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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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Stahl, William M.; Karger, Joanne – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2016
The rapid adoption of digital content and delivery systems, each with its own capacity to track, store, and analyze student usage, interactions, and academic outcomes at both a highly detailed and granular level, has emerged as an area of widespread opportunity, but also of concern. The comingling of various student data sets (demographics, usage,…
Descriptors: Privacy, Electronic Learning, Special Education, Disabilities
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Smith, Sean J.; Stahl, William – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2016
This article explores the manner in which teachers and district leaders can further determine whether or not the digital materials they are considering are accessible for all learners--particularly those with disabilities--and appropriate to the accommodations and modifications provided in the brick-and-mortar school environment. The article…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Teaching Methods
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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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Martin, Suzanne M.; Little, Joyce; Miller, Katie; Gourwitz, Jillian – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2014
Special education administrators play a critical role in the implementation of successful inclusion in diverse, standards-based environments. They provide the vision and leadership necessary to guide educators in both general and special education as they deliver instructional programs to meet the needs of diverse students with disabilities.…
Descriptors: Urban Education, Special Education, Leadership Training, Administrators
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Miller, Faith G.; Patwa, Shamim S.; Chafouleas, Sandra M. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2014
An increased emphasis on collecting and using data in schools has occurred, in part, because of the implementation of multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS). Commonly referred to as response to intervention in the academic domain and school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports in the behavioral domain, these initiatives have a…
Descriptors: Functional Behavioral Assessment, Rating Scales, Student Behavior, Response to Intervention
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Christensen, Laurene L.; Rogers, Christopher M. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2013
In this brave new world of education that has so much technology in it, there are many questions educational leaders must consider: (1) How can educational leaders keep up with the changes in technologies with educational applications? (2) How can technologies be used to level the playing field for students with disabilities, English language…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Special Education, Technology Uses in Education, Technological Advancement
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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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Liu, Kristin; Barrera, Manuel – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2013
English language learners (ELLs) with disabilities are a growing part of the K-12 school population and will be included in the next generation of accountability assessments, just as they are now included in state assessments. These learners have some unique characteristics and may demonstrate their knowledge and skills in particular ways because…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), English Language Learners, Disabilities, Second Language Learning
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Thurlow, Martha L.; Quenemoen, Rachel F.; Albus, Debra – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2013
The requirement that individualized education program (IEP) teams make decisions about the participation of students with disabilities in general or alternate state- and district-wide assessments is nearly two decades old. The decisions that must be made have become more complicated with the addition, in some states, of alternate assessments based…
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Disabilities, Alternative Assessment, Decision Making
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Lazarus, Sheryl S.; Rieke, Rebekah – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2013
Schools are facing many changes in the ways that teaching, learning, and assessment take place. Most states are moving from individual state standards to the new Common Core State Standards, which will be fewer, higher, and more rigorous than most current state standards. As the next generation of assessments used for accountability are rolled…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Student Evaluation, Academic Standards, State Standards
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Thurlow, Martha L.; Lazarus, Sheryl S.; Hodgson, Jennifer R. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2012
The read-aloud accommodation is one of the most frequently used accommodations. Many educators need training to more confidently select, implement, and evaluate the use of the read-aloud accommodation. Planning by special education leaders can help ensure that test day goes smoothly for students who need the read-aloud accommodation.
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Difficulty Level, Reading Difficulties, Testing Problems
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Zirkel, Perry A. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2012
Special education leaders need to be aware of long-standing general regulatory requirements under [image omitted]504 for which school districts are often vulnerable. Special education leaders also have to keep current on recent legal developments for "[image omitted]504-only" students, including the effects of the Americans with…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Special Education, Individualized Education Programs, Educational Legislation
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Tinberg, Donna – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2012
"If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there." This oft-cited but not-quite-accurate quote is from the Lewis Carroll's classic children's tale, Alice in Wonderland. In Carroll's altered reality, the conversation between the disoriented Alice and the mysterious Cheshire Cat actually went like this: "Would you…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Individualized Education Programs, Fidelity, Special Education
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Connor, David J. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2012
Highly politicized educational reforms in New York City have seen special education become marginalized as a casualty of the accountability movement. There is a liminal space between "old" and "new" ways where special education administrators find themselves as they consider their roles and responsibilities in continuing to…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Educational Change, Special Education, Administrators
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