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Islands With Bridges: Using the Web to Enhance Ongoing Problem Solving Among Educators of Young Children With Special Needs

Stowitschek, Joseph J. EdD; Guest, Mako A. MEd

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The article explores the use of a Web site to extend the reach of experience-based staff development in support of recommended practices for young children with special needs. The authors' experiences with the Early Childhood Solutions Link are used to illustrate an applied demonstration of the capabilities of Web-based problem solving to keep inservice trainers in communication with participants, and participants in touch with each other through crucial periods of initial tryout and implementation in regards to research-based practices.

College of Education, University of Washington, Seattle.

Corresponding author: Joseph J. Stowitschek, EdD, College of Education, University of Washington, Box 353600, Seattle, WA 98195 (e-mail: stowi@u.Washington.edu).

The work described was supported in part by grants from the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (H324R010002, 90YP0014 and H324000053). We thank Jennifer Annable, Principal, and the teaching and support staff of the Experimental Education Unit Preschool for accommodating the outreach projects and their participants. Also, we thank participating staff of several Head Start programs in California, Oregon, and Washington, in particular the Washington State Migrant Council.

No official endorsement by the US Department of Education or Office of Special Education Programs of the opinions expressed herein should be inferred.

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