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Kamman, Margaret; Zimmerman, Kristin; Israel, Maya; Billingsley, Bonnie; McCray, Erica; Brownell, Mary; Sindelar, Paul; Heretick, Jennifer; Rice, Stacey; Bae, Jungah – National Center to Inform Policy and Practice in Special Education Professional Development, 2013
Beginning teachers face significant challenges as they assume the complex work of teaching while they are still learning to teach. In addition to the activities involved with learning to effectively teach, they must also learn to work with others; collaborate with colleagues, administrators, paraprofessionals, and parents; and manage varied…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Beginning Teacher Induction, Teacher Effectiveness
Kamman, Margaret; Zimmerman, Kristin; Israel, Maya; Billingsley, Bonnie; McCray, Erica; Brownell, Mary; Sindelar, Paul; Heretick, Jennifer; Rice, Stacey; Bae, Jungah; Park, Yujeong – National Center to Inform Policy and Practice in Special Education Professional Development, 2013
The primary goal of this handbook is to provide relevant and practical information for mentors as they guide the development of beginning special education teachers. Even the best prepared of new entrants face steep learning curves as they work to apply in complex school settings what they have learned from their pre-service programs. At the same…
Descriptors: Mentors, Beginning Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Objectives
National Center to Inform Policy and Practice in Special Education Professional Development, 2010
Principals have a significant influence on the well-being of novice teachers. In fact, they can be the decisive factor in a new teacher's commitment to staying in or leaving teaching. The quality of the relationship with school administrators is as important to novice special education teachers as it is to novice general education teachers.…
Descriptors: School Culture, Special Education Teachers, Beginning Teachers, Special Education
National Center to Inform Policy and Practice in Special Education Professional Development, 2010
Mentoring and induction support influence novice special education teachers' determination to remain in teaching. Those with high levels of support tend to report greater job manageability and success in teaching challenging students. They also tend to feel better about their preparedness to teach, knowledge of pedagogical content, and ability to…
Descriptors: Mentors, Special Education Teachers, Beginning Teachers, Special Education
National Center to Inform Policy and Practice in Special Education Professional Development, 2010
Novice special education teachers struggle with many of the same pedagogical challenges as their general education counterparts. They often need help learning the curriculum, acquiring and adapting necessary materials, and addressing challenging student behavior. A complicating factor is that novice special education teachers typically have…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Special Education, Teaching Methods, Disabilities
National Center to Inform Policy and Practice in Special Education Professional Development, 2010
A collaborative school context can support novice special education teachers. Co-teaching and team teaching represent collaborative opportunities that can counteract the historic isolation of special education teachers. Co-teaching and team teaching--the focus of this Brief--also have the potential for supporting novice teacher socialization in…
Descriptors: Socialization, School Culture, Special Education Teachers, Team Teaching
National Center to Inform Policy and Practice in Special Education Professional Development, 2010
E-mentoring--the use of technology-based communication formats in which mentors and mentees interact--is emerging as a solution for supporting novice teachers, especially when they have limited access to inbuilding support. This Brief describes the possibilities of using e-mentoring with novice special education teachers.
Descriptors: Mentors, Computer Mediated Communication, Beginning Teacher Induction, Special Education Teachers
National Center to Inform Policy and Practice in Special Education Professional Development, 2010
Most states have policies for new teacher induction and mentoring programs that districts use as a foundation when designing and implementing local programs. Although most state policies do not differentiate programs for novice special education teachers, there are particular aspects of their experience--discussed in this Brief--that may affect…
Descriptors: Mentors, Teacher Orientation, Beginning Teachers, Special Education Teachers
National Center to Inform Policy and Practice in Special Education Professional Development, 2010
Positive climates that encourage professional growth and teacher collaboration can bolster the impact of induction programs and may influence novice special education teachers' decisions to remain in teaching. As you plan induction programs, consider how Professional Learning Communities--the topic of this Brief--may be used to integrate special…
Descriptors: School Culture, Disabilities, Teacher Collaboration, Special Education Teachers
National Center to Inform Policy and Practice in Special Education Professional Development, 2010
Although novice special education teachers benefit from the same types of support and induction that their general education colleagues receive, certain aspects of their experience require attention. This Brief summarizes why a mentoring model is needed for special novice education teachers and what administrators can do to help these teachers…
Descriptors: Teacher Orientation, Special Education Teachers, Special Education, Beginning Teacher Induction
National Center to Inform Policy and Practice in Special Education Professional Development, 2010
Having a quality relationship with school administrators is important to novice teachers. Principal support influences teachers' job satisfaction and decisions to remain in teaching. Although special education teachers can benefit from general administrative support, they also may require additional supports that address the unique obstacles they…
Descriptors: School Culture, Job Satisfaction, Teacher Orientation, Special Education Teachers
National Center to Inform Policy and Practice in Special Education Professional Development, 2010
Increasingly, principals play an important role in new special education teacher induction. Although novice special education teachers benefit from the same types of support and induction that their general education colleagues receive, certain aspects of their experience require additional attention. This Brief summarizes what principals can…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Beginning Teacher Induction, Teacher Orientation, Administrators
National Center to Inform Policy and Practice in Special Education Professional Development, 2010
Beginning special education teachers have the same responsibilities as their more experienced counterparts. However, as these new teachers assume full teaching responsibilities they also must become familiar with district and school policies, curriculum, and assessment procedures. At the same time they are expected to build relationships with…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Beginning Teachers, Beginning Teacher Induction, Professional Development
National Center to Inform Policy and Practice in Special Education Professional Development, 2010
Principals play an important role in new teacher induction. The quality of the relationship with school administrators is as important to novice special education teachers as it is to novice general education teachers. Although special education teachers can benefit from general administrative support, they also may require additional supports…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Beginning Teachers, Principals, Disabilities
National Center to Inform Policy and Practice in Special Education Professional Development, 2010
E-mentoring--the use of technology-based communication formats in which mentors and mentees interact--is emerging as a solution for supporting novice teachers, especially when they have limited access to in-building support. This Brief describes the possibilities of using e-mentoring with novice special education teachers.
Descriptors: Mentors, Special Education Teachers, Beginning Teachers, Special Education
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