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Molina, Leslie; Demchak, MaryAnn – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2016
If people with intellectual disability are to become truly self-determined, they must be allowed to express choice throughout their lives, including employment. Expectations for competitive employment tend to be low for this population, if considered at all (Citron et al., 2008). Theoretically, integrated employment options, including customized…
Descriptors: Severe Disabilities, Employment Opportunities, High School Students, After School Programs
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Miller-Warren, Vickie – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2016
Research shows that transition planning for students with disabilities is an ongoing process that requires the collaboration of students, families, and teachers to ensure a successful adult life for students after graduation (Clark, 1996; Clark & Unruh, 2010; Gil, 2007; Kellems & Morningstar, 2010). This study examined the insights of the…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Transitional Programs, Parent Attitudes, College Preparation
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Gabriel, Kathleen F.; Davis, Teresa M. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2015
This study reports findings on the fidelity of implementation of the Strategic Instructional Model (SIM), Proficiency in the Sentence Writing Strategy (Schumaker & Sheldon, 1999) in five rural secondary special education classrooms. Participants were 5 special education teachers and 38 secondary students identified with mild to moderate…
Descriptors: Writing Strategies, Rural Areas, Attitude Measures, Student Attitudes
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Swindlehurst, Kelly; Shepherd, Katharine; Salembier, George; Hurley, Sean – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2015
Response to Intervention (RtI) is a framework schools can use to organize curriculum, instruction, and assessment so all students are screened on a regular basis and those who are at-risk for not meeting standards are provided with appropriate interventions (Batsche, Kavale, & Kovaleski, 2006). This paper explored the quantitative findings…
Descriptors: Response to Intervention, Principals, Administrator Surveys, School Districts
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Whetstone, Patti J.; Gillmor, Susan C.; Schuster, Jonathan G. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2015
Ten at-risk students in a rural high school completed a social skills program based on metacognitive strategies and aligned with social and emotional learning principles. The intervention's primary goal was to stimulate the development of metacognitive strategies for internal locus of control in the students, rather than attempting to change their…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Competence, Intervention, Adolescents, Metacognition
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Wilkins, Julia; Ruddle, Karen; Paitsel, Sheila; Duffield, Kelly; Minch, Amy; Hesson, Craig; Baker, Sherry; Harper, Sara; Jennings, R. Lanai – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2014
In 2010, the National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities (NDPC-SD) partnered with the West Virginia Department of Education Office of Special Programs to provide intensive technical assistance to 12 school districts to help them design and implement evidence-based programs to increase the graduation rates of students with…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Disabilities, School Districts, Dropouts
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Fitzgerald, Carrie B.; Geraci, Laura M.; Swanson, Michelle – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2014
Many educators struggle with the challenges of effective behavior management. In rural schools, this frequently means that educators are struggling to do more, with little or no additional resources. Positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) is one approach to proactive behavior management. In order to facilitate PBIS in a regional…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Positive Behavior Supports, Program Implementation, College School Cooperation
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Darch, Craig; Shippen, Margaret E.; Darch, Eric; Patterson, DaShaunda; Massey, Cynthia – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2014
The roles and responsibilities of school counselors who serve in rural settings have increased dramatically over the years. One new aspect of the school counselor's role is to provide inservice/preservice training for teachers and school staff. With the increasing numbers of paraprofessionals now working in the schools, there is a need to provide…
Descriptors: School Counselors, Rural Schools, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Technical Assistance
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Schultz, Susan M.; Jacobs, Gloria; Schultz, Jacob – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2013
Individuals with autism often face barriers to social interaction. Residing in a rural environment can compound these difficulties for individuals diagnosed with autism. Some of the reasons include transportation problems and small social networks, in addition to the characteristics of autism. This article discusses a promising practice for…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Social Media, Autism, Males
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Smoot, Sharene L. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2011
Teachers in rural areas are finding that more and more special needs children are being included in their K-12 classrooms to comply with the mandate for a free and appropriate public education even in isolated small school systems. For students with mild intellectual disabilities (MID) this placement is meant to accomplish both the academic and…
Descriptors: Outcome Measures, Inclusion, Rural Areas, Interpersonal Competence