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Inclusive Service Learning

Together We Make a Difference curriculum coverTogether We Make a Difference: An Inclusive Service Learning Curriculum for Elementary Learners With and Without Disabilities
By T. Vandercook and J. Montie
An innovative curriculum providing educators and youth workers with a new tool for engaging all elementary-age learners in service learning. Its research-based activities guide instructors in helping children with and without disabilities become partners in planning and carrying out service learning projects, while teaching social and life skills to children of all abilities, meeting education standards in a variety of academic areas, and challenging stereotypes about young people with disabilities. The 360-page, 3-ring binder includes an overview of quality service learning, detailed lesson plans, strategies for including all learners in the service learning project (including adaptation and accommodation ideas, and guidance in aligning lessons with IEP goals and objectives), and master copies of handouts. In addition, national standards in English, social studies, and 21st century skills are infused into the curriculum. The lessons are designed to be implemented at least once a week over a 6- to 8-week period, and cover the following topics:

Lesson 1: Getting to Know Everybody, Getting to Know Service Learning
Lesson 2: Increasing Awareness of Our Abilities, Commonalities, and Diversity
Lesson 3: How I Make a Difference
Lesson 4: Learning About Our Community and Picking a Service Learning Project
Lesson 5: Developing Our Plan
Lesson 6: Starting Our Project and Pausing Along the Way
Lesson 7: Reviewing, Sharing, and Celebrating

The curriculum package also includes the storybook, "Our Friend Mikayla," and access to online resources to supplement the manual. "Together We Make a Difference" was developed by a partnership of the Institute on Community Integration, and the National Inclusion Project, an organization working to bridge the gap that exists between young people with disabilities and the world around them, and create awareness about the possibilities that inclusion can bring. (2010)

• Cost: $59.00
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Transition and Career Preparation

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The Young American Indian Entrepreneur Curriculum
By J. Ness, B. Maciewski, and D. Olson, Jr.
A curriculum designed to guide American Indian high school students (grades 9-12) in exploring entrepreneurship as a viable vocation. Based on the content of summer programs for transition-age students held at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC) in Minnesota, the curriculum is grounded in the National Content Standards for Entrepreneurship Education (NCSEE) developed by the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education. It can be implemented as a summer program, or its activities can become components of other courses and programs such as basic business and money management courses, transition programs, and career advising programs. Its 61 lessons are organized into three modules – Module 1: Entrepreneurial Skills, Module 2: Ready Skills, and Module 3: Business Functions. Each lesson is approximately 30-60 minutes in length, and the manual includes complete lesson plans and handout masters. For schools as well as business and community organizations desiring to offer it as a summer program, the curriculum manual includes planning materials to help them organize, promote, and operate their own summer program. Developed by Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College and the Institute on Community Integration. (2010) • Cost: $50.00. For more information and to preview sections of the curriculum visit http://ici.umn.edu/etc/products/entrepreneur.htm

Cover of Expanding the CircleExpanding the Circle: Respecting the Past, Preparing for the Future: A Transition Curriculum for American Indian Youth
By J. Ness and J. Huisken
A curriculum offering a structured process and a set of culturally-relevant activities to facilitate successful transition from high school to adult life for American Indian students. Its content is based on work with hundreds of American Indian high school youth, paraprofessionals, teachers, and administrators. Curriculum activities, which were created with students’ varying strengths and interests in mind, include family and community members in the transition process and are aligned with Minnesota graduation standards. In addition, the package includes one Onaakonan System (OS), a personal portfolio system for students that is used throughout the curriculum to help them plan for their future in an organized and structured way. Additional sets of the OS can be purchased separately. (2002) • Cost: $75.00 for each curriculum package, $12.00 for each additional OS


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Inclusive Education

Intersecting Ojibwe Art Curriculum
A curriculum representing part of a comprehensive and collaborative model that is designed and facilitated by the University of Minnesota's Institute for Community Integration and Art Education Program, for American Indian and non-American Indian students in grades K-8 to enhance their interest, understanding, enthusiasm, and performance in standards-based subjects. Working teachers, community elders, and culturalists based the curriculum on local art and culture to better address Ojibwe students’ needs. (2010) • Cost: Free. Available only on the Web

