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ERIC Number: ED433103
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Pages: 27
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Project ChiLD (Children Learn Differently): Using Team Collaboration To Increase the Active Participation of Children with Disabilities in Head Start.
Bromer, Billi L.
Project ChiLD (Children Learn Differently) was designed to integrate children who display serious disabilities into the Head Start program in which they were enrolled and to increase their full participation in all classroom activities. The 8-month project created a strategic plan to improve interagency collaboration between one Head Start center enrolling 140 children. The center had 12 children with serious disabilities who would receive special education services from the local school system. Head Start teacher behavior was observed over the course of 1 month to determine a baseline of teacher practices. Analysis of the outcomes revealed that a visible system for team collaboration was attained and that children with moderate and severe disabilities were integrated into more activities through Head Start teachers' increased use of best educational practices. Head Start teachers also verbalized a positive response to the use of team meetings as a way to increase individual skill in managing the children's special needs. Head Start teachers viewed team meetings as useful to them, a system of team collaboration as good for Head Start, and the increased involvement of special education staff as having made a positive change. Two appendices contain the Head Start Best Practice Observation Checklist and the Team Collaboration Planning Sheet. Contains 29 references. (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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