When LRE comes up, so do the words mainstreaming and inclusion. Many people think these terms mean the same thing, but they’re slightly different.
A mainstream classroom is a general education classroom. Mainstreaming means putting kids with an IEP in the general education classroom for some or most of the day. They may also have some instruction in a separate, special education classroom.
Many schools have stopped using the term mainstreaming. They now often focus on an educational approach called inclusion. This approach focuses on making sure students with IEPs are part of the school community.
An inclusion classroom is a general education classroom that has some students who receive special education. However, inclusion goes beyond classroom placement. It’s about making sure every child has the chance to participate in school activities.
the benefits of inclusion classrooms