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ERIC Number: ED369591
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Career Ladder Approach to Training for Community Facilities Personnel and Paraeducators in the State of North Dakota.
Vassiliou, Demetrios; Johnson, Dave
Since 1983, the North Dakota Statewide Mentally Retarded/Developmentally Disabled Faculty Staff Training Program has used a career ladder approach to provide training to over 10,000 staff, primarily in scattered rural developmental-disability facilities. Cooperative relationships among the Department of Human Services, Minot State University, and community providers have been critical to the program's success. The training program uniquely meets the needs of rural states. A "circuit rider" provides technical assistance to developmental-disability regional trainers working with facility staff. Full-time direct-service staff are required to demonstrate knowledge and skills in topic areas addressed in 13 training modules, and have the option of studying 20 additional modules. The program offers a seven-step professional development sequence for career advancement, ranging from entry-level orientation to a Master's degree in special education. Learning options include formal instruction, on-site demonstration, mentoring, and self-study. Staff may "test out" of individual modules. Key program elements include comprehensive but flexible training materials, a state system of training records, state standards and certification for training, and a career training sequence leading to academic degrees. In 1992, the program was expanded to provide field-based training to special-education paraeducators. Training consists of four mandatory modules for basic certification and four or five of nine optional modules for advanced certification. Trainees may receive college credit. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: North Dakota