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Gagnon, Joseph Calvin; Steinberg, Mary Anne; Crockett, Jean; Murphy, Kristin M.; Gaddis, Justin – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2013
Incarcerated youth are among the least academically and behaviorally competent students in the United States. In spite of juvenile justice reform efforts, including state and federal guarantees of appropriate education, educational services in juvenile corrections (JC) schools, especially for youth with disabilities, are lacking (Houchins,…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Disabilities, Equal Education
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Hughes, Heather; Combes, Bertina H.; Metha, Smita Shukla – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2012
The number of children with ASDs quadrupled between 2000-2001 and 2009-2010, from 93,000 to 378,000. More children with ASDs are being served in public school systems. Due process hearings and cases involving students with ASDs represent the most rapidly growing area of litigation in special education. Special education administrators' knowledge…
Descriptors: Special Education, Civil Rights, Related Services (Special Education), Autism
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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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Blanton, Linda P.; Perez, Yvette – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2011
School accountability reports reveal that wide achievement gaps exist among different subgroups of students in PK-12 schools. Research findings reveal that general and special education teachers improve their classroom practices when working in professional learning communities (PLCs). In addition, research shows that special education teachers…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Accountability, Teacher Collaboration, Achievement Gap
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Correa, Vivian I.; Wagner, Jennifer Y. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2011
Principals are a critical component of creating a positive school environment that supports new teachers to meet the diverse needs of their students. The induction process for beginning special educators can often be more challenging for school administrators and may require different supports than those provided for novice general educators. The…
Descriptors: Mentors, Logical Thinking, Special Education Teachers, Educational Environment
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McLeskey, James – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2011
The limited use of evidence-based practices has led to increased interest in forms of professional development that improve teacher practice and student outcomes. Traditional forms of expert-centered professional development have been demonstrated to have little impact on teacher practices or student outcomes. Newer forms of learner-centered…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Peer Teaching, Beginning Teachers, Faculty Development
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Pugach, Marleen C.; Winn, Judith A. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2011
Co-teaching and various forms of team teaching are common in today's schools but have rarely been viewed in relationship to supporting novice special education teachers. Personal compatibility is consistently reported as a key factor in the success of co-teaching. Special educators who co-teach often take a backseat role in the general education…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Mainstreaming, Teacher Collaboration
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Waldron, Nancy L.; Redd, Lacy – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2011
Providing a full circle of support to teachers in an inclusive elementary school, the Newberry Elementary School (NES) principal and staff have worked for 5 years to ensure the inclusion of students with disabilities in general education classrooms. The authors would like to share their perceptions of how this full circle (the multiple systems) of…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Elementary School Teachers, Mainstreaming, Disabilities
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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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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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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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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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McCoun, Bev – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2006
As school districts across the nation gear up for Response to Intervention (RTI), much attention will be given to revamping existing educational support teams. Shepherd (2006) noted that studies have reported great variation in how Educational Support Teams (ESTs) function. Too often these teams operate without members being specifically trained…
Descriptors: Student Needs, Special Education, Early Intervention, Administrator Role
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Shepherd, Katharine G. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2006
Since 1990, Vermont legislation has required all schools to establish an Educational Support System (ESS) that provides a comprehensive set of supports and services designed to meet the needs of students with disabilities as well as those at risk of school failure. Given the need to promote the success of an increasingly heterogeneous group of…
Descriptors: Prereferral Intervention, High Risk Students, Instructional Leadership, Special Education
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Collins, Emily – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2005
In spite of various opinions about the requirements of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and of the newly reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004 (IDEA) and the difficulties with implementing these federal laws, people are beginning to see positive outcomes and improvement in the academic performance of students with…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Disabilities, Cooperation, Special Education Teachers
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