ERIC Number: ED439549
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jan
National Plan for Training Personnel To Serve Children with Blindness and Low Vision.
Mason, Christine; Davidson, Roseanna
This document presents a national strategic plan for preparing capable and qualified personnel to educate students who have visual impairments. The plan focuses on three main goals: (1) to increase the number and diversity of qualified personnel to serve students with visual impairments; (2) to increase the number and diversity of qualified leadership personnel in the education of children with visual impairments; and (3) to increase the number and diversity of high-quality applicants to and graduates from personnel preparation programs serving all areas of education of students with visual impairments. Section 1 provides background information on the project. Section 2 discusses the needs assessment designed to assist the strategic plan, estimates of children to be served, and recommendations for more reasonable caseloads. Section 3 presents the most critical goals, objectives, and strategies needed to address the shortage of direct service personnel who serve students with visual impairments. It includes a description of the planning process and the recommended implementation plan. Tables provide funding requirements, potential partners, and performance indicators for each implementation strategy. The final section discusses the anticipated impact of implementation of the plan and its costs. Appendices include supporting research and data. (Contains 25 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Blindness, Change Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Recruitment, Higher Education, Long Range Planning, Personnel Needs, Preschool Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Professional Development, Strategic Planning, Teacher Recruitment, Visual Impairments
Council for Exceptional Children, CEC Publications, 1920 Association Dr., Dept. K0032, Reston, VA 20191-1589 (Stock No. R5359). Tel: 888-232-7733 (Toll Free); Fax: 703-264-9494; Web site: http://www.cec.sped.org.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA.