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ERIC Number: ED369612
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Preparing Special Educators for Work in Rural Areas: Two Field-Based Programs That Work.
Minner, Sam; Prater, Greg
In response to a problem in recruiting and retaining special education teachers on the Navajo Reservation, the Rural Special Education Project (RSEP) was designed to prepare special education teachers to deliver quality services to Navajo children with handicapping conditions. The RSEP is a partnership between Northern Arizona University and the Kayenta Unified School District (KUSD) in Kayenta, Arizona. The 18 students selected for the RSEP for the 1992-1993 academic year included 9 Navajo, 1 Hopi, and 8 Anglo students. All Native American participants were employed by KUSD as teacher aides. Anglo students resided in apartments owned by KUSD for the entire school year. Each morning, Anglo participants worked four hours in regular classrooms that employed a full-inclusion model, while Native American participants worked at their teacher aide jobs. All RSEP participants attended teacher preparation classes in the afternoon. Topics discussed were related to the students' experiences in the classroom. A cross-cultural counselor met with students monthly to discuss personal and professional stresses. Navajo participants hosted non-Navajo participants in social and cultural events. The Rural Multicultural Training Collaborative, begun in 1993, is similar to the RSEP but also includes Hispanic participants and Spanish immersion in Mexico for Anglo participants. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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