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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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Petcu, Stefania D.; Yell, Mitchell L.; Cholewicki, Judith M.; Plotner, Anthony J. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2014
The successful transition into adulthood of students with disabilities should be a priority for parents, students, educators, and leaders in special education. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) amendments of 1990 first mandated transition services for individuals with disabilities. Subsequent amendments to the IDEA in 1997 and…
Descriptors: Special Education, Disabilities, Developmental Tasks, Federal Legislation
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Karanxha, Zorka; Zirkel, Perry A. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2014
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) obligates school districts to identify students with disabilities and provide them with a free and appropriate public education (FAPE), which includes specially designed instruction. Identification, FAPE, least restrictive environment (LRE), and various other issues under the IDEA sometimes…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Equal Education, Disabilities
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Elbaum, Batya; Myers, Nicholas D.; Rodriguez, Raymond J.; Sharpe, Sheree T. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2014
Following the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, 2004), states were required to develop a State Performance Plan (SPP; U.S. Department of Education, 2011) addressing 20 accountability indicators for students with disabilities, ages 3 to 21. First and arguably foremost among these is Indicator 1, the ''percent…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Disabilities, Accountability, Federal Legislation
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Bon, Susan C.; Zirkel, Perry A. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2014
During the past two decades, scholars, educators, and special interest organizations, including advocacy groups, have critically examined and debated the ethical and legal use of aversive interventions with individuals with disabilities. These interventions comprise a broad spectrum of behavior management techniques including but not at all…
Descriptors: Timeout, Behavior Problems, Laws, School Law
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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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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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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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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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Zirkel, Perry A. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2011
Children with autism accounted for almost one third of a comprehensive sample of published court decisions concerning the core concepts of free appropriate public education (FAPE) and least restrictive environment (LRE) under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act. The other major, and more significant, finding was that when comparing…
Descriptors: Autism, Disproportionate Representation, Disabilities, Court Litigation
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Boscardin, Mary Lynn; Weir, Kerry; Kusek, Christopher – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2010
Unlike data that show that all states require credentials for special education teachers, national data indicate that only 27 states require licensure/certification/endorsement as an administrator of special education. The titles used by states to identify the local director of special education include administrator of special education, director…
Descriptors: Credentials, State Programs, Continuing Education, Degree Requirements
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Zirkel, Perry A.; McGuire, Brooke L. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2010
This article maps out the similarities and differences among the various routes to Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 dispute resolution, including those not widely and well known to special education leaders. For IDEA-eligible students, the alternative avenues consist of not only the impartial hearing procedures…
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Eligibility, Disabilities, Federal Legislation
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