The Inclusion of Diverse Populations: Implementation Policies and Practices



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Diversity in classrooms and its effects on students has increased in prevalence when discussing education reforms, especially given the rapid growth in diversity in American schools over recent years. In the context of this paper, diversity means a variety of factors, including: racial and ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic backgrounds, special populations, multilingual and multiculturalism, gender and sexuality, age, and cognitive differences among achieving students. These aspects all function as core elements of the discussion surrounding the methods of inclusion for diversity. To better understand how the above factors influence this discussion, this paper will analyze and propose a variety of implementation strategies. Additionally, the paper will determine different plans of action for how to implement diversity effectively into our schools. Due to the wide range of geopolitical and socioeconomic atmospheres across our nation, this paper will propose both micro-level and macro-level suggestions for increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of inclusion policies and practices in our schools.