The Wharton Borough Public School District holds firm to its committment
to meeting the needs of all learners in the least restrictive environment. This includes differentiation of instruction,
whenever possible, within general education classrooms. Differentiation is done in order to accommodate children with special
needs and those who are English Language Learners (ELL). In keeping with this committment the district applied
for and was awarded the NJDOE INCLUDE Grant .
Phase I of the grant, fifth grade math teachers prepare to implement the tenets of Universal Design for Learning in two UDL mathematics classrooms during the 2008-2009 school year. Sixth grade teachers are working toward
future implementation of this design during Phase III in the 2009-2010 school year. Phase IV of INCLUDE
will expand the program into seventh grade mathematics classrooms. Phase IV will also prepare eighth grade math
teachers to incorporate the UDL model in their classes after the conclusion of the grant cycles. In so doing, the Wharton School District proposes to increase the number of learners
with mild to moderate learning disabilities and students from the ELL program within the regular education
math program. By increasing teachers' awareness of UDL learning
strategies, math content, math pedagogy, and utilization of educational technology the Inclusive Practices Team (IPT)
believes that every student can be successful and realize higher achievement in a regular education setting.