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ERIC Number: ED476207
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
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Ensuring Rural Survival: Designing Professional Development That Builds Local Capacity.
Mitchem, Katherine J.; Richards, Ann
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997 requires Individualized Education Program teams to consider positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS) based on functional behavioral assessment for students with disabilities whose behavior impedes their learning or the learning of others. To meet federal mandates, educational personnel must be appropriately trained--a challenge for all schools, but especially for rural schools. A rural school district participated in a 4-day professional development institute in schoolwide PBIS using a design and evaluation model of professional development. Prior to the institute, university faculty worked with participants to identify specific needs, barriers, and resources related to PBIS implementation in their schools. Participants identified the dream for their school and their goal to be reached in 1 year's time, and then described their current situation. From this point, participants identified resources and supports, including community partners and other agencies; developed action steps to reach their goal; and then developed an agenda for that day of the institute. At the end of each day, each school team developed their agenda for the next day and shared at least one barrier and bridge they had identified. The institute concluded with each school identifying what they had accomplished, their immediate needs, and barriers to implementation. Data collected on the outcomes of training and implementation are used to provide a starting point for the next professional development activity. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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