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Title: How is Inclusion in Louisiana Like Mardi Gras?


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How is Inclusion in Louisiana Like Mardi
Gras? July 23, 2008 Loren Barrios - Education
Consultant Louisiana Department of Education
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GOALS OF THE WORKSHOP
  • What does Mardi Gras in Louisiana have to do with
    Inclusion?
  • Where was Louisiana in terms of Inclusion?
  • What did Louisiana do to promote Inclusion?
  • Where is Louisiana now with Inclusion?

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FAPE in the LRE
  • FREE!

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FAPE in the LRE
  • APPROPRIATE

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FAPE in the LRE
  • PUBLIC

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FAPE in the LRE
  • EDUCATION

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FAPE in the LRE
  • Free to anyone
  • Appropriate for needs
  • Public in every way
  • Education for all

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FAPE in the LRE
  • LEAST RESTRICTIVE ENVIRONMENT

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History
  • Education for All Handicapped Children Act (EHA)
    of 1975 (PL 94-142)
  • Louisiana began serving children with
    disabilities ages 3-5 primarily in school
    settings.
  • Many other states served these children in
    childcare and/or Head Start.

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History
  • In 2001-2002, Louisiana began concentrating
    technical assistance to LEAs serving children in
    settings with typical peers and in their natural
    environment (childcare, Head Start, home).
  • Louisiana began using the optional settings of
    Itinerant Service Outside the Home and Reverse
    Mainstreaming.
  • During 2003-2004, FAPE in the LRE in Early
    Childhood Special Education was a focus for the
    Continuous Improvement Monitoring Process.

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History
  • Louisiana Early Education Program (LEEP)
    Institute
  • Redesign of Early Intervention training programs

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2005-2006
  • Fall of 2005 40 ECSE children included in ECE
    regular settings
  • State Improvement Goal on APR By 2011, serve
    61.71 ECSE children in ECE regular settings
  • 17 districts had more than 40 of their children
    in ECSE (self-contained) settings.

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Face-to-Face Meetings
  • Meetings were held in the 17 districts.
  • Invited to meetings
  • Superintendent
  • Special Ed Title I Directors/supervisors
  • Elementary Supervisors
  • Early Childhood Coordinators (ECSE, Title I, LA
    4)
  • Head Start Personnel

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Request for Application
  • The 17 districts applied for grants.
  • Grants 20,000 to 60,000
  • Broad goals and objectives
  • Collaboration
  • Least Restrictive Environment
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

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Priorities
  • Collaboration and coordination
  • Consideration of natural environment LRE
  • UDL

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NECTAC Assistance
  • National Early Childhood Technical Assistance
    Center (NECTAC)
  • IDEA law
  • What does Louisiana DOEs inclusion look like?
  • How NECTAC Louisiana DOE can help
  • Assist in grant writing

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Department of Education
  • Applications Reviewed Approved
  • Louisiana DOE training - spring summer
  • Meeting Needs Through Daily Activities

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Monitoring FAPE in the LRE Grants
  • Quarterly reports
  • Surveys from preschool teachers
  • End-of-year monitoring visits
  • Follow-up letters sent

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2006-2007
  • Six new districts identified
  • NECTAC consultant
  • Morning sessions, 17 6 districts
  • Afternoon sessions, 6 new districts

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District Grant Activities
  • Hired consultants
  • Formed book studies
  • Established interagency councils
  • Established early childhood school support teams

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2007-2008
  • Six districts received grant money
  • What keeps inclusion from happening?
  • November 13 14, 2007
  • Barbara Kaiser, Challenging Behavior in Young
    Children
  • Video-taped B. Kaiser, DVD mailed to ECSE
    Coordinator in each district

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More Training
  • February 12 13, 2008 - Dr. Pam Schiller, The
    Crucial Role of Social-Emotional Development in
    School Readiness
  • June 2-6, 2008 - Dr. Schiller, What Are They
    Doing in that Early Childhood Classroom and Why?
    A New Look at an Early Childhood Classroom Based
    on Brain Research

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New Plans
  • Request for Applications (RFA)
  • To all eligible colleges/universities
  • Entitled - Early Childhood Programs Teacher
    Collaboration in Inclusive Settings

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New Plans
  • Applications due in August, 2008
  • Two universities accepted (north south)
  • Five schools selected
  • Teams of teachers formed
  • Begin work with schools in January 2009

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
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Contact Information Loren Barrios Louisiana
Department of Education Loren.barrios_at_la.gov 225-3
42-3372 Mardi Gras photos from www.nola.com
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