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John Rocchi contributes to textbook

HELPS WITH BOOK — John Rocchi, director of special education for THE Indian Creek Local School District, co-authored a chapter on invitational inclusive education for the college textbook “Inclusive Education: A Systematic Perspective.” -- Contributed

WINTERSVILLE — John Rocchi, special education directort at the Indian Creek Local School District, can add another accomplishment to his portfolio, this time as an author.

Rocchi collaborated with fellow educators Barbara Hansen and Linda Morrow to contribute a chapter to “Inclusive Education: A Systematic Perspective,” which is available now through Information Age Publishing of Charlotte, N.C., and will be used by colleges and universities. The trio co-wrote “Enhancing Learner Access Through Invitational Inclusive Education,” which is based upon their respective teachings at Muskingum University in Zanesville.

Prior to serving in his current post, Rocchi was a special education coordinator at State Support Team Region 12 but has instructed at the university for the past 11 years, and he continues to teach online while serving at Indian Creek. Hansen and Morrow had taught the same course at Muskingum prior to Rocchi and they decided to work together on the book, on which Hansen acts as co-editor. She also is a Dave Longaberger Endowed Chair in Teaching and Learning at Muskingum and teaches graduate courses in educational leadership, while Morrow is a professor emeritus at the university.

“The chapter is about the course and how to be more inclusive and invitational in whatever you are doing,” Rocchi explained. “It’s being more accepting of all individuals no matter their ability or disability and creating an environment that allows everyone to participate to the fullest extent possible.”

He said the process may extend outside the classroom and into any field, be it business, sports or something else. The idea touches upon five areas that work together to achieve a more invitational setting: people, place, policy, program and processes. He said writing the chapter was a four-year project with revisions and other editing occurring during the past year.

“I personally think it’s an accomplishment. I get a lot of satisfaction knowing the work I’ve been doing at Muskingum (has been captured in print.) Now, anybody who picks up the book can read it.”

The book is available for order online at infoagepub.com.

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