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ERIC Number: ED451668
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 28
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Bright Futures for Exceptional Learners: An Agenda To Achieve Quality Conditions for Teaching & Learning.
Kozleski, Elizabeth; Mainzer, Richard; Deshler, Don
This document presents the conclusions of a Council for Exceptional Children commission that identified barriers to high-quality special education and proposed an action agenda. The commission identified eight issues underlying high teacher attrition rates: (1) ambiguous and competing responsibilities; (2) overwhelming paperwork; (3) inadequate district and administrative support; (4) significant teacher isolation; (5) insufficient focus on improved student outcomes; (6) increased demand for well-qualified special educators; (7) poorly prepared new general and special educators; and (8) fragmented state and provincial licensing systems. Eight recommendations comprise the action agenda: (1) define the roles of special and general educators relative to students with exceptionalities; (2) create the context for high quality practice; (3) leverage time with technology tools and clerical supports to reduce the paperwork burden; (4) standardize decision-making processes; (5) create a career continuum in special education; (6) recruit and prepare sufficient qualified diverse special educators to fill the demand; (7) develop cohesive professional licensure systems; and (8) provide systems supports. Also included are specific recommendations for the following groups: special education teachers, businesses, federal agencies, parents, professional associations, state and provincial agencies, teacher preparation programs, school administrators, and school districts/boards. (DB)
Council for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-1589; (Stock No. P5419, bundle of 10, $2.50). Tel: 888 232-7733 (Toll Free); Tel: 703-264-9446 (TTY); e-mail:; For full text:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Council for Exceptional Children, Arlington, VA.