ERIC Number: ED419794
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb-27
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How Changing Views about Collaborative Service Delivery Models for Children and Their Families Affect Preservice Teacher Education Programs: The GIFTTS Project.
Hibbard, Katherine L.
The Guilford Initiative for Training and Treatment Services (GIFTTS) Project is a collaborative effort between the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Guilford County Schools, the Department of Social Services, Juvenile Courts, the Health Department, and the Mental Health division of the local Mental Health/Development Disabilities/Substance Abuse Authority. The project creates systems change in service delivery for children with emotional and behavioral problems and their families. It promotes and models the wraparound process with children and families to create a strength-based, family-centered system of care at the community level, and it provides preservice and inservice training for involved professionals. Cross-cultural competence is a major element in the successful implementation of the wraparound process. An example of this effort is being piloted in the University of North Carolina's undergraduate elementary education program. The 4-semester program is implemented on campus and in community professional development school sites. Faculty and doctoral students involved with GIFTTS identified key components about the wraparound process that needed to be incorporated into the existing curriculum. They created five content strands to be part of the program: child; family; teacher/school; agencies; and legal issues. The Department of Curriculum and Instruction is piloting the curriculum during the 1997-1998 academic year with five elementary education cohorts. Evaluation will occur in the summer of 1998. An appendix presents a comprehensive table for each content strand. (Contains 13 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Behavior Problems, Child Health, College School Cooperation, Cooperative Planning, Cultural Relevance, Elementary Education, Family Programs, Higher Education, Partnerships in Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Professional Development Schools, Program Development, Special Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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