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“This book has ideas, tools, and starting points for all the situations you could encounter on your first day of teaching or on your thousandth! It is practical and up-to-date on what it is like to be a special educator in schools today.”

—Alison Martins, Special Education Teacher

Seven Hills Charter Public School, Worcester, MA

“This book is a new teacher's first stop for everything from ‘How should I set up my room the first week of school?’ to ‘What types of assessments should I be using?’”

—Nancy Yost, Associate Professor of Special Education

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

A valuable toolbox for every situation in the special education classroom!

Special education teachers face unique challenges, especially when they are just beginning. This essential resource offers special educators a blueprint for dealing with the most common challenges they face both in the classroom and in the larger school environment.

These research-based strategies help teachers meet the academic needs of diverse students with disabilities (including those who are also English language learners) in areas such as setting up a classroom, managing student behavior, designing effective instruction, incorporating technology, embracing diversity, and more. Each chapter features:

An overview and objectives; A brief research review; Step-by-step strategies that can be used immediately; Examples and scenarios from real teaching experiences; Self-assessments and reflections

This all-in-one reference book offers the tools, strategies, and support special educators need for success in their first year and every year thereafter!

Introduction
Introduction

Stories special educators tell of their immersion into the profession are often told in disbelief that they beat the odds. Pathways to becoming a special educator are some of the most varied in the profession.

Retention of special educators is an issue that has been a concern and has been wrestled with for at least two decades. Whether a person stays or leaves teaching is often dependent on more than one factor, but among reasons given for exiting the profession are academic training, level of support provided by administrators, understanding of roles and responsibilities, feelings of collegiality with other teachers in the building, facilities and available resources, caseloads, paperwork, and student behavior.

Costs associated with the continual turnover of special education teachers are considered a burden ...

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