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How do you avoid the high cost of turnover and retain high-quality special education teachers in such a demanding field?
Special education teachers are leaving the field at twice the rate of general education teachers. Why? Mentoring New Special Education Teachers will help administrators and other educators develop and sustain effective mentoring programs specifically designed for special education teachers, providing practical, field-tested activities and resources for both the mentors and the mentees, including such critical elements as:
- Effectively identifying, recruiting, and selecting mentors
- Action planning
- Evaluating progress
- Addressing diminishing support
- Dealing with burnout and isolation
- Vignettes of real-life mentoring experiences
- Figures, tables, appendices, and Web sites
- A ready-to-use two-day workshop for training mentors
Table of Contents
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