Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for a Special Education Teacher interview
Be sure to have taken the time to research the educational program online, check reviews and any social media presence they may have. This is an answer that you are best to rehearse prior to the interview. "From the research I have conducted, I see that your educational program is heavily hands-on based with a strong tie to the community. Your focus has been primarily on students affected by Autism which is a large reason why I was so drawn to your program."
"I've taken a look at your program and, to my understanding, at this school, we have a 12-to-1 student ratio, and that we value community engagement and do our best to ensure that the students are still integrated with the community. That's very much why I decided to apply to this specific program. I have experience in working with the community to encourage a safe environment for the students to engage with their community."
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"From the research I have conducted, I see that your educational program is heavily hands-on based with a strong tie to the community. Your focus has been primarily on students affected by Autism which is a large reason why I was so drawn to your program."
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What do you know about our educational program?
Your program is an inclusion based program in which students need specific supports unique to their education level changes.
I know that you have a great full inclusion program that needs a special education support specialist to assist students with learning challenges and difficulties.
I know that in this district we are working toward full inclusion with a co-teaching collaboration of team-teaching.
I am aware that Kennewick School District achieves to increase student achievement through authentic partnerships through family and community partnerships. The district values specially designed instruction for students.
I know that you do activities with the children and make crafts. You deal with special needs children and give services that help them like speech therapy and occupational therapy. You collaborate with therapists, general education teachers and parents to talk about their progress.
I know your education program encompasses 2400 students roughly with 18% in the special education department.
I am very familiar with the 8:1 program and the green, red and yellow behavioral and emotional program that is used. I am also familiar with the RTI classes and the routine that is asked as well as, the CT program and the study skills classes that students have.
I read you handbook and I appreciate your goals. 1. Each student should be seen as an individual, 2. Not every student has the same learning style. 3. Its ok to take risks .4. Each student should love to learn and have a desire to reach their potential.
The district strives for constant change and learning never stops.
I know you have students who have IEP,
I know that you have a wonderful educational program and from what I have seen at my current position, there is a passion for teaching and learning and great staff behind it.