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Fisher, Karin; Miller, Katie M. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2021
Even though paid advocates exist in the field of special education, teacher advocates are important because their work is based on passion and a belief that change is warranted due to their own needs and experiences with students, not merely on the basis that they are being paid to advocate. Education policy in recent years has become more…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Advocacy, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation
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Cornelius, Kyena E.; Gustafson, Jinger A. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2021
Early-career special education teachers (SETs), often report feelings of role ambiguity and being marginalized from their administrators (Billingsley & Bettini, 2019). Dissatisfaction with administration is a leading cause of SET attrition (Bettini et al., 2020; Fowler et al., 2019). Special educators who leave teaching report feeling…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Knowledge Level, Data Use
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Murawski, Wendy W.; Hughes, Claire E. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2021
As more schools move to adopt inclusive practices, special educators are expected to provide services to students in new settings, collaborate with their general education colleagues, and navigate various difficult situations. These new settings, models, and collaborative efforts can be stressful for the special educator because of the conflicts…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Inclusion, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Teacher Collaboration
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Sears, Jennifer A.; Peters, Brooks L.; Beidler, Alison M. S.; Murawski, Wendy W. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2021
Although collaborating with families is essential to the success of students, especially those with disabilities (McConnell & Murawski, 2017; Yell & Bateman, 2020), it is a complicated relationship. It is a relationship bringing together people who care deeply about a child. These relationships can be emotional and include love,…
Descriptors: Advocacy, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Individualized Education Programs
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Cormier, Christopher J.; Scott, LaRon A. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2021
Minoritized special education teachers of color often report feeling isolated in their work environments, affecting their sense of belonging and decision to stay in their positions. Although these teachers struggle with their identity in majority White workplaces, they are also often the only voice advocating for students of color eligible for…
Descriptors: Minority Group Students, Special Education Teachers, Equal Education, Teaching Conditions
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Walker, Jennifer D.; Johnson, Kimberly M.; Randolph, Kathleen M. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2021
Special educators are responsible for a myriad of roles as part of their responsibilities as teachers. In addition to developing and monitoring individualized education programs (IEPs), co-teaching with general education colleagues, and engaging in direct instruction, they often also support students with behavioral needs. Although not all…
Descriptors: Self Advocacy, Teacher Responsibility, Classroom Techniques, Behavior Modification
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Hensley, Kiersten K.; Huddle, Sally M. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2021
In a recent study, Bettini, Gilmour, et al. (2020) used the theory of conservation of resources to explain how educators balance access to resources and the demands of their job. In teaching, these resources manifest in the form of administrative support; colleague support; access to materials, such as curricular resources; and increased teaching…
Descriptors: Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Instructional Materials, Teacher Persistence
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Passmore, Amanda H.; Zarate, Kary – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2021
The unique role of parents and caregivers of students with disabilities has led to the incorporation of parent involvement as one of the six foundational principles of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Despite this vision of parent involvement within IDEA, families often feel as if they are passive recipients of special…
Descriptors: Family Involvement, Empowerment, Students with Disabilities, Family School Relationship
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Stevens, Elizabeth A.; Vaughn, Sharon – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2021
The Institute for Education Sciences identifies main idea and summarization instruction as effective practices for improving adolescent students' reading comprehension. Main idea generation is a higher-level comprehension skill that requires students to read the text, connect information across the paragraph or section, determine the most…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Writing Skills, Reading Comprehension, Language Processing
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Howard, Maureen; Reed, Alexandra S.; Francis, Grace L. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2021
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA; 2004) requires that special education teachers include transition in student individualized education plans (IEPs) in preparation for adulthood. The law also requires that, at a minimum, educators invite students with disabilities to attend their IEP meetings starting no later than…
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Students with Disabilities, Special Education, Transitional Programs
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Shelton, Alexandra; Wexler, Jade; Kurz, Leigh Ann; Swanson, Elizabeth – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2021
To support reading comprehension and content acquisition among middle school students with reading disabilities and difficulties, content area teachers must employ evidence-based literacy instruction. This type of instruction is especially crucial in the content areas because the majority of students with disabilities--those who typically struggle…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Reading Instruction, Content Area Reading, Reading Comprehension
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Gibbs, Anna S.; Reed, Deborah K. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2021
Delays in oral language development in early childhood can be an indicator for later reading disabilities and affect students' overall school success through high school. Fortunately, there are research-based approaches to help young students at risk for reading disabilities make long-term improvements in their vocabulary development skills. This…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, Reading Difficulties, Story Reading, Reading Aloud to Others
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Mulcahy, Candace A.; Wertz, Jeanette A. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2021
Originally implemented in general education classrooms, project-based learning (PjBL) is gaining traction in classrooms serving diverse learners at the elementary, middle, and high school levels as well as in alternative and segregated settings. Emerging evidence suggests PjBL may be especially useful for engaging students at risk of school…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, College Readiness, Career Readiness
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Francis, Grace L.; Duke, Jodi M.; Fujita, Megan; Raines, Alexandra – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2021
Adolescents with disabilities experience co-occurring mental health needs at higher rates than their peers without disabilities (Blake, 2017; Milligan et al., 2015; Poppen et al., 2016; Thornton et al., 2017). Mental health needs often become more prominent as individuals with disabilities transition from childhood to adolescence (White et al.,…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Mental Health, Wellness, Comorbidity
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Flanagan, Matthew F.; Kutscher, Elisabeth L. – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2021
Community-based instruction (CBI) is one type of community experience in which students with disabilities work toward instructional goals while engaged in activities occurring in a natural environment outside of a typical school setting (Hoover, 2016; Rowe et al., 2015). Educators who implement CBI capitalize on their students' time in the…
Descriptors: Community Based Instruction (Disabilities), Progress Monitoring, Students with Disabilities, High School Students
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