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ERIC Number: ED381324
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Alternative Delivery Techniques for Training and Information Dissemination for Small and Rural Districts.
Chancey, Christine W.
In light of the increasing diversity of students and the sweeping changes involved in the inclusion movement, many special education administrators in small and rural districts are not prepared to face the emerging challenges and responsibilities of their role. The Institute for Small and Rural Districts was established in 1990 by the Florida Department of Education to provide technical assistance and training to administrators of special education in Florida's 27 small school districts. A needs assessment established that, of the 27 administrators in question, 11 had no prior special education experience and 16 had no prior administrative experience. In addition, inclusionary practices were affecting all districts, and time and distance constrained training possibilities. Extensive research and administrator input generated a ranked list of competencies and knowledge of program components essential to the incoming administrator. The first training was delivered to 54 educators at 5 sites via videoconferencing, supported by a resource manual given to all participants. Other videoconference trainings are planned. The Institute also found that principals required training in areas related to their support of special education programs, and such training was delivered at a site convenient to a cluster of 12 remote rural school districts. Appendices contain a list of administrator training components and competencies, a map of Florida school districts, and workshop evaluation summaries. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee. Div. of Public Schools.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Florida; Institute for Small and Rural Districts FL; Small School Districts
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.