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Teaching inclusion through radio broadcast

Special education students and teacher Beth Collier proudly show up their NPR award. [Facebook photo]
Special education students and teacher Beth Collier proudly show up their NPR award. [Facebook photo]

Students in Beth Collier’s special education class at Rockwood Summit High challenged themselves to try something new. They entered a National Public Radio [NPR] podcast contest and poured themselves into making their project a success.

The class selected the prompt, “What do you want to change about the world? What’s a big change that you want to make in the future?” The students shared how they’d like to be treated by others in a podcast about inclusion.

“We spent many hours researching podcasts, listening and watching,” said Collier. “We took time to come up with the statements and put them in an agreed-upon order. Then, we used a video app to practice recording ourselves so the students could go back and watch and listen to themselves to give feedback to each other.”

There were hundreds of entries for the NPR contest. When the contest results were announced, the team was happy with the results.

“We received an honorable mention, of which I am so proud,” Collier said. “To even be considered was such a huge honor.”

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