ERIC Number: ED302040
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Sep-1
Reference Count: N/A
To Be the Best That We Can Be: A Self-Study Guide for Early Childhood Special Education Programs and Staff.
Gaetz, Joan; And Others
This self-study guide facilitates evaluation of early childhood special education programs by providing a tool for identifying both strengths and areas for improvement. Steps are outlined for completing a program self-study. Then forms are offered for assessing the quality of specific program areas. A section on necessary relationships examines school district interagency cooperation/coordination and staff-parent interactions. A section on eligibility for services focuses on locating and identifying children with suspected handicapping conditions, screening, and assessment. Forms to evaluate program specifics cover program delivery models, therapy delivery models, staff qualifications, and staffing ratios. To assess the program's physical environment, forms are provided for considering space and equipment, health and safety, and transportation. Forms dealing with staff-child interaction address classroom management and the curriculum's philosophy, organization, strategies, and materials. Evaluation of program administration calls for a review of general procedures, staff development, program evaluation procedures, and staff supervision. Each form lists several elements found in a quality early childhood special education program, along with space for indicating compliance with these elements and for making comments. (JDD)
Descriptors: Administration, Agency Cooperation, Coordination, Curriculum, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Eligibility, Handicap Identification, Needs Assessment, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Physical Environment, Program Evaluation, Records (Forms), Self Evaluation (Groups), Special Education, Teacher Student Relationship
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Washington Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia. Div. of Special Services and Professional Programs.
Authoring Institution: Educational Services District 114, Marine Science Center, Poulsbo, WA.; Oak Harbor School District, WA.