Institute for Educational Development

Live Online
6:00 am – 9:30 am

April 21, 2023

$395.00 per person

Recruiting and Retaining SPECIAL EDUCATION Teachers

NEW Seminar Presented By
Sonya Kunkel

Special Education Leader, Author and National Presenter

Specifically Designed for District Leaders and District Staff Responsible for Recruiting and Retaining Special Education Teachers

  • Learn the key components of more effective special education teacher recruitment that you can implement immediately
  • Gather best practices that improve special education teacher retention
  • Develop a strategic plan for recruiting and retaining your special education teacher workforce
  • Share practical ways to improve job satisfaction and reduce turnover of your special education staf

Practical Ideas and Strategies

Strengthen your entire special education program by recruiting and retaining the best special education teachers! Make the best use of your time with this strategy-packed, half-day intensive leadership institute led by special education systems expert, author, and nationally recognized special education presenter SONYA HEINEMAN KUNKEL. Specifically designed for school district leaders looking to recruit and retain special education teachers, this institute focuses on practical resources, tools and strategies designed to help you recruit the best special educators and reduce turnover in your special education staff. Join Sonya for innovative ideas to overcome common issues related to special education teacher recruitment and retention, and practical ways you can better support your special education staff in today’s challenging environment.

You will leave with dozens of practical strategies and an extensive digital resource handbook to help strengthen your special education teacher hiring pool and retain a more consistent, high quality special education teaching staff.

A Practical, Half-Day Leadership Institute Focused on Recruiting and Retaining Special Education Teachers

Attend as a district leader, district team, or a representative team member to learn practical ways to attract and retain high quality special education teachers, and how to better meet ongoing special educator needs so they remain enthusiastic and productive in your district and schools. Plan to begin the process of creating your strategic plan for attracting high quality special education teachers and decreasing special education staff turnover. You will learn about the most effective ways to build on your current practices so you can leave with actionable steps to improve the consistency and quality of your special education programs.

Develop a Plan to Increase Quality and Reduce Turnover in Your Existing Special Education Staff

We hire the best special education staff possible, spend valuable time training and supporting collaborative relationships, only to find ourselves recruiting again when our valued special education staff members request a different assignment, and usually not in serving our students receiving special education. By focusing on meeting the day-to-day needs your special education staff, they will want to keep working for you in special education roles, significantly reducing staff turnover. In this institute, we will unpack the strategies with the greatest potential to help you accomplish the goal of attracting and keeping the best special education staff possible and building greater constancy and productive collaboration in your special education programs. You’ll leave this half-day intensive leadership institute with plenty of practical action items you can use immediately!

Here’s What You Can Expect From This Half-Day Institute:

Districts across the country are struggling to attract and retain special education staff. Addressing a national crisis shortage area, this institute offers unique ideas for recruiting, training, maintaining, and celebrating the distinctive role of the special educator. In addition to the provided information, we will network and share ideas so we can work smarter together and not harder! Special education leaders can expect to leave with important information and highly practical ideas that you can implement immediately.

Specific Topics

Here's what you'll learn:
  • Practical strategies for district leaders to recruit high quality special education staff and increase retention of your special education staff, reducing your turnover
  • Key insights about the current state of special education recruitment
  • Best practices for continuously attracting and building a high quality staff
  • Key components of the PD that high quality special education teachers seek
  • Best practices in how to onboard and transition new staff
  • The most impactful employment trends and key insights on mentoring and coaching your staff
  • Essential ways to increase longevity in special education teacher retention
  • Ideas, ideas, ideas! …recruitment, training, retention and much more!

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

Most special education teachers and related staff arrived in their role with overflowing knowledge and enthusiasm, with a heart for making a difference in the lives of some of our most vulnerable and struggling students. As administrators, we greet them with open arms and are so appreciative of the work they do every day. Until … the request for a new assignment, and the turnover begins. Paperwork, meetings, deadlines, schedules, travel time, conflicting philosophies, inconsistent expectation, behavior issues, and the list continues. Recruiting and retaining the best special education teachers takes a commitment to helping our staff jump some tall hurdles, and that’s exactly what we will learn how to do in this half-day intensive leadership institute.

I’ve gone deep in understanding the dynamics around special education and ways to get our system for recruiting and retaining staff working better. In our time together, I will provide you with the practical information to increase your special education talent pool. I plan to share a plethora of ideas for short-term and longitudinal actions that have proven effective. We’ll also review the keys to retaining your current special education staff so you can reduce staff turnover. You will be able to draw from this buffet of information to customize your own approach on your campus or in your district to strengthen your special education program.

Sonya Heineman Kunkel

P.S. Be prepared to take back practical strategies and ideas you can use to build your special education talent pool, and to retain your high quality, dedicated staff.

Who Should Attend

District Leaders and District Staff Responsible for Recruiting and Retaining Special Education Teachers

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive Visible Learning Resource Handbook:
    You will receive an extensive digital resource handbook giving you access to countless strategies. The handbook includes:
    • Recruitment and retention tools ideal for special education leaders
    • Strategic templates to support your recruitment and retention efforts
    • The latest information and resources to help minimize special education staff turnover
    • Practical and proven ideas directly from an experienced special education leader
  2. Consultation Available:
    Sonya Heineman Kunkel will be available for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own special education program.
  3. Semester Credit Option:
    UMASS Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with University of Massachusetts Global, a nonprofit affiliate of the University of Massachusetts, will be available at the seminar.
  4. Meet Inservice Requirements:
    At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.