ERIC Number: ED477114
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
The Road to Tomorrow's Teachers: Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating a State-Based Special Education Workforce Development Initiative. Lessons Learned from the National Pilot Sites Project for Recruitment and Retention. Developing the Special Education Workforce.
National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, Arlington, VA.
This document describes the National Pilot Sites Project for Recruitment and Retention, an effort to recruit, prepare, and retain highly qualified diverse educators and related services personnel for children and youth with disabilities by involving multiple stakeholder groups within selected states (Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, New Jersey, Oregon, and Texas) in issues of special education workforce development. It explains the development of the Collaborative Practices Model underlying the project. For the project's first year, the report explains the roles and responsibilities of both the National Clearinghouse on Professions in Special Education and the pilot sites, the relevance of site visits by Clearinghouse staff to pilot sites, and the development of public service announcements (PSAs). The report describes the project's second year process of getting PSAs broadcast, adding additional pilot sites, and using project evaluation as feedback for improvement. Supports that pilot sites received, both from the Clearinghouse and the business community, are delineated. The report concludes with nine suggested action steps for others interested in implementing a statewide collaborative recruitment initiative. (DB)
Descriptors: Cooperative Programs, Demonstration Programs, Disabilities, Dropout Prevention, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Persistence, Pilot Projects, Preservice Teacher Education, Special Education Teachers, Student Recruitment
National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, 1110 North Glebe Rd., Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22201-5704. Tel: 800-641-7824 (Toll Free); Fax: 703-264-1637; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For full text: http://www.special-ed-careers.org/pdf/roadtotomorrow.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, Arlington, VA.