This article describes a promising model in comprehensive special education personnel preparation to support the recruitment and retention of special education teachers in rural areas. The approach draws on several bodies of research to include best practices for teacher education, online service delivery, collaboration among key stakeholders, and the development of strong mentoring and induction programs. The implementation plan, based on evidence-based practice in special education and online learning, is presented. A key element of this plan is developing and maintaining strong relationships among rural districts, the state department of education, and higher education.
Permission to reprint has been granted by the American Council on Rural Special Education.
Johnson, Evelyn S.; Humphrey, Michael J.; and Allred, Keith W.. (2009). "Online Learning and Mentors: Addressing the Shortage of Rural Special Educators Through Technology and Collaboration". Rural Special Education Quarterly, 28(2), 17-21.