ERIC Number: ED358654
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Strategies for Inclusion of Behaviorally Challenging Students.
Burrello, Leonard C., Ed.; Wright, Pamela, T., Ed.
Principal Letters: Practices for Inclusive Schools, v10 Win 1993
This paper describes a pilot project at a Janesville (Wisconsin) elementary school, which uses a cooperative teaching approach to integrate all special education and at-risk students, including students with behavioral problems, into general education settings. Key program components include teaming, collaboration, cooperative learning, joint ownership for student integration, effective teaching practices, and development of teacher skills in adapting and modifying the curriculum to meet student needs. Program development is summarized, including development of a mission statement by a steering committee and development of a 4-year time task calendar to accomplish staff development needs and action plans identified by the steering committee. These included building needs assessment during the first year and extensive staff training on team member roles and responsibilities during the second year. Evaluation by staff after the second year of program implementation rated the program very positively. The third year saw continued inservice training and establishment of a core team to oversee team teaching efforts. The fourth year focused on expansion of the "Power of Positive Students" program, ongoing monitoring of the integrated program, and inservice training of new participants. The program has resulted in a stronger sense of community and a total school commitment to a philosophy of inclusion. (Contains 9 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Behavior Problems, Disabilities, Elementary Education, High Risk Students, Inservice Teacher Education, Mainstreaming, Needs Assessment, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Special Education, Teacher Attitudes, Team Teaching, Teamwork
National Academy/CASE, Indiana University, Smith Research Center-100A, 2805 E. 10th St., Bloomington, IN 47405 ($25 single issue).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Council of Administrators of Special Education, Inc.; National Academy on the Principalship in Special Education, Bloomington, IN.