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Supporting Inclusive Practices

Our vision is for every student to be educated in an environment that is intentionally designed, equitable and inclusive.
Innovate. Include. Impact.


What We Do...

SIP (Supporting Inclusive Practices) provides unparalleled statewide technical assistance to educational communities in their pursuit of inclusive and equitable systems. Together we seek to empower each student to be purposeful and motivated, resourceful and knowledgeable, and strategic and goal directed within an environment of belonging, community and connection.
SIP provides technical assistance, within the CA System of Support, in a three-tier system:

Open access resources - including live/recorded webinars, Padlets and guidance on inclusive practices - designed to build LEA, school and classroom capacity for equity and inclusion.

Ongoing support to grantees - including funding, exclusive professional learning events and coaching/strategic planning - designed to meet their specific needs as they improve outcomes on state performance indicators 3, 5, 6 and 7.

Technical assistance for statewide change as directed by CDE.

*SIP grantees are selected by the California Department of Education, Special Education Division. There is not an application process to become a SIP grantee.

8.3 %

Students with disabilities served in 2018-19 as a percentage of total enrollment.

0 %

Students with disabilities in general education 80% or more of the day in 2018-19

Graduation Rate
1 %

Four year graduation rate for students with disabilities per 2017-18 data.

Our Approach to Inclusion


We believe that a culture focused on building capacity at all levels via collaborative systems and structures is essential.


We believe that creating and implementing policies which remove structural and procedural barriers that impede the change of inclusion is vital.


We believe in inclusive practices that are responsive to student diversity, encourage student-directed learning, are evidence-based, and developed via ongoing collaboration between staff, students and community.

Cohesive Leadership

We believe that a cohesive leadership team that is distributed across levels and is committed to driving change across the organization is an essential element for inclusion.

Our Impact

Local Educational Agencies
CCSESA Regions

SIP operates across 11 CCSESA regions in California

Average Increase in Inclusion
5 %
SIP has incurred a 5% average increase in inclusion over a period of 3 years from 2015 – 2018 for grantees (indicator 5) in comparison to the state of California which averages 2%


The SIP Project has been an incredible catalyst for change in our school district. The focus on improvement science and personalized support with the grant award have been key to our success in increasing inclusive opportunities for students with disabilities. We are proud that we’ve increased by 20% the number of students spending 80% or more of their day in general education settings in just 3 years with the support and guidance of the SIP Project.
Picture of Katherine Mahoney - supporting inclusive practices
Katherine Mahoney
Director of Special Education, Arcadia USD
Collaborating with school districts and educational thought leaders across California and to work hand in hand with them to increase the inclusion of students with special needs is a real passion for all us at CHIME. Being a part of SIP is a tremendous opportunity.
Picture of Dr. Erin Studer - supporting inclusive practices
Dr. Erin Studer
Executive Director, CHIME Institute
The SIP grant has allowed our team to dive deeply into the exploration and implementation of Universal Design for Learning and Co-teaching, moving our staff towards more inclusive practices.
Picture of Danae Popovich - supporting inclusive practices
Danae Popovich
Principal, Camino Grove Elementary