English teachers sign pledge to make texts more inclusive
You might assume that everything ever written in English would make it into a text in a way that’s inclusive of your classroom. But according to Melissa Adesuyi, “rejection rates” among English teachers who get text alerts about students with disabilities are double the national average.
That’s why Adesuyi, a former high school principal, began the Disrupt Texts movement in the fall of 2017 to fight the problem. It’s an effort to challenge the way text messages are used in classrooms.
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More than 100 English teachers from 43 different colleges and universities have signed up for the Disrupt Texts pledge, pledging to select texts only from apps using robust accessibility capabilities and then applying the signs and symbols in the Braille font to those texts to be more inclusive of students with disabilities.
“I’m excited to see my colleagues I admire from other schools begin to view texts as tools they can use to create meaningful connections with students and enhance learning,” said Adesuyi.
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