ERIC Number: ED461213
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Policies and Practices for Addressing Barriers to Student Learning: Current Status and New Directions. A Center Policy Report.
California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for Mental Health in Schools.
This report describes the discussion and outcomes of a series of regional meetings on barriers to student learning that brought together leaders representing national, state, and local agencies. The report discusses the lack of an explicit policy framework for comprehensive integrated approaches to student learning. Factors that get in the way of developing comprehensive approaches are addressed, including: (1) the lack of public education and support for an integrated approach; (2) turf battles; (3) lack of a unifying concept; (4) the problem of balancing centralized and decentralized governance and decision making; (5) rule-driven accountability; (6) inadequate professional training and certification; (7) dearth of evidence on efficacy; and (8) a failure to capitalize on existing opportunities. Ways to move forward to develop a policy framework are then identified and include elevating the level of policy priority and mounting a compelling campaign of education and advocacy. Appendices include specific examples on information and concerns, some points about influencing policy, an example of a unifying concept, an example of a school district's approach, and an example of proposed legislation to elevate a state's attention to addressing barriers to student learning. (CR)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Behavior Disorders, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Emotional Disturbances, Integrated Services, Learning Disabilities, Policy Formation, Resistance to Change, Shared Resources and Services, Student Needs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Washington, DC. Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for Mental Health in Schools.
Note: School Mental Health Project, Center for Mental Health in Schools, Dept. of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563. Tel: 310-825-3634; Fax: 310-206-8716; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://smhp/psych.ucla.edu.