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 candidates in rural areas, (c) ground special education teachers in the use of evidence-based practices to improve the instructional services that students with disabilities in Idaho receive, and (d) develop a mechanism to evaluate and provide feedback on teacher candidates' implementation of evidence-based practices. This article describes the application of a special education teacher evaluation system to a teacher preparation program designed to improve special education teachers' ability to implement evidence-based practices for students with disabilities in rural areas. Key program components are described and future directions for continuous improvement are highlighted.
Permission to reprint has been granted by the American Council on Rural Special Education.
Johnson, Evelyn S.. (2015). "Increasing Rural Special Education Teacher Candidates' Ability to Implement Evidence-Based Practices: A Program Description of the Boise State University TATERS Program". Rural Special Education Quarterly, 34(1), 5-9.