Dr. Ann Berry presented at the annual conference of the American Council of Rural Special Education on March 6, 2013 in Orland, FL. Dr. Berry presented results from her national study with 203 rural special education teachers to a group of special education teachers, general education teachers, rural special education administrators and university faculty. Her presentation, entitled “The Challenges and Promise of Special Education Positions in Rural Areas: Listening to the Voices of the Teachers,” outlined factors related to teacher satisfaction and commitment and presented implications for rural administrators.
Dr. Berry’s manuscript was accepted for publication in the Rural Educator. Her manuscript discusses what special education teachers like best and find most challenging about their positions in rural schools. The teacher’s perceptions highlight many of the assets found in small, rural, communities: the sense of a close relationsip with coworkers, students and their parents.