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Waldron, Nancy L.; McLeskey, James; Redd, Lacy – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2011
Many schools are currently faced with the difficult task of including increasing numbers of students with disabilities and improving academic outcomes for these and other students who struggle to learn academic content. Recent research has shown that the principal is the key to ensuring that a school meets both of these goals and is both inclusive…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Role, Change Strategies, Educational Change
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Gagnon, Joseph Calvin; Maccini, Paula; Haydon, Todd – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2011
Despite the national emphasis on assessment and accountability for student learning, it is unclear whether day treatment and residential schools are participating in current reform efforts. On average, responding principals reported that 87% of students participated in state assessments. Although 80% of schools use local education agency or state…
Descriptors: Residential Schools, Learning Disabilities, Educational Improvement, Federal Programs
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Wiener, Roberta M.; Soodak, Leslie C. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2008
A national survey was conducted to provide information on the preparedness and conditions necessary for schools to implement the response to intervention model (RtI). Because of the key role of administrators in determining the success of policy implementation, the present study was designed to assess special education administrators'…
Descriptors: Intervention, Disabilities, Special Education, Administrator Attitudes
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Passman, Bruce – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2008
Over the years, the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) has searched for mechanisms to share information that is important and helpful to the CASE membership. During the past year, CASE initiated the use of "Survey Monkey" as a mechanism to obtain information and opinions from the membership. This article shares some of the input…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Special Education, Principals, Administrator Attitudes
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Hazelkorn, Michael; Packard, Abbot L.; Douvanis, Gus – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2008
Mediation was required by the Individuals With Disabilities Education (IDEA) 1997, and resolution sessions were added to the IDEA 2004. This study examines the perceptions of 260 special education directors in Georgia, Massachusetts, Washington, and Wisconsin to determine their perceptions regarding alternative dispute resolutions in which they…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Conflict Resolution, Special Education, Arbitration
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Seese, Laura M.; Madaus, Joseph W.; Bray, Melissa A.; Kehle, Thomas J. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2007
Section 504 is a civil rights statute mandating that persons with disabilities have equal access to all programs receiving federal financial assistance. Many initially interpreted Section 504 as a prohibition against employment discrimination in the schools because the overall act was concerned primarily with discrimination in employment settings.…
Descriptors: Compliance (Legal), Federal Regulation, Benchmarking, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities)
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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
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Thompson, James R.; O'Brian, Mary – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2007
A statewide survey of special education directors revealed that director of special education preparation programs should be time limited and offered in convenient locations to recruit the best possible pool of students and future directors. Current directors have come to their positions through numerous and diverse career paths. The lack of…
Descriptors: Educational Administration, Disabilities, Leadership, Special Education
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Stevenson-Jacobson, Rita; Jacobson, John; Hilton, Alan – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2006
Educational leadership is ranked as the primary variable associated with effective schools. A number of studies have examined the role of principals and the skills needed for administering special education programs. Other research studies identified important knowledge and skills principals should have in relation to special education. In an…
Descriptors: Special Education, Educational Administration, Principals, Administrator Attitudes
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Keefe, Charlotte Hendrick; Parmley, Pamela – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2003
A qualitative study of five Texas female special education directors found that although participants achieved an administrative position, they were marginalized due to their leadership style, gender discrimination, and socialization. Participants also indicated a negative connection between being in special education administration and top-level…
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Females
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Gunter, Helen; Powers, Steve; Rayner, Steve – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2003
A survey of 34 British headteachers, 25 deputy headteachers, and 49 other educators found the most popular form of professional development was short-course provision, the most requested topic for professional development was performance management, and the majority believed professional development should be special education needs-specific.…
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Education, Disabilities, Educational Change
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Davidson, Donica N.; Algozzine, Bob – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2002
This study examined the perception and level of knowledge of special education law among beginning school administrators (n=120). Most respondents did not believe they had sufficient knowledge of special education law and expressed a need for additional preparation in special education law. Results support an increase in academic training in…
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Disabilities, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education
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Manset-Williamson, Genevieve; Washburn, Sandra – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2002
This study examined the perceptions of 58 special education administrators and 204 principals on the effect of requiring a minimum competency graduation examination for students with learning disabilities. Administrators felt the requirement would promote inclusive education but that without additional resources some students would experience…
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Dropout Rate, Graduation, Graduation Requirements