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ERIC Number: ED522809
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct-7
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
Special Education Leadership for Foster Care Students with Disabilities: Portraits of Admirable Advocacy
Palladino, John; Haar, Jean
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Women in Educational Leadership Conference (Lincoln, NE, Oct 7, 2007)
The socio-emotional well-being of foster care youth requires a systemic response from professionals and volunteers in all communities. At best, however, the literature portrays foster care as a phenomenon limited to the medical, criminal, and social work professions. Yet, foster care children attend school and interact with a host of educational professionals who can and should advocate their best interests prior to, during, and post care. Although the literature discusses the deleterious educational outcomes that foster care students endure, little attention has focused on school personnel's responses to the phenomenon. Specifically, the voice of special education administrators is an absent one despite the significant relationship between foster care and special education. In response, the present qualitative study ensued and involved six special education administrators' self-disclosed accounts of their collaborative initiatives on behalf of foster care populations. Analyzed with the upfront use of Rubin's (2002) theoretical framework for school-based collaborative leadership, the study offered unique insights from which implications for preservice and inservice special education administrators were proposed and discussed. (Contains 1 table.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A