Tanenbaum’s Seven Principles for Inclusive Education

Tanenbaum’s globally recognized pedagogy, the Seven Principles for Inclusive Education, builds inclusive and respectful classrooms. A valuable resource for any classroom or lesson plan, the Seven Principles increase behaviors of respect and inclusion. They are also the foundation for all of our curricula and teacher training programs many of which are available online.

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1. When educators teach the same material in different ways, lessons are more interesting and tangible to a greater number of students.

2. Students whose identities are affirmed feel proud of themselves and excited by the world—around them, becoming compassionate and understanding people.

3. When educators proactively model how to debunk preconceived stereotypes, students see each other with curiosity and respect.

4. Students know what’s fair, but may not know what is equitable. Educators should explore issues of social justice, equity and access with students.

5. Inclusive classrooms use books and materials that reflect accurate images of diverse peoples and challenge stereotypes.

6. Educators can build curiosity and expand students’ horizons by teaching about diverse traditions and allowing students to learn from their peers.

7. Educators should be flexible when using any curricula. Many of the most teachable moments are unplanned and unscripted.