Children's Creativity Museum Inclusive Schools Access Hour AND At Home Activity
On Saturday, December 9th, the Children's Creativity Museum will open an hour early to host an inclusive celebration and create a community garden mural for Inclusive Schools Week.
Check out the Children's Creativity Museum Inclusion Mystery Box Challenge to participate in creating the mural from home. Use the pictures in the guide to sprout your creativity and help us cultivate and nourish our inclusive community garden. Gather materials from around your home to create a plant of flower to decorate our garden, an inclusive playground for bugs or a self-portrait to draw yourself into our gard
Celebrate Inclusive Schools Week Dec 4-8!
Join SFUSD school sites across the district in celebrating inclusion and disability awareness. This week provides an opportunity for SFUSD educators and community members to learn about the intersection of disabilities with other categories of identity, like race, gender, class, cultural heritage, language preference and other differences. Education and awareness are powerful tools to break down barriers and increase sense of belonging.
SFUSD Inclusive Arts Showcase
Encourage your student(s) to create Inclusive Artwork related to this year's theme of "Draw Me In" and their disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference, etc. for Inclusive Schools Week. Submit it below to be featured in the district's annual Inclusive Arts Showcase!
Check out the Inclusive Arts Showcase Website for inspiration!
2023 Inclusive Schools Week Theme
The theme for Inclusive Schools Week 2023 is "Draw Me In!" Participating in art provides a pathway to self-discovery, and sharing art opens doors to understanding and respecting different ways of thinking. Do we see the faces of all children and youth drawn into the canvas of our schools and society today?
The need to belong is a basic need of all students and an integral component of effective inclusive schools. To be inclusive implies a fundamental commitment to building relationships among students, families, educators, and the community to support safe and positive learning environments.
SFUSD Inclusion Guide
SFUSD has created this Inclusion Resource Guide which includes all the best resources, curriculum and activities from across the district. Many district departments, advisory groups and community organizations have contributed to this effort.
Use this guide to develop an Inclusive Schools Week Plan for your school.
What is Inclusive Schools Week?
Inclusive Schools Week is an annual event sponsored by the Inclusive Schools Network (ISN) and Stetson & Associates, Inc., which is held each year during the first full week in December. Since its inception in 2001, Inclusive Schools Week has celebrated the progress that schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, including students who are marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference, and other factors.
Featured Inclusive Schools Week Activities - Open to All!
Inclusion Access Hour at the Children's Creativity Museum (221 Fourth St) - Saturday, December 9th from 9:00-10:00am
In partnership with SFUSD and Support for Families, the Children's Creativity Museum will open an hour early to host an inclusive celebration and create a community garden mural for Inclusive Schools Week. (Flyer)
HELP CREATE THE INCLUSION MURAL FROM HOME!
Check out the Children's Creativity Museum Inclusion Mystery Box Challenge to participate in creating the mural from home. Use the pictures in the guide to sprout your creativity and help us cultivate and nourish our inclusive community garden. Gather materials from around your home to create a plant of flower to decorate our garden, an inclusive playground for bugs or a self-portrait to draw yourself into our garden mural! Send a photo of your creation to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 9 to be featured in our community garden mural!
The Children's Creativity Museum has also compiled resources for SFUSD Teachers to facilitate STEAM activities during Inclusive Schools Week and beyond!
Special Olympics Resources and Events
SFUSD Physical Education and Activity department is partnering with Special Olympics Northern California to provide resources and activities throughout Inclusive Schools Week.
In addition to lesson plans, you have the opportunity to sign up to receive a RESPECT banner, a set of inclusion banners, or request an athlete speaker assembly during the week's activities. Please register below by November 17th to let us know what you’re doing during ISW and request any resources!
AccessSFUSD The Arc Holiday Sing-Along- Friday, December 8th: 11:00am-12:30pm, Wattis Theater, 151 3rd St, San Francisco
Join AccessSFUSD: The Arc and the SF MoMA's Education Team for a holiday event to remember and plenty of merriment. Sing along to your holiday favorites alongside the musical artists of AccessSFUSD: The Arc, musical director Max Baker, and special guest appearances! RSVP now because space is limited and this event is NOT to be missed. Please designate at least 72 hours in advance if you need wheelchair accessible seating so accommodations can be made to the theater. Register here
Schedule Your Own Inclusion and Disability Focused Event or Assembly:
Sample Inclusive Schools Week Plans
Inclusive Schools Week Activities & Ideas
10 Easy Inclusive Schools Week Celebration Ideas
- Build a Peace Corner in your classroom or school yard. Create a quiet place for students to cool down and take a moment to regroup when they are feeling overwhelmed.
- Put up an inclusion bulletin board in your classroom or the school hallway. Hang up pictures of disability heroes or student work on the topic of inclusion.
