Inclusion: A Service Not a Place: A Whole School Approach

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National Professional Resources Inc./Dude Publishing, Jan 1, 2012 - Education - 170 pages
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Newly revised and updated for 2012, Inclusion: A Service Not a Place guides educators in taking a whole school approach to inclusion that positions students as the centerpiece of educational decision making. Authors Dorothy Kerzner Lipsky and Alan Gardner reinforce the need for inclusion and explain what educators must do to ensure all students have full access to the entire general education curriculum. 

The book supports the implementation of inclusive practices by presenting the following:A definition and description of inclusive practice The relationship of inclusion to IDEA and NCLB Best practices, based upon experience and current research Roles and responsibilities of various school personnel, including administrators, related services providers, and clinicians Parental roles and responsibilities Exploration of interventions, with a major focus on RTI and PBIS Reproducible forms for structuring inclusive classrooms Additional resources for specific topics, including a listing of organizations, videos, web sites, and a glossary


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Dorothy Kerzner Lipsky brings a unique combination of experience and expertise as a theoretician, researcher, school administrator, and parent of a child with a significant disability to her work on educational restructuring and inclusion. She founded the Center on Educational Restructuring and Inclusion (CERI), affiliated with The Graduate School and University Center, The City University of New York (CUNY). She and colleague Alan Gartner provide professional development to educators and human services workers, manage national and international projects, and advocate for students with disabilities.  

With Alan Gartner, Lipsky wrote the article, "Beyond Special Education: Toward a Quality System for All Students". The article, published in 1987 in the Harvard Educational Review, is considered a seminal early work on the topic of inclusion. She and Gatner went on to write numerous articles and books addressing issues of classroom practices, the infusion of inclusion within the broad efforts of educational restructuring, school organization and finance, and supports for families with a child with a disability.  

Lipsky has been honored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research as a Mary E. Switzer Distinguished Fellow and by the International Exchange of Experts and Information Program of the World Rehabilitation Experts and Information Program of the World Rehabilitation Fund. During her tenure as a school superintendent in New York, she was elected Educator of the Year.

Alan Gartner worked for Office of the Mayor of the City of New York for over 10 years, throughout most of the Bloomberg administration. Most recently he served as Chief of Staff for the Deputy Mayor for Education and Community Development, Dennis M. Walcott. HIs responsibilities in this capacity included supervising the oversight responsibilities of the Deputy Mayor’s portfolio, including the Department of Education, the Department of Youth and Community Development, the New York City Housing Authority, and the City University of New York, as well as acting as liaison between the work of the Deputy Mayor and other units of the mayor’s office and the operating agencies.  Prior to his position as chief of staff, Gartner was Director of Research, Office of Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott.

Prior these roles in the Bloomberg administration, Gartner served as Co-Director, National Center on Educational Research and Implementation, and Director, Center for Advanced Study in Education at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). He was the the executive director for the Division of Special Education, New York City Public School, as well as executive director for New York City District Commissioning. Gartner also worked in the civil rights movement directing antipoverty programs. 

Gartner is the author or co-author of more than two dozen books on education, social policy, race, disability and self-help mutual aid. He has a BA from Antioch College; An MA from Harvard University, and a PhD from Union Graduate School. He is the father of three as well as a grandfather.

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