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Lawson, Janelle E.; Cruz, Rebecca A. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
Classroom observations are an integral component of teacher evaluation systems, but little is known about who is best qualified to observe and evaluate special educators, who have a specialized skillset, and whether observation instruments adequately reflect their instructional practices. In this study, 19 special education teachers in California…
Descriptors: Classroom Observation Techniques, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Effectiveness, Special Education Teachers
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Brownell, Mary T.; Leko, Melinda M. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
In this article, the authors provide a response to the special issue on "The Science of Teacher Professional Development: Iterative Design Studies Across Content Areas." In doing so, they present the framework of professional development (PD) enactment developed by Mary Kennedy and apply it to the three studies highlighted in this…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Education, Educational Research
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Moore, Brooke A. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
The development of cultural awareness in educators ensures that culturally and linguistically diverse students receive culturally responsive practices. Because special educators already advocate for their exceptional students, they are well suited to advocate for cultural responsiveness in their schools as well. The purpose of this article is to…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Student Diversity, Special Education Teachers, Advocacy
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Orosco, Michael J.; Abdulrahim, Naheed A. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
Educator preparation in comprehension strategy instruction (CSI) is essential to meeting the needs of English learners (ELs) in contemporary schools. This article provides teacher educators and professional developers with concrete examples of practices to prepare classroom teachers in comprehensive strategy instruction, based on an experimental…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Teacher Competencies, Comprehension, Teaching Methods
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Tran, Le M.; Patton, James R.; Brohammer, Margene – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is the cornerstone for documenting the appropriate education being provided to students who qualify for special education and related services under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act. A growing group of students with a disability are students who are culturally and linguistically diverse and…
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Disabilities, Student Diversity, Teacher Competencies
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Ortiz, Alba A.; Robertson, Phyllis M. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
Competencies needed by teachers who provide language and literacy instruction to English learners (ELs), including bilingual education, English as a second language, general education, and special education teachers, are outlined. The competencies suggest a shared knowledge base all teachers of ELs must have to provide linguistically and…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Disabilities, Reading Difficulties, Teacher Competencies
Lembke, Erica S.; McMaster, Kristen L.; Smith, R. Alex; Allen, Abigail; Brandes, Dana; Wagner, Kyle – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
Few teachers receive adequate preparation to provide effective individualized instruction for children with intensive early writing needs. In this article, the authors describe an attempt to close this learning gap, by developing Data-Based Instruction-Tools, Learning, and Collaborative Support (DBI-TLC), a comprehensive professional development…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Individualized Instruction, Writing Instruction, Data
Griffin, Cynthia C.; Dana, Nancy F.; Pape, Stephen J.; Algina, James; Bae, Jungah; Prosser, Sherri K.; League, Martha B. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
Enhancing all students' academic performance continues to be a national priority, and although achievement gains have been made overtime, shortfalls in mathematics learning for students with disabilities (SWD) remain. Research reveals that a substantial portion of the variability in students' mathematics achievement gains is due to the teacher. To…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Faculty Development, Elementary School Mathematics, Inclusion
Kennedy, Michael J.; Rodgers, Wendy J.; Romig, John Elwood; Mathews, Hannah Morris; Peeples, Katherine N. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
Improving inclusive middle school science teachers' vocabulary instruction is a critical step toward helping those professionals support the learning needs of all students. In this Institute of Education Sciences (IES)-funded project, inclusive science teachers received professional development using elements of a multimedia-based approach called…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Science Teachers, Vocabulary, Faculty Development
Hoover, John J.; Soltero-González, Lucinda – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
Special educators assume an essential leadership role in school-wide multilayered instructional systems for teaching culturally and linguistically diverse learners with and without disabilities, including learners at risk of being inappropriately referred for special education. Research findings from a model demonstration project are presented…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Culturally Relevant Education, Disabilities, Primary Education
Cavazos, Linda; Linan-Thompson, Sylvia; Ortiz, Alba – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
This mixed methods descriptive study examined the effects of job-embedded professional development (JEPD) in reading on the content knowledge and instructional practice of teachers of English learners (ELs). Four first-grade teachers of ELs at one urban elementary school received JEPD over the course of a year. Results of pre- and posttests of…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Faculty Development, English Language Learners, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
Pearl, Cynthia E.; Vasquez, Eleazar, III.; Marino, Matthew T.; Wienke, Wilfred; Donehower, Claire; Gourwitz, Jillian; Rosenberg, Michael S.; Duerr, Sunny R. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
The purpose of this study was to provide content validation for quality indicators included in an observation instrument developed to evaluate classrooms serving students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). A panel of 103 subject-matter experts consisting of a mixture of field personnel (n = 64; 59 classroom teachers, five school administrators)…
Descriptors: Content Validity, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism, Inclusion
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Cooper, Justin T.; Scott, Terrance M. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2017
Academics and behavior are inextricably linked, and as such, management of behavior should be considered not as an addition to the teacher's repertoire of skills but as an integral foundational component of effective instruction. Paradoxically, teachers report that students with challenging behavior are both their greatest challenge and that…
Descriptors: Student Behavior, Behavior Problems, Probability, Classroom Techniques
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Alter, Peter; Haydon, Todd – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2017
Difficulty managing classroom behavior is a frequently recognized problem for teachers, especially teachers early in their careers. Classroom rules are identified as an integral part of effective classroom management as they are relatively simple to implement and focus on preventing challenging behaviors before they occur. Sources such as…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Literature Reviews, Educational Practices, Positive Behavior Supports
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Myers, Diane; Sugai, George; Simonsen, Brandi; Freeman, Jennifer – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2017
In this article, the authors provide an overview of empirically supported practices and techniques for monitoring and assessing teachers' use of effective behavior support practices. They focus on how teacher preparation programs, administrators, and supervising teachers provide pre-service teachers with helpful feedback on their teaching…
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Teacher Education Programs, Feedback (Response), Student Teachers
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