ERIC Number: ED381300
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
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Bigger Isn't Always Better: Meeting the Challenges of Transition in Rural Communities.
This paper describes Project TransND, a transition services project implemented jointly through the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, Office of Special Education, and the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. This program helps prepare special education students to transition from high school to the work world. Project goals include designing, implementing, and improving an integrated transition planning and service delivery system that considers the unique characteristics of North Dakota; identifying and providing resources essential to transition planning and service delivery; and developing and delivering effective training for participants. The program divides the state into nine planning regions: eight geographic regions and one covering the state's four American Indian reservations. Each region has a regional governing board made up of local stakeholders who oversee activities related to transitional services. Each board employs a regional transition coordinator (RTC) who organizes an interagency network of transition services and responds to regional needs and concerns. Each region identifies goals and objectives that consider the local economic, population, and labor resources available. The nine RTCs meet monthly to collaborate and to exchange information. This regional approach has proven successful as it allows for local ownership, administration, and evaluation of services. Future program activities include various media projects, tracking of special education dropouts, identification of alternate programs, active student participation in program planning, and demonstration sites for pilot projects. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Local Control; North Dakota
Note: In: Reaching to the Future: Boldly Facing Challenges in Rural Communities. Conference Proceedings of the American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES) (Las Vegas, Nevada, March 15-18, 1995); see RC 020 016.