Foreword by James McLeskey Improve teacher retention by understanding and supporting the work of special education teachers! Are you concerned about special education teacher attrition? Do you wonder about how to meet the demand for highly qualified special needs teachers? This book highlights the problems that drive many special needs teachers out of teaching and outlines practical recommendations that leaders can use to increase retention. Drawing on field experience as well as research findings, Billingsley provides a comprehensive framework for supporting special needs teachers. Cultivating and Keeping Committed Special Education Teachers provides effective ways to: - Recruit and hire qualified special needs teachers - Provide responsive induction programs for new teachers - Design effective professional development opportunities - Create inclusive and collaborative schools - Provide reasonable work assignments and reduce paperwork - Promote wellness by reducing stress This book emphasizes the important role that headteachers play in supporting special needs teachers and how they can make a difference in what special educators accomplish in their schools.
Numerous assessments, tools, and resources are included to help leaders, mentors, and teachers improve the conditions of special education teaching.
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Author Biography - Bonnie S. Billingsley
Dr. Bonnie S. Billingsley is faculty member in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Virginia Tech. She has taught a range of courses over the last fifteen years in the areas of learning disabilities, emotional disorders, and the administration and supervision of special education. Dr. Billingsley began her career in special education teaching students with disabilities in both Tallahassee and St. Augustine, Florida. She also served as district supervisor of special education in both St. Augustine, Florida and in Roanoke City, Virginia. Dr. Billingsley's research interests are in the preparation, support, and retention of special education teachers. Her interests in retention are focused on workplace conditions and the induction of new teachers. Dr. Billingsley has published numerous articles in leading journals on special education teacher retention, teacher support, and the needs of beginning special education teachers. She has served as a consultant in the area of special education teacher retention to various professional organizations, school systems, state departments of education, research groups, and universities and has been an invited speaker as various conferences.