Being a fully inclusive school means ISKL serves the academic, social, emotional and developmental needs of every member of our student population. Programming is designed to ensure equal access and opportunity for all students to find their passion and succeed.ISKL’s school-wide Student Services team comprises Learning Resource specialists who provide tiered support depending on individual needs, English as an Additional Language (EAL) teachers, and counselors, all of whom are integral to supporting the academic and well-being needs of every learner, and the Life-Centered Education program supports students with significant intellectual, learning, or developmental differences.
As part of ISKL’s Middle School Reading Celebrations, students shared some of their favorite titles, along with their thoughts explaining why they felt their book was particularly inclusive.
Here are some of their thoughts:
‘The Wild Robot,’ by Peter Brown – Gizane N. (27)
“What I like most about the book is the main character, Roz, who gets stuck on an island due to a shipwreck. The most unique and inclusive thing about this book is that she is a robot, and even though she is different, she still learns to love, care, appreciate, and protect with her life. “
‘Other Words for Home,’ by Jasmine Warga – Zoya A. (’28)
“Jude moves to America, and she can not really speak English. She goes to a class to learn the language and has many adventures in America with her family and new friends.”
‘I am Malala,’ by Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai – Gregorio S. (’26)
“‘I am Malala’ is one of the most inclusive books I have ever read. It highlighted the struggles that women faced during the Taliban crisis, and it also showed all genders as equal. “
‘A Long Walk to Water,’ by Linda Sue Park – Charlie U. (’28)
“I liked how there were two perspectives and how both of them lived their life differently from the other. It makes you feel like you are there. “
‘The Land of Stories,’ by Chris Colfer – Pranav C. (’27)
“This book is about the fairy tale world crashing with the real world and includes adventure, curiosity, friendship, and much more. It also invites inclusion by showing many different people and animals coming together.”
Thank you again to MS students Gizane, Zoya, Gregorio, Charlie, and Pranav for sharing your inclusive books with the ISKL community. Follow more of our Reading Month celebrations on social media here!