Why is it important to have inclusive schools? How can students, teachers, and school leaders view this diversity as beneficial for their own learning and the school as a whole?

Ensuring Success for All is an online professional development program for teachers and administrators in K-12 settings. Based upon the research of HGSE Professor Thomas Hehir, a leading international expert on educating students with disabilities, the workshop explores why inclusion matters and how schools can treat diversity as an asset. Participants will explore current research on creating inclusive classrooms as well as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework. They will look at examples of UDL in practice, including tools that can be leveraged to identify barriers to learning and ensure success for all students.


By completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Explore the complexity of teaching diverse groups of students
  • Understand the principles of Universal Design for Learning
  • Discover tools, such as digital text, that make learning more accessible to diverse learners


The online workshop will require a total of 5-7 hours of work. Participants who complete all individual assessments and contribute to group discussions will receive a certificate indicating completion of five clock hours of instruction.

Meet The Faculty

Thomas Hehir

Thomas Hehir

Silvana and Christopher Pascucci Professor of Practice in Learning Differences

Tom Hehir served as director of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs from 1993 to 1999. As director, he was responsible for federal leadership in implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Hehir played a leading role in developing the Clinton administration's proposal for the 1997 reauthorization of the IDEA, 90 percent of which was adopted by Congress. In 1990, he was associate superintendent for the Chicago Public Schools, where he was responsible for special education services and student support services. In this role, he implemented major changes in the special education service delivery system, which enabled Chicago to reach significantly higher levels of compliance with the IDEA and resulted in the eventual removal of the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights as overseer. Hehir also served in a variety of positions in the Boston Public Schools, including that of director of special education. An advocate for children with disabilities in the education system, he has written on special education, special education in the reform movement, due process, and least restrictive environment issues.

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