NJ Alternate Route Teachers Talk Special Education on Twitter

New teachers of mainstreamed special education students often find themselves at a loss while trying to meet their unique learning needs.  Challenges for teachers range from helping them stay focused, making accommodations as required, and encouraging pro-social behaviors, all while ensuring that the learning objectives for the their general education students  are also met. They know know they must create an inclusive environment for students with learning disabilities, and they must  create opportunities for their special education students to succeed.

That’s why many of them are turning to colleagues on social media to identify resources that will support their efforts in meeting the needs of students with learning disabilities. Recently, alternate route candidates on track to become certified general education teachers engaged in a Twitter chat on advancing inclusion in the classroom.







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Heather Ngoma

Heather Ngoma has over 20 years experience collaborating with educators across New Jersey to drive education innovation. She currently serves as the Director of Rutgers University's Alternate Route Teacher Training Program at the Center for Effective School Practices, a program which helps career changers, recent college graduates and other aspiring education professionals become licensed teachers in New Jersey. Follow her on Twitter @heatherngoma.