Since 1994, Walker Partnerships has been providing comprehensive services to districts throughout Massachusetts to help them increase their capacity to include students with serious emotional disabilities. Our model of service delivery focuses on increasing student participation in general education, reducing barriers, restructuring policies, teaching best practices, and shifting culture. Walker Partnerships is fully committed to finding better ways of including students who are at risk of marginalization or exclusion.
At the foundation of the work of Walker Partnerships is the belief that, given the appropriate support, nearly all students can be successfully educated within their own district. We believe that inclusion works well when all stakeholders collaborate. To that end, we have developed a model that allows districts to examine and improve upon current practices. Our model includes the following: program evaluation; facilitated discussion; professional supervision and training; individual student assessment and consultation; contracted social workers and therapeutic intervention specialists; and program consultation.