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ERIC Number: ED394766
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Impact of a Rural Special Education Field-Based Program on the Kayenta School System and Community.
Silva, Charlie; And Others
In partnership with the Kayenta Unified School District (KUSD) on the Navajo Reservation in northeastern Arizona, Northern Arizona University developed the Rural Special Education Project (RSEP) as a field-based training program for special education teachers. In the past 3 years, 22 Anglo American and 26 Navajo students have graduated from RSEP. In an assessment of the impact of RSEP, 20 individuals, including KUSD teachers and administrators, Kayenta community members, and former RSEP participants were interviewed. An overwhelming majority indicated that the program had a positive impact on the school and the community. Positive effects included continuing education for Navajo teacher aides, strong teacher candidates for employment, and increased classroom help for students. Perceived program strengths included practical classroom experience and public speaking experience, while perceived weaknesses involved program demands and frequent travel. Major concerns about the RSEP program were related to funding needs and student recruitment. With regard to the impact of RSEP on children, most respondents agreed that increased student assistance was most significant. RSEP changes in the past 4 years include increased enrollment and changes attributable to the change in instructors. Former RSEP participants indicated that RSEP had affected their career or life by inspiring them to continue their education. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Kayenta Unified School District AZ; Native Americans
Note: In: Rural Goals 2000: Building Programs That Work; see RC 020 545.