Reflections of Erin - The Importance of Belonging, Relationships, and Learning with Each Other
By Barbara McKenzie, Design by Chris McKenzie, Art of Possibility Press, 2008
Conveyed in the form of keen observations, heartfelt surprises, and insightful reflections, the stories and images inspired by Erin McKenzie’s life demonstrate the rich connections and relationships that result from an inclusive learning community.
“The book is truly wonderful. It leads us ahead while looking back.” – John McKnight, CoDirector, Asset Based Community Development Institute, Northwestern University
“This book is not only a wonderful legacy of Erin's amazing impact on others, but will serve to challenge and inspire so many people who just don't seem to understand the power and value of true inclusion and community.” – Michael Giangreco, University of Vermont, Center on Disability & Community Inclusion
"In her short life, Erin was able to show us more about what is possible than all the research in the field. Every apprehensive educator or parent needs to have this book in hand." – Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift, authors of A Credo for Support
When the inclusive education movement began several years ago, many used the argument that it was purely for social benefits. The curriculum used for children with disabilities that were placed in general education classrooms was often very different from what was being taught in those classrooms. Slowly the movement began to stress the importance of accessing the curriculum and making accommodations, modifications, or enhancements as needed so that ALL students could learn together.
In recent years the focus has been on academic standards and identifying deficits, which has often led to more sorting, pull-out, and remediation for a variety of students, including those with disabilities, rather than inclusive classrooms and schools. The importance of discovering the gifts of each person, developing relationships, and embracing our interdependence are often not considered as valid in evidence-based research and standards, curriculum development, or instructional practices.
Barbara McKenzie hopes to shift the focus back to creating inclusive learning communities by sharing evidence that she and others have gathered from the experience of knowing and loving Erin. Conveyed in the form of keen observations, heartfelt surprises, and insightful reflections, the stories and images inspired by Erin McKenzie’s life demonstrate the rich connections and relationships that result from an inclusive learning community.
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