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Harper, John – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2012
This article provides background and commentary on the articles in this issue of "Journal of Special Education Leadership." Each of the articles describes the agonizing choices and constant struggles in the evolving educational landscape. Two themes emerged: (1) the conflicting intersection of the Individuals with Disabilities…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Career Development, Special Education, Disabilities
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McHatton, Patricia Alvarez; Glenn, Tristan L.; Sue; Gordon, Kevin D. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2012
The role of critically conscious special education leaders is both complex and diverse. The expectations placed on these individuals are continuously evolving as the need for improving schools and student outcomes becomes increasingly critical. The intersections of personal social histories, historical legacies, and situated contexts result in…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Special Education, Leadership, Leaders
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Causton-Theoharis, Julie; Theoharis, George; Orsati, Fernanda; Cosier, Meghan – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2011
Numerous scholars contend that students with and without disabilities benefit both socially and academically from inclusive services. Other researchers advocate for educating students with disabilities in self-contained settings. The aim of this article is to compare the literature on the rationale for use of self-contained special education…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Self Contained Classrooms, Special Education, Educational Quality
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Kamman, Margaret L.; Long, Susanne K. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2010
The need for high-quality teachers in special education and the persistent shortage of teachers beckon school leaders to find ways to support beginning teachers. Induction is one mechanism that has gained widespread attention for its potential in addressing beginning teacher quality and retention. In this article, the authors describe one…
Descriptors: Special Schools, Teacher Persistence, Beginning Teacher Induction, School Districts
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Wheeler, Deborah S.; LaRocco, Diana J. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2009
The purpose of this study was to describe special education administrators' reports of the social supports (House, 1981) that ameliorate the stress inherent in their professional role. This study used a mixed methods design and was conducted in two sequential phases involving 153 special education administrators in a northeastern state. During…
Descriptors: Special Education, Public Education, Administrator Role, Social Support Groups
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Dillon, Amy; Ebmeier, Howard – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2009
In recent years, U.S. schools have seen a growth in the number of special education paraprofessionals employed to serve special education students as well as a growth in the roles these individuals are expected to play in schools. In addition, with passage of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) and the Individuals with Disabilities…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Disabilities, Field Tests, Employment Interviews
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Zirkel, Perry A.; Rose, Tessie – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2009
A systematic analysis of the references to "scientifically based research" (SBR) and closely related terms, such as "peer-reviewed research" (PRR), in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) legislation, regulations, commentary, and case law reveal that SBR and its primary variants apply largely to state support…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Learning Disabilities, School Districts, Technical Assistance
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Collins, Jeanne – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2007
The author recently left her position as special services director in an urban school district in Vermont, a state that embraces inclusion for students with disabilities, to accept the position of superintendent of schools in the same district. The new job requires overseeing the educational mission of six elementary schools, two middle schools, a…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Middle Schools, Disabilities, Special Education
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Johnson, David R.; Thurlow, Martha L.; Stout, Karen Evans; Mavis, Ann – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2007
In response to public demands for better-quality high school graduates and to requirements of No Child Left Behind legislation, states have developed a variety of policies such as high-stakes exit exams and diploma options. Additionally, under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997, students with disabilities must be…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, High Stakes Tests, High School Graduates, Exit Examinations
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Janson, Chris; Miller, Lynne Guillot; Rainey, Steve – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2007
This study investigated the attitudes of school counseling students toward working with students with disabilities. Q methodology was used to develop 43 opinion statements that reflected the attitudes toward providing school counseling services to students with disabilities. Fifty-one school counseling students then sorted these statements. Data…
Descriptors: Counseling Services, Q Methodology, Disabilities, School Counseling
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Thurlow, Martha; Barrera, Manuel; Zamora-Duran, Grace – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2006
Few educators today would argue with statements about the growing diversity of the children being educated in most schools. There is acceptance and often celebration of this diversity, including the growth and dispersal of the population of children and youth from diverse linguistic backgrounds, but there are also concerns about the ability to…
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Second Language Learning, Disabilities, Educational Opportunities
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Minnema, Jane; Elliott, Judy; Barboza, Jane; Thurlow, Martha; VanGetson, Gretchen – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2006
School districts, like many other societal groups, function as a system--a dynamically complex web of interaction in which each aspect of the district affects all other aspects. School districts have many outside forces to which they must respond, including state and federal mandates. These mandates impose top-down initiatives with little to no…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, School Districts, Limited English Speaking, State Programs
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Johnstone, Christopher J.; Anderson, Michael E.; Thompson, Sandra J. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2006
English language learners (ELLs) with disabilities are an emerging population in the U.S. and therefore command special attention in assessment systems. Research has demonstrated that "universal design of assessment" approaches are effective in helping to make assessments more accessible for ELLs with disabilities. Special education…
Descriptors: Disabilities, English (Second Language), Educational Change, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities)
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Liu, Kristin K.; Albus, Deb; Thurlow, Martha – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2006
IDEA and NCLB support the case for including English language learners with disabilities in standards-based reform and school accountability efforts. Few states make statewide data on the participation and performance of English language learners with disabilities publicly available. Therefore, district assessment data on English language learners…
Descriptors: Accountability, Limited English Speaking, Performance Based Assessment, Student Participation
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Barrera, Manuel; Liu, Kristin K. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2006
In today's educational climate of increased accountability for learning, parent involvement in the education of children is a topic that permeates educational discussions. Schools urge parents to support their child's learning at home by assisting with homework and reading every night, to participate in school committees, and to volunteer in…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Instructional Development, Parent Participation, Second Language Learning
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