ERIC Number: ED456604
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Leading Inclusive Programs for All Special Education Students: A Pre-Service Training Program for Principals.
Collins, Lisa; White, George P.
This paper describes a model program for training pre-service elementary and secondary school principals in educationally sound and legally defensible inclusion programs extending to students with emotional and behavioral disorders (E/BD). The program has three major objectives: (1) to train pre-service school administrators (principals and assistant principals) in the leadership and management of school-based special education programs; (2) to train pre-service school administrators in system-change strategies related to the implementation of an effective school-based special education program for students with behavioral disorders; and (3) to disseminate the outcomes of the training project on a regional, state, and national level. The program is in its third year of implementation and includes customized courses in special education law and curriculum, instruction, and program design, leadership institutes on specially selected topics, a year-long practicum, and individual portfolios for demonstration and evaluation of the applied competencies. A total of 38 participants have been served and now show competencies in the learning and behavioral characteristics of students with disabilities, knowledge and skill in supervision of staff in inclusive classrooms, skill in financial analysis and management of special education programs, knowledge of special education law, and knowledge of best practice on inclusive programs. (Contains 33 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Assistant Principals, Beginning Principals, Behavior Disorders, Curriculum, Elementary Secondary Education, Emotional Disturbances, Higher Education, Inclusive Schools, Leadership Training, Management Development, Principals, Program Design, Program Evaluation, School Administration, School Supervision, Special Education, Supervisory Training, Training Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (Seattle, WA, April 10-14, 2001).