Summer 2017


Capstone Project

Degree Name



Susan Manikowski


The research question addressed in this capstone project was what are best practices for creating an inclusive language arts program in grades 1-5 in an elementary school? It documents the history of special education and inclusion in the United States, least restrictive environment (LRE), benefits and barriers to inclusion as well as strategies to create an inclusive language arts setting. The author uses research to prepare and present a PowerPoint presentation to licensed teachers to be used as staff development. The PowerPoint presentation addresses the history of special education and inclusion, how LRE is determined, benefits and barriers to inclusion, strategies for creating an inclusive language arts setting as well as how students are selected for inclusion in language arts, service time for students in this setting as well as a comparison of standardized test scores between a school using the inclusive language arts model and one which does not. Supplemental material are also provided for ongoing staff development including information on specific disabilities.

Project Type

Action Research, staff development


Special Education, Staff Development

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Education Commons