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Brownell, Mary T.; Bishop, Anne M.; Sindelar, Paul T. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
Teacher shortages in special education have been a source of long-standing concern for professionals and parents involved in the education of students with disabilities. Because of their geographic location, culture, and lack of resources, rural administrators have always struggled to staff their schools with qualified special education teachers.…
Descriptors: Rural Education, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Shortage
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Buchter, Jennifer; Riggleman, Samantha – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
Serving families who live in rural communities can be a challenge for early intervention programs. Factors, such as travel, family needs, and limited program and community resources, have been identified as ongoing barriers for this population. Technology, specifically teleconferencing, can be a solution to provide equitable services compliant…
Descriptors: Rural Areas, Early Intervention, Barriers, Access to Education
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Scott, Terrance M.; Burt, Jonathan L. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
Teachers report that students with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) present challenges that are among the greatest they face on a daily basis. Research, however, clearly shows that teachers routinely receive little or no training in how to effectively work with students with challenging behaviors. This is particularly frustrating when…
Descriptors: Emotional Disturbances, Behavior Disorders, Intervention, Teacher Role
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Ault, Melinda Jones; Bausch, Margaret E.; Ackerman, Kera B. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
Professionals, families, and individuals with disabilities must work together to advocate for policy and legislation that will improve the lives of those with disabilities. Rural areas have unique issues that make targeted advocacy efforts necessary. While families and parents have a personal interest in advocacy, professionals have ethical…
Descriptors: Advocacy, Disabilities, Related Services (Special Education), State Legislation
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Bin Tuwaym, Sultan Turki; Berry, Ann Bassett – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
Assistive technology (AT) for students with visual impairments (VI) is an essential part of their educational program. AT allows students to develop skills, engage in the academic environment, and function independently. Despite the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandate for AT as part of a student's Individualized Education…
Descriptors: Visual Impairments, Assistive Technology, Rural Schools, Teacher Education
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Murry, Francie – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
Researchers have demonstrated the positive outcomes of using video self-modeling (VSM) with students with emotional behavior disorders (EBDs). VSM typically refers to teacher-created videos demonstrating desired skills or behaviors where the student is the video model performing the skill at a level higher than his or her typical display. The…
Descriptors: Assistive Technology, Emotional Disturbances, Behavior Disorders, Interpersonal Competence
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Duppong Hurley, Kristin; Huscroft-D'Angelo, Jacqueline – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
Supporting the needs of youth with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) and their families can be challenging in rural settings. Implementing strategies that take into account for and address barriers in rural settings is important. One strategy to improve outcomes for both students with EBD and their families in rural settings is providing…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Emotional Disturbances, Behavior Disorders, Barriers
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King, Laura H.; Allen, Ayla E. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
Knowledge and understanding of assistive technology is important for all education majors as they prepare to serve increasingly diverse classrooms. This article provides a program description of how one rural university embedded assistive technology content and skills in both a special education plan of study, as well as in professional core…
Descriptors: Special Education, Rural Areas, Universities, Assistive Technology
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Rooks-Ellis, Deborah L. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2017
The Early Childhood Opportunity (EChO) Scholars project was designed to address the following significant needs in Maine: (a) prepare highly qualified early interventionists and early childhood special educators through distance education, (b) develop a system of support through a mentor network, (c) provide a graduate-level early childhood…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Disabilities
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Bethune, Keri S.; Kiser, Ansley – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2017
There is a need for both special education teachers and Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) who are trained to work in rural school settings with students with disabilities and problem behaviors. The specific challenges presented by rural communities, such as diminished access to resources and fewer community partners, can make it difficult…
Descriptors: Special Education, Rural Schools, Behavior Modification, Behavior Problems
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Menendez, Anthony L.; Mayton, Michael R.; Yurick, Amanda L. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2017
When rural school districts employ Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) to assist in meeting the needs of students with disabilities, it is important that they be aware of the ethical and professional guidelines to which BCBAs are required to adhere. This article describes the role of these guidelines within the practice of BCBAs and presents…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Disabilities, Ethics, Guidelines
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Collins, Belva C.; Leahy, Maria Marsella; Ault, Melinda Jones – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2017
Special education teachers have a unique set of skills and opportunities to become leaders in the field of education. Some rural special education teachers, however, may not see themselves as potential leaders or believe they have opportunities to be leaders. This article provides guidelines for rural special education teachers to consider in…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Rural Schools, Special Education Teachers, Guidelines
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Rizzi, Gleides A. L. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2016
This article provides teachers in rural settings with suggestions on how to engage classroom resource personnel (i.e., volunteers, instructional assistants) in monitoring students' achievement. The target, act, and graph (TAG) strategy offers rural special educators ways to empower classroom resource persons through training and use of the TAG…
Descriptors: Special Education, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Capacity Building, Empowerment
Hawley, Leslie R.; Koziol, Natalie A.; Bovaird, James A.; McCormick, Carina M.; Welch, Greg W.; Arthur, Ann M.; Bash, Kirstie – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2016
A critical aspect of rural research is carefully defining and describing the rural context. This is particularly important in rural special education research because different definitions of rural may influence resource allocation, grant funding eligibility, and/or research findings. In order to highlight the importance of operationalizing rural,…
Descriptors: Rural Education, Special Education, Educational Research, Barriers
Bondie, Rhonda – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2015
Advances in online learning have benefited rural special education teacher preparation programs through increased recruitment, access, and collaboration. This paper describes how additional challenges, such as monitoring teacher candidate use of evidence-based practices, can be addressed through a digital teaching platform. Project REACH online is…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Evidence Based Practice, Rural Schools, Special Education Teachers
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