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Buren, Molly K.; Rios, Kristina; Burke, Meghan M. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2022
Parent advocacy is an essential component to help children with disabilities receive appropriate school services. However, there are limited studies about parent advocacy for children with disabilities living in rural areas. To address this issue, semistructured interviews were conducted with 12 parents of children with disabilities. The purpose…
Descriptors: Rural Areas, Parent Attitudes, Advocacy, Grounded Theory
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Hodges, Abby; Joseph, Jaclyn D.; Strain, Phillip S. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2022
Children with diagnosed disabilities, teachers and classroom staff, and families living in rural areas have difficulty accessing any and all behavioral services, including parent training, due to a lack of providers, distance to clinics, cost of transportation, low income and/or inadequate health insurance, and confidentiality concerns from living…
Descriptors: Rural Areas, Students with Disabilities, Distance Education, Early Childhood Teachers
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Haines, Shana J.; Giangreco, Michael F.; Shepherd, Katharine G.; Suter, Jesse C.; Moore, Mika – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2022
In this article, we describe the self-directed change made by a rural elementary school in response to a data-based examination of its service-delivery model that revealed its lowest performing students were spending most of their time with the school's least qualified staff. This mixed-method case study describes (a) why and how the school…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Elementary Schools, Special Education, Delivery Systems
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Lohmann, Marla J.; Kappel, Alexandria; Taylor, Matthew S. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2022
For rural locations, the use of remote learning may provide schools the opportunity to meet student needs without requiring students to travel long distances to access services. It is critical that teachers of students with disabilities understand how to support learning and know how to use the accommodations, modifications, and assistive…
Descriptors: Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Distance Education, Technology Uses in Education, Students with Disabilities
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Brewer, Brandy N.; Riggs, Leah A.; Courtade, Ginevra; Landrum, Timothy J. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic has been one of the most dramatic and far-reaching events to impact education in recent years. At the onset of this global crisis, schools were required to pivot, with little warning or planning, to educate the more than 50 million school-age children in the United States through some form of nontraditional instruction (NTI),…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, At Risk Students, Nontraditional Education
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Garbacz, S. Andrew; Santiago, Rachel T.; Gulbrandson, Kim – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2022
School-wide PBIS implementation is associated with positive academic and behavioral outcomes. Research supports the importance of school context in implementation and sustainment, but more work is needed to explore the role of community locale, particularly for rural communities that experience context-specific strengths and challenges in…
Descriptors: Program Implementation, Positive Behavior Supports, Rural Schools, Fidelity
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Grasley-Boy, Nicolette M.; Gage, Nicholas A.; Lombardo, Michael; Anderson, Lucas; Rila, Ashley – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2022
Evidence suggests that implementing School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS) with fidelity can reduce behavior problems in schools and, concomitantly, the use of school suspensions. Few studies have explored differences in SWPBIS implementation fidelity and outcomes between rural and urban schools, but research suggests…
Descriptors: Positive Behavior Supports, Program Implementation, Fidelity, Behavior Modification
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MacSuga-Gage, Ashley S.; Kaplan, Rachel; Batton, Brittany; Ellis, Kaci; Gage, Nicholas A. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2022
Limited quantitative research has examined similarities and differences between the academic achievement and discipline outcomes, including suspensions, of students with disabilities in rural and urban schools. Therefore, we leveraged a statewide longitudinal data set to explore academic achievement and discipline outcomes for students with…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Rural Urban Differences, Students with Disabilities, Special Education
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Ellis, Kaci; Gage, Nicholas A.; Kramer, Dennis; Baton, Emily; Angelosante, Courtney – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2022
Positive school climate is associated with myriad positive student, staff, and school outcomes, including increased achievement and decreased problem behavior. Hence, universal evidence-based practices are necessary to increase school climate. One universal approach with evidence of effects on school climate is School-Wide Positive Behavior…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Rural Schools, Urban Schools, Positive Behavior Supports
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Douglas, Karen H.; Idol, Whitney A.; Chung, Yun-Ching – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2021
As more students with an intellectual disability are attending postsecondary programs at colleges and universities, these students are presented with new opportunities for socialization (e.g., conversing with peers and faculty across campus environments, joining organizations of interest, and participating in campus events). The generalization of…
Descriptors: Intellectual Disability, Students with Disabilities, Interpersonal Communication, College Students
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Deardorff, Malarie E.; Peltier, Corey; Choiseul-Praslin, Belkis; Williams-Diehm, Kendra; Wicker, Melissa – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2021
The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act mandates transition planning to occur in conjunction with the individualized education program for secondary age students with disabilities beginning by age 16, or earlier. To fulfill this mandate, teachers must possess a depth of content and pedagogical knowledge related to the transition planning…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Equal Education, Students with Disabilities
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Horn, Annemarie L. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2021
Special education teachers in rural settings face unique challenges related to providing transition services to secondary students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (IDD). Geographically isolated school districts tend to have limited collaborative partnership opportunities and access to quality professional development to…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Rural Schools, Barriers, Program Implementation
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Eastman, Karen; Zahn, Gail; Ahnupkana, Wendy; Havumaki, Bryson – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2021
Graduating from high school and moving to the next phase of life can be difficult for any student but is particularly so for those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Social and communication difficulties, sensory concerns, and narrow interests can negatively affect these students' opportunity for postsecondary education and employment. Preparing…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Students with Disabilities, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders
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Robertson, Colleen E.; Spooner, Fred; Wood, Charles L.; Pennington, Robert C. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2021
Post-school outcomes in the areas of health, safety, and independent living are poor among students with complex communication needs and autism spectrum disorder, particularly for those in rural areas. This study examined the comparative effects of print versus digital technology instruction on participants' cumulative accuracy of answering Wh-…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Communication Skills
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Beckers, Gerlinde; Klein-Ezell, Colleen – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2021
Lions Connected (LC) is an inclusive postsecondary program approved by the U.S. Department of Education; thus meeting rigorous program standards and accountability. Equally important is that it gives eligible students from rural areas the opportunity to receive federal financial aid to attend college. The purpose of developing LC was to meet the…
Descriptors: Models, Program Effectiveness, Transitional Programs, Postsecondary Education
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