ERIC Number: ED377610
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Doing Things Differently: Issues & Options for Creating Comprehensive School Linked Services for Children and Youth with Emotional or Behavioral Disorders.
Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.; Maryland Univ., College Park. Inst. for the Study of Exceptional Children and Youth.
This document assists with the development of comprehensive, coordinated, school-linked services for students with emotional/behavioral disorders (EBD). Part 1 provides awareness of issues involved in creating comprehensive flexible programs for students with EBD. It begins with a discussion of specific problems: unserved students, cultural bias, failing programs, and a lack of comprehensive educational programs. A new vision for a system of coordinated flexible services is presented, emphasizing that schools must educate all children, that increasing diversity of students brings new challenges to schools, and that these problems require a coordinated and interdisciplinary community response. Major tasks that must be accomplished to realize the new vision include: (1) create a flexible system of services across agencies, disciplines, and settings; (2) create a service support system that includes families; (3) establish outcomes for students that reflect broad educational and treatment goals; and (4) improve the training of educational personnel. Part 2 presents policy options that respond to the issues, extracted from actual programs operating in selected communities across the United States. Part 2 is designed to stimulate problem solving and lead to strategic planning efforts. It provides a framework for decision making with regard to program and system change. Following each set of options, specific strategies and implications are presented and briefly discussed. (JDD)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Behavior Disorders, Change Strategies, Community Programs, Cultural Differences, Delivery Systems, Educational Change, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Emotional Disturbances, Family Involvement, Integrated Services, Program Development, Student Educational Objectives, Teacher Education
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC. Div. of Innovation and Development.
Authoring Institution: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.; Maryland Univ., College Park. Inst. for the Study of Exceptional Children and Youth.