ERIC Number: ED495509
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar-10
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Cultivating and Keeping Committed Special Education Teachers: What Principals and District Leaders Can Do
Billingsley, Bonnie S.
This book highlights the problems that drive many special educators out of teaching and outlines practical recommendations that leaders can use to increase retention. Drawing on field experience as well as research findings, the author provides a comprehensive framework for supporting special educators. This book provides effective ways to: (1) recruit and hire qualified special educators; (2) provide responsive induction programs for new teachers; (3) design effective professional development opportunities; (4) create inclusive and collaborative schools; (5) provide reasonable work assignments and reduce paperwork; and (6) promote wellness by reducing stress. This book emphasizes the important role that principals play in supporting special educators and how they can make a difference in what special educators accomplish in their schools. Numerous assessments, tools, and resources are included to help leaders, mentors, and teachers improve the conditions of special education teaching. Four parts and nine chapters comprise this book. Part I: Understanding Teacher Attrition and Retention, contains: (1) Introduction: A Leader's Framework for Teacher Retention; and (2) Why Special Educators Leave and Why It Matters. Part II, Finding and Cultivating High Quality Special Educators, contains: (3) Recruiting and Hiring Highly Qualified Special Educators; (4) Supporting New Teachers Through Responsive Induction; and (5) Designing Effective Professional Development. Part III, Creating Positive Work Environments, provides: (6) Creating Inclusive and Collaborative Schools; (7) Designing Reasonable Work Assignments; (8) Promoting Wellness by Reducing Stress; and (9) Strategic Planning for Teacher Quality and Retention. Part IV, Resources, contains: (A) Principal Support Questionnaire; (B) Teacher Stress Inventory; (C) Teacher Exit Interview; (D) Teacher Follow-up Exit Questionnaire; (E) Teacher Workforce Survey; and (F) Focus Group Interviews. The book also contains a List of Figures; List of Contributors; Dedication; Foreword (James McLeskey), Preface; Acknowledgements; About the Author; References; and a Feedback Form.
Descriptors: Measures (Individuals), Wellness, Teacher Persistence, Teacher Burnout, Teacher Effectiveness, Strategic Planning, Teaching Conditions, Teacher Recruitment, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Qualifications, Beginning Teacher Induction, Faculty Development, Program Development, Teacher Collaboration, Inclusive Schools, Administrator Role, Principals, Mentors, Teacher Selection, Teacher Competencies, Questionnaires
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