ERIC Number: ED342535
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar-19
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Assistance Teams: Supporting At-Risk Students in Rural Areas. A Three Year Plan.
Chalfant, James C.; And Others
Teacher Assistance Teams (TAT) can support the collaboration and empowerment of teachers, address student and schoolwide problems, provide preventive intervention for at-risk students, and identify appropriate referrals to special education. This paper describes the implementation of TAT throughout the state of Arkansas over a 3-year period. During the initial planning phase, the Arkansas Department of Education consulted with educators from other states who were familiar with TAT, outlined a 3-year action plan, and committed support and resources to the plan. During Phase 2, school district superintendents agreed to specific scheduling and evaluative requirements. Phase 3 involved training of 61 pilot TAT teams. School districts with an identified overrepresentation of minority students in special education were specifically invited to the training; other districts were self-selected. During Phase 4, trained teams determined their mission and established their own operational procedures. In Phase 5, a technical assistance network was developed, including utilization of a statewide coordinator and nine consultants for students with serious emotional disturbances and featuring regular meetings of TAT team leaders. Phases 6 and 7 involved further team training after 6-9 months and 1-2 years of operation, respectively. Evaluation after 2 years indicated that teams had served 1,393 students, of whom only 13 were referred to special education for testing. Of 77 cases with available outcome data, 70% were fully or partially resolved. Network meetings were judged very beneficial. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Arkansas; Teacher Collaboration
Note: In: Reaching Our Potential: Rural Education in the 90's. Conference Proceedings, Rural Education Symposium (Nashville, TN, March 17-20, 1991); see RC 018 473.