• Leading a District to Scale
  • Access to the General Education Curriculum for Every Student
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  • ©2001
  • 32 min

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Marilyn Friend, Ph.D., has spent her career as a general education teacher, special education teacher, teacher educator, and staff developer. She has served on the Board of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children. She has consulted with school professionals nationally and internationally (more than 1000 presentations and projects in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia) as they collaborate to educate their students, assisting them to form productive and efficient work teams, to learn the best ways to manage awkward or adversarial conversations, and to communicate effectively with parents. She's the author of the Co-Teach Handbook.

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The Problem of Scale
The problem of scale is what Elmore describes as “innovations that require large scale changes in the core of educational practice.” He argues it seldom occurs and it seldom lasts very long. The Schaumburg Elementary District 54 is a district that has almost all of its 27 elementary schools to scale practicing an inclusive philosophy. It is a diverse school system of 16,000 students with 30% minority enrollment and a special enrollment of approximately 2000 students. Students speak forty-two different languages. Dr. Marilyn Friend invited Dr. Leonard Burrello, the director of the Forum on Education, to accompany her to the district. He found that Schaumburg #54 was probably one of the very best at getting to scale, and only one of two districts that he has ever visited that is making a difference across every school in its entire system. 


On this DVD, Schaumburg #54 representatives discuss their direction and planning philosophy at the district and school level. Schaumburg #54 will inspire you, and help you reach your own goals.


The elements of the Schaumburg story are depicted in the following segments:
1- The Planning Philosophy – start small and honor all commitments
2 -Shared Vocabulary – creating a communal lexicon
3- Ongoing Professional Development – starting with the special education community of teachers and related service staff
4- Sustaining the Momentum – provide the same resource basis for change in each school
5- Growing Collaboration – instructional practices that provide access to the curriculum for all students. Voice recognition technology helps Jason write. (His mom likes it too.)
6- Parent and Community Partnerships – that invite and set realistic expectations for participation
7- Defining Success – from test scores to a sense of belonging, Schaumburg #54 is making inclusion a priority across its district