ERIC Number: ED438661
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb-4
Reference Count: N/A
SIFT-OUT: Training for Systems Change in Early Intervention. Final Report.
Winton, Pamela J.; Catlett, Camille
This report summarizes the activities of the SIFT-OUT program, a federally funded project designed to prepare teams of university faculty, family members, practitioners, and agency representatives from six states, to serve as leaders in providing early intervention training in their states. A total of 166 state-level early intervention leaders with personnel preparation responsibilities and 92 interdisciplinary team members from Idaho, New Mexico, Texas, Indiana, Ohio, and North Carolina participated directly in SIFT-OUT activities. Documented benefits of participation included: (1) statistically significant increases in faculty knowledge and skills in early intervention content and training strategies; (2) greater faculty commitment to participation in community-based inservice and technical assistance activities; (3) preservice and inservice training that is of higher quality; and (4) increased linkages among state agencies, institutions of higher education, and consumers for personnel preparation at the state level. Leaders in the six participating states have identified the SIFT-OUT project as a catalyst for positive changes that will endure, changes such as: family involvement; increased interdisciplinary preparation; establishment of standards; and increased campus-community collaboration. The report discusses the project's accomplishments, dissemination activities, challenges, evaluation results, and impact. An appendix includes preservice and inservice personnel preparation quality indicators. (Contains 37 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Higher Education, Infants, Inservice Teacher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Preservice Teacher Education, Professional Development, Program Evaluation, School Community Relationship, Toddlers, Young Children
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center, University of North Carolina, 105 Smith Level Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8185. Tel: 919-966-7180; Web site: http://www.fpg.unc.edu.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Frank Porter Graham Center.
Identifiers - Location: Idaho; Indiana; New Mexico; North Carolina; Ohio; Texas