LADSELaGrange Area Department of Special Education (LaGrange, IL)
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Project WRAP brings teachers, school staff, LADSE staff, and families together to plan and implement services designed to enable students to succeed in regular placements.
Restructuring schools through the wraparound approach: The LADSE experience.
Consistent with Knapp's (1995) recommendation that evaluation procedures incorporate the perceptions of stakeholders, a formative evaluation process has been built into the implementation of the LADSE EBD Network to guide program development and technical assistance.
Integrating hands-on support and training into service delivery builds the capacity of school-based teams to assist teachers and students effectivelY The focus of technical assistance and training has expanded as the LADSE EBD Network has gained experience with the application of the wraparound approach.
In LADSE, this strategy has been effective, in terms of ensuring that interventions are implemented appropriately in classrooms (Eber, 1994).
The LADSE experience in applying the wraparound process in school programs demonstrates that such change can be accomplished when educators are provided with technical assistance and resources to plan differently for students with these challenges.
LADSE works with big numbers, big goals and big programs.
Under LADSE's creative leadership, these communities have decided that each is responsible for developing programs that promote the meaningful involvement of all students and citizens, regardless of the nature of their disability, in all aspects of school and community life.
Within LADSE, collaboration between resource specialists and regular education teachers enables children to be successfully incorporated into regular education programs.
LADSE's program includes peer tutoring and children helping one another in a range of areas from physical education to academic subjects, as well as sensitization of regular education students (and teachers) to the needs of children with disabilities.