- Talk about Inclusion and Inclusive Schools Week during morning circle and include various modes of communication. For example, use sign language, foreign languages, and augmentative communication supports (including photos, pictures, and assistive technology devices, etc.).
- Read Inclusive books with your students that represent all marginalized students.
- Extra Credit Assignment: Watch either of the district's virtual events: "Inclusion in San Francisco- From the Birthplace of the Disability Rights Movement to Today" or the Special Olympics Virtual Assembly with Phillip Gonzales and then write a reflection.
- Encourage and help students submit work in the SFUSD Online Inclusive Arts Showcase. Checkout the Inclusive Arts Showcase website for inspiration.
- Check out the Inclusive Schools Network or 30th Anniversary of the ADA celebration guides for resources and ideas for your school community.
- Do some of the Champions of Inclusion Activities from the Inclusive Schools Network.
- Join the “Spread the Word to End the R-Word” Initiative
- Visit ADA30 in Color - a series of original essays on the past, present, and future of disability rights and justice by disabled people of color. Published and edited by Alice Wong, of the Disability Visibility Project.
Inclusion Articles and Resources
Join the “Spread the Word to End the R-Word” Initiative
Read inclusive books that represent all students and families or start a book club using this Inclusive Book List from the Community Advisory Committee for Special Education. Check out this list of inclusive picture books and inclusive middle school books available on Hoopla from the SFUSD Librarians. 16 Fiction Books With Disability Representation, Children's Books Honored For Disability Narratives
Family Resources for Talking about Race & Social Justice in the U.S. - SFUSD staff have compiled a brief list of books, articles, videos, websites and other resources for families to explore race and social justice with children of different ages.
Classroom Activities: Ask students to think about how their disability gives them "superpowers". Then have them highlight their unique strengths with a ____ is my superpower writing activity. Or discuss characteristics of what makes a good friend then use the prompt: I can be a good friend by ___________.
Read these Inclusion Stories from A Mighty Girl to inspire smart, courageous and confident girls.
Champions of Inclusion Activities from the Inclusive Schools Network
BLM@SCHOOL // DISABILITY JUSTICE RESOURCES SAMPLER! - Curriculum - Lesson plans, classroom resources for all ages. A team of people from around the country work collaboratively to curate a variety of classroom resources for every age group. These resources are all free of charge and meant to be shared and used. The goal of these lessons and activities is to challenge racism and oppression and providing students with the vocabulary and tools needed to take action.
The Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University studies and showcases disabled people's experiences to revolutionize social views. Through public education, scholarship and cultural events, the Longmore Institute shares disability history and theory, promotes critical thinking, and builds a broader community.
How to talk about disability sensitively and avoid ableist tropes by SHRUTI RAJKUMAR
What Is Inclusion? By Krystal Jagoo from Very Well Mind
- Intersectionality & Disability by Keri Gray
- Crip Camp - the bay area story behind the ADA
- Superfest Film Festival
- A World Made for Disabilities
- Short Film about Playground Inclusion
- Including Samuel
- It’s Not about Fitting In
- What is Inclusion?
- Inclusion and education - all means all
- Being Different is Normal
- X Ambassadors - Renegades 4 min. music video
- Wheels - 1 min tire commercial from Canada.
- Runway of Dreams - NY Fashion Week Disability Fashion Show
- Harry Potter has Dyspraxia and reflections on his education
- Black Stories Matter | YouTube YouTube playlist (collection of YouTube videos grouped by topic) Check out #6 in the playlist.
- Color Blind or Color Brave? | TED TalksMellody Hobson, Co-CEO & President at Ariel Investments. 14 min watch
- Who Gets to Be Afraid in America? | The AtlanticIbram X. Kendi, Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. 10 min read
- “Unpacking Internalized Racism” | Making the Body a Home Ogorchukwuu. Self-guided course created for BIPOC
- Watch Forget Me Not: Inclusion in the Classroom - a New Documentary on Inclusive Education
- I Got 99 Problems. Palsy Is Just One. TED Talk by Maysoon Zayid
- I'm Not Your Inspiration, Thank You Very Much. TEDx Talk by Stella Young
- "Disability Justice & Access-Centered Pedagogy in the Pandemic"
- "War on the Weak: Eugenics in America"
Check out our Inclusion You Tube Channel for more videos!
