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ERIC Number: ED529803
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Superintendent Leadership: Promoting General and Special Education Collaboration. inForum
Keller-Allen, Chandra
Project Forum
The spotlight on local education agencies (LEAs) in their efforts to improve the performance of all students, including historically underperforming subgroups, has increased scrutiny on LEA leadership. Superintendents' responsibilities have become more complex, stressful and challenging as they are required to navigate new federal and state requirements and meet accountability expectations all while answering to multiple, sometimes competing, constituencies. These changes occur at a time when more superintendents are retiring, job turnover is increasing and the candidate pool for experienced district administrators is shrinking. This document examines the role of the superintendent in promoting, developing and sustaining a culture of collaboration between general and special educators throughout the LEA. Selected superintendents were asked to describe their rationale for advancing a culture of collaboration, the strategies they implemented, the challenges they faced in doing so and their recommendations to other superintendents. Appendix A includes two tables describing the superintendents and their districts. (Contains 7 resources and 3 footnotes.)
Project Forum. Available from: National Association of State Directors of Special Education. 1800 Diagonal Road Suite 320, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-519-3800; Fax: 703-519-3808; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), Project Forum