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Cooper, Justin T.; Whitney, Todd; Lingo, Amy S. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
The purpose of the current study was to examine the effects of immediately prompting a general education teacher to increase her rate of Opportunities to Respond (OTR) through bug-in-ear technology on the academic engagement of a first-grade student with emotional and behavior disorders (EBD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Classroom Techniques, Affective Behavior, Behavior Disorders
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Rude, Harvey; Miller, Kevin J. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
This article reviews current developments in state and national policies that affect rural special education. A brief overview of the federal role in rural education is provided, with emphasis on the implications for the provision of special education services in rural communities. A variety of challenges are identified, including (a) the variable…
Descriptors: Rural Education, Special Education, Educational Policy, Barriers
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Sindelar, Paul T.; Pua, Daisy J.; Fisher, Tiffany; Peyton, David J.; Brownell, Mary T.; Mason-Williams, Loretta – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
In this commentary, we revisit "NCLB and the Demand for Highly Qualified Teachers: Challenges and Solutions for Rural Schools," an article we published in this journal in 2005. We consider the predictions we made then about the impact of the Highly Qualified Teacher mandate on special education teacher (SET) shortages in rural states and…
Descriptors: Teacher Supply and Demand, Rural Schools, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Qualifications
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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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Johnson, Jerry; Ohlson, Matthew A.; Shope, Shane – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
In this descriptive and comparative study, we present results highlighting the complexity and scope of the challenges facing rural districts as they navigate the changing demographics of the students and families they serve. Rapid increases in the number and concentration of racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse students in rural areas…
Descriptors: Demography, Social Change, Population Trends, Rural Areas
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Barnard-Brak, Lucy; Stevens, Tara; Valenzuela, Evelyn – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
The purpose of the current study was to examine barriers, if any, reported by special education directors to providing extended school year (ESY) services. Results indicate four barriers to providing ESY services listed in order of importance by special education directors: difficulty in finding qualified personnel to work over the summer,…
Descriptors: Barriers, Special Education, Rural Education, Disabilities
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McKissick, Bethany R.; Davis, Luann Ley; Spooner, Fred; Fisher, Larry B.; Graves, Carlie – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
Rural special educators face unique challenges in providing high quality special education services, especially when teaching grade-aligned science content. Computer-assisted instruction (CAI) is one strategy that has the potential to address two major challenges (i.e., a lack of preservice training and limited professional development…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Vocabulary Development, Teaching Methods, Intellectual Disability
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Mims, Pamela J.; Stanger, Carol; Sears, Julie A.; White, Wendee B. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
Increasingly, researchers have successfully identified strategies to promote comprehension to students who are nonreaders. Further research is needed to replicate these promising results. In the current study, we used a multiple probe across participants design to evaluate the effectiveness of an iPad app, which incorporates evidence-based…
Descriptors: English, Language Arts, Handheld Devices, Computer Assisted Instruction
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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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McKissick, Bethany R.; Diegelmann, Karen M.; Parker, Sarah – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2017
Providing high-quality special education services in rural settings has a variety of challenges such as geographic isolation and a lack of resources. One particularly challenging aspect of rural special education is providing general curriculum access. Computer-assisted instruction is one way to provide high-quality specialized instruction that…
Descriptors: Rural Education, Special Education, Autism, Access to Education
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Courtade, Ginevra R.; Shipman, Stacy D.; Williams, Rachel – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2017
SPLASH is a 3-year professional development program designed to work with classroom teachers of students with moderate and severe disabilities. The program targets new teachers and employs methods aimed at supporting rural classrooms. The training content focuses on evidence-based practices in English language arts, mathematics, and science, as…
Descriptors: Rural Education, Special Education, Faculty Development, Coaching (Performance)
Hitchcock, Caryl H.; Rao, Kavita; Chang, Chuan Chinn; Yuen, Joann W. L. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2016
TeenACE for Science (TAS) is a writing intervention that combines components of Multimedia Technology, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) to help students develop expository writing skills in science. This developmental study examined the effect of the TAS intervention with two groups of culturally…
Descriptors: Multimedia Materials, Multimedia Instruction, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Intervention
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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
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
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Votava, Kristen; Chiasson, Kari – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2015
The purpose of this study was to gain an understanding of six state-wide policies and procedures used in the family assessment process within early intervention services. This qualitative study examined the administrative understanding of the family assessment federal regulations, state policies and procedures, and local implementation from the…
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Coordinators, Administrator Attitudes, State Policy
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