Profiles and Best Practices: Exemplary Vocational Special Population Programs

Profiles and Best Practices: Exemplary Vocational Special Population Programs

Nov 1995


Zipura Burac Matias
Carolyn Maddy-Bernstein
Janet Allyn Kantenberger
Office of Student Services
University of Illinois

Executive Summary:

To close the achievement gap between disadvantaged students and their peers, educators should learn by example from those who have already done so. -- Asa Hilliard


"Where can I get information about exemplary programs [for students with disabilities, with limited English proficiency, and so on]?"

"How can I develop an exemplary program?"

"How do I know if my program is exemplary?"

The Office of Student Services (OSS) [formerly the Office of Special Populations] frequently responds to the above questions about exemplary programs in a continued effort to disseminate information on best vocational special populations practices. The questions have resulted in part from the widely publicized national search for exemplary vocational education programs that the OSS has conducted for the past five years. During this time, OSS has recognized a total of 25 exemplary programs. In addition to learning about each of these programs, OSS has also better defined what makes all programs truly outstanding. It has shared this information through various publications and papers, and through presentations at seminars and conferences. In addition, information regarding these exemplary programs is included in the OSS database and thereby included in topical bibliographies distributed free to those requesting them. This monograph is written as part of OSS's continued efforts to disseminate exemplary program information, as well as information about the exemplary search process. OSS believes that this process is worthy of replication by other agencies with similar objectives. The discussion begins with a background of the exemplary program search.


Matias, Z. B., Maddy-Bernstein, C., & Kantenberger, J. A. (1995, November). Profiles and best practices: Exemplary vocational special population programs. Berkeley, CA: National Center for Research in Vocational Education.