ERIC Number: ED353761
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
A Look at School-Based Practices from the Local Perspective: Decisions among Friends vs. the Weenie Factor.
Levine, Ned S.
The principal of a pre-K to grade 5 school in Arizona talks of ways to create responsive programs for special needs children. The school offers a special education preschool program and a totally integrated cross-categorical program for kindergarten through grade 5 which utilizes collaborative delivery systems and a consultative model of special education. The program encourages educational leaders to facilitate change by assisting building-based decision-making teams to design and implement programs. Evidence from business and educational research is offered to document the effectiveness of this approach. Critical elements in site-based decision making are discussed, including the planning process, a staff trained in group decision making, and shared beliefs about social systems. Potential benefits and risks of the site-based decision making process are noted. An addendum explains the four steps in community-based decision making and planning and four steps in developing action plans. (Contains 21 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Change Agents, Change Strategies, Cooperative Planning, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Educational Planning, Elementary Education, Group Dynamics, Institutional Autonomy, Leadership, Models, Participative Decision Making, Preschool Education, Principals, School Based Management
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Bunsen, Teresa D., Ed., And Others. Forum on Emerging Trends in Special Education: Implications for Personnel Preparation (4th, Washington, D.C., April 9-10, 1992); see EC 301 793.