ERIC Number: ED381319
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Regional Inservice Training Model for Professionals Working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in Rural and Remote Areas.
Mercaldo, David J.; Griffing, Barry L.
The Regional Inservice Training Model (RIST-M) was used to develop a weeklong inservice summer training program at Idaho State University for professionals working with deaf and hearing-impaired students in rural Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. There were several reasons for offering inservice training on a regional basis: a mission of Idaho State University is to be a regional resource for educators of the deaf and hearing impaired; federal and state laws require inservice education; and rural areas needed an economical model for providing inservice education. During the summer of 1994, the RIST-M was field-tested at the Intermountain Special Study Institute (ISSI) at Idaho State University. ISSI used RIST-M content, structure, delivery, and support factors to develop a summer inservice program for educators of deaf and hearing-impaired students. Seventy-one of the initial 84 participants completed a survey providing information about themselves and program evaluation. Participants were from primarily rural areas and worked directly in instructional settings in residential or public schools. Participants gave high ratings to five of the six inservice presentations and two of the three program activities. This paper concludes that a regional inservice program for rural educators is required to implement a quality program. In addition, the program should be a collaborative effort among state and local departments of education as well as institutions of public and higher education. Furthermore, the training should be relevant to the needs of professionals and should be of reasonable cost so that educators can afford to attend. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Idaho State University; United States (Intermountain West)
Note: In: Reaching to the Future: Boldly Facing Challenges in Rural Communities. Conference Proceedings of the American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES) (Las Vegas, Nevada, March 15-18, 1995); see RC 020 016.