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ERIC Number: ED453040
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Pages: 7
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The Transition of Special Needs Students to Kayenta from Outlying Communities: Partnerships between Schools and Districts.
Heimbecker, Connie; Bradley-Wilkinson, Evangeline; Begay, Mary Helen; Bradley, Brian; McCarty, Nellie; Nelson, Jacob; Gamble, Armanda; Medina, Catherine; Nelson, Bernita; Pettigrew, Bobbie; Sealander, Karen; Smith, Jody; Snyder, Maria; White, Sherri; Whitehair, Marsha; Redsteer, Denise; Prater, Greg
A study examined the challenges faced by Kayenta Unified School District (KUSD) and outlying communities on the Navajo Reservation in their efforts to adequately provide educational opportunities for their transfer students with special needs. Interviews were conducted with six students from 4th grade through high school; seven parents; special education personnel from eight area schools; and transportation personnel, office staff, and the director of special education at KUSD. No school had a transition plan and communication between schools was inadequate. It could take 4-5 months to receive records from another school, and records often arrived incomplete and out of order. Parents often did not inform the school of their intention to transfer their child, and did not inform the new school of prior services received. KUSD schools practiced inclusion and while most children had good experiences with the special education department, the transition from a pullout program to one of complete inclusion was hard. Since students with special needs and their nondisabled peers were treated the same with regard to transportation, children who transferred in from outlying communities might spend excessive time on the bus. Children had a difficult time making friends in their new school. The children who looked, walked, or acted "different" continued to have a hard time after the transition. Recommendations include all educators assuming responsibility for communication and good record keeping. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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