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ERIC Number: ED453037
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Pages: 7
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University and School District Partners Go the Distance To "Grow" Special Education Teachers in Rural Communities.
Menlove, Ronda; Lignugaris-Kraft, Benjamin
To combat the shortage and high turnover rate of rural special education teachers, Utah State University (USU) special education faculty members developed university-school district partnerships. The partnerships recruit and train local community members as certified mild/moderate special education teachers and supervise student participation in practica and student teaching experiences in remote rural sites. Distance education technology delivers training to preservice special education teachers in their local communities. Community adjunct university supervisors and cooperating teachers are trained by university faculty to supervise field-based practica courses. Supervisors are often district-level special educators who completed or are familiar with the USU program. Cooperating teachers, who are often graduates of the USU on-campus or distance education program, assist with supervision in partnership with the adjunct supervisors. Training is conducted on site, on campus, and via distance education technology. University and district supervisors and cooperating teachers also supervise students together using remote two-way audio/video teleconferencing technology. This allows on-campus and on-site supervisors to hear and see the remote site classroom at the same time. The amount and quality of feedback and training that students receive in remote sites is increased and mirrors that received by on-campus students. (Contains 25 references.) (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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