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Special Ed: Redefining Inclusion Education

Toby Karten talks inclusion practices and the need for a universal approach

Toby Karten is an experienced staff developer, instructional coach, educational consultant, author, adjunct professor, and inclusion specialist who has taught from preschool to graduate level. She designed online courses and professional development units for pre-service and practicing educators and related staff in school districts across the country.

As a speaker and inclusion coach, Karten has collaborated with administrators, staff, students, and their families at local, national, and international school sites. She has been recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children and the New Jersey Department of Education as an exemplary educator, receiving two “Teacher of the Year” awards. Karten sat down with Dr. Rod Berger, president of MindRocket Media Group to discuss a number of subjects including inclusion and the Individual Education Plan (IEP).

Karten said we need to redefine what inclusion is, in terms of the specific set of skills a student has and the specific types of support a school system has to give. It should not be just another thing that a school system has to do. It should be a universal approach that says we are accepting the student and we are going to set the student up for many, many successes.

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