ERIC Number: ED345466
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Connecticut Symposia on Special Education in the 21st Century. Final Report [and] Executive Summary.
Campbell, Pamela; Shaw, Stan F.
This final report presents the results of an 18-month Connecticut symposia project to confront the difficult issues facing special education and to meet those challenges through a collaborative systemic change process. The project goal, objectives, and implementation procedures are specified, and background information on five targeted topics is provided: the populations to be served, student outcomes, service delivery, personnel preparation, and funding models. For each topic, symposia participants identified specific areas of concern and a rationale for its consideration; they then specified related issues, goals, objectives, strategies, resources, and a time frame. Issues and areas of concern were analyzed to determine priorities, resulting in the following rank ordering from highest to lowest priority: funding models (especially the need for collaborative incentives by providing local discretion in programmatic decisions, and the need to examine requirements that preclude child-centered comprehensive service delivery); service delivery (especially collaboration and instruction/support services); personnel preparation (especially preservice education and teacher/related services support); population served (with special focus on continuing to serve identified students while increasing services to students who are at risk); and student outcomes (focusing on how various published goals relate to individuals with disabilities). The paper offers 12 recommendations which grew from the symposia and a plan of action outlining in detail the issues, goals, objectives, strategies, and resources for addressing these recommendations. The plan of action is meant to set the agenda for special education in Connecticut in the coming years. Appendices provide a project timeline, a list of participants, the plan of action, a mission statement, and 13 references. (JDD)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Delivery Systems, Demography, Disabilities, Educational Change, Educational Methods, Educational Principles, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, Futures (of Society), Outcomes of Education, Social Action, Special Education, Statewide Planning, Student Characteristics, Teacher Education
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Sponsor: Connecticut State Dept. of Education, Hartford.
Authoring Institution: Connecticut Univ., Storrs. A. J. Pappanikou Center on Special Education and Rehabilitation.
Note: A separately published 16-page "Executive Summary" has been inserted in the front matter.