A place for teachers and other providers of special education services to support each other, share information, and discuss topics, including assessment.

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Early Childhood Special Education Teacher

Hi,I'm also returning to the

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Hi,I'm also returning to the field of special education. I've been out of the field for several years due to the raising of my children. Before leaving the field, I had a wealth of experience working with various -handicaps - mostly young children birth-3 yrs.old. I taught in many diverse setting such as hospitals, public school,in the child's home, and private school settings. I have a masters in special education and am looking for a position. I would be open to starting as an assistant or am more than willing to seek further certification, etc. I would welcome any advise or hints that colleagues who have gone through a similar situation could give me.

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Well Barbara the good news seems to be that most school districts are still hiring for special education positions when all others seem to be getting cut. I would look into the district's requirements for certification where you are located to see if you can pursue a teaching position while becoming fully certified or if you would have to take an assistant position. Charter Schools usually have a margin of uncertified teachers which they can hire per year, that might be another route as well.
Good luck!

Early Childhood Special Education Teacher

Thank you very much for for

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Thank you very much for for advise, Constancia. I will defiantly look into the options you recommended.

special ed. resource teacher K-6, STEM teacher

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I have been in special ed. for 18 yrs. For the past 12 years I have been at the intermediate level, gr. 4-6. I am now going to a position that is K-3 which is inclusion in the most part. I am glad to be challenging myself at another level. I also have embarked on a doctorate degree with an emphasis on STEM education and best teaching practices, and students with special needs. Hello world.

Hello, my name is Jennifer,

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Hello, my name is Jennifer, and I just finished my MAED program this year, to teach Special Education, Moderate to Severe disabilities. I am going to work as a substitute teacher this year, as I wait for my teaching credential to get here in the mail! Nice to meet you! Thank you for all of the great advice!

Middle School Special Education, Mild Disabilities from Danville, Indiana

Hi! Howdy! Hey!! Misty here

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Hi! Howdy! Hey!! Misty here - getting ready to jump into a new school year! Starting my 10th year (wow it sure flies) as a teacher. My first 7 years I taught in schools within the Department of Corrections - all my students had multiple arrests for crimes that probably would have been felonies if they were adults. I worked ages 12-21 - boys for the first few years, then girls, then both. WHEW! While in the D.O.C, I wore many hats including Special Education Coordinator and Acting Principal/Lead Teacher. After many State issues, the D.O.C. laid off all 22 of the teachers at my facility in 2009. Fortunately, I was able to find a job in a public school. I'm going on my third year in their special eduation program. First year I did self-contained middle school, last year it was Pre-Algebra/Algebra/Basic skills in the high school, and this year I will return to the middle school for a new class - students with social/emotional needs and also low functioning/MiMH needs. I'm looking forward to developing the new program and hoping to get ideas and inspirations from this group!!!

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Welcome Jennifer and Misty!

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Welcome Jennifer and Misty! Please feel free to use our resources and comment and share your knowledge, skills, and classroom wisdom!

Special Education Teacher in K-8 charter school in Minneapolis

I'm an experienced teacher but new to new to much technology

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I have been teaching for about 15 years in a variety of K-12 settings, including many years in setting IV EBD. I'm currently working in a school with nearly 100% ESL students (Somali) and find assessment with this population challenging. I'm also interested in making much greater use of technology for my students and for collaboration.

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Hi Laurie, Welcome to

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Hi Laurie,

Welcome to Edutopia! Feel free to post and comment on discussions. Even better feel free to post questions. We have some educators who have their own experiences to share. Please let use know if we can help you with anything.

Senior officer at the Ministry of Education in Portugal

I'm involved in ICT for

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I'm involved in ICT for Schools since 1995. In the last 5 years I've been working in Special Education Needs. I'm monitoring a national network of 25 ICT Resources Centres for Special Needs and run a Moodle community of the teachers working in these Centres. The aim of the Centres is to assess pupils needs in assistive technologies and to raise awareness among the educational community for inclusion and the importance of the technology support to grant more autonomy to children and youth.

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