ERIC Number: ED404787
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Who Will Teach? Who Will Serve?: A Report to the Field by the Work Forum on a National Personnel Agenda for Special Education and Related Services.
National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, Reston, VA.
This report discusses the outcomes of a work forum of representatives of 10 national organizations concerned with the serious shortage of qualified special education and related services professionals. The forum convened to consider the need for a national personnel agenda. The first section of the resulting report describes the shortage of special education personnel and presents tables projecting the need for special educators and related services personnel in the year 2005. This section also discusses the need for quality in the teacher ranks and for the certification of current special educators. The need for national standards for awarding credentials and for a more diverse teaching population are also highlighted. Signs of progress towards meeting the shortage are identified and an agenda is presented. The second section of the report details strategies for implementing the four areas of the agenda. Strategies are presented for recruitment and retention, professional preparation and continuing professional development, assuring standards for professional preparation and certification, and strengthening the link between knowledge and practice. The report concludes with a statement of the common hope of the organizations that the agenda will be used to address the personnel shortage. (CR)
Descriptors: Ancillary School Services, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Personnel Needs, Preservice Teacher Education, Professional Continuing Education, Special Education Teachers, Standards, Teacher Certification, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Shortage, Teacher Supply and Demand, Theory Practice Relationship
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, Reston, VA.