ERIC Number: EJ780565
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Reference Count: 1
Partnerships that Build Understanding
Frasier, James R.
Principal Leadership, v8 n4 p38-42 Dec 2007
The involvement of high school students with disabilities in after-school and cocurricular activities declined nationwide between 2001 and 2006 (Institute of Education Sciences, n.d.). The Partners Club at East Anchorage High School in Alaska, however, is an example of how such activities can support relationships between nondisabled students and students with disabilities. The club organizes social activities for nondisabled students and students with disabilities in hopes of fostering understanding and acceptance. There is wide variety in club activities. Decisions about group activities are made during weekly meetings. A vital component of the continuing success of the Partners Club is collaboration between three teachers. The Life Skills special education teacher takes on the responsibility of the "lead adviser," with the assistance of two regular education teachers. These three teachers volunteer their time, receive no compensation for their involvement, and attend all weekly club meetings. They are usually present at such club activities as off-campus athletic events, social outings, and community-based activities. The club builds relationships among students and parents that foster greater understanding and acceptance of students with disabilities.
Descriptors: Extracurricular Activities, Group Activities, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Clubs, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Special Education Teachers, Inclusive Schools, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Social Psychology, Sensitivity Training, High School Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alaska