Mentors need to be prepared for the many questions asked, and concerns expressed (as well as not expressed) by special education teachers regarding the challenges related to their multifaceted roles and responsibilities in the school setting. Challenges often correspond with the many demands made on the teachers' time and the conflicts that ensue. For instance, special educators express difficulties with the number of meetings to schedule and attend, limited time to administer assessments, and balancing those duties with teaching curriculum.
Additionally, at the beginning of the school year, many special educators face the challenge of coordinating time with general educators in order to serve students on their caseload (Tools are provided in the presentation for mentors to share, which can be helpful for special education teachers in their communications with parents, other educators, and specialists). Weekly reflection sessions at the onset of the new school year and beyond between mentors and teachers should include topics such as organizing schedules, implementing services that address individual goals as well as students' diverse cultures, abilities, needs, and IEPs. Discussions between mentors and teachers provide insights to their needs for organizing and managing a system that would assist them in fulfilling their lawful and ethical obligations.
In this LIVE webinar, expert speaker Jennifer Madigan will provide mentors with ideas for support of special educators throughout the school year. You will get an overview of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004 (IDEA) with the specific information that pertains to the legal requirements of an Individualized Educational Program (IEP). Also, you will have access to specific tools for mentors to use with teachers for establishing a management system for the IEP process.
In this program participants will learn:
The following resources will be provided to all participants:
The need for support of special educators in today's schools is critical. This presentation will address key elements of focus for those professionals working with mentors and/or teachers, with the goal of teacher success and student achievement at the core. The intended outcome for this event is to provide pertinent and relevant resources for professional developers and mentors, as well as practical and ready to use tools and guidance for special educators working with diverse learners.
Who should attend
Dr. Jennifer Madigan is a Professor in the Connie Lurie College of Education, Department of Special Education at San Jose State University. Dr. Madigan's early career research focus examined gender issues in education, including the effects of single-gender special education for female students with disabilities.... More info