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Basham, James D.; Carter, Richard A., Jr.; Rice, Mary Frances; Ortiz, Kelsey – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2016
There has been a dramatic increase and acceptance of online learning in the last decade. In its various forms, online learning has begun to disrupt the status quo of K-12 education and, in turn, special education. The growing prevalence of K-12 online learning provides a grounded opportunity to reflect on traditions and redesign policies, systems,…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, State Policy, Online Courses, Special Education
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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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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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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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Krezmien, Michael P.; Mulcahy, Candace; Travers, Jason; Wilson, Michael; Wells, Craig – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2013
This study provides the first systematic examination of the status of reading performance among incarcerated youth since the 1978 Project READ report. The purpose of this study was to provide a contemporary depiction of reading skills of a large sample of incarcerated youth, and to provide leaders and administrators with some tangible…
Descriptors: Institutionalized Persons, Reading Skills, Correctional Institutions, Youth
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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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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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Thompson, Anne Louise – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2011
At the 2011 Office of Special Education Leadership Mega Conference in Crystal City, VA, demographer Jim Johnson, of the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise and the University of North Carolina, discussed the changing demographics of the US, coining one of his six observations on the changes ahead as the "silver tsunami…
Descriptors: Baby Boomers, Leadership, Special Education, Leaders
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Kamman, Margaret L.; Long, Susanne K. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2010
The need for high-quality teachers in special education and the persistent shortage of teachers beckon school leaders to find ways to support beginning teachers. Induction is one mechanism that has gained widespread attention for its potential in addressing beginning teacher quality and retention. In this article, the authors describe one…
Descriptors: Special Schools, Teacher Persistence, Beginning Teacher Induction, School Districts
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Bausch, Margaret E.; Quinn, Brianna Stegall; Chung, Yoosun; Ault, Melinda Jones; Behrmann, Michael M. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2009
With the heightened emphasis of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 on inclusion in the general curriculum and meeting the associated standards, assistive technology (AT) has become a necessary consideration to ensure a free appropriate public education and to promote education in the least restrictive environment…
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Disabilities, Educational Technology, Assistive Technology
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