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:
Resources provided for the session participants include:
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
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