Whole Schooling: A Study of Schools Linking Inclusive Education & School Reform in Urban & Rural Communities Research Project. Final Report. Learning Well Together: Lessons about Connecting Inclusive Education to Whole School Improvement.
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This final report describes activities and accomplishments of the Whole Schooling Research Project, a collaborative, qualitative study of inclusive education and its relationship with exemplary teaching and schooling practices in 16 schools in Michigan and Wisconsin from 1998 through 2002. The study focused on the application of five principles of whole schooling which are to: (1) empower citizens in a democracy; (2)include all children; (3) engage in authentic multi-level teaching; (4) build community and support learning; and (5) partner with families and the community. It examined the relationship among effective and successful inclusion, effective curriculum and instructional practices, building of community and support, school improvement and restructuring efforts, and increased learning of children with and without disabilities. Individual sections of the report provide information on the study's methodology, a summary of the Michigan's team's findings, and school stories from the Michigan team. The largest section provides findings concerning each of the five principles of whole schooling. Appended are a list of advisory committee members and the whole school tool kit which provides information on key elements of building a whole school, the whole schooling renewal process, the whole schooling assessment scale, and whole schooling guidelines. (DB)