Part 3 - BEST PRACTICE STANDARDS FOR CREATING A FULLY INCLUSIVE ENVIRONMENT
3.10 Staff Development
Staff development initiatives include disability issues and ensure that staff have the knowledge and skills to work effectively with people with impairments and create a fully inclusive environment.
Best Practice Standards
- Disability training is adequately resourced and arranged as part of induction and development programmes for all staff and, in particular, those involved with teaching.
- Strategies to encourage staff to attend disability training are developed and implemented.
- Specialist expertise, including the expertise of people with impairments and whanau, are actively involved in staff disability training and appropriately reimbursed.
- Staff have access on an ongoing basis to resource information about creating an inclusive educational environment and have sources of support, both internal and external.
- Designated contact(s) for students with impairments in different parts of the campus have appropriate and ongoing professional development.
- Applicants for appointment or advancement demonstrate evidence of appropriate responses to students with impairments.
- Strategies to measure if staff have the knowledge and skills to work effectively with people with impairments are developed and implemented.
Understanding these Best Practice Standards
- Ideally staff induction, development programmes and resource information should cover:
- Disability equity issues, the principles and benefits of universal instructional design, inclusive teaching practices, curriculum development and learning resources.
- The implications of different impairments on learning and teaching strategies, including barriers and solutions.
- Designing and managing physical access for people with different impairments.
- Student involvement, cultural issues, different communication and information strategies.
- The range and types of support available to students with impairments.
- Obligations under the Human Rights Act and other relevant policy and legislation.
- Strategies to plan, implement and evaluate support for students with impairments.
- Having a designated time for staff development, endorsement from Council and Senior Management, an accredited training programme and ongoing support for teaching staff, may help to improve attendance.
- Where possible training should involve all staff, including general, teaching, part-time and contract staff.
- Strategies for measuring outcomes of training can include reviewing progress with student participation, retention and success rates, student climate surveys and staff evaluations of the benefits of training.
- Staff development initiatives may also include staff mentoring, competency programmes, actively employing more staff with impairments and advertising positions among disability community networks.