Shelley Moore is an inclusive-education consultant supporting access to education for every learner. She presents at conferences both nationally and internationally, and has developed courses at Simon Fraser University and University of British Columbia. Shelley has worked in both elementary and secondary schools supporting students with and without special needs. A PhD student at the University of British Columbia, her research focus is on the interactions of inclusive education, curriculum, and teacher professional development.
Canadian educator Shelley Moore has consulted with schools, school district, and community groups in the U.S. and Canada about her passion and specialty: inclusion. She has gathered some of her wisdom and experience in a new book, One Without the Other: Stories of Unity Through Diversity and Inclusion. Her goal: to make inclusion a natural part of all education. Whereas attempts to "homogenize and standardize our classrooms and learners" may have marked education in the past, homogeneity "is no longer our vision of education (thank goodness)."She writes that "inclusion means everyone--but actually everyone, even our students who need the most support in our classrooms, schools, and communities." Realizing the realities of needed support, she says, "The goal is not inclusion 100 percent of the time, but that 100 percent of the time we are striving to be more inclusive."In her extended discussion of "what is inclusion," I appreciated the fact that she started out with presuming competence. For example, some might have assumed that her student with Down syndrome was not paying attention while she was showing him addition flash cards. He seemed detached, flipping through pages of a dictionary. Finally, she noticed that he was turning to the page number of the correct answer! 20 + 40, he turned to page 60! Presuming competence means that from the start, teachers engage students as if they understand and hear it all, because they almost always are hearing, understanding, and learning more than we might have thought. She goes on, "unless I presume competence in all people, I am the one who is disabled."Teachers who are unfamiliar with inclusion ought to pick up Moore's book. There are probably more technical and comprehensive studies of inclusion, but Moore's experienced bird's eye view will serve as introduction and inspiration to teachers and administrators.Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!-- (07/01/2016)
This book is a must-read for all teachers, educational assistants, administrators...well basically anyone who works with and for children. I love Shelley Moore for so many reasons: she is Canadian (and from my hometown!), she is by far the most engaging speaker I have had the pleasure of seeing (5 times and counting...), but most of all, she explains inclusion, and how to do it, in a way that makes everyone want to be a better teacher. I was very excited to buy her book when it came out. It is a quick and easy read, with tons of humour and analogies that help you remember the important information.--Sarah Holmgren "Learning Leader Blog "