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Coming Soon: The Haring Center Inclusion Framework

New Framework Will Enhance Haring Center’s High-Quality Training on Inclusion

inclusion frameworkSoon the Haring Center will unveil its Inclusion Framework, a framework built on 50 years of experience and research on inclusive education at the Center.

In the near future, the Framework will be used by Haring Center trainers to provide a comprehensive, research-based structure to guide their work with centers and schools who seek to build inclusive educational programs.

“We’re excited about this Framework and the impact it can have on our community partners’ ability to incorporate inclusive practices into their own centers and schools,” said Haring Center Assistant Research Director Jennifer Fung, Ph.D.

Research supporting the benefits of inclusive experiences for all kids, including those with and without disabilities, is strong. However, in order for inclusion to be successful, all kids should have the support they need to engage and contribute in their classrooms and communities in a meaningful way.

“When people come to visit the Center, so often we hear the word ‘magic’ to describe what’s happening in the classrooms,” said Brittney Lee, Haring Center Director of Early Learning. “But we know that it’s not magic. Our classrooms look the way they do because the school staff intentionally use a combination of best practices every day. In creating this Framework, we wanted to be able to very clearly describe just what is happening in those classrooms to make them so successful, so ‘magical’.”

Evidence and experience have shown that supports need to be provided at many different levels, from what practices teachers use to how educational leaders allocate resources.

The Inclusion Framework will take a comprehensive approach to building successful, sustainable inclusive programs, and will address practice at three levels: leadership, community building, and classroom practices.

While practices included in the Inclusion Framework are used in the classrooms the Haring Center’s school, the Experimental Education Unit (EEU), it is important to recognize that there is not one type of inclusive classroom, and that inclusion will look different from community to community. The practices in the Framework can be scaled and adapted to meet the needs of a community’s culture, values, resources, and strengths.

“We don’t want to ‘copy and paste’ EEU’s everywhere,” Fung said. “Every community is different and inclusion looks different from one place to the next. The essential practices included in the Framework come from research and from our 50 years of experience here at the Center. We’re excited to help other schools identify what inclusion can look like in their community.”

“It’s important that a great early childhood program reflects and honors its community,” said Brittney Lee, Haring Center Director of Early Learning. “Inclusion doesn’t look only one way.”

Be watching for more information on Haring Center’s Inclusion Framework. For questions about the Haring Center’s professional development and training services, contact Julie Ashmun at westhoff@uw.edu.