Advocating for Special Education Programs, Teachers, and Students with Dr. Jane West [Podcast]


In the last decade, there’s been a 17% decrease in special education programs. I discussed this unsettling statistic—and other pressing issues facing special education—with our guest, Dr. Jane West. 

Dr. West offers a unique perspective on special education. She’s led policy work for national organizations like AACTE and the Higher Education Consortium for Special Education.  

As the current pandemic exposes and multiplies the challenges for special education and teacher prep programs, I know you’ll find Jane’s insights timely. So let’s jump right into my interview with Dr. West.

Introducing Dr. Jane West

Dr. West, welcome to the Teacher Education Podcast. How are you? Now, I noticed a theme in your professional career has been advocating for particularly vulnerable students. You have a doctorate in special education. You’ve worked as a special education teacher to administrator, and you’ve advocated and worked for on disability policy. What experience has led you to focus on working in helping students with disabilities? (01:17)

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