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Bev Johns has been a special educator for over 35 years, is currently an instructor at MacMurray College, and a learning and behavior consultant. She is the author or co-author of 13 other books. Mary Z. McGrath was a special education teacher for a good share of her 31 years teaching in the Bloomington, MN public schools. Mary is now a professional speaker to teachers, parents and other groups. She is the author/coauthor of 7 other books. Sarup R. Mathur is a Clinical Professor and Cluster Chair of Special Education in the Division of Curriculum and Instruction at Arizona State University. She has 20 years of experience in research and programming for students with emotional and behavioral disorders and has co-authored and co-edited 8 books and has published more than 50 articles and chapters.
3 Myths about Special Educators
5 Empathy and Active Listening
6 The Ability to Build Relationships with Students
7 Recognition of Positive Actions
8 Addressing Discipline Challenges
9 Ability to Create Individualized Educational Plans
10 Ability to See Progress in Small Steps
11 Ability to Adapt
12 Ability to Focus on the Individual Needs of Others through Ongoing Assessment
13 Problem Solving
15 Advocacy and Empowerment
16 Family Support
This book is a great idea! I love the mention of how inclusion is becoming more of a focus than specialized instruction is. Attempting to integrate both together is difficult and at times simply impossible. Response to intervention (RTI) won't ease the situation at all, either. The discussion of the ability to adapt is essential.
— Shane Feltes, junior high teacher of students with emotional/behavioral disorders, North Greene School District, Illinois
Those who are successful special education teachers have many, many wonderful and unique talents. You do not just decide to become a special education teacher on a whim. The career picks you—either through firsthand experience or, as in my case, just always knowing from a very young age what you wanted to do. Those of us who are special education teachers/administrators have jumped in with both feet. There is no only going part way. For me, it became a lifelong commitment to see that my students were as successful as possible.
— Lori McNeff, former principal, St. Mary's Grade School, Mt. Sterling, Illinois; special education teacher