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In most professions, professional development is essential in building your craft, growing your knowledge base and boosting your productivity and performance at work. This holds true for doctors, nurses, chefs, marketing professionals, mechanics, etc. For now though, let’s focus on professional development for educators and why it is so vital to not only your success, but your students, as well.
The first five years of a child’s life are often viewed as the most influential when it comes to learning growth and development. Naturally, every child will develop at a different pace, but if you have questions about your child’s development, it's never too early to schedule an appointment with your local pediatrician or early intervention agency to discuss your concerns.
Just like any other relationship in your life, your professional relationships require effort to maintain and blossom. Without phenomenal communication, compromise and respect, your working relationships may fall flat, ultimately affecting the students you serve. As an educator working with students with moderate to severe disabilities, maintaining a strong relationship with your paraprofessional is key.
As a special education teacher, administrator, paraprofessional, clinician or even parent, those 7.3 million students with disabilities rely on you to be one of the dependable individuals in their lives that can uplift them with constant support, motivation to succeed and endless flexibility to ensure these students can learn and grow into the best possible versions of themselves.
At the onset of the pandemic, districts and educators were left scrambling to piece together curriculum plans that catered to students working within a remote learning environment – a scenario that the majority weren't prepared for.
Over the past three decades, federal policy and legislation have resulted in significant educational advances for students with moderate and severe disabilities. Federal legislation mandates that all students have access to the general curriculum and specially designed instruction that meets the unique needs of each student (IDEA, 1997).