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Keeping Quality Teachers - The Art of Retaining General and Special Education Teachers

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THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
Regents of The University

ROBERT M. BENNETT, Chancellor, B.A., M.S. ............................................

Tonawanda

ADELAIDE L. SANFORD, Vice Chancellor, B.A., M.A., P.D. ..........................

Hollis

DIANE O’NEILL MCGIVERN,B.S.N., M.A., Ph.D. ...........................................

Staten Island

SAUL B. COHEN, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. ...........................................................

New Rochelle

JAMES C. DAWSON, A.A., B.A., M.S., Ph.D...............................................

Peru

ANTHONY S. BOTTAR, B.A., J.D.................................................................

North Syracuse

MERRYL H. TISCH, B.A., M.A......................................................................

New York

GERALDINE D. CHAPEY, B.A., M.A., Ed.D. ................................................

Belle Harbor

ARNOLD B. GARDNER, B.A., LL.B. ..............................................................

Buffalo

HARRY PHILLIPS, 3rd, B.A., M.S.F.S...........................................................

Hartsdale

JOSEPH E. BOWMAN, JR., B.A., M.L.S., M.A., M.Ed., Ed.D. .....................

Albany

LORRAINE A. CORTÉS-VÁZQUEZ,B.A., M.P.A. ...........................................

Bronx

JAMES R. TALLON, JR., B.A., M.A. .............................................................

Binghamton

MILTON L. COFIELD, B.S., M.B.A., Ph.D. ...................................................

Rochester

JOHN BRADEMAS, B.A., Ph.D. ...................................................................

New York

President of The University and Commissioner of Education
RICHARD P. MILLS

Chief of Staff Counsel and Deputy Commissioner for Legal Affairs
K
ATHY A. AHEARN

Chief Operating Officer Deputy Commissioner for the Office of Management Services
T
HERESA E. SAVO

Deputy Commissioner for Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities
R
EBECCA H. CORT

Coordinator, Program Development and Special Education Policy
F
REDRIC DEMAY

The State Education Department does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, religion, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, race, gender, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or sexual orientation in its educational programs, services and activities. Portions of this publication can be made available in a variety of formats, including braille, large print or audio tape, upon request.  Inquiries concerning this policy of nondiscrimination should be directed to the Department’s Office for Diversity, Ethics, and Access, Room 530, Education Building, Albany, NY 12234. Requests for additional copies of this publication may be made by contacting the Publications Sales Desk, Room 309, Education Building, Albany, NY 12234.

This document was developed pursuant to cooperative agreement #H326R040008 under CFDA 84.326R between the Northeast Regional Resource Center, Learning Innovations/WestEd and the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education. However, the opin­ions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs and no endorsement by that office should be inferred.  Note: There are no copyright restrictions on this document; however, please credit the source and support of fed­eral funds when copying all or part of this material.

The National Coordination and Dissemination Center to Improve Strategies for the Recruitment and Retention of Qualified Personnel for Children with Disabilities. A Cooperative Agreement, H326P030002, between the US Department of Education and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education.  Descriptive title: The National Center for Special Education Personnel and Related Service Providers (Personnel Center) Project Officer: Martha B. Bokee

© 2004


 


 


Northeast Regional Resource Center LearningInnovations at WestEd

To:  State Directors of Special Education, Local Administrators, and Teachers:

I am pleased to introduce you to Keeping Quality Teachers: The Art of Retaining General and Special Educators. The conceptualization of this project originally came from the Northeast Regional Resource Center’s (NERRC’s) Regional CSPD/SIG Workgroup, composed of state department of education rep­resentatives from all eight states in Region 1. Knowing the needs of their states and school districts, it is they who focused our attention on the issue of retention. In support, the State Directors of Special Education across our eight states gave us the charge of creating a document that they could use at the state and local levels to assist schools in developing the conditions and supports that would keep their quality teachers in the classroom.

The writing and production of this document represents the collaborative work of a team of exceptional individuals, all deeply committed to helping to retain and support the most valuable resource for improving educational opportunities for children with disabilities: our teachers. The team that did the research and writing for this product includes:

K. Lynn Boyer, Ph.D., Project Director, National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education,         Council for Exceptional Children


Carol Davis, former CSPD Coordinator for the state Bureau of Special Education, New Hampshire Department of Education. and


Maureen Anderson, Consultant, Special Education Resource Center, Department of Education, Connecticut


Phoebe Gillespie, Ph.D. Project Director of the National Center for Special Education Personnel and Related Service Providers (Personnel Center), National Association for State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE)

Tom Hidalgo, Program Associate, NERRC, Learning Innovations/WestEd

Karen Mikkelsen, Program Associate, NERRC, Learning Innovations/WestEd

Pat Mueller, Program Associate, NERRC, Learning Innovations/WestEd

Melissa Price & Dr. Gerald Mager, New York Higher Education Support Center for Systems Change, Syracuse University

James and Concetta Sullivan, Partners in Sullivan Educational Associates

Susan Villani, Senior Program Research Associate, Learning Innovations/WestEd

20 Winter Sport Lane, Williston, VT 05495 802-951-8226 Phone _ 802-951-8222/8227 Fax _802-951-8213 TTY www.wested.org/nerrc

 

The creation and production of Keeping Quality Teachers would not have been possible without the generous leadership and production contributions of Fred DeMay and Matt Giugno from the New York State Education Department, Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities. Their unwavering commitment to the project, their vision, and standard of excellence were essential to the product’s completion.

