Preparing Inclusive Teachers: A Conversation about the World Bank’s Teach Inclusive Tool


This fireside chat between World Bank colleagues Omar Arias, Ezequiel Molina, and Adelle Pushparatnam delved into the evidence and the importance of understanding inclusive teaching practices at the classroom level as well as using World Bank’s classroom observation tool, Teach Inclusive, to gather data to inform systems, teacher training and professional development. The Teach tool was adapted with an inclusive lens drawing on the principle that “Inclusive teaching is better teaching for all.”

Teachers are using inclusive teaching practices - Data collected using past iterations of the Teach tool and the version that incorporates more inclusive teaching practices, showed that while teachers do an excellent job on teaching practices like employing multiple means of representation, there was room for improvement when it came to providing multiple means of engagement.

Classroom observation data to inform system strengthening: The data collected using Teach tool can help to open dialogue around stronger, more inclusive teacher training amongst policy makers, especially to develop inclusive national curriculums. Teach aims to revolutionize the way education system tracks and then improves teaching practices by assessing of what is happening in the classroom and what teachers are doing well. Thereby, identifying where further support is necessary.

To see the full effect of the policy shifts in learning outcomes for students, education systems should be able to track teaching practices and then move the needle on various aspects of instruction in a coherent way, which includes teacher training, and the interactions teachers have with their students, including those with disabilities.

This bar graph shows the answers given by the audience to the question: "What is the biggest barrier for teachers practicing inclusive education? Answers are the following: not enough support staff 6%; overcrowded classrooms 9%; Lack of resources as assistive technology, accessible devices, teaching and learning materials 21%; inadequate training on inclusive education methods and approaches 65%.

Useful Resources from the session:

  • Foundational Teaching Skills Guide: For teachers, coaches, and school and pedagogical leaders, this document presents 11 Foundational Teaching Skills and provides step-by-step guidance on how to utilize them in the classroom and also scaffold, practice and coach on these skills. [PDF] 
  • Teacher’s Guide Diagnostic Tool Manual and Scoresheet: For policymakers, program designers, and other educational stakeholders, the Diagnostic Tool and its associated Scoresheet help assess the quality of existing Teacher Guides and provide recommendations for improvement. [PDF and PDF]        

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