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Study finds special educators get less mentoring

from Education Week

While teacher mentoring has become nearly ubiquitous as an education reform, new research suggests state and district mentoring policies may leave gaps in support for special education teachers. Mentoring, in which a new or struggling teacher is matched with an expert instructor for support and training, has won broad support from union leaders to governors; federal school improvement grants even recommend it as an intervention for improving low-performing schools. Nearly all states have a teacher mentoring program of some sort — most as part of induction for new teachers — but some, such as Alabama and Virginia, for any teacher who isn't meeting state teaching standards. more

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