As a special educator, you want to excel at what you do. The best way to be more effective is by updating your skills to reflect the current best practices in education. This includes knowing systems and processes inside out shifting social trends and have clear communication skills which can directly affect the success of students and fellow educators.

When you strive for success, the result will often leave a lasting and positive impact on your students, particularly those with learning disabilities. With the arrival of internet-based education, this outlook extends beyond the four walls of a classroom to include at-home learning support, out-of-class field trips and other activities.

Students require the proper guidance to elevate their learning and self-confidence. It all begins with professional development that helps educators tap into their own potential.

Take Action Toward Self-Improvement

As discussed in Professional Development: Critical Component of Success, a variety of improvement options exist. If you’re looking to make an immediate impact, training and certification courses provide deep and extensive knowledge on curriculum and practices.

Occasionally, it’s best to take the organic route, such as reading a book or attending a local seminar. A more relaxed approach by just jumping in, can quickly get you up to speed, and ahead in your career. To do so, you can :

Follow these quick and easy-to-manage steps for a reliable way to develop your skills.

Onward and Upward

Getting started is easier than you may think. Simply ask a senior administrator about options that your school or district may have for professional development. They can point you in the right direction, showing you different options with some being reimbursable.

Industry-related white papers, like those found in n2y’s insights library, can also provide many of the answers you’ve been looking for. Highly-researched and referenced, they offer background knowledge that can help you to better understand the reasoning behind educational policies, how they work and how educators like you can benefit from them.

The more you learn, the more you and your students will benefit. With professional development, it’s a win-win situation for all.

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About the Author
Allison Vice is a certified speech-language pathologist who, prior to joining n2y, served as a school coordinator, consultant, developer and presenter. Allison is a seasoned expert in the areas of communication disorders, behavior, curriculum and assistive technology. She is the author of Practical AAC: A Guide to Functional Communication and the developer of the Smart/Ease series of augmentative communication page sets. Allison holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communicative Disorders from Northeastern Louisiana State University and a Master of Education degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Southern University.