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Shealy, Monika Williams; Sparks, Cristina Washington; Thomas, Nehemiah – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2012
Much of the research on social justice and equity in special education has centered on examining the persistent problem of disproportionate representation in special education and the implications of this problem for the educational experiences of learners from diverse backgrounds, particularly African Americans. Yet, outside this ongoing dialogue…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Charter Schools, Disabilities, Advocacy
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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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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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Scribner, Kent Paredes – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2012
The author of this article provides commentary on four articles published in this issue: (1) "Leadership for Rich Learning in High-Poverty Schools" (Oyler and Fuentes); (2) "Suspended in Liminal Space: Special Education Administrators and the Decade of Educational Reform within the NYC School System" (Connor); (3)…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Disabilities, School Personnel, Leadership
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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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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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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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Riley, David P. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2008
Five years ago, the "Journal of Special Education Leadership" (JSEL) dedicated a special issue to "Critical Issues in Urban Special Education" and offered insights into the challenges of special education leadership in urban school districts. These perspectives focused on access to the curriculum, school-wide behavior supports,…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Suspension, Disproportionate Representation, School Districts
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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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Nutting, Boen; Porfeli, Erik; Queen, J. Allen; Algozzine, Bob – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2006
The shifting emphasis within the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) legislation toward greater parental involvement is supported by the literature suggesting that engaging parents in their child's education will improve the effectiveness of schooling, especially programs directed toward educating students with disabilities.…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Disabilities, Educational Change, Parent School Relationship
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Nagle, Katherine M.; Crawford, Jinny – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2005
Despite differences in geographic location, district size, and student characteristics, district special education leaders reflected similar views on opportunities and challenges of NCLBA. Challenges included making AYP, meeting the highly qualified teacher requirement, addressing budget shortfalls, aligning of federal policies, predicting the…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Educational Improvement, Educational Finance, Geographic Location
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Walsh, James M.; Conner, Thomas N. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2004
The impact of standards-based reform on students with disabilities has been a topic of considerable concern in recent special education literature although scant information has been reported from the school system level on this issue. Recognizing that a key element in ensuring that students with disabilities are successfully involved in a…
Descriptors: General Education, Disabilities, Educational Change, Student Participation
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Amos, Gayle V. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2003
A special education lawsuit against the Baltimore City Public School System resulted in a consent decree that evolved into a systemwide management plan. By 1997, the system collapsed and a city-state partnership integrated special and regular education. The focus on outcomes for court disengagement instead of student outcomes is discussed. (CR)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Court Litigation, Delivery Systems, Disabilities
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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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