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Emerson Barnett; Ting Huang – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2024
The shortage of teachers is amplified in rural areas where educators work with students with low-incidence disabilities (LID; visual or hearing impairment; significant cognitive impairment; any impairment for which a small number of personnel with highly specialized skills and knowledge are needed for children to receive early intervention…
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Students with Disabilities, Rural Areas, College Faculty
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Andrew R. Scheef; Lauren Bruno; Holly N. Whittenburg – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2024
Individuals with disabilities are less likely than their peers without disabilities to be employed or enrolled in postsecondary education. Even with federal legislation efforts designed to provide targeted supports to this population, the discrepancy persists. Students with disabilities who attend schools in rural settings may experience…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, Rural Areas, Barriers, Post High School Guidance
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Jessica N. Torelli; Christina R. Noel; Kaitlin A. Morris; Evyn B. Hendrickson – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2024
Effective use of classroom management practices is critical to creating positive classroom climates supporting students' academic and behavioral outcomes, and teachers in rural areas have a strong need for training in classroom management. One classroom management practice with significant support is behavior-specific praise (BSP). Research shows…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Electronic Learning, Peer Teaching, Coaching (Performance)
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Holly M. Long; Emily C. Bouck; Carrie O'Reilly – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2024
Providing high-quality services to students with disabilities in rural settings can be challenging, as rural schools often lack resources both in and out of the classroom. One potential option to provide high-quality mathematics instruction to students with disabilities in rural areas is using virtual manipulatives and online instruction. In this…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, Rural Schools, Mathematics Instruction, Manipulative Materials
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Mary Elliott; Abbi M. Long; Jennifer M. Pollard; Caroline M. Fitchett; Ginevra Courtade – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2024
A shortage of certified teacher candidates nationwide is especially challenging in the field of special education. U.S. rural school districts are even more impacted due to limited access to universities because of geographical distance. In this program description, we look at the University Louisville's fully online special education alternative…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Education
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Adamson, Reesha M.; Nelson, Jessica; Turner, Jon S.; Post, Felicity – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2023
Supporting the development and training of paraeducators can be complex; however, that support in rural settings can be especially challenging. The unique structure of rural settings, often with limited personnel and available resources, can create challenges for recruiting and retaining quality candidates within the field of paraeducation. This…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Professional Development, Meetings
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Bartz, Jody Marie; Applequist, Karen; Aruguete, Joseph – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2023
The significant shortages of special educators across the United States, particularly in our rural communities, can negatively affect the delivery of high-quality services that enable young children and families to flourish (National Coalition on Personnel Shortages in Special Education and Related Services, 2019). We present our Project STRIDE…
Descriptors: Professional Isolation, Special Education Teachers, Rural Areas, Early Childhood Education
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Vilches, Silvia L.; Pighini, Maria J.; Stewart, Mary J.; Rossa-Roccor, Verena; McDaniel, Beth – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2023
Rural regions struggle to retain early intervention (EI), special education (SE), and early childhood education (ECE) supports for children with developmental delay and/or disability, yet there is little guidance to prepare pre-service students for rural practice. This exploratory scoping review of rural EI/SE/ECE practice in the United States and…
Descriptors: Rural Areas, Early Childhood Teachers, Early Childhood Education, Special Education
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McFarland-Whisman, Jennifer; Whisman, Steven; Lockwood, Debra – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2023
Research on teacher retention and attrition suggests that it may be particularly difficult to fill special education positions in rural, economically disadvantaged, high-minority, and urban U.S. schools. Although teacher retention and attrition have received considerable attention in the literature, less is known about the reasons special…
Descriptors: Faculty Mobility, Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Autism Spectrum Disorders
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McKissick, Bethany R.; Wrenn, Melissa; Vach, Sarah – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2023
In this program description, we examined the impact of East Carolina University's educator preparation program on beginning special educators' preparedness and confidence to meet professional standards and fulfill their job responsibilities using Q methodology. For this work, undergraduate interns who were enrolled in a rural-focused teacher…
Descriptors: Rural Education, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Competencies
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Rahn, Naomi L.; Coogle, Christan Grygas; Ottley, Jennifer R.; Storie, Sloan O.; Collier, Terri; Cook, Ami; Cottrill, Shannon; Hicks, Kelly; McNeil, Kimary; Miltenberger, Margaret; Roberts, David; Toppe, Mollie; Sears, Lesley; Trivette, Carol – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2023
A variety of systemic inequities place young children from Appalachian communities in the United States at greater risk for poor academic outcomes than children in other parts of the country. Young children with disabilities are at increased risk for poor academic outcomes because of similar inequities and their need for more intensive learning…
Descriptors: Family Environment, Emergent Literacy, Preschool Children, Disabilities
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Schutz, Michele A.; Travers, Hilary E. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2023
The joint contributions of general education and special education staff should collectively support career development for students with disabilities in rural communities. This mixed-methods study explored the views of staff and administrators across 10 rural districts on staffing for supporting students with disabilities in preparing for work,…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, Career Development, Teacher Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes
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Ruble, Lisa; McGrew, John; Fischer, Melanie; Findley, Jordan; Stayton, Rebecca – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2023
Special education teacher attrition is a significant and chronic problem that has worsened since the pandemic. A longitudinal survey of burnout was conducted with rural special education teachers (N = 48) over four timepoints through the school year just prior to COVID-19. Both school and intrapersonal predictors of burnout obtained at the…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Rural Schools, Teacher Burnout, Coping
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Zhang, E.; Bellinger, Skylar; Swails, Leni; Punt, Stephanie; Tepper, Katy; Nelson, Eve-Lynn – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2023
To address the daunting behavioral and mental health needs of Kansas' rural and underserved communities, Telehealth ROCKS (Rural Outreach for the Children of Kansas) Schools project partnered with school-based health centers, school districts, and special education cooperatives to provide a range of telebehavioral health intervention services and…
Descriptors: Mental Health, Behavior Problems, COVID-19, Pandemics
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Tomeny, Theodore S.; Hudac, Caitlin M.; Malaia, Evie A.; Morett, Laura M.; Tomeny, Kimberly R.; Watkins, Laci; Kana, Rajesh K. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2023
This position paper explores the needs of rural families of children, adolescents, and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to COVID-19, literature portrays elevated stress in families of individuals with ASD and health and socioeconomic disparities for rural and underserved populations. These disparities…
Descriptors: Family (Sociological Unit), Rural Population, Children, Adolescents
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