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Sundeen, Todd H.; Sundeen, Darrelanne M. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2013
Integrating instructional technology into all classrooms has the potential to transform modern education and student learning. However, access to technology is not equally available to all districts or schools. Decreased funding and budgetary restraints have had a direct impact on technology acquisition in many rural school districts. One of the…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Educational Technology, Access to Computers, Access to Information
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Chopra, Ritu; Banerjee, Rashida; DiPalma, Geraldine; Merrill, Laura; Ferguson, Ardith – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2013
Under the supervision of a licensed early intervention provider, paraprofessionals play an indispensable role in implementation of home and community-based services to infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities and their families in Colorado. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 requires that…
Descriptors: Paraprofessional School Personnel, Models, Training Methods, Early Intervention
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Pennington, Robert; Grau, Rebecca; Bobo, Jennifer; Lorence, Debbie; Tomcheck, Scott; Stewart, Julie; Wooldridge, Don – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2013
The recent data suggest that there has been a steady increase in the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD; Centers for Disease Control, 2012). This lifelong disorder has significant implications for families as they face the complexities of supporting their family members with ASD. Fortunately, the research literature suggests that…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Family Programs, Incidence
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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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Conroy, Paula Wenner – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2012
The changes in demographics in the United States are creating challenges in today's schools as more children from culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) backgrounds are identified with disabilities and live in rural areas. Collaboration with families is a foundation for the success of all CLD students with disabilities (Harry, 2008). This…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Rural Schools, Special Education, Ethnic Diversity
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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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Morgan, Robert L.; Openshaw, Kristi P. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2011
In rural areas, transition planning for young adults with disabilities presents considerable challenges, including linkage to employment upon completion of special education services. Two assessment programs, described in this article, work in concert to assist transition teachers and youth with disabilities in rural areas and include: (a)…
Descriptors: Job Placement, Disabilities, Rural Areas, Transitional Programs
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Fletcher, Todd V.; Navarrete, Lori A. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2011
A new generation of Hispanic students are at risk due to inadequacies in our educational system. The inadequacies which include lack of prepared teachers and misuse of testing and assessment procedures impact special education programs, in particular, when one examines practices relative to Latino students in the area of learning disabilities. The…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Hispanic American Students, Student Placement, Disability Identification
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Patti, Angela L.; Miller, Kevin J. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2011
Educational teams often are faced with the task of developing and implementing Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIPs) for students who present challenging and/or disruptive behaviors. This article describes the steps used to develop and implement a self-monitoring BIP that incorporated an innovative software system, iKidTools™. An authentic case…
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Planning, Behavior Problems, Computer Software
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Floyd, Kimberly; Hughes, Kimberly; Maydosz, Ann – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2011
Web-based instruction is not a new phenomenon. There are 15-20 years of research and literature to support the effectiveness of web-based instruction. The purpose of this article is to synthesize the research in this field in order to determine which factors are critical to the success of web-based instruction. We created a toolkit to assist…
Descriptors: Web Based Instruction, Guidelines, Educational Technology, Synthesis
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Dempsey, Stephen D.; Stephens, J. Todd – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2011
This article describes a model in special education personnel preparation designed to respond to needs in rural areas for fully licensed Director of Special Education and Pupil Services administrators. The program utilizes a fully online course format and also requires participants to complete a supervised practicum in their school districts.…
Descriptors: Pupil Personnel Services, Training Methods, Models, Online Courses
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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
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