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

Guiding Change in Special Education: How to Help Schools With New Ideas and Practices
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Meeting the challenge of teaching a child with a disability…optimizing the potential of a classroom of troubled students...seeing the look of understanding on a child's face—these are the ideals of special education.

Making these ideals reality often requires change. As an educator, you realize this, and you would like to make a difference in your school. But how? Guiding Change in Special Education illustrates the seven stages of school change then, stage by stage, Havelock and Hamilton provide explanations and advice for incorporating each stage into your change process. At the core of the process are these change agents:

  • Local educators trying to ensure that no child with a disability is left behind
  • Parents advocating change because they care deeply about the cause
  • Consultants available to help people act more effectively as a team
  • Academics able to efficiently pinpoint needs within special education
  • Experts with specialized knowledge to offer solutions to problems
  • Informal marketing and sales people to help get the word out The Linker"—an important player who connects people and resources, finds support, and helps organize the group
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