The award was created by the district's Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), which is comprised of parents, community members, school staff and administrators. The group advises the special education department on policy and program planning.
In 2011, SEAC presented the first Inclusion Education Practices Award to Burnsville High School special education teacher Mark Riggs. Last year's recipient was Leanne Banks, a special education teacher at Eagle Ridge Junior High.
SEAC is seeking nominations of school staff members who put the qualities and words of the District 191 Strategic Roadmap—Expectations, Respect, Integrity and Partnership—into action in support of inclusive education practices.
Inclusive education is:
- Children with all abilities participating and learning together.
- Ensuring that each and every student feels welcome and that their unique needs and learning styles are attended to and valued.
- The realization of community membership and greater opportunities for academic and social achievement for all students.
Nominations are due by Friday, Oct. 25. For more information and to download a nomination form, visit the district's website. The award winner will be announced in November.
~Article written by Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.
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