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What Every Principal Needs to Know About Special Education

Second Edition
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September 2008 | 120 pages | Corwin
'Contains critical information that administrators need as they navigate special education policies and procedures. Administrators will discover a practical process for not only improving the quality of special education services, but also for transforming the teaching/learning cycle for all students.' Kim Benton, Executive Director of Federal Programs and Special Populations

Meridian Public Schools, MSLead effective special education programs that promote student achievement! The No Child Left Behind Act and other recent federal mandates have established a new level of accountability for special education programs. Updated to reflect these changes, this practical guide assists principals in developing special education programs that address current standards and students' diverse needs. The second edition of McLaughlin's bestseller provides a straightforward overview of special education for principals and other administrators. This resource offers insights on how to lead programs for students with special needs and covers basic legal and procedural information. Written by a well-known and respected scholar in special education, this guide includes new information that enables principals to:

Fulfill requirements of NCLB and the 2004 reauthorization of IDEA, including standards-based individualized education programs

Ensure that special education students can appropriately access the general curriculum

Understand standardized testing options and accommodations to comply with federal law

Support accurate identification and eligibility decisions, including Response to Intervention procedures

Promote positive behavior and encourage family involvement

Help your students with disabilities reach their full potential through high-quality special education programs and services.


 
Preface to the Second Edition
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction: What Every Principal Needs to Know About Special Education
Five Things Every Principal Needs to Know About Special Education

 
 
Section I. Creating Quality Special Education: Understanding the Basics of Special Education
What Is an Appropriate Education?

 
The IEP

 
The Least Restrictive Environment

 
Who Is Eligible for Special Education?

 
Procedural Safeguards – “The Law in Special Education”

 
Other Important Laws Affecting Students With Disabilities

 
Legal Issues and Assessing Students With Disabilities

 
Other Federal Disability Laws

 
Understanding the Differences Among Federal, State, and Local Special Education Requirements

 
 
Section II. Creating Quality Special Education: The Foundations
A New Model of Special Education

 
Access to the General Education Curriculum

 
Understanding Accommodations

 
Developing Standards-Based IEPs

 
Promoting Positive Behavior or How to Avoid the Discipline Problem

 
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

 
Building Strong Parent and Family Connections

 
 
Section III. Creating Quality Special Education: The Context
Adopt Evidence-Based Practices

 
What Are Evidenced-Based Practices?

 
The Importance of Using Published Research

 
Quality of Evidence

 
Data-Based Decision Making

 
Creating Shared Responsibility for Students With Disabilities

 
Collaboration Between General and Special Educators

 
 
Section IV. Summary
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

"A practical and useable template for school administrators interested in creating exemplary programs for students with disabilities."

John Enloe, Director of Pupil Personnel Services
Sevier County Board of Education, TN

"This guidebook provides a solid foundation in special education for principals. The straightforward text will appeal to all building administrators."

Debi Gartland, Professor of Special Education
Towson University

"The book made me think a great deal about the leadership behaviors and content knowledge needed to create school programs that are effective for all children. The author has done a good job of pulling together critical information for principals."

Jane Belmore, Adjunct Professor
Edgewood College

"Contains critical information that administrators need to understand as they navigate through special education policies and procedures. In addition, administrators will discover a practical process for not only improving the quality of special education services, but also for transforming the teaching/learning cycle for all students. The clear explanations and examples contain the research-based ingredients that translate into a recipe for success!"

Kim Benton, Executive Director of Federal Programs and Special Populations
Meridian Public Schools, MS
Key features
This second edition of a best-selling book now offers
* Tips on how to create standards-based IEPs
* What principals need to know about the new NCLB and 2004 IDEA policies
* Information on RtI and Early Intervening Services
* Tips on how to implement positive behavioral interventions
* Updated references and definitions

Two major changes have been made to this Edition. First, all information was updated to reflect changes made to the IDEA in the 2004 reauthorization as well as some regulatory changes made to the No Child Left Behind Act pertaining to students with disabilities. Second, the original 3 sections were renamed and reorganized to be more coherent and to provide a better logic to the presentation of information. For example, the first section is now a more comprehensive treatment of the major legal provisions of the IDEA while Section II now describes how schools must go about implementing the provisions…including specific programs that work. A second major change is that all resources have been expanded and updated and appear throughout the text to provide additional information about legal provisions, good programs or general strategies that are useful for principals.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Introduction

Chapter 1 excerpt


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