Inclusive Schools Week

Featured Inclusive Schools Week Activities - Open to All!

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Inclusion Access Hour at the Children's Creativity Museum - 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 on to host an inclusive celebration for Inclusive Schools Week surrounding this year's theme of "Draw Me In." registration is open here!

If you are not able to attend in person, check out the Children's Creativity Museum Mystery Box Challenge, created specifically for this years Inclusive Schools Week theme!  These fund online activities allow kids to create art and learn through experimentation with common items found in your home. The Children's Creativity Museum has also compiled resources for SFUSD Teachers to facilitate STEAM activities during Inclusive Schools Week and beyond!

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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!



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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:

Inclusive Schools Week Activities & Ideas

10 Easy Inclusive Schools Week Celebration Ideas

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.).
  4. Read Inclusive books with your students that represent all marginalized students.
  5. 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. 
  6. Encourage and help students submit work in the SFUSD Online Inclusive Arts Showcase. Checkout the Inclusive Arts Showcase website for inspiration. 
  7. Check out the Inclusive Schools Network or 30th Anniversary of the ADA celebration guides for resources and ideas for your school community.
  8. Do some of the Champions of Inclusion Activities from the Inclusive Schools Network.
  9. Join the “Spread the Word to End the R-Word” Initiative
  10. 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

Inclusion Videos

Check out our Inclusion You Tube Channel for more videos!

Grounding documents: talking about Race & White Supremacy Culture

LGBTQ+ Resources

Click on the links in the PRIDE Virtual Classroom to find a fun music LGBTQ+ Playlist, LGBTQ Heroes choiceboard, virtual library, and more!

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 Voices

“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

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!

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This page was last updated on December 4, 2023