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This field-tested guide provides everything you need to effectively support and mentor your special education teachers, increase their job satisfaction, and keep your retention rates high!
About the Authors
1. New Special Education Teachers
Who Are New Special Education Teachers?
Where They Come From
What New Special Education Teachers Need
Supports ESE Mentors Can Provide Mentees
Fears and Anxieties of New Teachers
School Administrator's Role
Assignment of New Teachers
2. Supports for Special Education Teachers
Uniqueness of Special Education
Special Education Processes
3. Designing Mentoring Programs
Critical Elements for Designing Effective Mentoring Programs
Roles and Responsibilities of the Mentor and Mentee
Roles and Responsibilities of the School Administrator
Mentoring Activities Calendar
Funding Mentoring Programs
Online Resources for Designing Mentoring Programs
4. Becoming a Mentor
Who Should Be a Mentor?
What Do Mentors Do?
What Do Mentors Do When the Mentoring Relationship Isn't Working?
What Do Mentors Gain From the Experience?
5. Effective Communication Skills
Effective Communication Skills
Observing and Coaching
Teaming: Working With Others Effectively
6. Learning About Adult Learners
Working With Adults
Adult Learning Theory
Styles of Learning/Personality Types
Resource A: Action Plans
Resource B: CEC Standards and Mentoring Resources
Resource C: Professional Resources
Resource D: Mentor Workshop
Resource E: Timeline for Mentoring Activities