ERIC Number: ED378754
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
The Integrated Outreach Project. Final Report.
Rule, Sarah; And Others
This report describes activities of the Integrated Outreach Project, which provided workshops and follow-up technical assistance to 248 early intervention personnel in rural areas of Utah, Idaho, Arizona, and Wyoming. Over the 3-year period, the project directly benefitted 1,183 children with disabilities and 810 typically developing peers. A training cycle of entry, contracting, action-taking, and ongoing evaluation was developed, implemented, and found to be effective and efficient in producing improved practices. Forty-five introductory and on-site workshops were given and evaluated as good or excellent by the participants. The primary focus of these workshops was to respond to the needs of teachers while the secondary focus was to promote developmentally appropriate educational practices emphasizing naturalistic instruction in inclusive settings. Project staff assisted local education agencies and programs in developing programs in the areas of mainstreaming, social integration, agency cooperation, and transition. Curriculum and assessment materials were developed and disseminated. Graduate courses in least restrictive environment and naturalistic instruction were coordinated with Utah State University. Train the trainer workshops were also provided in Utah and Idaho. A Collaborative Consultation Manual was developed and disseminated. Appendices include data on participant evaluation of workshops, program effectiveness, curriculum samples, and data collection forms. (Contains 32 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Educational Practices, Experiential Learning, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Inclusive Schools, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Improvement, Mainstreaming, Outreach Programs, Rural Education, School Personnel, Teacher Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Technical Assistance, Workshops
Outreach Division, Center for Persons with Disabilities, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322-6845 (large print, audio, diskette or braille copies available on request).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC. Early Education Program for Children with Disabilities.
Authoring Institution: Utah State Univ., Logan. Center for Persons with Disabilities.