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ERIC Number: ED517299
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 256
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-5576-6965-0
A Guide to Itinerant Early Childhood Special Education Services
Dinnebeil, Laurie A.; McInerney, William F.
Brookes Publishing Company
Itinerant special educators can be much more than "tutors" for young children with special needs. They can transform whole classrooms and help inclusion flourish--if they have the clear guidelines and best practices they need to make the most of their critical roles. This is the book that every itinerant early childhood special educator has been waiting for, the first one that takes the guesswork out of their jobs and shows them how to make a real difference in preschool classrooms. Aligned with DEC (Division for Early Childhood) recommended practices and developed by the leading authorities on itinerant early childhood special education, this groundbreaking book will help readers go beyond direct service provision and slip into 5 essential roles that ensure better outcomes for young children. Itinerant teachers will get the research-based guidance they need to successfully play the part of: (1) Consultant; (2) Coach; (3) Assessor; (4) Team member; and (5) Service coordinator. To help them excel in each of these roles, teachers will get a detailed start-to-finish model for providing itinerant services, from gathering information to evaluating the effectiveness of their services. Extended case studies and sample dialogues illustrate what successful itinerant services look like, and guidelines on logistics help readers resolve everyday challenges such as managing a busy schedule and working with a parent or teacher resistant to change. Readers will also monitor their performance with the PIECES, an easy-to-use tool the authors developed for assessing itinerant service delivery. A professional development resource that programs will rely on as itinerant services continue to thrive, this urgently needed book will help "traveling teachers" become agents of change in early childhood classrooms--and give young children with disabilities the best possible start in school. A preface, four appendices and an index are included. [Foreword by Virginia Buysse.]
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A