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Every child deserves an equal opportunity to thrive in their education. This fundamental principle drives SKILD and NDU’s ongoing commitment to inclusion in both schools and workplaces.

Building on their advocacy for equal opportunities, SKILD Center joined forces with the LifeLong Learning Center at Notre Dame University (NDU) to offer a unique course titled “Guided and Skilled.” This five-module program equipped 39 individuals with the essential knowledge and skills necessary to effectively support children with special needs within mainstream classrooms.

The course content delved into various aspects of “Supporting Inclusive Classrooms”:

Module 1: Building the Foundation – This module focused on creating inclusive spaces and supporting exceptional learners, a key element in modeling inclusion within education.
Module 2: Understanding Exceptional Learners – Participants gained familiarity with different learning disorders and explored practical strategies for effective support.
Module 3: Managing Challenging Behaviors – This module provided effective strategies for positive classroom environment management.
Module 4: The Individualized Education Program (IEP) – Participants learned the importance of understanding and implementing IEPs for differentiated learning.
Module 5: Teamwork for Inclusion – This module emphasized the importance of collaboration between special educators, paraprofessionals, and parents in achieving successful inclusion.

By equipping participants with this valuable skillset, the “Guided and Skilled” course empowers them to become crucial allies for children with special needs. Their support can significantly enhance the learning experience for these children, allowing them to reach their full potential alongside their peers in a mainstream classroom setting.

This collaboration between SKILD and NDU is a commendable example of how educational institutions can work together to promote inclusive practices and ensure that all children have the opportunity to succeed in a supportive learning environment.


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