I am a Para going to school for my license. I work for a small charter school and up until now the whole SPED department has been either self-contained or pull-outs to the resource room. I've fought and fought for inclusion. Yesterday, my principal gave me a bit of hope and asked me where to start. A little background: We've had THREE SPED teachers since I began here. I've been here 18 months (spanning over 2 school years and going into my 3rd). The original teacher was very old fashioned and couldn't comply with new laws. He didn't like using IEP Pro, which is not cheap, so I think that had a lot to do with why he left. The second teacher just had no clue what she was doing. She said she did and was certified, but she didn't. Then the Title 1 Director took over SPED, while still being in charge of Title 1. They called her position Director of Special Services. She was so unbelievably overwhelmed and was also very old fashioned and wanted NO part of inclusion. They've outsourced the SPED teacher position for the upcoming year and I won't meet her for another month or so. So, what I want is resources, ideas, anything that will help my case in at least pursuing inclusion, even if it's training this year and implementing in the 17-18 school year. Has anyone had experience implementing inclusion for the first time? Thank you so much in advance!