Guiding Change in Special Education How to Help Schools with New Ideas and Practices

ISBN-10: 0761939652

ISBN-13: 9780761939658

Edition: 2004

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'Guiding Change in Special Education' presents a seven-step model of school change (and sustained change) designed specifically to help schools move to integrated and improved services for special education students.
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List price: $41.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 11/13/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Dr. James Hamilton is currently a managing director at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). He is Principal Investigator of the ACCESS Center, which is providing technical assistance to states and school districts to help students with disabilities gain access to the general education curriculum. Previously, he was Project Director of the Elementary and Middle Schools Technical Assistance Center, which developed and evaluated a technical assistance model aimed at improving outcomes for students with disabilities in elementary and middle schools. Before joining AIR, Dr. Hamilton held various positions, over a 20-year period, at the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) in the U.S. Department of Education. While at OSEP, he worked in the areas of research, leadership personnel training, early childhood, technical assistance and dissemination. He held several OSEP positions, including Director of the Division of Educational Services, Chief of the Early Childhood Branch, Chief of the Leadership Personnel Branch, and Chief of the Research Projects Branch. During his tenure in the Department of Education, Dr. Hamilton was a member (and chair for a year) of the Joint Dissemination Review Panel and the Program Effectiveness Panel. Prior to serving in the U.S. Department of Education, Dr. Hamilton was a classroom teacher, a senior research associate at the Research Institute for Educational Problems, and the Coordinator of two graduate programs at Lesley University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in 1972. His primary interests include special education policy, early childhood, and identification and dissemination of effective practices.

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Case Study
Care: Establishing the Need for Action
Someone Must Care Enough to Make It All Worthwhile
A Three-Step Model of Change: Unfreeze-Move-Refreeze
How School Systems Show (and Don't Show) That They Are in Trouble
Inside Versus Outside Forces
Linking Agent as Connector and Orchestrator of Forces
Whose Responsibility? The Value Issues in Helping
Care: Summary
Relate: Building a Relationship
Build a Good Relationship With the People You Are Trying to Help
Diagram Your School or School District as a Social Network
Linker Configurations
How to Size Up Your Relationship
Final Word on Relationship Building
Relate: Summary
Examine: Understanding the Problem
Turn Cares Into Problems You Can Solve
Making a Good Diagnosis
The Data Collection Phase
The Analytic Phase
Making a Diagnostic Inventory
Systemic Analysis: Understanding the System
A Data Collection Process
A Set of Rating Dimensions
Creating a Diagnostic Matrix/Checklist That Points to Solutions
Integrating Diagnosis With the Other Stages
Examine: Summary
Acquire: Seeking and Finding Relevant Resources
The Money Theory of Change
The People Theory of Change
The Knowledge Theory of Change
Acquiring Materials (= Packaged Knowledge)
Acquire: Summary
Try: Moving From Knowledge to Action
Giving a Fair Trial to a Well-Considered Solution
Pretrial Feasibility Testing: Comparing and Selecting the Best
Plan the Implementation
What Is the Process?
How Can You Evaluate Process?
What Are the Outcomes?
Can You Measure Outcomes?
Cautions on Evaluation
Using the Results
Sharing With Your Team
Try: Summary
Extend: Gaining Deeper and Wider Acceptance
Issues About Adoption and Diffusion
Solidifying Adoption at the Trial Site (Keeping Going)
Expanding Change at the Trial Site
Extending the Trial to Proximate Sites (Follow-On Adoption)
Extending Adoption to the Larger System
Variations of the Adoption Curve
Going Wider: Strategies and Tactics (The Second Stage of Diffusion)
Extend: Summary
Renew: Encouraging Ongoing Change
How Do Systems Absorb Changes?
Improve the Process
Keep the Change Fresh
Create a Self-Renewal Capacity
From Item Change to System Change
Installing the Change Function
Terminating and Moving On
Renew: Summary
Summary and Synthesis
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