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ERIC Number: ED372533
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Interagency Collaboration.
Tonelson, Stephen W.; Waters, Rebecca
This chapter, from a guide for designing, implementing, and evaluating instruction and services for students with disabilities, acquaints the education administrator with the what, why, and how of interagency collaboration. System-level interagency collaboration involves joint planning, joint implementation, and joint evaluation between individuals or organizations in order to provide services for children and their families. Interagency collaboration is mandated by federal legislation as the most cost effective and efficient manner in which to provide appropriate services. To ensure the effectiveness of interagency collaboration, it is essential to understand each agency's philosophy, how services are provided, and the regulations under which each agency operates. Joint ownership and responsibility can be accomplished by requiring that all participants contribute an appropriate share of the resources needed while considering the constraints, requirements, and discretionary authority of each participating agency. Once agencies have determined a need to collaborate, team members must designate a plan with reasonable expectations for success. During the implementation phase, communication among agencies must persist. The education administrator's role is to act as the catalyst and supporter for interagency collaboration. The education system should be the catalyst as it provides a direct link to the child and the child's family and is mandated to have zero rejects. (Contains 10 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Chapter 3 in: Billingsley, Bonnie S.; And Others. Program Leadership for Serving Students with Disabilities; see EC 303 164.