ERIC Number: ED404820
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jan-21
Training Educators To Work with Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired. Policy Forum Report. Final Report.
National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.
This document reports on the purpose, design, implementation, and outcomes of a policy forum entitled "Training Educators To Work with Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired." Participants included representatives of universities, public schools, schools for the blind, organizations that work with this population, state departments of education, Regional Resource Centers, parent organizations, and the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs. Discussions at the policy forum focused on issues related to preservice and inservice training for staff, especially ways in which training programs could be supported and strengthened. Preliminary action plans to address needs in these areas at the local, state, and federal/national levels were developed. Most of the document consists of four appendices: (1) a list of forum participants; (2) background materials for the policy forum; (3) forum handouts; and (4) the forum agenda. The background materials include the following articles: "Low-Incidence Special Education Teacher Preparation: A Supply and Capacity Pilot Study" (Mack L. Bowen and Patricia H. Klass); "The National Agenda for the Education of Children and Youths with Visual Impairments, Including Those with Multiple Disabilities" (Anne L. Corn et al.); "Higher Education Programs for Personnel Preparation in Visual Impairments/Blindness in the United States"; and "Teacher Educators and the Future of Personnel Preparation Programs for Serving Students with Visual Impairments" (R. K. Silberman et al.). Forum handouts include "What We Know about Teacher Preparation Programs in Blindness and Visual Impairments" (Anne Corn et al.) and "A Paradigm Shift in Staff Development" (Dennis Sparks). (Individual background materials contain references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Blindness, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Long Range Planning, Low Incidence Disabilities, Models, Multiple Disabilities, Partial Vision, Preservice Teacher Education, Special Education Teachers, Staff Development, Teacher Supply and Demand, Visual Impairments
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.
Note: Report of a policy forum convened on September 18-20, 1996 in Alexandria, VA. Prepared by Project FORUM.