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ERIC Number: ED439893
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Preparing, Recruiting, and Retaining Special Education Personnel in Rural Areas.
Whitworth, Jerry
Nationwide, the shortage of special education teachers is expected to grow, fueled by expanding demand and high teacher attrition rates. The situation in Texas mirrors that of the nation. A needs assessment conducted by Abilene Christian University (ACU) in west central Texas found: a continuing need for special education teachers in the area; teacher training needs related to the unique aspects of rural schools, inclusive collaborative settings, the use of technology as an instructional tool, and bilingual and multicultural settings; and the need for a system of professional support. To meet these needs, ACU developed Project PRIME (Preparing, Recruiting, and Retaining Teachers for Inclusive Multicultural Environments). Project components and their activities are: (1) retention of special education teachers (a manual covering topics and common problems in special education, peer support groups, a newsletter for ongoing communication, and a resource center); (2) recruitment of prospective education majors (a recruitment video, a student financial aid manual, faculty visits to area high schools, and meetings with community leaders to discuss recruitment of local minority high school students); (3) preparation (improvement of special education teacher education in the areas of inclusion, technology, diversity, and collaboration); and (4) data collection and analysis (project participation in a statewide effort to track, predict, and analyze teacher shortages). An appendix lists 31 additional recruitment and retention activities. (Contains 10 references.) (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A