Stetson & Associates, Inc. is recognized across the United States and in several countries around the world for our expertise in inclusive education. From an early focus on Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)—the bedrock for inclusive education—to today’s priorities for re-envisioning philosophies and strategies for excellence in instruction, student-centered decision-making, new staffing models, and authentic collaboration, our approach is constantly enriched and updated with cutting-edge practices.

Educators, whether at the state, regional, district or school level, understand that a clear and consistent systems approach is essential for success. Here are our broad components of consultation, professional development and application-based technical assistance and coaching.

  • Review of Current Inclusive Practices for Baseline

  • Goal Setting & Systemic Planning at Cabinet Level

  • Establishing Metrics for Accountability

  • On-Site Technical Assistance for Each School

  • Specialized Training & Coaching for Principals

  • Building Shared Responsibility for Central Office Instructional Staff

  • Capacity Building for District Change Agents

  • Attention to Planning for Sustainability

This systems change process is highly effective in all the measures that matter:

  • Creates a common vision and vocabulary across all schools that supports clear communication across all levels and stakeholders;
  • Builds shared ownership for all students across all educators;
  • Improves instructional quality for all learners, with an emphasis on differentiation, appropriate scaffolding and strong Tier One, research-based strategies;
  • Focuses decision-making re: individual supports required for the success of each learner;
  • Effective and efficient use of personnel, including general and special education teachers, paraeducators, and related service staff;
  • A scheduling process that accounts for specific services for students, incorporates collaborative planning time and is easily integrated into the master scheduling system.

Our proposals for support in creating and sustaining inclusive schools are always customized to the specific needs of our clients. These are the possible components and available options to support system-wide success in implementing inclusive practices. Build your own proposal!

Step by Step for Inclusive Schools has been adopted as the statewide model for inclusion in the states of Connecticut, Hawaii, and Florida, and has been implemented in hundreds of school districts across 38 states.