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Inclusion/Detracking: A Resource Guide

MDS-746


Compiled by

Office of Special Populations

Carolyn Maddy-Bernstein
Zipura Burac Matias
Esmeralda S. Cunanan
Becky Taylor Krall
Janet Kantenberger
Linda Iliff


University of Illinois



National Center for Research in Vocational Education
University of California at Berkeley
2030 Addison Street, Suite 500
Berkeley, CA 94704-1058


Supported by
The Office of Vocational and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education

December, 1995

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FUNDING INFORMATION

Project Title: National Center for Research in Vocational Education
Grant Number: V051A30003-95A/V051A30004-95A
Act under which Funds Administered: Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act
P.L. 98-524
Source of Grant: Office of Vocational and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education
Washington, DC 20202
Grantee: The Regents of the University of California
c/o National Center for Research in Vocational Education
2030 Addison Street, Suite 500
Berkeley, CA 94704
Director: David Stern
Percent of Total Grant Financed by Federal Money: 100%
Dollar Amount of Federal Funds for Grant: $6,000,000
Disclaimer: This publication was prepared pursuant to a grant with the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education. Grantees undertaking such projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their judgement in professional and technical matters. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official U.S. Department of Education position or policy.
Discrimination: Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 states: "No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance." Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states: "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance." Therefore, the National Center for Research in Vocational Education project, like every program or activity receiving financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education, must be operated in compliance with these laws.



EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

There is a growing national sentiment to educate all students in programs which reflect the diversity of the local general student population. This resource guide is directed towards professionals and practitioners who are interested in strategies, resources, programs, and research concerning inclusion, detracking, ability grouping, mainstreaming, and cooperative learning. It contains descriptions, cost, and contact information for selected (1) references, including newsletters and journal articles; (2) educational information centers; and (3) organizations. To the extent possible, the resources listed address students in vocational education and integrated programs.




PREFACE

Societal demands and legislative mandates have called for changes in the way we educate students, especially those traditionally served in special education or "tracked" into separate programs. There is growing sentiment to educate all students in programs which reflect the diversity of the local general student population. Strategies to decrease the isolation of students with disabilities include mainstreaming, least restrictive environment, and inclusion. Teaching strategies such as cooperative learning, curriculum integration, and project teaching are useful techniques in eliminating tracks such as general education, vocational education, and college prep.

This resource guide grew out of increasing requests for information from the Office of Special Populations on the inclusion of students with disabilities into regular education programs and on eliminating ability grouping and tracking. This guide contains descriptions, cost, and contact information for (1) references, including newsletters and journal articles; (2) educational information centers; and (3) organizations. It is more selective than comprehensive and, to the extent possible, highlights resources that address students in vocational education and integrated programs.

The publications section is divided into the following categories: general information, access and equity, program administration, professional development, curriculum and instruction, and comprehensive support services. There are separate sections for newsletters, journals, educational information centers, agencies, and organizations; exemplary programs and practices, including brief information on some of the state systems change grants that address vocational education and also students in the secondary and postsecondary levels; curriculum centers; and a listing of state-level personnel who are available to assist local educators.




THE OFFICE OF SPECIAL POPULATIONS

Mission

The Office of Special Populations works nationally to increase vocational program accessibility, quality, and availability for youth and adults from special populations. It is one of the five Dissemination and Training Programs in the National Center for Research in Vocational Education at the University of California at Berkeley.

Objectives

To increase awareness and understanding of critical issues in vocational special needs education:

To increase awareness and appreciation of the School-to-Work Opportunities Act's emphasis on ensuring the full participation of a diverse population of students in the full range of available school-to-work activities and opportunities.

To increase the use of available resources.

To initiate and support networks of professionals.

To promote exemplary program activity and the adoption of model practices.

To maximize the impact of the Office of Special Populations' resources and activities through collaborative activities with state and national organizations.

Staff

Dr. Carolyn Maddy-Bernstein, Director
E-Mail: maddy2@ux1.cso.uiuc.edu

Dr. Zipura Burac Matias, Associate Director
E-Mail: zburac@ux1.cso.uiuc.edu

Dr. Esmeralda S. Cunanan, Research Associate
E-Mail: cunanan@ux1.cso.uiuc.edu

Janet Kantenberger, Research Assistant
Linda Iliff, Administrative Assistant

Address

University of Illinois
Vocational and Technical Education
345 Education Building
1310 S. Sixth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 333-0807
Fax: (217) 244-5632

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