“I just did a major research study here in Massachusetts that verified this - that in general, most kids with disabilities do better in inclusive settings, particularly if they get the supports that they need, significantly better.
So the move towards integration or inclusion or mainstreaming - clearly has some support in the data."
- Thomas Hehir, former director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs and current professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education
This quote is from a recent NPR interview about mainstreaming special needs students. Here is the complete interview:
As pointed out by Thomas Hehir, mainstreaming is beneficial for special needs students. Of course, like any practice, it is only beneficial if it is done effectively.
Thus, here is what Thomas Hehir’s research has found to be the best practices for inclusion classrooms: ...