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The Characteristics and Experiences of Beginning Teachers in Seven Northeast and Islands Region States and Nationally

March 1, 2012

How do East Coast teachers differ from teachers nationwide? Based on results from a recent survey of teachers, this report looks at the characteristics of beginning teachers to find out what makes them different or similar.The study's researchers define beginning teachers as those with five or less years of teaching experience at the time of the staffing survey.Here's what you'll find in this report:How beginning teachers are supported through professional developmentTeachers' overall sense of preparedness for teachingCharacteristics of teachers' classrooms and schoolsVariables related to teachers' preparation and workplace supports that are associated with their perceptions of preparedness, effectiveness, and retentionThe Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands at WestEd prepared this report.

Do States Have Certification Requirements for Preparing General Education Teachers to Teach Students with Disabilities? Experience in the Northeast and Islands Region

July 9, 2010

With more than half of children with disabilities being educated in the general education classroom, and with federal education law requiring improved learning outcomes for these students, preparing general education teachers to work effectively with all students is critical.This report, prepared by REL Northeast Islands on teacher certification requirements in the nine Northeast and Islands Region jurisdictions, finds that eight of them require some coursework in teaching students with disabilities for initial licensure of general education teachers. It finds commonalities and differences both in how jurisdictions require general education teacher candidates to develop knowledge in special education and in the specific knowledge and skills required as part of teacher preparation.