline (ASCD Book)

In this practical reference, David F. Bateman—bestselling author of A Principal’s Guide to Special Education—and special education administrator Jenifer L. Cline clarify what general education teachers need to know about special education law and processes. They also provide a guide to instructional best practices for the inclusive classroom.

Response to Intervention: An Introduction (ASCD PD Online)

ASCD hosts a variety of PD Online courses on inclusive learning environments including Response to Intervention: An Introduction. Each course introduces users to instructional concepts, demonstrates best practices, and provides job-embedded applications educators can implement in the classroom.

Co-Planning for Co-Teaching: Time-Saving Routines That Work in Inclusive Classrooms by Gloria Lodato Wilson

Ensure that your teaching strategies make the most of the time that you and your co-teaching partner have in the classroom through co-planning, which will dramatically and efficiently increase the effectiveness of your instruction.

Inclusion Do’s, Don’ts, and Do Betters Quick Reference Guide by Toby J. Karten

Noted inclusion expert Toby J. Karten details the essential do’s, don’ts, and do betters in five main areas for creating an inclusive classroom where all students receive support and the most effective instruction.

Engaging and Challenging Gifted Students: Tips for Supporting Extraordinary Minds in Your Classroom by Jenny Grant Rankin

The author equips teachers with information and strategies to spot, advocate for, engage, and challenge exceptional learners in their classrooms.


For more resources on special education in the general education classroom, go to ASCD myTeachSource and sign up for a free two-week trial.