Don’t We Already Do Inclusion?: A Conversation with Paula Kluth

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About the Guest(s): Dr. Paula Kluth is an internationally renowned consultant, author, advocate, and independent scholar. She has worked extensively with teachers and families to provide inclusive opportunities for students with disabilities and create more responsive and engaging schooling experiences for all learners. With a background as a special educator, classroom teacher, and inclusion facilitator, Dr. Kluth has authored or co-authored numerous books on inclusive education, including “Don’t We Already Do Inclusion?”, “100 Ways to Improve Inclusive Schools”, and “You’re Going to Love This Kid: Teaching Students with Autism in Inclusive Classrooms”. She is a passionate advocate for inclusive education and is dedicated to promoting inclusive practices in schools and communities.

Episode Summary: In this episode, host Tim Villegas interviews Dr. Paula Kluth, an expert in inclusive education. They discuss the concept of reverse inclusion and whether it can be a stepping stone to authentic inclusion. Dr. Kluth shares her insights on ways educators can promote inclusion in their local schools and the role of technology in the classroom. The conversation highlights the importance of challenging traditional models of education and creating inclusive environments that meet the needs of all learners.


Key Takeaways:

  • Inclusion is not a one-time achievement but an ongoing process that requires continuous reflection and improvement.
  • Reverse inclusion, while it may have social benefits, can often become a substitute for true inclusion and hinder systemic change.
  • Teachers in self-contained classrooms can pursue inclusion by seeking collaboration with general education teachers and proposing co-teaching models.
  • Leadership plays a crucial role in creating inclusive schools, and educators should advocate for systemic changes that benefit all learners.
  • Technology and personalized instruction have the potential to enhance inclusion by providing individualized support and access to a broader range of learning opportunities.



To listen to the full episode and gain more insights into inclusive education, visit the Think Inclusive Podcast website or search for the episode on your preferred podcast platform. Stay tuned for more thought-provoking discussions on inclusive education and the power of diversity.

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