Saturday, November 15, 2008

Former teacher, principal now head of professional development

An Illinois school district has named a former principal and special education teacher as its new director of professional development. In her new role with Valley View schools, Meda Thompson will oversee teacher training and mentoring programs and also the continuing professional development of certified teachers. The Bolingbrook Sun (Naperville, Ill.)
She said: "You can write the best curriculum and have great technology," she said. "But if you don't continue to teach people how to use it, it never reaches the children."
Here in DCPS, in addition to our Math and Literacy Professional Developers, I also see the need for Special Education Professional Developers. We need well trained mentors to coach us the best practices on IDEIA, RTI, inclusion, behavior management, differentiating instruction etc... We need special education professional organizations like the Council for Exceptional Children to come in and help provide professional development and resources to special education teachers and related service providers. We need help by the real experts in this profession who can tell us from experience (not from theories) what is working and effective in special education.

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