Education for All Students: A Study of Promising Practices for Students with Disabilities in California Charter Schools

Education for All Students: A Study of Promising Practices for Students with Disabilities in California Charter Schools

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Sound Club and Co-teaching were examined in case studies of two high performing California charter schools that fully include students with disabilities into the general education classroom. Sound Club offers an approach to assess, identify, and teach early literacy skills and to intervene before students are identified for special education. Co-teaching brings the forces of a general education teacher and a special education teacher together to address the needs of all students in the classroom. Four research questions guided the study: (1) What are the promising practices-high-performing schools use to improve special education? (2) How are resources used to implement promising practices successfully? (3) What challenges have charter schools faced in implementing the promising practices and how were these challenges addressed? and (4) What evidence exists that the promising practices have resulted in positive educational outcomes? At-risk students and students with disabilities benefit from having access to the general education curriculum with additional supports and services. These students also gain from being included socially with their peers in the general education program. Charter schools have a unique ability to implement these practices. Decision making control over personnel, budgets, school and class size and instructional materials are among the many benefits inherent in the charter school concept. Implications for additional research are discussed.Los Angeles: University of Southem Califomia, Rossier School of Education. CHIME Charter School. (2001). Charter School Petition. Northridge, CA: Claire C. Cavallaro. CHIME Institute. (2005). Employee Handbook. Northridge, CA: CHIME anbsp;...


Title:Education for All Students: A Study of Promising Practices for Students with Disabilities in California Charter Schools
Author:Gary Finkel
Publisher:ProQuest - 2006
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