- Creating a Unified System
- Integrating General and Special Education for the Benefit of All Students
- item #: 11
- 56 Min.
Narrated by Dr. Wayne
This video illustrates how White Church Elementary School in Kansas City, Kansas created a unified system to support the learning needs of all students regardless of label or severity of need. Their implementation of the six principles of the School-wide Application Model (SAM), created by Wayne Sailor from the University of Kansas and Blair Roger of Oakland, California, has allowed them to create a learning environment where all students are honored and their parents engaged. All students receive the learning support they need; all staff subscribe to a data-driven, standards-based educational program; and, as a result, all students are successful. They are proud to report that they have met their schoolwide AYP for the past three years, but not only that, in 2004 90% of the students achieved proficiency in math and literacy, well above the state average!
At White Church Elementary School you will see the following SAM Principles in action and how they are making a difference for the entire school community in terms of student achievement, policy, practice, and the professional development needed to continually improve:
The SAM principles frame the program. They are:
1. All Instruction is Guided by General Education
2. All School Resources are Configured to Benefit All Students
3. Schools are Team Driven, Data-Driven, Problem Solving Organizations
4. Schools Proactively Address Student Social Development & Citizenship
5. Schools Have Open Boundaries in Relation to Their Family & Community
6. Each School has District Support for Undertaking the Extensive Systems Change Activities
The producers wish to thank Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools for their hospitality, and assistance in making the second edition, particularly the good people at White Church Elementary.