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Giangreco, Michael F.; Backus, Linda; CichoskiKelly, Eileen; Sherman, Priscilla; Mavropoulos, Yannis – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2011
This study presents initial field-test evaluation feedback on training materials designed to help prepare paraeducators to assist in the provision of special education in inclusive schools. Feedback was collected from 213 paraeducators who participated in the course, "Paraeducator Entry-Level Training for Supporting Students with…
Descriptors: Special Education, Instructional Materials, Educational Resources, Feedback (Response)
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Hager, Karen D.; Slocum, Timothy A. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2011
All students, including those with significant cognitive disabilities, must participate in accountability testing under NCLB regulations. Each state must provide an alternate assessment for students unable to participate in general accountability testing. Carefully designed alternate assessment systems have the potential to go beyond meeting…
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Outcomes of Education, Educational Improvement, Academic Standards
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Landers, Eric; Servilio, Kathryn L.; Alter, Peter; Haydon, Todd – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2011
Disrespect is an ambiguous term that has been shown to be predictive of emotional exhaustion and burnout of teachers. This study examined 120 rural teachers' definition of disrespect. Seventeen different definitions of disrespect emerged from the data. Implications of identifying these definitions are discussed as well as how researchers can…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Teacher Attitudes, Definitions, Teacher Surveys
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Collet-Klingenberg, Lana L.; Kolb, Sharon M. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2011
In a study that examined transition services for students with disabilities aged 18-21 years in the state of Wisconsin, respondents completed and returned 231 surveys. Survey data indicated that 50% of respondents lived in rural communities. The authors analyzed data for participant perspectives on components of transition planning in the areas of…
Descriptors: Rural Areas, Transitional Programs, Developmental Studies Programs, Curriculum Development
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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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Hager, Karen D. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2011
Many alternative routes to certification in special education serving rural populations incorporate distance-learning technology. Participants in these programs may feel isolated because they do not regularly travel to campus to attend courses or meet with their instructors. This article describes a strategy in which regularly scheduled individual…
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Videoconferencing, Distance Education, Preservice Teacher Education
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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
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Vasquez, Eleazar, III; Forbush, David E.; Mason, Lee L.; Lockwood, April R.; Gleed, Linsey – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2011
In a technological society, demands for higher literacy are ever increasing, creating grievous consequences for those who fail to meet these demands (National Research Council, 1998). Both legislative mandates, such as NCLB, and developments in the provision of reading instruction, such as RtI, have increased the demand for high quality tutoring…
Descriptors: Synchronous Communication, Online Courses, Delivery Systems, Program Evaluation
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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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Shepherd, Katharine; Salembier, George – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2011
While the basic tenets of the RtI model are well-established in the literature, few studies have been conducted to describe its implementation in rural schools. We conducted a qualitative study in three rural schools that had been designated as pilot sites by our state department of education. A cross-case analysis of the data collected through…
Descriptors: Response to Intervention, Educational Improvement, Rural Schools, Case Studies
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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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Thurston, Linda P.; Navarrete, Lori A. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2011
A study of low-income rural mothers in four states investigated the differences in demographics, school experience, social support, and school involvement for mothers with children with and without special needs. Forty percent of the mothers reported having at least one child with special needs. Twice as many mothers who did not complete the…
Descriptors: Mothers, Poverty, Low Income Groups, Demography
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Atkins, Trent L.; Cummings, Kelli D. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2011
The purpose of this study was to document the relationship between two commonly-used indicators of reading proficiency (i.e., Oral Reading Fluency [ORF] and Retell Fluency [RTF]) and two reading outcome tests in the state of Montana. Third and fourth grade students were assessed over 1 school year (2005-2006). Each student was assessed at three…
Descriptors: Oral Reading, Reading Fluency, Reading Tests, Grade 3
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Berry, Ann B.; Petrin, Robert A.; Gravelle, Maggie L.; Farmer, Thomas W. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2011
This study sought to obtain a current picture of special education teacher recruitment and retention in rural districts and to understand the professional development needs of rural special educators. Surveys, administered through telephone interviews with a national sample of special education administrators and teachers, confirmed the…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Persistence, Faculty Development
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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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