Leading Edge Resources: Lifelong Education

Bellevue Community CollegeBellevue Community College (WA) launched the first associates degree program in the U.S. for individuals with learning, cognitive and intellectual disabilities. The program combines academics, social skills and workforce training. The program pushes students to develop mature social skills that will enable them to get and keep employment. The program involves

  • small, integrated classes;
  • faculty expertise in educating unique learners;
  • experiential learning environment;
  • classes emphasize problem solving, critical thinking, and self advocacy;
  • alternative assessment program;
  • formal admission procedure;
  • and field experiences.

Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students With Disabilities: Parents' Materials. John H. Hager, assistant secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), U.S. Department of Education recently announced the release of a new CD, Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students With Disabilities: Parents' Materials.

The Parent Tool Kit compiles materials identified to augment the previously released CD, Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students with Disabilities, and offers a collection of resources on the same substantive areas addressed, including assessment, instructional practices, behavior and accommodations. These new documents were written specifically for parents and include information they need as they work with schools to ensure that their children are receiving a quality education. Materials included in the new Parent Tool Kit provide information that will help them become active and informed participants in IEP discussions and other decision-making meetings that support students with disabilities and their families.

To encourage broad dissemination of these materials, OSERS has launched a new Web site, www.osepideasthatwork.org, which includes the materials in the Parent Tool Kit. The Web site will continue to be updated with additional materials as they become available.