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Leading for Social Justice
Transforming Schools for All Learners



© 2007 | 344 pages | Corwin

"An opportunity for aligning educational programming within schools to provide a comprehensive PreK–12 experience with the results districts are looking for: students exceeding their potential and having the skills, knowledge, and long-term understandings that can be applied to real-world problems."
—Brian T. Pulvino, Director of Special Education
Syracuse City School District, NY

"A must-read for teachers, principals, directors, and superintendents as they advance equity and excellence for all children."
—Barbara J. Sramek, Director of Special Education
Marshall Public Schools, WI

An insightful guide for integrating comprehensive services to benefit all students.

Acknowledging that student achievement increases in inclusive learning environments and decreases when groups are taught separately, this easily accessible guide examines methods for raising the achievement of English Language Learners and students with special needs, who are sometimes overlooked in a culture of high-stakes testing. The authors provide a step-by-step process for conducting a formative analysis to help schools integrate schoolwide change through proactive support services.

Readers will find ways to:

  • Examine discrepancies between current practice and research
  • Build a school climate that supports students with challenging behaviors
  • Implement programs focused on continuous equity-driven accountability
  • Develop curriculum, instruction, and teacher capacity

Ideal for special education teachers, directors of special education, and other district administrators, this excellent resource can help you develop an instructional climate to promote success for every student!

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
Introduction
 
Cornerstone 1. Core Principles: Focusing on Equity
 
1. Integrated Comprehensive Services (ICS)
 
2. Leadership for ICS and Social Justice
 
3. Developing and Living a School/District Mission for ICS and Social Justice
 
4. Data for Consciousness, Decision Making, and Evaluation
 
Cornerstone 2. Establishing Equitable Structures: Location and Arrangement of Educational Services
 
5. Teams for Shared Decision-Making, Staff Design, and Student Support
 
6. Creating a School Climate That Supports Students With Challenging Behaviors
 
7. School Involvement With Families
 
Cornerstone 3. Providing Access to High-Quality Teaching and Learning: Building Teacher Capacity and Curriculum and Instruction
 
8. Teaching Within ICS and for Social Justice
 
9. Students Who Significantly Challenge Our Teaching
 
10. English Language Learners and ICS (co-written by Martin Scanlan)
 
11. Developing Teacher Capacity via Hiring, Evaluation, and Teacher Collaboration
 
Cornerstone 4. Implementing Change: Funding and Policy
 
12. Reallocating Resources for ICS and Social Justice
 
13. Developing School District Policy and Precedures to Leverage ICS and Social Justice
 
14. Using State and Federal Regulations to Leverage ICS and Social Justice
 
15. The Messiness of Change Toward ICS and Social Justice
 
References
 
Appendices
 
Index

"The ICS model provides an opportunity for aligning educational programming within and across schools to provide a comprehensive PreK-12 experience that culminates in the results districts are looking for: students exceeding their potential and having the skills, knowledge, and long-term understandings that can be applied to real-world problems."

Brian T. Pulvino, Director of Special Education
Syracuse City School District, NY

"The implications for leadership are compelling. Teachers, principals, directors, and superintendents should include this book as a must-read as they advance equity and excellence for all children in their schools and districts."

Barbara J. Sramek, Director of Special Education
Marshall Public Schools, WI

"Not to be missed by either teachers or colleges catering to teacher education. This book goes well beyond the usual focus on testing results to help educators decide on program implementation."

California Bookwatch, July 2007
Midwest Book Review

“This volume is essential reading for any parent, teacher, school administrator, or academic within the field of education interested in working toward solutions to the problems plaguing our schools in the 21st century instead of maintaining the status quo. The ICS framework offers an empirically tested model for school districts to consider if they are seriously interested in substantive school reform.”

PsycCRITIQUES, January 2008, Vol. 53(5)
American Psychological Association
Key features
  • Offers a step-by-step guide with equity-driven accountability process
  • Illustrates research-based practice to serve all students
  • Includes a generous number of vignettes from the field
  • Ideal for administrators working with special education, at-risk, and bilingual students

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