ERIC Number: ED342576
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Mar-17
Reference Count: N/A
Project RAISE: Rural America Institute for Special Educators--A Preservice Teacher Training Program for Rural Special Education.
Russell, Steven C.; And Others
Project RAISE (Rural America Institute for Special Educators) is a preservice teacher training program specifically designed for preparing special educators for the demands of rural settings. The project is being conducted by the Department of Special Education at Bowling Green State University and concentrates on training special educators in a 12-county region in northwest Ohio. Based on needs assessments, it was found that rural Ohio school districts have difficulty hiring and retaining special educators. Project RAISE selects students who are most likely to remain in rural settings once trained. The project faculty include faculty from related fields who aid in developing consultative and collaborative skills. Five undergraduate seniors majoring in special education and five practicing special education teachers from five rural school systems are selected for the training project. The undergraduate students are paired with the special education teachers. After the students have completed their student teaching and graduated, they enroll in the graduate program in special education along with their partner teachers. The practicing teacher and preservice teacher alternate on campus coursework and classroom teaching (practicum) in 8-week blocks for a year. Participants have evaluated the program positively in the areas of organization, materials, course goals, and faculty. The paper includes descriptions of the course components of the program. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio