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ERIC Number: ED406100
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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Montana Training for Inclusive Education (TIE) and Montana Behavioral Initiative (MBI): Description and Evaluation of Two Rural Education Initiatives.
Fishbaugh, Mary Susan E.; And Others
Two statewide Montana projects address educational needs assessed through a biennial Comprehensive System of Personnel Development survey. Although addressing different needs, the projects use similar strategies for effective implementation in a large rural state. Montana Training for Inclusive Education is a program of inservice training, technical assistance, and peer coaching activities designed to increase opportunities for students with disabilities to be served in general education classrooms. Teams from 18 local education agencies were trained in cooperative learning, inclusion, team building, collaboration, and peer coaching. Each team included a regular and a special education teacher, an administrator, someone from related services, a paraprofessional, and a parent. Teams were active for 2 years: the training period, which included five teleconferences, and the implementation year. Regional consultants provided inservice training and technical assistance. Evaluations have resulted in training modifications and a change to nine teams. The Montana Behavioral Initiative is a staff development venture created to improve the ability of school and community services personnel to meet the emotional and behavioral needs of students. Five community-school partnerships consisted of educators, parents, and community representatives. These model sites enabled each community to address its own needs while creating a framework for intervention that can be used in other communities. The teams trained under nationally known experts, received ongoing technical assistance from regional consultants, shared information with other schools, and conducted ongoing project evaluation. Both programs stress site-specific needs assessment and team goal setting. Includes program evaluation forms. (TD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Montana