Bilingual kids mistakenly placed in special education classes

By Erin Smith, Erica Moura – Even as the state braces for a wave of unaccompanied immigrant children, school systems, including Boston, are failing in assessing and educating non-English speaking students they already have. More than one in five children of immigrants who are learning English in Boston schools have been placed in special education […]

Birth injuries that cause learning disabilities

by Leigh Egan – Although the birth of a newborn is supposed to be one of the most exciting and special times for parents, the dreams of a normal life for their child can be shattered if the baby experiences a birth injury. What’s worse, not only do birth injuries heighten the chances of painful physical […]

Improved data use should lead to better special ed student outcomes

by Michele Jolin - For far too long, we as a nation have set unnecessarily low education expectations for students with special needs, limiting their choices and opportunities for success. But thanks to a new U.S. Department of Education directive, things are changing for the better. The Department is shifting to a new approach for the nation’s […]

The nature of work as a special education teacher

Special education teachers work with children and youth who have a variety of disabilities. Most special education teachers instruct students at the elementary, middle, and secondary school level, although some work with infants and toddlers. The majority of special education teachers work with children with mild to moderate disabilities using or modifying the general education […]

How funding impacts successes and failures of students h disabilities

by Clare McCann – Last month, the Obama administration announced a new plan to hold states accountable for the successes and failures of students with disabilities in the K-12 educational system. Students with disabilities graduate from high school at a rate 20 percentage points lower than the overall student population, and struggle to achieve proficiency in math […]

Common Core will take new toll on special ed student achievement

by Nicole Shepard – There are 6.5 million special-education students in the U.S. today, and most are falling further behind their peers under Common Core standards. “The latest government figures show that the dropout rate for students with disabilities is twice that for non-disabled students,” NPR’s Claudio Sanchez reported. “Two-thirds of students with disabilities are […]

Special ed teacher fights to get job back

By Barbara Ross, Ben Chapman – A Bronx special education teacher who struggled for years to qualify for his position is fighting to get his job back after being fired for incompetence. Jesus Estaba, 59, insists that a Department of Education hearing officer was arbitrary and capricious last month when she agreed with DOE that […]

Roles and duties of a special ed teacher

Special education teachers work with students who have a wide range of learning, mental, emotional, and physical disabilities. They adapt general education lessons and teach various subjects, such as reading, writing, and math, to students with mild and moderate disabilities. They also teach basic skills, such as literacy and communication techniques, to students with severe […]

For teachers, there is never enough

by Peter Greene – They never tell you in teacher school, and it’s rarely discussed elsewhere. It is never, ever portrayed in movies and tv shows about teaching. Teachers rarely bring it up around non-teachers for fear it will make us look weak or inadequate. Valerie Strauss in the Washington Post once put together a series of quotes […]

Demand for special education teachers expected to increase steadily

by Cara Clarke – The demand for additional math and science teachers in U.S. schools has been well publicized. Less well known but equally pressing is the need for special education teachers. According to the National Education Association , the number of students enrolled in special education programs has risen by 30 percent in the past decade. […]