ERIC Number: ED422691
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Retention of Special Education Professionals: A Practical Guide of Strategies and Activities for Educators and Administrators.
Wald, Judy L.
This publication describes the high teacher attrition rate in special education and the importance of teacher retention, and provides teacher retention strategies and activities for educators and administrators. Information for the guide was obtained through discussion groups, interviews, and a written survey. Three sections identify strategies and corresponding activities for classroom-based personnel, school-based administrators, and for district personnel at a district-wide administrative level. Strategies include: (1) teachers should get involved in professional development opportunities offered by school administration; (2) teachers should facilitate student responsibility for accepting leadership from alternate staff so that they have opportunities to leave the classroom when necessary; (3) teachers shouldn't compromise the quality of their work by overextending themselves; (4) principals need to be supportive of teacher decisions; (5) principals should provide opportunities for special and general educators to collaborate through teams and cooperative teaching opportunities; (6) principals should reward teachers with appropriate mechanisms; (7) district-wide administrators should educate all principals, assistant principals, and center principals regarding roles and responsibilities of special education personnel; and district-wide administrators should provide professional development opportunities related to teaching educators advocacy skills and general management skills. (Contains 12 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Administrator Guides, Administrator Role, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Interviews, Labor Turnover, Principals, Professional Development, Regular and Special Education Relationship, School Districts, Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Surveys, Teacher Persistence, Teacher Shortage, Teaching Conditions
National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, The Council for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1589; toll-free telephone: 800-641-7824; TTY: 703-264-9480; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; World Wide Web: http://www.specialedcareers.org
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, Reston, VA.