Beverly Woods is an inclusive practices school serving students with a multitude of disabilities.
What is Inclusion?
Inclusion is educating students with special needs in normal, mixed-ability classes with students of the same chronological age for nearly all or all of the day. Some of our students may have special needs in the following areas:
Overview of Inclusion at Beverly Woods
There are three self-contained Specialized Academic Curriculum (SAC) classrooms with a teacher and assistant teacher in each room. The three Exceptional Children General Curriculum (EDGC) teachers and assistants serve students in grades K-5 using a variety of service delivery options. Our goal is to have our EC program as an integral part of the total school community (instead of separate from it) through inclusion, buddy classes, disability awareness lessons, and unique student jobs. Adaptive Physical Education helpers and participants of Allegro, a non-profit organization for disabled students, allows the general education students to assist and learn from our students with disabilities.
Advantages of our Inclusive environment
Many important life lessons and invaluable character traits such as respect and caring can be gained by an inclusive environment. We also learn to value the uniqueness in each other through the relationships built each of our students.
Promising Practices Award
Beverly Woods takes inclusion one step further through its unique practice of EC buddies. This practice partners regular education students with EC Students (student identified as having specific physical and/or cognitive disabilities) by being Allegro buddies and Adaptive Physical Education Buddies.
Due to our unique and beneficial Inclusion Peer Buddy Program, Beverly Woods received the Promising Practices Award given in Washington, DC by the National Character Education Partnership. We were 1 of approximately 150 U.S. schools to receive this award!
Comments of Beverly Woods students when asked about being a part of the inclusion buddy program...
"I love to have that kind of sharing feeling"
"I like the smiles they get on their faces when they finally get it right"
"I really see that you need to treat others the way that you like to be treated"
"I learned to be patient and gentler"
"Everyone is the same"
In 2008, Beverly Woods won a Promising Practices Award from the national Character Education Partnership.
In 2009, our school received the first CMS School of Character Award presented by CMS and the Carolina Panthers. We are also the only school in North Carolina to receive a State School of Character Award this year. In addition, we were named a National School of Character. May of these awards were, in part, given to the school based upon our exceptional work with inclusion.
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