Play Time/Social Time
Developed by S. Odom and S. McConnell
A research-based curriculum for teaching children with and without disabilities social interaction skills and positive patterns of social behavior using children’s natural inclinations to play. Developed for use with three- to five-year-old children with disabilities who are enrolled in special, general preschool, or child care center programs, the manual includes methods for selecting target children and peers, social skills lessons, structured play activities, procedures for prompting and fading prompts. The procedures and lessons can also be used with children at-risk for developmental problems, or with children who are experiencing significant social interaction skill deficits. (1997) • Cost: $25.00. Also available on the Web

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Paraprofessional Training

Supporting Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Schools cover imageSupporting Students With Disabilities in Inclusive Schools: A Curriculum for Job-Embedded Paraprofessional Development
By G. Ghere, J. York-Barr, and J. Sommerness
A curriculum supporting special educators in their role of teaching paraprofessionals to work with students with disabilities, focusing on increasing paraprofessional knowledge and skills for providing direct instructional and social support to students. The curriculum includes a Facilitator Manual that provides instructional content and guidance to the facilitator, and Paraprofessional Handouts, which provide the master copies of materials to be duplicated and distributed to staff development participants. The curriculum has seven units: What is Inclusive Education; What to Teach – Learning Opportunities for Students; How to Instruct – Prompt, Wait, Fade; How to Instruct – Natural Cues; Consequences and Supports; How to Instruct – Individualized Adaptations; How to Instruct – Behavior as Communication; and How to Interact – Student Relationships. (2002) • Cost: Free, available only on the Web

 

Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Role of the Paraprofessional
By T. Kluba, L. Flaherty, C. Wendt, J. Santo, K. Graves, and D. Meidl
An introduction to the unique needs and learning styles of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders to help paraprofessionals and other educators best meet the needs of these individuals. Modules come in facilitator and trainee versions. Instructors may purchase one trainee module from which to duplicate copies for all trainees. (Note: These modules were published prior to the 2004 reauthorization of IDEA and may not reflect the changes made in the Act.) (2002) • Cost: $25.00 for each facilitator module, $15.00 for each trainee module.

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Frontline Supervisor Training

Partnerships for Success: Curricula for Supervisors, Managers, and Administrative Staff
A three-part curriculum series designed to prepare frontline supervisors to successfully recruit, train, and retain Direct Support staff. The materials have been developed to be facilitated by staff trainers within agencies, and may be presented to groups or used in individualized training. The series has the following three curricula, which are available in print and online:

  1. cover pageThe Peer Empowerment Program (PEP): A Complete Toolkit for Planning and Implementing Mentoring Programs Within Community-Based Human Services Organizations
    By M. Taylor, J. Sauer, A. Hewitt, S. O'Nell, and S. Larson
    A planning guide and curriculum for supervisors and agency staff focusing on socialization and skill development for all employees. (2001) • Cost: $37.00 for a package which includes Program Coordinator Guide, Facilitator Guide, and Learner Guide. Learner Guides may be photocopied. Also available on the Web
  2. Removing the Revolving Door: Strategies to Address Recruitment and Retention Challenges
    By S. O'Nell, A. Hewitt, J. Sauer, and S. Larson
    A curriculum targeting frontline supervisors and managers regarding the use of effective recruitment, retention, and training strategies. (2001) • Cost: $65.00 for a package which includes Facilitator Guide and Learner Guide. Learner Guides may be photocopied. Also available on the Web
  3. The Power of Diversity: Supporting the Immigrant Workforce
    By L. Sedlezky, L. Anderson, A. Hewitt, S. O'Nell, J. Sauer, S. Larson, and T. Sjoberg
    A curriculum helping supervisors and other agency staff find, support, and retain immigrant workers. (2001) • Cost: $68.00 for a package which includes Facilitator Guide and Learner Guide. Additional Learner Guides may be photocopied or purchased for $20.00 each. Also available on the Web
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