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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
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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Hartley, Melissa D.; Ludlow, Barbara L.; Duff, Michael C. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2015
Many colleges and universities rely upon online programs to support distance delivery of personnel preparation programs in special education and related services. These distance education programs enable individuals who live or work in rural communities to access training programs to earn teaching certification and assist rural schools in…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Learning Activities, Program Development
Schmidt, Matthew; Gage, Ashley MacSuga; Gage, Nicholas; Cox, Penny; McLeskey, James – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2015
This paper provides a summary of the design, development, and evaluation of a mobile distance supervision system for teacher interns in their field-based teaching experiences. Developed as part of the University of Florida's Restructuring and Improving Teacher Education 325T grant project, the prototype system streams video of teachers in rural…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Supervisory Methods, Field Experience Programs, Handheld Devices
Altieri, Elizabeth M.; Colley, Kenna M.; Daniel, Leslie S.; Dickenson, Kathie W. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2015
In this article, teacher education faculty of a medium-size university, historically grounded in teacher preparation within a rural context, describe their ongoing work to transform their practice in order to prepare special and general educators who co-plan, co-teach, and co-assess with their counterparts in the field. Follow-up research with…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Training Methods, Rural Education
Johnson, Evelyn S. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2015
The Technology Accentuated Teacher Education for Rural Specialists (TATERS) program aimed to: (a) prepare highly qualified special education teachers across a state comprised of more than 70% rural districts, (b) develop a system of support through a mentor network and institutions of higher education collaboration to address the needs of teacher…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Evidence Based Practice
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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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Mason, Lee L.; Perales, Jessica; Gallegos, Eric – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2013
In this paper, we address the shortage of behavior analysts serving rural communities and outline a model of service delivery for rural students with autism spectrum disorders. The model involves the use of pre-service behavior analysts to provide behavioral intervention to students with ASD in exchange for district-supported training and…
Descriptors: Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism, Delivery Systems, Related Services (Special Education)
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Grisham-Brown, Jennifer; McCormick, Katherine M. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2013
The United States is becoming increasingly diverse with the largest growth in Hispanic populations. Diversity also is increasing in rural America. This diversity is reflected in the participants in early care and education programs and K-12 students. Unfortunately, demographics for college and university teacher education programs do not match…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Intervention, Partnerships in Education, Rural Areas
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Lynch, Jeremy M. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2012
Historically, principals served as disciplinarians and the teachers' boss. Under current federal legislation, principals now must accept the responsibility to manage personnel, funds, and strategic planning. Today's principals also must accept responsibilities associated with being their schools' instructional leaders. As instructional leaders,…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Responsibility, Special Education, Instructional Leadership
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Hudson, Tina M.; Knight, Victoria; Collins, Belva C. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2012
This article provides an overview of the planning and instructional delivery of a course in Applied Behavior Analysis using Adobe Connect Pro™. A description of software features used by course instructors is provided along with how each feature compares to resources found to deliver instruction in a traditional classroom setting. In addition, the…
Descriptors: Videoconferencing, Computer Software, Graduate Study, Functional Behavioral Assessment
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Hager, Karen D.; Baird, Constance M.; Spriggs, Amy D. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2012
Faculty and staff from three university departments (Special Education, Distance Learning Programs, and Distance Learning Networks) collaborated to develop a system for remote observation of student teachers. Colleges across the campus currently use the system. The development process from inception to implementation is described, and the specific…
Descriptors: Observation, Special Education, Distance Education, Teacher Education Programs
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O'Brien, Chris; Aguinaga, Nancy J.; Hines, Rebecca; Hartshorne, Richard – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2011
Ongoing developments in educational technology, including web-based instruction, streaming video, podcasting, video-conferencing, and the use of wikis and blogs to create learning communities, have substantial impact on distance education and preparation of special educators in rural communities. These developments can be overwhelming, however,…
Descriptors: Teacher Educators, Special Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Improvement
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Evans, Chan; Williams, Jennifer B.; King, Laura; Metcalf, Debbie – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2010
Implementation of universal design for learning (UDL) in undergraduate special education programs offers a valuable foundation for training preservice teachers to educate K-12 students in rural schools. In this article, we provide an overview of UDL and the integration of multiple means of representation, engagement, and expression in assessment,…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Special Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers
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Alber, Sheila R.; Nelson, Janet S. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2010
The research to practice gap continues to be a prominent concern among professionals in the field of education. Traditional staff development in which teachers attend presentations and workshops for a few days each year has been one method for attempting to bring empirically validated instructional practices into the classroom. Unfortunately,…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Theory Practice Relationship, Teacher Researchers, Rural Schools