ERIC Number: ED427446
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jan-15
Reference Count: N/A
Project REALIGN Model Inservice Training Project. Final Report.
Castleberry, Michael S.; Wald, Penelope J.; Sobel, Andrea
This final report describes activities and accomplishments of Project REALIGN, a three-year model inservice training project to expand the capacity of early childhood staff, administrators and families to work together toward improved education for all young children and maximizing the inclusion of young children with disabilities in the school community. The project has two primary components: (1) the inservice training process, a year-long school-based, staff-driven professional development effort to promote collaborative learning among professionals and parents; and (2) the facilitator development program, a program to prepare selected teachers to take leadership roles in the REALIGN inservice training process. Approximately 165 staff and parents from five public elementary schools in Fairfax County, Virginia, participated in the inservice training component. Fifteen teachers were trained as facilitators under the second component. Evaluation findings demonstrate positive outcomes at the individual level, the school community level, and the programmatic level. The project also resulted in development of two products and dissemination in various formats. Individual sections of the report address the project's goals and objectives, the inservice training component, the facilitator development component, project impact, and future activities. Appendices include sample program documents and evaluation instruments. (DB)
Descriptors: Administrators, Disabilities, Early Intervention, Inclusive Schools, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Improvement, Leadership Training, Models, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Professional Continuing Education, Staff Development, Teacher Collaboration, Training
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: George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. Dept. of Teacher Preparation and Special Education.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia