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Unmasking the Special Education Shortage with Dr. Kimber Wilkerson

Unmasking the Special Education Shortage with Dr. Kimber Wilkerson

February 6, 2024 8:00 PM CDT

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Guests: Dr. Kimber Wilkerson

No matter where you are, there are children with special needs near you. Today, Dr. Tim and Dr. Johnny tackle the pressing topic of the nationwide teacher shortage, with a particular focus on the scarcity of special education teachers. They explore the root causes of this shortage, from historical challenges to societal perceptions, shedding light on the complexities of the issue.

Joined by esteemed guest Dr. Kimber Wilkerson, Professor of Special Education at UW-Madison, the hosts delve deeper into the impact of the shortage on students with disabilities and the educators tasked with supporting them. Dr. Wilkerson provides valuable insights into the specialized knowledge and skills required in special education, as well as the persistent PR challenges that contribute to the shortage.

Through candid discussion and expert analysis, Busted Pencils offers listeners a comprehensive understanding of the teacher shortage crisis and its implications for the education system. Tune in as Tim, Johnny, and their guest navigate this crucial topic, offering perspectives that are both informative and thought-provoking. Whether you're an educator, parent, or concerned citizen, Busted Pencils provides essential insights into the challenges facing education today.

More on today’s guest: Dr. Wilkerson has broad expertise in the preparation of teachers to work with students with disabilities and providing instruction to students with disabilities to improve their long-term academic and social/behavioral outcomes. She has directed several teacher preparation programs at UW-Madison, including an accelerated licensure program for local school district employees. Her past experience includes working as a special educator in the Seattle Public Schools. After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Washington, she held an appointment at the University of Maryland where she was also involved in special educator preparation. She was formerly the Associate Dean for Teacher Education at UW-Madison and is currently Principal Investigator of a federally funded Teacher Quality Partnership grant in collaboration with Milwaukee Public Schools.

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