Alright, I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I’m working on my second book about creating a sense of belonging for “the invisibles.” You might have seen my Instagram post on what an inclusive environment is. Notice I said environment and not just the classroom. Here are my thoughts this week.
An inclusive school community listens to student voice and choice. Students must feel a sense of belonging, comfort, and identity-affirming treatment daily. I articulate these specifically because we need to be mindful of the environment we are including our students in.
To quote the late James Baldwin from one of my favorite books, The Fire Next Time, “Do I really want to be integrated into a burning house?” Let that sink in. Do we want our students to be included in a burning house? Absolutely not!