ERIC Number: ED433633
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
The School and Community Study: Exemplary Program Models and Child and Family Progress over Time.
Calvanese, Pamela Kelly; Rivera, Vestena Robbins; Oliveira, Brian; Kutash, Krista; Duchnowski, Albert J.
This paper presents preliminary findings of a study evaluating effects of social service reform, school restructuring, and special education reform for children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disabilities. Specifically, the study is attempting to identify successful school-based models, explicate the interventions used, and demonstrate that community-based, family-focused, and child-centered efforts at the state, local, and school levels contribute to improved outcomes for this population. Identification of successful school-based models was achieved through a national call for nominations, responses to two surveys, and site visits that resulted in a total sample of 10 schools in six states. A total of 116 students (mean age 11.6 years) were identified as having an emotional or behavioral disability. The schools' restructuring efforts are being analyzed in terms of governance, curriculum and instruction reform, accountability, parent involvement, inclusion, and pro-social discipline. Preliminary results for the first 12-month period for 19 students in four schools indicated these students initially demonstrated substantial emotional and behavioral disabilities. After 12 months, no changes in the level of emotional functioning were found. However, significant improvement in standardized reading scores and some improvement in math scores were realized. (Contains 13 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Behavior Disorders, Change Strategies, Demonstration Programs, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Emotional Disturbances, Intervention, Models, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, School Restructuring, Social Services, Special Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Chapter 3, "School Based Approaches," of Proceedings of the Annual Research Conference, A System of Care for Children's Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base (11th, Tampa, FL, March 8-11, 1998).