106 episodes

Jennifer Hofferber from the Sped Prep Academy® is a veteran special education teacher who shares her experience, knowledge and love of the field of special education so that you can learn all the tips, tricks and tools of the trade to help move your career to the next level. As an award winning educator, she founded and created the Sped Prep Academy® to provide special educators with down-to-earth, easy to implement, real world training and now has the platform needed to teach you how to write quality IEPs, work with paraprofessionals, collaborate with general education teachers and become a leader within your building and district. If you are a new or veteran special educator and you are wanting solid advice or looking for someone to have in your corner who is working hard to provide you with tried and proven resources and training and to help you avoid the burn-out that comes with the job, then you've found the right place. Hit subscribe and get ready to grow and thrive in the insanely crazy field of special education.

Sped Prep Academy Podcast Jennifer Hofferber

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Jennifer Hofferber from the Sped Prep Academy® is a veteran special education teacher who shares her experience, knowledge and love of the field of special education so that you can learn all the tips, tricks and tools of the trade to help move your career to the next level. As an award winning educator, she founded and created the Sped Prep Academy® to provide special educators with down-to-earth, easy to implement, real world training and now has the platform needed to teach you how to write quality IEPs, work with paraprofessionals, collaborate with general education teachers and become a leader within your building and district. If you are a new or veteran special educator and you are wanting solid advice or looking for someone to have in your corner who is working hard to provide you with tried and proven resources and training and to help you avoid the burn-out that comes with the job, then you've found the right place. Hit subscribe and get ready to grow and thrive in the insanely crazy field of special education.

    Job Opportunities for Special Educators Beyond the Classroom

    Job Opportunities for Special Educators Beyond the Classroom

    Are you burned out to the point of walking out?

    Before you do, listen to Episode 106 of the Sped Prep Academy Podcast to learn about the different opportunities special educators have outside the 4 walls of a classroom.

    There are other options for you. Today's episode breaks these options up into 3 categories…
    Creative outletsLeadership rolesActual positionsFor some of the suggested careers, a transition isn't tricky. Classroom experience and your existing degree may be more than enough to obtain a different role within your school system. 
    If you are a special education teacher who loves their job but feels burned out by the stress that comes with it, don't feel bad. There is ample opportunity to transition into a position that is just as essential but less draining. 

    If any of these sound like a good fit don’t be scared to start having conversations with people to see what you can make happen.
    Learn more about becoming a successful special educator at
    Sped Prep Academy.com

    • 15 min
    4 Tips to Improve Your IEP Meeting Room

    4 Tips to Improve Your IEP Meeting Room

    Does your meeting room look like the inside of a prison?

    You can do better my friend!

    So you might be thinking…who cares what my IEP meeting room looks like…it has functioned well for years and it gets the job done…and while I agree that what the room looks like is not going to have any affect on your IEP paperwork itself, it definitely could have a large impact on the relationship you are wanting to build with the parents of your students.

    Parents may be feeling very overwhelmed and in need of some comfort during these meetings. Just the fact that they have to attend a meeting like this one to begin with is a lot to process and then when you add all the other factors...it’s just too much. 

    Take these 4 steps to make improvements to your conference room or IEP meeting room:
    Warm up the room (visually)Keep it coolBe accommodatingUse anchor chartsListen in to this episode to learn more about supporting your parents with just a few tweaks to the meeting room space.
    Mentioned in the show:

    Get the FREE percentile chart HERE

    Check out the other anchor charts in my TpT store

    • 9 min
    New Special Educator Question & Answer Series- Part 4

    New Special Educator Question & Answer Series- Part 4

    Today is the fourth and final part (for now anyway!) of a series where I chat with brand new special education teachers and give them the opportunity to ask a veteran teacher ALL the questions.
    Today's questions are asked by Erika who is a student teacher preparing for a career as a special educator.


    Listen in as I help her learn about:
    What to expect from the first year as a student teacherPositives and negativesWhat to know that hasn't been taught in school about the fieldTop tips for goal writing for IEPs

    Mentioned in the show:


    Sped Prep Academy TpT Store

    Survey Level Assessment

    IEP Goal bank

    • 14 min
    New Special Educator Question & Answer Series- Part 3

    New Special Educator Question & Answer Series- Part 3

    Today is the third part of a series where I chat with brand new special education teachers who have had the opportunity to ask a veteran teacher ALL the questions.
    Today's questions were submitted by Debbie who was unable to join me in person to record the show but I wanted to get her answers to her. I know if one person has these questions, others are bound to as well.
     
    Listen in as I help her learn about:
    The 3 pieces of advice I have for new special educatorsMoving into general education after working in SpedHow long it takes to write and IEPIEP websites & data bases How to work with aides when problems arise

    Mentioned in the show:


    Sped Prep Academy TpT Store

    What's Your Special Educator Superpower Quiz

    IEP Goal bank

    • 15 min
    Ep 102: New Special Educator Question & Answer Series- Part 2

    Ep 102: New Special Educator Question & Answer Series- Part 2

    Ep 102: New Special Educator Question & Answer Series- Part 2

    Today is the second part of a series where I chat with brand new special education teachers who have had the opportunity to ask a veteran teacher ALL the questions.
    Unfortunately, today's guest, Elyse, was unable to join me in person to record the show but I wanted to get her answers to her and what better way than to share them with everyone.
     
    Listen in as I help her learn about:
    The back to school process for communicating with classroom teachers about the IEP’s of their studentsAdvice for back to school nightHow building schedules work with IEP minutes? IEP outlines or agendasWho runs the IEP meetings 

    Mentioned in the show:

    Sped Prep Academy TpT Store

    Paraprofessional Handbook

    • 14 min
    Ep 101: New Special Educator Question & Answer Series- Part 1

    Ep 101: New Special Educator Question & Answer Series- Part 1

    Ep 101: New Special Educator Question & Answer Series- Part 1

    Today is the first of a 4 part series where I chat with brand new special education teachers who have a million questions about where to even begin in this overwhelming field. 
    When I started out, I really don’t remember all the questions I had…I just jumped right in and soaked up all the knowledge I could from my mentor. There wasn’t social media or podcasts or blog posts for me to use as a resource so I was just thrown in and expected to swim.
    So I think it’s really cool to be able to reach out to other teachers who are just entering the profession and be able to provide them with the support and answers they need to help them start a new year and be successful in the process.

     
    The first guest is Jennifer Burnand and she has 5 or so questions for me to answer. Listen in!


    Mentioned in the show:

    Paraprofessional Handbook
    Student Data Notebook

    • 22 min

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