Teaching Youth With Disabilities in Alternative and Correctional Settings

Guerin, Gil; Denti, Lou
September 1999
Journal of Correctional Education;Sep1999, Vol. 50 Issue 3, p84
Academic Journal
Estimates suggest that between 42% and 60% of youth in alternative educational settings have physical, emotional, or learning disabilities. Equally striking is the large proportion of youth who are poor, minority, and bilingual. The unique teacher skills that are required in alternative programs include the ability to: (a) optimize alternative environments and cultures, (b) improve literacy and transition outcomes, (c) achieve behavioral growth, and (d) understand multicultural and multilingual issues. Good practices cluster around four themes: classroom climate, teaching methods and curriculum, parent involvement, and instructional features. Few teacher preparation programs provide the range of skills and experiences needed to teach in alternative educational programs. The article addresses the importance of identifying students with disabilities in alternative education settings and suggests instructional and social practices that promote student and teacher success.


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