Addressing Special Education Inequity Through Systemic Change: Contributions of Ecologically Based Organizational Consultation

Amanda L. Sullivan, Alfredo Artiles, David I. Hernandez-Saca

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Abstract

Since the inception of special education, scholars and practitioners have been concerned about the disproportionate representation of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds among students identified with disabilities. Professional efforts to address this disproportionality have encompassed a range of targets, but scholars increasingly view disproportionality as a complex, multiply-determined problem that requires systemic change to ameliorate disparities. In this article, we describe a framework for systemic change to foster equity in special education identification and placement. We discuss the use of ecologically oriented organizational consultation as a means of facilitating systemic change, emphasizing the role of stakeholders, and the implications for school psychology practice and training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-147
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Educational and Psychological Consultation
Volume25
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 3 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)

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