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ERIC Number: ED353761
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
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)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: 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.