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ERIC Number: ED453624
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Collaborate To Educate: Special Education in Juvenile Correctional Facilities.
Meisel, Sheri; Leone, Peter; Henderson, Kelly; Cohen, Mary
This paper discusses the need for collaboration among educational and treatment professionals for the provision of appropriate special education services for youth at-risk for delinquency and for those in correctional settings. It examines multidisciplinary collaboration as a key organizing principle for special education service delivery in correctional settings. The paper begins with an overview of the role of interagency and interdisciplinary collaboration in improving school experiences and outcomes for all high-risk youth with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who work with them. Next, it describes federal entitlements to special education for youth in detention and confinement, outlines policies and practices that impede the provision of these rights, and describes strategies to design and implement special education services effectively and efficiently in the correctional environment. The paper concludes by identifying core elements of successful education programs in juvenile detention and confinement facilities, including: (1) integrated, multidisciplinary framework for service delivery; (2) competency-based curriculum options; (3) direct and peer-mediated instructional strategies; (4) functional curriculum-based assessment; (5) a prosocial skills curriculum; (6) business and community involvement; (7) professionalism, leadership, and advocacy; (8) ongoing professional development; and (9) sufficient fiscal resources. (Contains 20 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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