What does it mean to learn generously?
This section combines information about the 5th grade inclusion class, taught by Audrey Jackson and Victor Joyner, at the JP Manning School (a Boston Public school) through the spring of 2018. When we began teaching at the Manning, Principal Ethan d'Ablemont Burnes encouraged us to be generous in all we do. Years ago, our school was not full inclusion, and classes were segregated by students' behavioral needs. This focus on being generous, as the staff, community, and students figured out the best way to sustainably practice full inclusion, helped us remember that we don't have to be perfect in order to challenge and nurture each other. When we choose to be generous with our time, compassion, questions, and willingness to take risks, everyone in our community is able to engage in more meaningful learning and reflection. Our school has developed an inclusion model that we call the Therapeutic Educational Milieu; If you're interested in learning about the school's ongoing work in this area, please contact JP Manning School directly.