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Bell, Sherry D.; Smith, Sean J.; Basham, James D. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2016
When the North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) began their experiment with a blended statewide Occupational Course of Study (OCS) (see http://ncvps.org/ocs-blended-learning) program for high school students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, it was with great ambition and optimism. Born of necessity to address highly…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, High School Students
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Bruhn, Allison; Gorsh, Jay; Hannan, Chloe; Hirsch, Shanna Eisner – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2014
Schools implementing Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) are often confronted with concerns from a variety of educational stakeholders about school climate, teaching behavioral expectations, the role of reinforcement, and labeling students. Administrators should be prepared to respond to these concerns with theoretical and…
Descriptors: Positive Behavior Supports, Criticism, Program Implementation, Teacher Expectations of Students
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Elbaum, Batya; Myers, Nicholas D.; Rodriguez, Raymond J.; Sharpe, Sheree T. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2014
Following the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, 2004), states were required to develop a State Performance Plan (SPP; U.S. Department of Education, 2011) addressing 20 accountability indicators for students with disabilities, ages 3 to 21. First and arguably foremost among these is Indicator 1, the ''percent…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Disabilities, Accountability, Federal Legislation
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Karger, Joanne; Currie-Rubin, Rachel – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2013
The education provided to youth in detention and juvenile corrections facilities may be the last opportunity for these youth to reconnect with learning and graduate from high school. A large percentage of youth who exit these facilities do not return to school. Dropping out is associated with a number of negative outcomes, including higher rates…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Institutionalized Persons, Correctional Institutions, Delinquency
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Donder, Daniel J. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2011
The role of the school administrator as an instructional leader has had a long history. However, today this role is more important than ever as high stakes testing has increased the level of accountability for all educators. Districts across the country be they urban, suburban, or rural are scraping for every dollar and at the same time many…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrators, Beginning Teacher Induction, Beginning Teachers
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Frick, William C.; Faircloth, Susan C. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2007
This study examined secondary principals' perceptions of the phrase "the best interests of the student" as a viable professional ethic for the field of educational leadership. Findings indicate that participants make clear distinctions between the best interest of the student (one) and the best interests of students (as a group). These…
Descriptors: Interests, Instructional Leadership, Principals, Secondary Schools