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ERIC Number: ED380863
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Feb
Pages: 41
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Systemic Restructuring for Successful Inclusive Schools: Leadership and a Collaborative Evaluation Model.
Guzman, Nadyne; Schofield, Rod
This paper describes the development of an inclusive special education program in 12 elementary schools in an urban Colorado school district. Specifically, the study examined the role of leadership in program implementation. Leadership is defined as a reciprocal, multidirectional, noncoercive influence that involves multiple leaders and followers within a system. Methods included: (1) surveys of 244 teachers and support staff in 11 of the 12 schools, follow-up surveys in all 12 buildings, and a parent survey; (2) interviews with the 11 principals, parent leaders, central office administrators, and the new district superintendent; (3) the development of a teacher focus group; and (4) observation of parent groups and administrators. The school district, in response to recommendations, provided skill training for classroom teachers and support personnel that focused on responding to special-needs students, beginning with behavioral challenges. It also provided skill training in collaboration and communication, initiated team-building activities in each school, and began discussions of issues central to cooperation between regular and special education. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado