Special Education in Lithuania

Feb 15th, 1993 | By | Category: 4-4: The Pattern of Language, Tribal College News

A former tribal college administrator is bringing her knowledge of special education to the newly independent nation of Lithuania.

Marlene Campbell, a former academic dean at Sisseton-Wahpeton Community College in Sisseton, South Dakota is one of seven American educators traveling to the Baltic republic this summer. Part of a panel sponsored by the USA-CIS Baltics Consortium, she will help Lithuanian educators improve their antiquated special education programs.

Campbell, who is a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux tribe, is coordinator of special education for the Bureau of Indian Affairs on the Lake Traverse Reservation in northeastern South Dakota. She has worked in the Sisseton Public School System and taught Dakota language at the college and Vermillion High School.

The program is working to improve how students with special needs are educated. The newly- democratic nation continues to follow the old Soviet-style of eduĀ­cation where children with disĀ­abilities were sent to boarding schools. There, conditions were inadequate and little education was provided.

A return trip for a team of Lithuanian educators to the United States is expected to follow. Meetings with members of the tribal college consortium, including Sisseton-Wahpeton College, are planned.

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