ERIC Number: ED354663
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Maine's Support Network for Rural Special Educators. Success through Communication. Information Bulletin #31.
National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Washington, DC.; National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, Reston, VA.
This two-page flyer briefly describes Maine's Support Network for Rural Special Educators, which provides content-related information and support to special education teachers and related service personnel. Initiated in 1986 to combat the high turnover rate of special education staff in Maine's rural schools, the program stresses the role of collegiality in professional growth. In 1990, 90 percent of all school districts and 75 percent of special education teachers and support service personnel were involved in some aspect of the Network. The Network uses three vehicles to provide information and support: (1) regional support groups (meeting three times per year); (2) teachers' academies (two 4-day summer programs); and (3) a yearly state-wide winter retreat. The Network encourages on-going practice and application of skills and information gained during regional meetings and academies; development of regional plans to involve regular education teachers; and formation of regional advisory groups. Job satisfaction surveys indicate that the Network has increased participants' levels of job satisfaction, primarily due to lessening feelings of isolation and to sharing of teaching resources and strategies. A contact name and address are provided. (DB)
Descriptors: Ancillary School Services, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Networks, Inservice Teacher Education, Job Satisfaction, Pupil Personnel Services, Regional Programs, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Rural Education, Social Networks, Social Support Groups, Special Education Teachers, State Programs, Summer Programs, Teacher Morale, Workshops
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Washington, DC.; National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, Reston, VA.
Identifiers - Location: Maine