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Mentoring Teachers on the Job: Strategies for Developing Confident and Culturally Competent Special Educators (EDU150A)

Presented by: Jennifer Madigan
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60 minutes
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Practical & Ready to Use Tips and Guidance for Professionals Who Provide Support and Mentorship to Special Education Teachers

The role of mentor is an integral component of the solution for addressing issues such as disproportionate academic underachievement, special education referrals, and disciplinary actions that exist for culturally and linguistically diverse students, as well as students with and at risk for disabilities. In order for teachers to develop the necessary skills to be culturally competent, they need knowledge, understanding, resources, guidance, support, and validation. Effective mentoring is crucial for supporting teachers in this growth process. The development of a relationship with mentors along with the coaching practices of mentors help the educator transform theory into practice. The guided self-reflection through thoughtful questioning by the mentor helps the teacher to become not only a reflective problem solver, but a change agent as well, resulting in a culturally responsive classroom.

Join Jennifer Madigan in this LIVE webinar, where she will highlight components of relationship building, collaboration, and trust as cornerstones for success in mentoring special education teachers.

In this program participants will learn:

  • The role of the mentor with special education teachers
  • How to build relationships with mentees
  • 3 categories of mentor assistance
  • The continuum of mentoring and coaching
  • Practical information for mentors of special educators
  • To use helpful tools for mentors and teachers
  • To troubleshoot challenges and problems

Resources provided for the session participants include:

  • Meeting Notes Recording Forms: This recording form helps to direct conversation during mentor/teacher meetings on what is working and why; what is not working and why; along with next steps and who will do what and when (teacher? mentor?).
  • Teacher Information Forms: A form for mentors to store information for each teacher that provides personal information that can be helpful for the mentor in developing a relationship with individual teachers.
  • Reflective Teaching Checklists: A checklist for mentors that guide classroom observation for effective practices promoting equity. Teachers can use this same checklist for their self- reflection.
  • Activity for Mentor use with Special Education teachers: An organizer for mentors to help teachers systematize their caseload in order to determine schedule of service.

The need for support of special educators in today's schools is critical. This webinar will address key elements of focus for those professionals working with mentors and/or teachers, with the objective 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

  • Professionals who provide support and mentorship to special education teachers
  • School district personnel and professional developers
  • Community-based professionals and others seeking to learn more about the child find obligations of local education agencies under IDEA, as well as the basics of the IEP development process
  • Educators, administrators, and service providers who are involved in the evaluation and eligibility determination process for students with disabilities in addition to the development and implementation of the initial IEP
  • Paraprofessionals
  • School psychologists
About Our Speaker(s)

Jennifer Madigan | Special Education SpeakerJennifer Madigan
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. In ... More info

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