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Area teacher receives internship

The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation has selected six secondary special education teachers and a youth transition specialist to participate in its 2014 Teacher Internship Project, which provides training on the supports and services available through the state’s vocational rehabilitation program for students with disabilities.

Selected from this area was teacher Colleen Dalman, Griggs-Steel-Traill Multidistrict Special Education Unit and Midkota High School, Glenfield, N.D.

The three-week internship begins June 11 and includes a three-day orientation in Bismarck, focusing on disability-related legislation and regulations, the vocational rehabilitation process, relationship building, transitions and referrals. Throughout the internship, participating teachers will job shadow a vocational rehabilitation counselor to learn about client intakes, assessments, guidance and counseling, and employment plans. They will also visit with local community partners to identify resources available to their students. Their final project includes the development of resource portfolios to share with colleagues in their school, school district or special education unit.

Cusack said participants can earn 3 graduate credits through Minot State University for completing the internship experience.

The DVR Teacher Internship Project is a joint effort between the North Dakota Department of Human Services, North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and Minot State University.

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