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Professional Development in Special Education - Chapter Summary
This chapter is designed to cover specifics about organizations, publications and activities that focus on helping special education teachers develop new teaching strategies and awareness of learning and developmental disabilities. You will have the opportunity to review methods created to achieve special education professional development.
You will learn more about how these organizations operate as well as the importance of professional development for special education teachers. After completing this chapter, you should be able to do the following:
- Explain what the National Education Association (NEA) does
- Outline the benefits of membership in the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and explain how to join
- Describe how to find field-specific educational organizations
- Detail membership benefits of and how to join the National Association of Special Education Teachers
- Provide details about top special education research journals
- Understand the importance of goals in teacher professional development
- List resources useful for teacher professional development
- Discuss the importance of professional development for teachers and state requirements for this type of development
This short chapter consists of video and text lessons offering expert instruction and 24/7 availability from any device. Instructors can be reached with any questions using a brief online contact form. Use self-assessment quizzes to determine how much you have learned and whether you are ready to move on to the next topic.
1. National Education Association (NEA): Overview, Membership Requirements & Activism
The National Education Association (NEA) is a major force in the world of American education. Watch this lesson to find out what the NEA is, what it does, what its core values are, who can become a member, and how to join.
2. American Federation of Teachers (AFT): Overview, Membership Requirements & Activism
The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) provides many benefits to its members across the country. In this lesson, we'll explore the AFT, including how to join, the structure of the organization, and its mission and work across the United States.
3. Field-Specific Professional Organizations in Education
Joining a professional education organization can provide educators with all sorts of benefits. But how can a teacher find an association in his or her content area? Watch this lesson for the benefits of field-specific organizations and how to find one.
4. Overview of the National Association of Special Education Teachers
In this lesson we'll examine an association dedicated to special education teachers. We'll examine what the National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) is, how to join NASET, and the benefits of becoming a member.
5. Special Education Research Journals
Staying on top of research is important for teachers who want to understand the latest thoughts and theories about how to work most effectively with students. This lesson offers an overview of some of the top-rate journals in special education.
6. Teacher Professional Development Goals
This lesson discusses the importance of having robust professional development goals and shares tips for achieving those goals. In addition, reasons for pursuing the goals mentioned below are discussed.
7. Teacher Professional Development Ideas
This lesson is designed to provide resources for teachers, future teachers, researchers, and others who want to enhance teacher professional development. Professional development is an essential way for educators to enhance critical thinking skills, gain new knowledge of the subject matter, and explore new learning tools.
8. Teacher Professional Development Activities
In this lesson, we will discuss why professional development is essential for teachers and types of professional development activities. We will also briefly cover state requirements and paying for professional development.
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