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Leadership Development Program in Special Needs Education

Several studies and reports have indicated the necessity for school-to-work transition instruction and support services for special needs youth and adults in career and technical education training, and employment settings. Services are essential to expand access to, and improve equity in, career and technical education and employment-related programs. The Indiana Comprehensive System for Personnel Development, evaluation results, and needs assessment data, however, suggest a shortage of adequately prepared personnel who can effectively deliver school-to-work transition instruction and support services. The purpose of the Leadership Development Program is, therefore, to provide leadership development training to special needs personnel (career and technical education, special education, rehabilitation, employment and training, and other related personnel) for improving and expanding career, technical, training, and employment opportunities and support services for special needs youth and adults in the state of Indiana.

Objectives

  1. Identify a cadre of local career and technical education, special education, rehabilitation, transition, employment and training, and other related leadership personnel who can initiate and facilitate ongoing professional development and program improvement activities related to career and technical instruction and support services within their regions and agencies.

  2. Deliver instruction, topical seminars, and technical assistance to personnel.

  3. Develop, implement, and evaluate program improvement activities within the agencies of program participants.

  4. Initiate and/or enhance interagency agreements and collaboration at the local level among agencies.

  5. Expand the networking capabilities of personnel across the state in regard to program improvement, exemplary programs, and effective practices.

  6. Evaluate the adequacy, quality, and effectiveness of the program improvement projects (PIPs).

Major Activities

  1. A cadre of agency endorsed personnel will be selected to participate in the program.

  2. Participants will enroll in two, 3-semester hour courses during the summer, 2010 session, (a) EDCI 544: Career and Technical Education for Special Needs Learners (3 s.h.), and (b) EDCI 553: Leadership Development in Career and Techical Education (3 s.h.). Participants will conduct an agency needs assessment and develop a program improvement project proposal.

  3. Participants will enroll in EDCI 653: Seminar in Career and Technical Education - Problems, Issues, and Trends in Special Needs Programming (3 s.h.) during the fall, 2010 and spring, 2011 semesters. They will be involved in a series of three, 2-day topical seminars focusing on critical career/technical and transition problems, issues, and trends.

  4. Participants will enroll in EDCI 695: Internship in Education: Program Improvement Project - Special Needs (3 s.h.) during the fall, 2010 and spring, 2011 semesters. They will receive graduate credit for implementing and evaluating the PIPs in their agencies. Program staff will provide the required technical assistance, and facilitate the necessary interagency collaboration and networking activities to successfully implement the PIPs. The participants will attend four (evening) technical assistance semesters and a one-day final meeting in May, 2011 to deliver their PIP presentations and submit their final reports.





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