Additional Cultural Resource Guides from SFUSD Family Advisories
- SFUSD 2021 Black History Resource Guide
- SFUSD Asian American & Pacific Islander Resource Guide
- SFUSD 2020 Latinx Heritage Resource Guide
- SFUSD 2020 Filipinx History Resource Guide
- SFUSD American Indian Heritage Month Resource
- LGBTQ Family + Gender Diversity Teaching Guide for Elementary Grades
- The Asian Americans With Disabilities Initiative's Resource Guide
Grounding documents: talking about Race & White Supremacy Culture
- Celebrate African and Indigenous Cultures: A Resource for Parents and Caregivers from Learning for Justice
- Confronting Ableism on the Way to Justice by Keith Jones from Learning for Justice
- White Supremacy Culture + Antidotes - reformatted so it’s easier to read
- Defining Anti-Racism: slides + a short video with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi & Robin D’Angelo
- What White Children Need to Know about Race - online article
- The Differences Between Allies, Accomplices & Co-Conspirators May Surprise You - online article
- To Breathe Together: Co-Conspirators For Decolonial Futures - online article
- We need co-conspirators, not allies': how white Americans can fight racism- online article
- Anti-Racism Resource Guide - online resource guide
- Video: https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4804332/user-clip-conspirators - Bettina Love, Ally vs Co-Conspirator
- Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTvU7uUgjUI - Joy DeGruy, A Trip to the Grocery Store
- Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gr-mt1P94cQ&t=2s Bree Newsome and James Tyson
- Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkZNyRF2Qhc A discussion with Bree Newsome and Jimmy Tyson
- Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvZZG2BWbgY Ally, Co-Conspirator and Accomplice
- Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lVNA4aF1lg To challenge the status quo, find a "co-conspirator”
- Video: Abolitionist Teaching and the Future of our Schools Min 24-30
- Okun, Tema. White supremacist culture.
- McIntosh, P. (1988). White privilege: Unpacking the invisible knapsack. Retrieved from http://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/mcintosh.pdf
- DiAngelo, R. (2011). White fragility. The International Journal of Critical Pedagogy, 3(3). http://libjournal.uncg.edu/ijcp/article/download/249/116
- Harris, C. (1993). Whiteness as property, pp. 276-287
- "DO THE WORK!" with W. Kamau Bell and Kate Schatz | KQED
Embrace Diversity to Build Safer, More Inclusive Communities
“Dominator culture has tried to keep us all afraid, to make us choose safety instead of risk, sameness instead of diversity. Moving through that fear, finding out what connects us, reveling in our differences; this is the process that brings us closer, that gives us a world of shared values, of meaningful community.”
—bell hooks, Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope
To uplift Transgender Awareness Week, we highlight these resources that emphasize why inclusive education is imperative and how the power of LGBTQ+ visibility fosters positive spaces of understanding and empathy where all students feel visible and accepted.
Visibility is Power by Elementary educator Skye Tooley emphasizes the power of LGBTQ+ visibility in fostering positive spaces of understanding and empathy where all students feel visible and accepted. From Learning for Justice.
Inclusive Education Benefits All Children by Melanie Willingham-Jaggers and the GLSEN Team. In confronting attacks on LGBTQ+ students’ rights to representation and safety in public education, we hold firm to creating inclusive and affirming learning spaces. From Learning for Justice
Advocating for LGBTQ Students with Disabilities - a guide for educators and parents/guardians on supporting LGBTQ students with an IEP or 504 plan
The Trevor Project - 2022 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health
Disability Voices - Quotes from disability advocates
“Disability is not a brave struggle or courage in the face of adversity. Disability is an art. It is an ingenious way to live.”
-Neil Marcus, actor/playwright
“Disability must be considered within an intersectional framework because it cuts across political, social, and cultural narratives and identities. An intersectional lens challenges the historically white, cisgender, heterosexual understanding of disability to more accurately reflect the narratives as told by lived experiences of disabled people.”
-Sandy Ho, community organizer
“As ‘invisibles’, our history is hidden from us, our heroes buried in the pages, unnamed, unrecognized. Disability culture is about naming, about recognizing.”
-Cheryl Marie Wade, “Disability Culture Rap”
“Staying alive is a lot of work for a disabled person in an ableist society.”
-Alice Wong, editor; Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century
“Overthinking is one enemy of disability etiquette, but so is making assumptions about what a person wants and needs. Of course, individuals with disabilities want to be treated like everyone else, but when we say that, we don’t mean “treat every person exactly the same. We mean recognize our humanity and meet us where we are at.
-Kyle Khachadurian, cohost, The Accessible Stall podcast
The Disabled Standard (produced by former NPR intern Shruti Rajkumar)
Past Inclusion Events
2022 Event Highlights:
- Keynote Event: "Inclusion in San Francisco- From the Birthplace of the Disability Rights Movement to Today" Presented in partnership with The Longmore Institute on Disability, Support for Families, Parents for Public Schools. Check out our Keynote Glossary & Community Resources to learn more about the Disability Rights Movement in San Francisco and the various resources the city has available through government organizations, community groups, etc.
- 2nd District PTA 411 Wednesday: Inclusive & Accessible Meetings. Check out the slides and recording to learn more about frameworks and resources to make your meetings meetings accessible!
2020 Bitmoji Inclusion Classroom:
Check out our Inclusion Bitmoji Classroom to learn more about Inclusive Schools Week, Special Education and Disability Heroes!
This page was last updated on December 7, 2023