ERIC Number: ED475321
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
RECAP--Teacher Preparation Project: Improving the Preparation of Personnel To Serve Children with High-Incidence Disabilities. Final Report.
Lane, Cornell D.
This final report describes activities and accomplishments of a project that provided an intensive 1-year training program for teachers working with students with emotional or behavior disorders. Forty-seven teachers (27 from under-represented populations) from the Nashville (Tennessee) Public School System were recruited and trained. All participants either had or achieved certification after the project ended. Training emphasized behavior management skills using the RECAP (Reaching Educators and Parents) program, an empirically derived, structured mental health curriculum. RECAP is a field-based training model that includes in-class, on-the-job instruction and monitoring by a trained clinician/educator. Trainees also took academic courses leading to special education certification through the Special Education Institute, a state-sponsored partnership with Tennessee State University. Project results also suggested reduced special education teacher attrition and successful institutional collaboration. The project was rated as an extremely effective and practical training model by participants as well as by the Nashville Public School Director of Special Education. However, the project was unable to create a structure for continuation and dissemination. Recommendations for future personnel preparation programs are offered. (DB)
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Behavior Disorders, Classroom Techniques, Discipline, Elementary Secondary Education, Emotional Disturbances, Inservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Certification, Teaching Models
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Tennessee State Univ., Nashville.