Developing a Plan for Professional Learning

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Developing a Plan for Professional Learning: Six Strategies to Guide New Special Education Teachers:

Developing a Plan for Professional Learning: Six Strategies to Guide New Special Education Teachers By: Adrienne Woolley

“If you don’t improve and renew yourself constantly, you’ll fall into entropy, closed systems and styles. At one end of the continuum is entropy (everything breaks down), and at the other end is continuous improvement, innovation, and refinement.” –Stephen Covey:

“If you don’t improve and renew yourself constantly, you’ll fall into entropy, closed systems and styles. At one end of the continuum is entropy (everything breaks down), and at the other end is continuous improvement, innovation, and refinement.” –Stephen Covey

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Strategy 1: Formulate a Professional Development Plan Strategy 3: Join a Professional Organization Strategy 2: Develop a Professional Portfolio Strategy 4: Read Professional Journals & Books Strategy 5: Enroll in Advanced College Courses or Professional Learning Classes Strategy 6: Participate in a Professional Learning Community

Strategy 1: Formulate a Professional Development Plan:

Strategy 1: Formulate a Professional Development Plan A professional development plan should include: Short- and long-term professional goals A timeline for goal completion Professional learning or training needed to perform his or her current job effectively

Strategy 2: Develop a Professional Portfolio:

Strategy 2: Develop a Professional Portfolio Portfolio Contents Checklist: Cover page Table of contents Personal resume Philosophy of education Graduate coursework Practicum or student teaching experiences Descriptions of special projects or programs Technology applications and skills Professional learning activities Copies of awards or certificates Copies of certification and/or licensures Copies of letters of recommendations Portfolio Tips – the professional portfolio should: be placed in a three-ring binder with dividers and/or tabs. be neat, clean, well organized, error free, and have consistent appearance. contain copies of only important documents. contain current information.

Strategy 3: Join a Professional Organization:

Strategy 3: Join a Professional Organization The Special Education Teacher’s Guide to Professional Organizations American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities – www.aaidd.org American Council of the Blind – www.acb.org American Federation of Teachers – www.aft.org American Juvenile Arthritis Organization – www.arthritis.org American Speech-Language-Hearing Association – www.asha.org The ARC of the United States – www.thearc.org Association of Persons in Supported Employment – www.apse.org Autism Society of America – www.autism-society.org Council for Children with Behavior Disorders – www.ccbd.net Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) – www.sped.org

Professional Organizations (cont.):

Professional Organizations (cont.) Division for Early Childhood of CEC – www.dec-sped.org Division on Visual Impairment of CEC – www.cecdvi.org Foundation for Exceptional Children (FEC) Center for Human Development – [email protected] Learning Disabilities Association of America – www.ldanatl.org Muscular Dystrophy Association – USA – www.mda.org National Association of Councils in Developmental Disabilities – www.nacdd.org National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators – www.naecte.org National Down Syndrome Society – www.ndss.org National Education Association (NEA) – www.nea.org Spina Bifida Association of America – www.sbaa.org United Cerebral Palsy – www.ucp.org

Strategy 4: Read Professional Journals and Books:

Strategy 4: Read Professional Journals and Books The Special Education Teacher’s Guide to Professional Periodicals Autism Asperger’s Digest Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Exceptional Child Education Resources Exceptional Children Exceptional Parent Focus on Exceptional Children Journal of Learning Disabilities Journal of Special Education Journal of Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness Learning Disabilities Quarterly Phi Delta Kappan Preventing School Failure Remedial and Special Education Teaching Exceptional Children

The Special Education Teacher’s Guide to Professional Books:

The Special Education Teacher’s Guide to Professional Books Assessing Students with Special Needs by James A. McLoughlin et al . Best Teaching Practices for Reaching All Learners by Randi Stone Building Classroom Discipline by C.M. Charles Children Don’t Come With an Instruction Manual: A Teacher’s Guide to Problems that Affect Learners by Wendy Moss The Classroom of Choice: Giving Students What They Need and Getting What You Want by Jonathan C. Erwin The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome by Tony Attwood Creating Inclusive Classrooms: Effective and Reflective Practices by Spencer J. Salend Dealing With Difficult Parents and With Parents in Difficult Situations by Whitaker & Fiore Differentiated Instructional Strategies by Gregory & Chapman The General Educator’s Guide to Special Education: A Resource Handbook for All Who Teach Students With Special Needs by Jody L. Maanum How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed Ability Classrooms (2 nd ed.) by C. A. Tomlinson Managing the Adolescent Classroom: Lessons from Outstanding Teachers by G. Crawford One-Minute Discipline: Classroom Management Strategies That Work by Arnie Bianco

Professional Books (cont.):

Professional Books (cont.) Promising Practices Connecting Schools to Families of Children With Special Needs by Diana B. Hiatt-Michael Sensational Kids: Help for Children With Sensory Processing Disorders by Miller & Fuller Special Educational Needs: A Resource for Practitioners by Michael Farrell Teaching With Love and Logic: Taking Control of the Classroom by Fay & Funk Technology & The Diverse Learner: A Guide to Classroom Practice by Marty Bray et al. To Understand: New Horizons in Reading Comprehension by Ellyn Oliver Keene Understanding by Design by Wiggins & Cliché Very Young Children With Special Needs: A Formative Approach for the Twenty-First Century by Vikki F. Howard et al. Vocational and Transition Services for Adolescents With Emotional and Behavioral Disorders: Strategies and Best Practices by Michael Bullis et al. What Great Teachers Do Differently: 17 Things That Matter Most by Todd Whitaker What Every Teacher Should Know About Classroom Management Discipline by D. Tileston Wrightslaw : From Emotions to Advocacy: The Special Education Survival Guide by Peter & Pamela Wright

Strategy 5: Enroll in Advanced College Courses or Professional Learning Classes:

Strategy 5: Enroll in Advanced College Courses or Professional Learning Classes Wait approximately 3 years before pursuing a new degree or adding an additional area of certification. College courses are usually more expensive. Professional learning classes are usually offered within the school system at low or no cost to school employees, are scheduled after school or during the summer, and give credit toward recertification.

Strategy 6: Participate in a Professional Learning Community:

Strategy 6: Participate in a Professional Learning Community “A professional learning community requires the school staff to focus on learning rather than teaching, work collaboratively on matters related to learning, and hold itself accountable for the kind of results that fuel continual improvement.” –Richard DuFour (2004) as cited in Shelton & Pollingue (2009). “Working as a Professional Learning Community makes it more likely that teachers will ask the right questions about student learning: What do students need to know? How do we assess learning? What do we do when students do not learn? What do we do when students have already mastered expectations. “ - Eamonn O’Donovan (2007) as cited in Shelton & Pollingue (2009).

References:

References Shelton, C. F. , & Pollingue , A. B. (2009). The exceptional teacher’s handbook: The first-year special education teacher’s guide to success. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin. Photo Credit Page 2 : http://laes.ccs.k12.ns.us/category/archives/