- August 2020
- Trade paperback (US)
- ISBN Print
- ISBN eBook
The Educational Assistant’s Guide to Supporting Inclusion in a Diverse Society
Canada is one of the most culturally diverse countries on the planet, and nowhere is that diversity more embedded than in our classrooms. To help students thrive in a diverse classroom, educational assistants play a vital role in building a unified community of learners where every child feels a sense of belonging. In this practical guide, three long-time educators provide a framework for educational assistants to support inclusion in the classroom.
In several chapters, educational assistants will learn to build their skills in advocacy, relationship building, reflective practice and effective communications. This guide also describes Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and outlines specific strategies for differentiating academic and social learning. It addresses supports for particular exceptionalities, presents a continuum of guidance strategies, and describes various kinds of observation that EAs can use to discover and provide information about students. The closing chapter includes information on self-care as well as some summary advice from experienced EAs.
Table of Contents
1. Our Diverse Society
2. Equity and Inclusion in Schools and Classrooms
3. The Role of the Educational Assistant
4. The Educational Assistant as Advocate
5. Introduction to Reflective Practice
6. A Practice of Relationships
7. Communication in Relationships
8. What do Children Need To Succeed?
9. Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
10. Supports and Interventions for Learning
11. Supporting Social Skills
12. Positive Guidance Strategies
13. Observing and Documenting
14. Surviving and Thriving
Appendix A: Inclusive Community Learning Matrix
Appendix B: Individual Education Plan