Training Session On Enabling Inclusion

Reaching Every Learner In The Classroom
Date: 26 April 2019
Time: 9.30 a.m to 3.30 p.m
Venue: HLC , the Social Incubator
Cost (Per Person): Rs.1500/-

The Rationale:

Every child has the right to be supported by their parents and community to grow, learn, and develop in the early years, and, upon reaching school age, to go to school and be welcomed and included by teachers and peers alike.

Inclusive education means different and diverse students learning side by side in the same classroom.

Inclusive education values diversity and the unique contributions each student brings to the classroom. In an inclusive setting, every child feels safe and has a sense of belonging. They enjoy field trips and after-school activities together. They participate in student government together. And they attend the same sports meets and plays.Students and their parents participate in setting learning goals and take part in decisions that affect them. And school staff have the training, support, flexibility, and resources to nurture, encourage, and respond to the needs of all students.

And we are here to help exactly this: training to support the needs of all students.

Who are we?

ELINA – an Incubation of HLC,  is an advisory and referral centre for children Elina’s vision is to create an equitable space for ALL children in all components of the society we live in.

Elina uses a network of specialists to assist with the inclusion of children with additional needs. This may include children with diagnosed disabilities, challenging behaviour or social and emotional difficulties. We liaise with therapists as well as other allied professionals.Elina also supports families and educators with advice about their children’s development. We are a growing network of professionals in the field of inclusion & disability which includes Occupation Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Art therapists, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Teachers,Schools & Special Educators.

We promote changes to policy and practice in a variety of ways, including the following:

  • Being a referral point to a variety of professional services a child with needs may require.
  • Enabling communication among the various professionals who work with the child
  • Working with schools to enable inclusive practices
  • Building a large network of professionals who work in the field of inclusion
  • Building capacity among the professionals by organising workshops and trainings

What is this training about?

Enabling learning in an inclusive classroom

Inclusive education is about looking at the ways our schools, classrooms, programs and lessons are designed so that all children can participate and learn. Inclusion is also about finding different ways of teaching so that classrooms actively involve all children. It also means finding ways to develop friendships, relationships and mutual respect between all children, and between children and teachers in the school. Inclusive education is a way of thinking about how to be creative to make our schools a place where all children can participate. Creativity may mean teachers learning to teach in different ways or designing their lessons so that all children can be involved.

While session 1 of our training held in February focussed on “Learning through Movement”, this training will touch upon how we shall enable such an environment for our learners to benefit by understanding about executive functions.

What is executive function?

“The executive functions are a set of processes that all have to do with managing oneself and one’s resources in order to achieve a goal.” Executive function “is an umbrella term for the neurologically based skills involving mental control and self-regulation” (Cooper-Kahn, Dietzel, 2008, p. 10).


  • able to hold on to information while considering other information 
  • able to shift focus from one event to another 
  • able to think about multiple concepts simultaneously

These are just some of the skills of executive function: a set of skills that help direct the management of information and behavior.

Executive function and it’s relevance to learning:

Consider that today, with increased access to the Internet and more people uploading professional and amateur “how to” videos and direction sheets, you can locate information on nearly any topic you wish to pursue. If you search for “subtraction with regrouping,” you’ll find a wealth of resources. If you search for “light and shade in oil painting,” “basketball jump shot,” “how to use a gluestick,” or “balancing chemical equations,” you’ll likewise have no lack of resources.

Many of the skills and concepts students need to learn are readily available through a variety of sources on the Internet. This is far different from the accessibility to content that was available just a decade ago. What is important, however, is that you can identify a reliable source, and that requires executive function.

Physical access to content through lessons does not equal the cognitive access that leads to learning.

 Without the skills of executive function, a learner cannot access the information needed to transform thinking and produce powerful learning. Executive function is, therefore, the coveted missing link to student achievement.”

While an effective lesson and great materials may be necessary to learning, they are not sufficient to ensure learning. They will be to little or no avail with a student who lacks executive function.The key to unlocking content and ensuring a pathway to long-term memory is through executive function.

Who is our expert facilitator for the day?

Ms. Aarti C.Rajarathnam will be conducting a training for all of us schools on enabling inclusion.

Aarti is a multifaceted, intuitive and inspiring psychotherapist and a best- selling author who reaches out to people through her counselling sessions, television shows and newspaper columns on psychology and creative education. She is trained in CBT, Client centered therapy, Transpersonal Psychology and Neuro linguistic programming and uses an eclectic model to support children and adults through the therapeutic process.She is an Innovative Curriculum and Education Design Consultant and has been instrumental in designing innovative classrooms and curriculum models in India and abroad. She has set up schools for children in the rural areas of India to cater to the needs of first generation learners to ensure that their educational and nutritional needs are met.  She developed and implemented a model of reaching out to children affected by the disaster through art, music, play and drama. She nurtured more than a 1000 young students through an innovative and scientifically sound curriculum that integrated the principles of psychology, education, science and spirituality very effectively. She works closely with children with Learning Disabilities, Developmental Disabilities and Pervasive Developmental Disorders like Autism.

Aarti has trained and ably mentored teachers, School Leaders, professionals, parents, students, volunteers and HR teams on a wide range of topics and has truly made a difference and a major contribution in each one of these projects. She is an inspiring speaker and has been invited across the globe to share her insights on creative education and psychology.She is an inspiring speaker and has been invited across the globe to share her insights and experiences in the fields of creative education and psychology.

What Next?

Be with us on April 26, 2019 by registering now using the form below.

(If your are registering for more than one participants, please fill the form individually)

The payment of Rs.1500/- towards the training may be transferred online to:

The Ratnakar Bank Ltd., T. Nagar
Chennai 600017
IFS Code: RATN0000113
Current Account no: 409000202812
Fee: Rs.1500/-

(Lunch and tea will be provided at the venue)

Mrs. Ramalakshmi K
Head Of Elina
elina AT headstartschool DOT org (our preference).