Inclusion Advisory Committee
The Inclusion Advisory Committee will explore the progress that students, families, and school staff are experiencing with efforts to make LWSD schools more inclusive for all students, including those with disabilities. The committee will discuss recommendations and considerations for ongoing improvement related to inclusionary practices.
Five years ago, we began our district journey towards inclusion. Since that time, we have implemented a fully inclusive preschool program, piloted inclusive practices – first at three of our schools as part of a national inclusion project with the TIES Center – and later with an initial cohort of elementary schools. At the same time, we have continued to increase co-teaching at the secondary level along with creating multiple on-ramps for inclusive middle and high schools. Our goal was to return students to their neighborhood schools and ensure that all students were considered first as general education students. This progress occurred during a comprehensive and complex implementation process. In 2023 we integrated our work on inclusive practices into our contractual agreement with LWEA and we transitioned all elementary students with complex disabilities to their neighborhood schools. We recognize that creating inclusive schools is ongoing, complex work which requires the input and engagement of multiple stakeholders. Lake Washington School District is invested in ensuring that all students, from preschool to our adult transition programs, experience inclusive schools that provide them with a sense of belonging and community. All means all.
The Inclusion Advisory Committee meetings will be held on Thursdays from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Meeting dates for 2023-24:
- December 14, 2023
- February 1, 2024
- April 4, 2024
The committee will have approximately 30 members/community volunteers representing various groups with balanced representation from across the district. Some members will be appointed by their various group and others will be selected through an application process. Committee members are expected to attend all meetings.
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Technical Team/District Staff:
- (Executive) Director(s) of Special Services
- Director(s) of School Support
- Director(s) of Teaching and Learning
Deputy Superintendent, Equity, Community and Talent Strategy
Ideal applicants should:
- Have a desire to learn about instructional practices that support all learners.
- Have knowledge or interest in multi-tiered systems of support.
- Be willing to productively engage in conversations regarding priorities and services to support students.
- Asset-based perspective on students with disabilities.
- Desire to ensure equity within our schools.