Special Interests Groups

Special Interests Groups

Early Career Special Interest Group (SIG)

The purpose of our new SIG is to:

  • Provide a forum for discussion of topics relevant to TED members during the early stages of higher education careers;
  • Support the success of our members by sharing ideas and experiences;
  • Support opportunities for career advancement;
  • Generate opportunities for collaboration; and
  • Identify topics of interest for future meetings

Membership in the Early Career SIG is free of charge. If you are interested in learning more about this SIG, please email the Co-Chairs Dr. Christy Borders and Dr. Erica McCray.

Early Childhood Special Interest Group (SIG)

This SIG emphasizes teacher education generally, but provides a forum to communicate and connect with faculty colleages around issues related specifically to special education and early childhood.

If you are an early childhood faculty member and are interested in learning more about this group, please contact the Chair, Dr. Patrice Hallock.

Paraeducator Special Interest Group (SIG)

The purpose of the Paraeducator Special Interest Group (SIG) is to promote the professional practices of all paraeducators serving individuals with exceptionalities and support appropriate training, supervision, and evaluation of performance relevant to their employment duties.

A paraeducator is an employee who, following appropriate training, performs tasks as prescribed and supervised by the licensed/certified professional/practitioner. Paraeducators perform specific duties as directed by the licensed/certified professional/practitioner. The licensed/certified professional/practitioner maintains responsibility for assessing the individual learner, the family needs and plan, evaluates and modifies programs and services based upon these assessments (IDEA Partnerships, 2001). U.S. Department of Education. (2001). IDEA Partnerships Paraprofessional Initiative. Washington, D.C.

Membership in the Paraeducator SIG is free of charge. If you are interested in learning more about this SIG, please email the Co-Chairs Dr. Carol Long and/or Dr. Denise Uitto.