Tools for Inclusion: Progress Reports



Inclusion is who we are, not simply a thing that we do; Removing the Stumbling Block

One of the things that many religious school education directors will agree is a part of the job they like least is progress reports. Why?

1. Producing documents that are meaningful to parents as a way of acknowledging their children’s growth and development can be difficult. Typical reports focus on deficits rather than strengths, and check-offs or even a short narrative can’t always offer a full picture of a student.

Wake Up Call - Inclusion Matters



Wake Up Call - Inclusion Matters; Removing the Stumbling Block

I am fortunate to have had a second opportunity to staff a Birthright trip to Israel. Many will recall that I led for the first time in 2016 as a way to honor a dear friend as well as to understand this meaningful experience firsthand to be better able to guide the young adults I love and teach. I quickly recognized that this was also an opportunity for me to grow both personally and professionally.

Creating a Sense of Urgency Around Inclusion

How can we change the culture of our community to one where individual members recognize and value inclusion?

In my work coaching organizations toward increased inclusion for people of all abilities, I spend a lot of time exploring organizational change. The one thing synagogue professionals and lay leaders ask most often is some version of this, “How do we change the culture of our community to one where individual members recognize and value inclusion?”  

Organizational culture change is a complex process that demands a clear vision and a focused leadership team committed to create, anchor and support change over time within the institutional culture. In other words, it is anything but a “quick fix.”

Inclusion is EVERYONE'S Issue



Twitter quotes; Removing the Stumbling Block

It’s exciting to attend a conference focused entirely on disability inclusion. I am grateful to the leadership of the Ruderman Family Foundation for convening such an event. Regardless of one’s interest, connection, professional role, or personal story – being in a space with nearly 1300 other people who are passionate about and committed to inclusion is inspiring.
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