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Browder, Diane M.; Jimenez, Bree Ann; Mims, Pamela J.; Knight, Victoria F.; Spooner, Fred; Lee, Angel; Flowers, Claudia – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2012
The "What Works Clearinghouse" guidelines for high-quality professional development were used to develop a Tell, Show, Try, and Apply (TSTA) method of training. This method was used to train teachers to align instruction to grade-level content for students with severe developmental disabilities. A total of 193 teachers of students who…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Professional Development, Developmental Disabilities, Autism
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Spooner, Fred – Teacher Education and Special Education, 1996
Discusses the difficulties in attracting and preparing special educators in the area of severe disabilities. A University of North Carolina at Charlotte program that uses distance learning to prepare special educators to work with students with severe disabilities is described, along with the benefits of distance learning. (CR)
Descriptors: Distance Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Effectiveness, Severe Disabilities