This resource was developed by EALA partners to give an overview of strategies for preparing and developing highly qualified general and special education teachers. It will show how states and districts can invest Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds to address the current and growing need for educators to support students with disabilities and their peers. It shares data and research on both current challenges and recommended strategies and outlines recommended actions for states, districts, and educator preparation programs.
Attract, Prepare, Retain: OSEP National Summit on Improving Effective Personnel for Children with Disabilities
October 27–29, 2020
The event host and moderator is Laurie VanderPloeg, OSEP Director, U.S. Department of Education.
Learn more about this event.
Tuesday October 27, 2020: Panel on Attracting Effective Personnel
Wednesday, October 28, 2020: Panel on Preparing Effective Personnel
Thursday, October 29, 2020: Panel on Retaining Effective Personnel
Originally posted by the Learning Policy Institute
California is in the midst of a severe and deepening shortage of special education teachers—and it is not alone. The field of special education at large has long been plagued by persistent shortages of fully certified teachers, in large part due to a severe drop in teacher education enrollments and high attrition for special educators. As a result, students with disabilities who often have the greatest needs are frequently taught by the least qualified teachers.
To better understand the nature of the shortage in California, and what can be done about it, the Learning Policy Institute released California’s Special Education Teacher Shortage.
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A new, free toolkit is now available to help lead state and district teams through a collaborative process in developing a comprehensive approach for addressing special education teacher shortages.
The toolkit, “Educator Shortages in Special Education: Toolkit for Developing Local Strategies,” is a collaborative effort between the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders and the Collaborative for Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform, both funded by the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).
The free resource is organized around a facilitation guide and three supporting tools. Aligned with current efforts from OSEP, the collaborative process featured in the toolkit intentionally examines shortages across the entire career continuum—from attracting to preparing to retaining teachers—so that all students with disabilities have access to effective teachers.
This year’s Symposia Series from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) will focus on strategies to attract, prepare, and retain effective personnel — general and special education teachers, early childhood personnel, and related services providers — who have the knowledge and skills needed to provide effective instruction, interventions, supports, and services to children with disabilities.
Originally posted by Leader Live, February 13, 2019
A new Los Angeles Unified School District contract includes improvements such as workspace for itinerant employees, a caseload/workload taskforce, revised language on caseload limits, and a commitment from the union and the school district to work together to increase funding for special education services and staff.
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Christina A. Samuels and Alex Harwin
Originally posted by Education Week, December 5, 2018
The number of special education teachers nationally has dropped by more than 17 percent over the past decade, a worrisome trend in a career path that has seen chronic shortages for years.
Originally posted by The State Journal-Register (Springfield, Illinois), November 12, 2017
A “perfect storm” of factors—including tough licensing requirements, fears about state funding, low starting salaries, and negative perception of education—has affected the amount of vacancies in Illinois public schools. There are currently 2,013 unfilled positions in the state, including teachers, administrative staff, and school support staff, according to the Illinois State Board of Education.
Originally posted by EducationDIVE, October 19, 2017
“In the first year of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s STEP UP and Teach program, 150 paraprofessionals enrolled in the program, which provides up to $4,800 in tuition reimbursement, professional development and guidance from a mentor as the candidates take on more teaching responsibilities in classrooms and work toward their degree. … Many [of the] paraprofessionals come from the communities where they work, which in diverse school districts can help to increase the numbers of educators who share the same race, ethnicity and home language as the students they serve.”
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