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Improving School Climate for Inclusion

The Inclusive Schools Climate Initiative (ISCI)


  • The Inclusive Schools Climate Initiative (ISCI):  ISCI is a program that has been developed through a partnership between the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) and The Center for Applied Psychology (CAP) at Rutgers University.  It is designed to assist schools in developing and sustaining successful practices to promote school climates that best support the inclusion of students with disabilities.
  • Participating Schools:  Each year, several schools are selected to receive two years of training and technical support from the Rutgers ISCI consultants.  This process also emphasizes the sustainability of inclusive school climate practices.  ISCI participation teaches school teams the process of how to:
    • Assess the school climate of their building
    • Utilize the data from this assessment to create a School Climate Improvement Plan (SCIP)
    • Implement this plan to promote a supportive and inclusive environment for students with disabilities
    • Continuously improve upon implementation practices
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  • NJTV News covered one of the many successful ISCI schools. Click here to view the story of Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Fair Lawn, New Jersey