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C&T Colloquium: Inclusivity as Stance, with Sarah Schlessinger

Thirty years of research shows that inclusive education can improve educational outcomes for students with labeled disabilities and that inclusive education does not detrimentally affect the performance of students without labeled disabilities. Yet, the implementation of inclusive schooling and practices is still highly controversial in schools, largely due to the dominating audit culture of the current educational climate. During this colloquium, Sarah Schlessinger will present her research on the work of NYC teachers attempting to implement inclusive practices in an increasingly difficult climate and the development of her own inclusive stance through the dissertation process.

Sarah Schlessinger is a doctoral candidate in Curriculum Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University in the
 Curriculum & Teaching Program. Her research interests are in social justice as it is enacted through inclusive classroom practices, specifically referring to notions of normalcy, marginalization and the intersections of race, class, and ability. Sarah is also an instructor in the Elementary Inclusive Education Program at Teachers College, and the senior research associate for the Teachers College Inclusive Classrooms Project.

Persons interested in attending are encouraged to rsvp via online support by Friday, May 3rd.

Where: 305 Russell


Initiated in the Fall 2012, the Curriculum and Teaching Colloquium Series serves as a privileged space for students to gain a broader awareness of curricular discussions with international and national scholars.

Individuals with disabilities are invited to request reasonable accommodations including, but not limited to sign language interpretation, Braille or large print materials, and a campus map of accessible features. Address these requests to the Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities at (212) 678-3689,, or Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services at (212) 678-3853 V/TTY.


  • Jennifer Govan
  • 678-3022
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