ERIC Number: ED322700
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
A Report of the Select Seminar on Special Education (Albany, New York, Rensselaerville, New York, December-March 1989). A View from the Inside.
Capital Area School Development Association, Albany, NY.; Greater Capital Region Teacher Center, Albany, NY.
Observations and recommendations are presented from a seminar in which 25 practicing special educators (teachers, administrators, and specialists) from New York State meeting for 5 full days over a period of months participated. A section of general observations notes that the special education system has taken too much upon itself and has fostered too much parental dependence upon the system. This is followed by a section of general recommendations, which address the issues of mainstreaming, regular and special education cooperation, individualization, transition, and creation of a Student Services Team. Specific observations and recommendations are then made on the issues of students, curriculum, the Regent's Action Plan, related services, mainstreaming, personnel, parents, and the community. Examples of recommendations include: (1) regular and special education teachers and administrators must be held accountable for outcomes in special education; (2) staff development and planning time needs to be considered as an integral part of the professional role; (3) parents should have more control over the process of their child's education; (4) more community utilization of school facilities should be allowed; (5) peer tutoring should pair regular students with students with special needs; (6) college preparation of teachers should include student teaching experiences with students with special needs; (7) stronger team approaches are needed; and (8) self-concept curriculum should be integrated into special education programs. (JDD)
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Curriculum, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Educational Change, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Mainstreaming, Parent Participation, Parent Role, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Special Education
Capital Area School Development Association, Husted 211, University at Albany, State University of New York, 135 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12222 ($8.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Capital Area School Development Association, Albany, NY.; Greater Capital Region Teacher Center, Albany, NY.