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Bell, Sherry D.; Smith, Sean J.; Basham, James D. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2016
When the North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) began their experiment with a blended statewide Occupational Course of Study (OCS) (see http://ncvps.org/ocs-blended-learning) program for high school students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, it was with great ambition and optimism. Born of necessity to address highly…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, High School Students
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Huberman, Mette; Navo, Matt; Parrish, Tom – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2012
Through a rigorous selection process based on special education performance over four years, this study identified eight unified districts in California that showed unusually strong academic performance for their special education population compared to similar districts in the state. Researchers conducted interviews with these districts' special…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Academic Achievement, Program Effectiveness, Special Education
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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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Billingsley, Bonnie S. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2010
A growing body of evidence suggests teachers first experiences in the classroom have an impact on their effectiveness, their students' achievement, and the teaching practices they will use for many years. New special educators experience many of the same challenges as other new teachers. Both general and special educators struggle with addressing …
Descriptors: Student Behavior, Disabilities, Special Education Teachers, Regular and Special Education Relationship
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Thurlow, Martha; Barrera, Manuel; Zamora-Duran, Grace – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2006
Few educators today would argue with statements about the growing diversity of the children being educated in most schools. There is acceptance and often celebration of this diversity, including the growth and dispersal of the population of children and youth from diverse linguistic backgrounds, but there are also concerns about the ability to…
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Second Language Learning, Disabilities, Educational Opportunities
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Billingsley, Bonnie S. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2005
The shortage of special education teachers is due in part to high attrition, especially among new entrants. Improving teacher retention and quality requires a holistic view of new teachers' needs, an understanding of the contexts in which they work, as well as the types of support that are needed. A leader's model highlights major considerations…
Descriptors: Teacher Persistence, Special Education Teachers, Special Education, Teacher Shortage
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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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Mittnacht, Marcia – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2005
Funding special education is an ongoing subject of discussion and debate. It is also exceedingly complex. One state's funding methodology is rarely, if ever, completely comparable to another's, and yet people are constantly comparing them in search of the right one. In this article, the author suggests that people are looking in the wrong places…
Descriptors: Special Education, Educational Environment, General Education, Federal Legislation
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Giangreco, Michael F.; Halvorsen, Ann T.; Doyle, Mary Beth; Broer, Stephen M. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2004
Though the utilization of special education paraprofessionals has increased, contemporary literature and research highlight a series of concerns about the field's continuing reliance on this approach. This article presents a three-component administrative model for effective utilization of paraprofessionals that includes paraprofessional supports,…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Disabilities, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Special Education
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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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Faust, John – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2004
Recent legislation from IDEA 1997 to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act--Revised of 2002 (No Child Left Behind) and the pending reauthorization of the IDEA--present challenges for administrators of special education programs and building-level administrators that oversee educational programs for all students on a daily basis. This article…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Accountability, Special Education
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Kozleski, Elizabeth; Gamm, Sue; Radner, Barbara – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2003
This article discusses urban teacher shortages, the interaction between poverty, ethnicity, and academic performance, and how licensure contributes to poor results in urban schools. Two partnerships between local universities and school districts to address these shortages are described. The need to prepare general and special education teachers…
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Eicher, Doug – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2003
This commentary discusses the decrease in educational funding, the increase of mandates under the No Child Left Behind Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and the possible conflicts between general and special education. Administrators and educators are urged to work together to meet the needs of all students. (CR)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Disabilities, Educational Finance, Educational Legislation
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Garcia, Carlos A. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2003
This article describes how the Clark County School District in Las Vegas was reorganized to provide a greater emphasis on site-based management and a responsive centralized support system. Central to the reorganization was the development of a single division to support students with special needs. Barriers to collaboration are discussed. (CR)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Compensatory Education, Disabilities, Educational Innovation
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