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Developing Effective Special Educators

Building Bridges Across the Profession

Alice Tesch Graham Gia Anselmo Renaud Martha McCann Rose

120 pages
Teachers College Press

How can novice special education teachers improve their practice and grow as professionals? How can veteran teachers remain connected to their profession and share their knowledge and skills? In this readable, research-based guide, the authors outline a program of collaboration to enable novice teachers to gain insight from their more experienced colleagues. The book argues that epistemic empathy is a core attribute to develop in practitioners at all levels of experience in order to apply principles of special education practice in thoughtful and innovative ways. The authors show how to develop the dispositions and repertoire for successful teaching by building bridges across the profession. This dialogical approach is the foundation for sustained growth at all levels of practice, and for deepening the kind of practical wisdom that comes with time.

Book Features:

  • Provides a practical review of special education principles, practices, and theory, as well as relevant current research.
  • Scaffolds work in the zone of proximal development for novices, their mentors, and supervisors in an effort to improve practice through collaboration.
  • Offers plans and ideas for support and refection that will contribute to personal growth and lead to strong leadership.
Author Bio

Alice Tesch Graham is a professor of special education at Salve Regina University. Gia Anselmo Renaud is an assistant professor at Bridgewater State University. Martha McCann Rose is a professor of education and fellow at The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University.