ERIC Number: ED440484
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Oklahoma Statewide Systems Change Project for Inclusive Education. Final Report.
Oklahoma State Dept. of Education, Oklahoma City. Div. of Special Education.
This report discusses the activities and outcomes of a project designed to provide training and technical assistance to families and professionals working with children and youth with severe disabilities in developing and implementing effective educational programs in school and community environments. The project was implemented in collaboration with family support groups, advocacy agencies, state agencies, local education agencies, colleges, and universities throughout the state of Oklahoma. The project focused on systemic change through the following areas of impact: increasing the number of students with severe disabilities who were taught in age-appropriate settings with typical peers; providing training and technical assistance to facilitate staff development and school reform; providing family training and support; and utilizing collaborative efforts to plan, implement, and evaluate effective educational programs in the least restrictive environment for children and youth with severe disabilities. During the 6 years of implementation, 19 schools districts and 1 cooperative became partnership sites within the state. Within these sites, 2,711 students with severe disabilities were directly impacted by the project, 4,531 certified staff received intensive training, and 607 families attended training or parent meetings. This report also discusses the accomplishments of the projects, problems encountered and solved, and recommendations. (CR)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Community Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Inclusive Schools, Parent Education, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Professional Development, Severe Disabilities, State Programs, Teacher Education, Technical Assistance, Training
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Oklahoma State Dept. of Education, Oklahoma City. Div. of Special Education.
Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma