Joe P. Sutton (Ph.D. ’89 Spec Ed) and colleagues published a paper in Rural Special Education Quarterly (“Building Special Education Teacher Capacity in Rural Schools: Impact of a Grow Your Own Program”) that received the 2014 RSEQ Outstanding Article Award for the research article with the most potential to impact rural special education. In addition, the American Council for Rural Special Education (ACRES), which sponsors RSEQ, has selected CREATE, the 12-year-old program which Joe directs, for the Exemplary Special Education Program Award. Both awards will be presented at the annual ACRES Conference in New Orleans on March 19, 2015.
Through a collaborative partnership with school districts and 13 of South Carolina’s leading colleges and universities, CREATE assists qualified individuals in obtaining (a) add-on, alternative, or initial licensure in special education, (b) advanced certification in speech-language pathology, or (c) national certification as a board certified behavior analyst. Joe works for the So. Carolina Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Services.