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Each year, the TASH Conference brings together a diverse community of stakeholders who gain information, learn about resources, and connect with others across the country to strengthen the disability field. This year’s conference theme, “Still We Rise for Equity, Opportunity, and Inclusion,” shows the resilience of individuals with disabilities and their families across the lifespan. Conference attendees will celebrate their passion for disability rights, civil rights, and human rights while exploring inclusive communities, schools, and workplaces that support people with disabilities, including those with complex support needs. Return to TASH website.

Thursday, December 14 • 10:55am - 11:45am
How Access to Social Capital Shape Special Education Teachers' Jobs LIMITED

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Previous research indicates access to social capital and the social ties teachers make with their colleagues, can influence their job efficacy, autonomy, and satisfaction. Specifically, the social ties teachers obtain participating in leadership or mentorship activities may provide opportunities for social network support or access to novel information. However, few research studies have examined this phenomenon with special education teachers, especially teachers working with students with significant disabilities. To that end, this study examined the special education teachers in the School and Staffing Survey of 2011-12 to study how leadership opportunities, through access to social capital, shape special education teachers' job outcomes. We find that leadership and mentorship improves teacher efficacy, satisfaction, and autonomy but that these the relationship is likely moderated by individual and institutional factors such as teaching in a self-contained classroom or in rural communities, respectively.

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Katie McCabe

University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Andrea Ruppar

Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin Madison`
Andrea Ruppar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her primary research interest is in decision making about curriculum and access to inclusive contexts for students with extensive support... Read More →

Thursday December 14, 2017 10:55am - 11:45am
L405 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

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