ERIC Number: ED445451
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
Reference Count: N/A
Dissatisfaction x Vision x First Steps > Resistance: A Summary of Learning from Supporting Inclusive Educational Environments through Systematic Change.
Walz, Lynn; Vandercook, Terri; Sauer, John; Nelson, Marilyn; Medwetz, Laura; Thurlow, Martha; McDevitt-Kraljic, Mary
This monograph presents lessons learned from the five-year (1992-97) project, Together We're Better, a federally funded systems change project focused on inclusion of children with severe disabilities in Minnesota schools and communities. The project identified six focus areas: (1) district partnerships, (2) personnel preparation and development, (3) an inclusion mentorship program, (4) statewide training, (5) family leadership, and (6) development of inclusive education products. Lessons learned are presented in terms of an equation, D x V x F > R, or Dissatisfaction multiplied by Vision multiplied by First Steps must be greater than Resistance to change in order for organizational change to occur. Specific lessons include examination of the organization's current practices and areas of need, drafting a vision, communicating the vision to stakeholders, and identification of specific first steps toward the vision's realization. Appended are an inclusion/exclusion exercise, possible focus group questions, and an action planning worksheet. (Contains 15 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Cooperative Programs, Demonstration Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Inclusive Schools, Organizational Development, Resistance to Change, Severe Disabilities, Systems Approach
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. on Community Integration.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota