ERIC Number: ED144313
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Designing and Implementing a Resource Room Program for Children with Special Needs.
Malfitano, Rocco J.
The report describes the step-by-step method used to design and implement a resource room program for 157 special needs children (elementary level) at the Abraham Lincoln School in Revere, Massachusetts. It is noted that a special needs committee investigated programs in operation throughout the state, researched special needs programs utilizing ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center), and consulted with representatives of the State Department of Education's Division of Special Education. Program development is reported to include establishing a resource room rationale, interviewing and hiring a resource room teacher, selecting and equipping an area to be used as the resource center, defining the objectives and goals of the program, utilizing parents and students as teacher aides, and organizing regular education teacher seminars. It is explained that a monitoring system insuring the initiation and maintenance of educational plans was developed. Described are three step-by-step procedures and the testing instruments used by the resource room team in the pre- and posttesting of three typical children. Evaluation showed that of the 157 children enrolled in the program, 41 were mainstreamed into regular classrooms by the end of the school year. Included in the appendixes are such items as teacher notices, parent notices, testing instruments, curriculum materials, an on-site evaluation, forms used for program services, and photographs of the resource room. (Author/SBH)
Descriptors: Diagnostic Teaching, Elementary Education, Facility Planning, Handicapped Children, Individualized Programs, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Materials, Mainstreaming, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Parent Role, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Resource Room Programs, Specialists, Student Placement, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Introductory Practicum, Nova University ; Photographs may not reproduce clearly