ERIC Number: ED401264
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct-1
Reference Count: N/A
Instructional Leadership for the Rural Special Educator: Final Report.
Hofmeister, Alan M.; And Others
This project addressed the need for training materials for paraeducators in their roles as members of the instructional team, and for teachers as classroom executives who lead that team. Paraprofessional personnel in this project include paid aides, volunteers, cross-age tutors, and parents instructing children in the schools. The three objectives of the project were: (1) training in effective teaching/instruction; (2) training for paraprofessionals; and (3) the executive functions of teaching. Formative and summative field tests in rural sites were conducted to ensure that effective, generalizable, and replicable training programs had been developed that were competency-based and field-based, and feasible within budget constraints. The project training materials and programs were designed to be easily exportable to district level, school sites, or individual classrooms. The materials, training activities and participants, facilitators, dissemination, and methodological issues are discussed in terms of project objectives. While the first year of the project was largely devoted to the development of materials, the subsequent 3 years saw training of 4,630 paraprofessionals and teachers. In addition to direct training of teachers and paraprofessionals, conferences and presentations were often attended by supervisors, state and district level administrators, and university personnel. Study data are included in tables. Appendices include Gantt Charts for the years of the study and sample forms from the training programs. (ND)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Leadership, Instructional Materials, Paraprofessional Personnel, Rural Education, Rural Schools, Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Staff Development, Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Skills, Team Training
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Utah State Univ., Logan. Center for Persons with Disabilities.