Cultivating a Community of Effective Special Education Teachers: Local Special Education Administrators’ Roles

Elizabeth Bettini, Amber Benedict, Rachel Thomas, Jenna Kimerling, Nari Choi, James McLeskey

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Abstract

Evidence of the powerful impact teachers have on student achievement has led to an intensive focus on cultivating effective teachers, including special education teachers (SETs). Local special education administrators (LSEAs) share responsibility for cultivating effective SETs throughout their districts. However, the roles LSEAs play in this process have not been clearly defined through research. This qualitative investigation used grounded theory methods to examine how LSEAs in the Victoria School District, a high-performing, inclusive district, described their roles cultivating a district-wide community of effective SETs. The findings have implications for districts’ efforts to cultivate effective SETs systemically and for future research on effective district-level leadership for special education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-126
Number of pages16
JournalRemedial and Special Education
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • effectiveness
  • special education leadership
  • special education teacher quality
  • teacher(s)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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