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Biggs, Elizabeth E.; Gilson, Carly B.; Carter, Erik W. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2019
The prominence of paraprofessionals in the education of students with severe disabilities highlights the importance of ensuring special education teachers provide effective supervision and support. The authors conducted in-depth individual interviews with members of nine educational teams--a total of 22 teachers and paraprofessionals--to identify…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Students with Disabilities, Severe Disabilities
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Bialka, Christa S.; Hansen, Nicole; Wong, Sarah Jin – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2019
Teacher preparation programs play a seminal role in the development of prospective teachers, as they provide future educators with information regarding the rights of students with disabilities and the pedagogical means to support them in the classroom. Yet, few programs focus on how to discuss disability with students (Abernathy & Taylor,…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Competencies, Disabilities
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Shepley, Collin; Lane, Justin D.; Grisham-Brown, Jennifer; Spriggs, Amy D.; Winstead, Olivia – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
Teachers in inclusive preschool classrooms are required to provide supports and instruction to children with and without developmental delays. In addition, teachers are required to use research and evidence-based practices, such as naturistic instructional procedures. Despite a plethora of research on the effectiveness and utility of naturalistic…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Inclusion, Student Needs, Teaching Methods
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Orosco, Michael J.; Abdulrahim, Naheed A. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
Educator preparation in comprehension strategy instruction (CSI) is essential to meeting the needs of English learners (ELs) in contemporary schools. This article provides teacher educators and professional developers with concrete examples of practices to prepare classroom teachers in comprehensive strategy instruction, based on an experimental…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Teacher Competencies, Comprehension, Teaching Methods
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Tran, Le M.; Patton, James R.; Brohammer, Margene – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is the cornerstone for documenting the appropriate education being provided to students who qualify for special education and related services under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act. A growing group of students with a disability are students who are culturally and linguistically diverse and…
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Disabilities, Student Diversity, Teacher Competencies
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Ortiz, Alba A.; Robertson, Phyllis M. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
Competencies needed by teachers who provide language and literacy instruction to English learners (ELs), including bilingual education, English as a second language, general education, and special education teachers, are outlined. The competencies suggest a shared knowledge base all teachers of ELs must have to provide linguistically and…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Disabilities, Reading Difficulties, Teacher Competencies
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Myers, Diane; Sugai, George; Simonsen, Brandi; Freeman, Jennifer – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2017
In this article, the authors provide an overview of empirically supported practices and techniques for monitoring and assessing teachers' use of effective behavior support practices. They focus on how teacher preparation programs, administrators, and supervising teachers provide pre-service teachers with helpful feedback on their teaching…
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Teacher Education Programs, Feedback (Response), Student Teachers
Markelz, Andrew; Riden, Benjamin; Scheeler, Mary Catherine – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2017
Enormous resources are committed by universities to prepare special educators to impact student outcomes of our most vulnerable and neediest learners. Generalizing teaching skills from university to K-12 classrooms must be a component of teacher preparation curriculum; otherwise, we continue to merely train our teacher candidates and hope they…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Teacher Education Programs, Special Education Teachers, Generalization
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Zagona, Alison L.; Kurth, Jennifer A.; MacFarland, Stephanie Z. C. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2017
There is a need to advance inclusive education for students with significant disabilities, and one way to support this effort is to ensure educators have expertise in, and are prepared to implement, inclusive practices. We surveyed and interviewed general and special education teachers to understand their experiences and preparation to demonstrate…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Disabilities, Teacher Competencies, Teaching Methods
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Bergstrand Othman, Lama; Robinson, Rowand; Molfenter, Nancy F. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2017
The purpose of teacher preparation programs is to ensure that teachers are adequately equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to support the various educational needs of their students. Nevertheless, a call for a uniform process through which teacher candidates can demonstrate their ability to meet their students' educational needs using…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Preservice Teacher Education, Evaluation Methods, Teacher Competencies
Pugach, Marleen C. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2017
Collaboration across teacher education in the service of a more inclusive preservice pedagogy is now taking place within a context of high intensity accountability that includes the widespread adoption of the edTPA. This analysis explores how teacher educators in special and general education might advance the preparation of preservice students…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Check Lists, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Educators
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Douglas, Sarah N.; Chapin, Shelley E.; Nolan, James F. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2016
In recent years, there has been an increase in paraeducator supports, in large part because students with low incidence disabilities are being included more frequently in general education settings. As a result, special education teachers have been given additional supervisory responsibilities related to directing the work of paraeducators in…
Descriptors: Paraprofessional School Personnel, Special Education Teachers, Special Education, Cooperation
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Little, Mary E.; Sobel, Donna; McCray, Erica D.; Wang, Jun – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2015
Changing legal requirements, economic demands, accountability, and student demographics focus the need for reform among personnel preparation programs. Although redesign efforts in general and special education teacher preparation programs have increased, little evidence from research describes enhancement initiatives. In this article, the authors…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Context Effect, Educational Change, Grants
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Ruppar, Andrea; Roberts, Carly; Olson, Amy Jo – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2015
Given recent increased attention to teacher evaluation, it is imperative to understand the expertise teachers need to educate students with severe disabilities. In this grounded theory study, the authors interviewed nine special education faculty who specialize in severe disabilities about the job-related skills and qualities exhibited by expert…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Expertise, Teacher Competencies, Severe Disabilities
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Murphy, Michelle R.; Marshall, Kathleen J. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2015
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were developed to encourage a common focus of instruction and evaluation in the areas of mathematics, reading/language arts, writing, speaking, and listening. As of 2011, all but five states have adopted CCSS for math and English Language Arts (ELA), with another adopting only the standards for ELA. With…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, State Standards, Focus Groups
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