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Setting the Direction for Special Education in Alberta is a major Alberta Education project designed to create a new framework that will help students with special needs receive the education necessary to be successful. Phase 1 of the project reviewed the effectiveness of the current approach and then focused on defining a vision and principles to guide the future direction of special education in Alberta. Input was received from 3,500 individuals and groups in public consultation sessions and through online responses to the Phase 1 discussion guide. Albertans informed that there are many challenges in understanding and supporting the abilities and needs of an increasingly diverse educational population. The work in Phase 2 is to start thinking about those elements, or building blocks, that contribute to one education system and identify those things that need to change to support education for all students. This discussion guide is intended to shape the conversations with Albertans in Phase 2. The guide presents questions for discussion in setting high expectations for all students; using strengths and abilities to drive programming; building capacity for school-based staff and learning teams; collaborating for learner success; and accessing learning resources and technologies for 21st Century learners. (Contains a bibliography, glossary, and a Phase 2 Consultation Schedule.)

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Special Needs Students, Special Education, Educational Change, Public Opinion, Agenda Setting, Needs Assessment, Accessibility (for Disabled), Feasibility Studies, Educational Improvement, Improvement Programs, Likert Scales

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