Special Education Program Video

Uploaded by lesleyuniversity on 09.12.2009

GIBSON: Special Ed covers the waterfront for individuals
with disabilities, but in our program, we are really
covering the waterfront for all different kinds of learners,
with and without disabilities.
So I would say the central concept is to really prepare
teachers to look closely at the students
that they are working with, figure out what they need,
and do it and then figure out if it worked and what to do next.
DILIBERTO: Part of being a special educator and getting
Special Ed training, getting a Special Ed degree,
helped me to learn things like modifying curriculum,
developing interpersonal relationships
with teaching staff, sort of collaborating
and consultating with fellow faculty members,
things like that.
PISHA: I really like working with... with the students that I
seem to draw here, because so many of them
are so enthusiastic.
Most of them-- or a large percentage of the students
that I end up working with because I teach graduate
courses-- are actually working as paraprofessionals
or as aides in classrooms.
They are really dedicated, they really understand the needs
of children with significant needs, and they're very
motivated to do something about it.
"I want to help," and... which leads them to want to find out
more, which is what any teacher would want--
students who want to know more about the subject--
so they're a blast to work with.
ARKALIEN: Lesley faculty are available, and they're...
most of them that I have dealt with are real teachers
that have worked in the profession,
and they're experienced and up-to-date in the current
trends in Special Education.
PISHA: For 20 years before coming here to Lesley to teach,
returning to teaching, I did research in the field of
universal design for learning.
This basically was focused on developing methods and materials
that a wider range of kids could use,
because the materials are more flexible.
Well, as a result of this, I am extremely familiar with
educational technology in all of its stripes,
and while it is not for me to teach the whole of technology,
it is appropriate for me to demonstrate in class
some of the technologies that are available.
DILIBERTO: The Lesley program prepared me to be
a special educator in a public school setting,
which has been great and it made me marketable to get the current
job that I hold now as a special educator
at Wellesley High School.
GIBSON: Principals and other teachers come up to me,
for example, at conferences, and say, "Lesley graduates
"that we have worked with or that we have hired are the best.
"They know how to teach, they understand children or students
"in schools, they understand how they operate and what to do,
"and send us more.
Where can we get more of your graduates?"
I had an alum recently come back to me and say--
you know, she took the time to call and send an email--
and she said, "Everything I learned in this program
made me the star at my new setting,"
so that's a pretty strong endorsement.
PISHA: I want them to be the kind of teachers
that I want my grandchildren to have.
I want them to be empathetic, I want them to be structured,
I want them to be firm but not unreasonable,
I want them to know their business inside and out,
and I want them to really care about kids.
ARKALIEN: When I went through my first job, when I walked through
those doors, I had Lesley behind me, and it gave me confidence
in myself that I would be a fabulous teacher,
and during my year as a first teacher, I received
a "commendable" status, which is the highest review
that one can achieve, and that's just something to be said
for the education that I received from Lesley University.