Mentorship of Special Educators

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The definitive guide for mentoring special education teachers

The national shortage and high attrition rate of special education teachers are impediments to serving students with special needs. This book helps meet an essential need for attracting, retaining, and supporting special educators. The authors provide a wealth of research-based tools for professional developers to use in multiple settings, including schools with culturally and linguistically diverse students. Topics covered include:

 

  • RTI and positive behavior support
  • Planning and conducting IEP meetings
  • Assuming emerging responsibilities in today’s inclusive schools
  • Mentoring strategies specific to special educators’ needs
  • Differentiated instruction and classroom organization

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Jennifer Madigan Ed.D.― is an Associate Professor in the College of Education, Department of Special Education at San Jose State University. Prior to her position in the College of Education, Dr. Madigan taught for thirteen years throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area Bay Area, in a range of Kindergarten through 12th grade special and general education settings. As an educator, she had the opportunity to serve students and families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in a variety of urban and suburban schools. Dr. Madigan’s work in schools includes the inclusion of children with special needs in general education settings, and more recently, research on the effects of single-gender special education for female students identified as learning disabled. She has presented this research at state, national, and international conferences. Additionally, Dr. Madigan has received federal and private funding for her work related to gender issues in special education. She has published articles in the journals Multiple Voices, Advances in Gender and Education, The National Journal of Urban Education and Practice, and E-Journal for Teaching and Learning in Diverse Settings.

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"Mentorship of Special Educators allows the mentor another lens for helping the novice develop the critical skills for cultural responsiveness that all teachers must address within their classrooms." --Victoria Duff, Teacher Quality Coordinator (07/08/2011)

"As mentors, we are called to build accomplished teachers, not just keep the teachers we have. Mentorship of Special Educators provides mentors the the tools and strategies needed to be more than a "buddy" to beginning teachers and to help build accomplished special educators along the way." --Ann Marie Taylor, Special Education Mentoring Coordinator (07/08/2011)

"Mentoring and supporting beginning educators is crucial to accelerate the professional development of those newest to our profession. Teaching is hard work and we must rely on the expertise and wisdom of those who do it well! This book will jump start those conversations necessary to link improved professional practice with positive student outcomes."-- (07/08/2011)

"Most of the low performing schools and districts I work with serve large percentages of English language learners and special needs students. It is imperative that highly qualified special education and mainstream teachers work collaboratively to build success for their students. Mentorship of Special Educators is a wonderful tool. In particular, the chapters on Collaboration With Paraprofessionals and Collaboration with Professionals are very important. The activities and case studies throughout all chapters are excellent."-- (04/13/2012)

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