ERIC Number: ED409679
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Trends in Integrated Service Delivery: Implications for the Art and Science of Collaboration.
Gallagher, R. J. Pat; And Others
This paper describes a 2-year project to foster delivery of collaborative and integrated services to elementary students with disabilities or at risk. During the first year, 21 school-linked service providers from three school districts in Kansas were brought together to explore and implement patterns of collaborative, transdisciplinary planning and shared responsibilities. During Year 2, the project supported these service providers in implementing building-based school improvement plans that addressed issues such as collaborative problem solving of behavior management issues, parental involvement in the school community, and partnerships with community mental health agencies. Among the project's activities have been a seminar in interprofessional service integration, a field trip to two Communities-in-Schools sites, and technical assistance to participants in the design of interprofessional development plans. Project evaluation has indicated: (1) increased participant awareness of professions providing services to students; (2) participants' development of an interprofessional development plan related to each school's School Improvement Plan; and (3) use of information about gaps in participants' collaborative knowledge to improve the Teacher Education Program curriculum at the University of Kansas. Appended are the seminar syllabus and lists of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges at each of the three sites. (Contains 17 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Change Agents, College School Cooperation, Cooperative Programs, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Elementary Education, Higher Education, Integrated Services, Interdisciplinary Approach, Interprofessional Relationship, Long Range Planning, Partnerships in Education, School Community Relationship, Seminars, Special Needs Students, Technical Assistance
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kansas Univ., Lawrence. Dept. of Special Education.
Identifiers - Location: Kansas