ERIC Number: EJ787355
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
Reference Count: 30
Secondary School Intervention Assistance Teams: Can They Be Effective?
Myers, Valerie M.; Kline, Charles E.
High School Journal, v85 n2 p33-42 Dec 2001-Jan 2002
Demand for improved student performance and accountability in the face of growing numbers of students with learning or behavioral difficulties creates a challenge for secondary school administrators and staffs. Principals who strive to be effective instructional leaders must find ways to provide knowledge and support that help teachers meet all students' needs. An underutilized tool for this purpose is the intervention assistance team (IAT); however, some educators question the use of the typical IAT model at the secondary level due to secondary school structure and culture differences. Conversations with secondary school educators identified the benefits of and barriers to effective IAT implementation. These are reported along with key practices from IAT literature to support staff insights. Knowledge of IAT problems and successful practices can help school administrators provide leadership and implement effective IATs at the secondary school level.
Descriptors: High Schools, Intervention, Helping Relationship, Teamwork, Educational Change, School Culture, Cultural Differences, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Special Needs Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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