This document reflects several years of work and collaboration by these individuals and their organiza­tions. The result is a product that represents diverse perspectives, the latest research, and a commitment to quality on behalf of students in schools everywhere. Our hope is that you will share our work with others and that this document will be used to build retention strategies in your state and in local school districts.


 


Column

Acknowledgements

 

Strategic Planning Workgroup Members

Carmen Alvarez and Lisa Mendel, United Federation of Teachers, 50 Broadway 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004
(212) 598-9546  spedvp@aol.com

Elizabeth Arons, Chief Executive Officer, Division of Human Resources, New York City Department of Education, 65 Court Street ,Room 707 Brooklyn, NY 11201 (718) 935-4750 earons@nycboe.net

Nancy Brennan, New York State Education Department Office of Teaching Initiatives, 5N Education Building, Albany, NY 12234 (518) 474-4661 nbrennan@nysed.gov

Caryl Cohen, Deputy Executive Director Division of Human Resources, New York City Department of Education,
65 Court Street, Room 406A, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (718) 935-2710 ccohen@nycboe.net

Paul Fields, Canisius College, Room 306 Churchill Academic Tower, 2001 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14208-1098
(716) 888-3269 fieldsp@canisius.edu

Teresa Fiermonte, Rochester City School District, 131 West Broad Street , Rochester, NY 14614
(585) 262-8595 teresa.fiermonte@rcsdk12.org

Aminda Gentile, Carol Haupt, United Federation of Teachers, 52 Broadway 18th Floor, New York, NY 10004
(212)-475 3737 (212) 598-9522 (Carol) agentile@ufttc.org  chaupt@ufttc.org

Ginny Gorski, Monroe 1 BOCES Teacher Center,15 Linden Park Rochester, NY 14625 (585) 249-7021 ginny_gorski@boces.monroe.edu

Barrie Grossi, Rhode Island Department of Education, 255 Westminister Street , Providence, RI 02903,
(401) 222-4600 Ext. 2312 bgrossi@ride.ri.net

Anita Hanretty, Buffalo Public Schools, Buffalo Professional and Technology Center, 150 Lower Terrace Room 422,
Buffalo, NY 14202 (716) 851-3048 ahanretty@buffalo.k12.ny.us

Peter Ianniello, Estella Robles Dep. Exec. Dir., Div. of Human Resources, New York City Department of Education,
65 Court Street Room 706 (Peter) Room 312 (Estella), Brooklyn, NY 11201, (718) 935-4718 (Peter) (718) 935-2574 (Estella) piannie@nycboe.net   erobles@nycboe.net

Belinda Johnson, NY State Education Department, 55 Hanson Place Room 545, Brooklyn, New York 11217
(718) 722-4544, bjohnso2@nysed.gov

Stephanie F. Leeds, Humanities, Natural Sciences & Ed. Programs, Cazenovia College Eddy 207, 22 Sullivan Street,
Cazenovia, NY 13035, (315)-655-7390, sleeds@cazenovia.edu

Jill Levy, Anita Gomez-Palacio, Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, 16 Court Street, 4th Floor,
Brooklyn, New York 11241, (718) 852-3000, jill@csa-nyc.org  anita@csa-nyc.org

Ron Linden, Buffalo Public Schools, Director of Staff Development, Buffalo Professional and Technology Center,
150 Lower Terrace Room 422, Buffalo, NY 14202, (716) 851-3048 Ext. 204, rlinden@buffalo.k12.ny.us

Margaret Lyons, Principal (SAANYS), Montgomery Elementary School, Valley Central School District,
141 Union Street, Montgomery, NY 12549-1399, (845) 457-4886, mlyons@vcsd.ouboces.org

Irene Ross, SETRC PDS, Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES, 200 BOCES Drive, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
(914) 248-2290, iross@pnwboces.org

Larry Waite, New York State United Teachers, 800 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, New York 12110-2455
(518) 213-6644, lwaite@nysutmail.org


Workgroup Advisors


Fred DeMay, NYS Education Department-VESID, One Commerce Plaza Room 1624, Albany, NY 12234,
(518) 486-7462, fdemay@nysed.gov

Matt Giugno, NYS Education Department-VESID, One Commerce Plaza Room 1624, Albany, NY 12234
(518) 486-7462, mgiugno@nysed.gov

Gerald Mager, Syracuse University, 150 Huntington Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244, (315) 443-1288, gmmager@syr.edu

Melissa Price, Syracuse University, 150 Huntington Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244, (315) 443-1757, macjprice@cs.com

Workgroup Facilitators

Connie and Jim Sullivan, Sullivan Educational Associates, 26F Congress Street Box 229, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(518) 580-1416, jcsul@aol.com