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ERIC Number: ED359000
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Strategies for Special Education Inclusion in General Education: Implications for Rural Schools.
Tompkins, Richard; Cooper, Patrick
Since 1975, when a federal task force first recommended educating mildly and moderately disabled students in the regular classroom, support has grown for full inclusion of all students in the mainstream. West Feliciana Parish (Louisiana), a poor rural school district in which all students are designated at-risk, has successfully integrated all elementary students into regular classrooms and has integrated secondary students into vocational and community-based instructional programs, as needed. Special education professionals serve as consultants to aid classroom teachers in meeting the needs of all students so that every child experiences optimal learning, is valued and respected, and has maximum interaction with peers. Since the program began, identification of special education students and elementary-level discipline referrals have decreased, standardized test scores have increased, and many students from private school settings have enrolled in the public schools. A model of how to conceptualize, plan, and implement systemic change such as full inclusion is presented and applied to the case of West Feliciana, focusing on the role of the superintendent in developing and communicating the vision, planning and providing resources, providing training and development, monitoring progress, continuing to give assistance, and creating an atmosphere and culture for change. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A