ERIC Number: ED477113
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Enlarging the Pool: How Higher Education Partnerships Are Recruiting and Supporting Future Special Educators from Underrepresented Groups. Developing the Special Education Workforce.
National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, Arlington, VA.
This guide identifies higher education strategies that effectively recruit and support future special educators from underrepresented groups. It begins with a list of common barriers to recruiting and retaining such students. Principles that make partnership efforts work are identified, such as a focus on connections, publicity, and flexibility/creativity. Ten specific recruitment strategies are explained. These include soliciting prospective teachers from the local diverse population; developing teacher cadet programs in K-12 schools with a diverse student body; including special education during "career nights" or college recruitment fairs; advertising federally funded personnel preparation programs; and soliciting funds from minority owned local businesses. Among seven specific strategies for supporting students in teacher education programs are: having faculty members mentor students; providing learning support for students with disadvantaged educational backgrounds; offering study skills training; and securing funding for student expenses. (Contains 14 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Partnerships in Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Special Education Teachers, Student Personnel Services, Student Recruitment, Teacher Shortage
National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, Suite 300, 1110 North Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA 22201-5704. Tel: 800-641-7824 (Toll Free); Fax: 703-264-1637; e-mail: email@example.com. For full text: http://www.special-ed-careers.org/pdf/enlargingthepool.pdf.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, Arlington, VA.