ERIC Number: EJ847111
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 32
Changing Roles of Special Education Administrators: Impact on Multicultural Learners
Bakken, Jeffrey P.; O'Brian, Mary; Shelden, Debra L.
Educational Considerations, v34 n1 p4-9 Fall 2006
It is imperative for special education administrators, and all administrators, to adapt to the changing demographic and educational environments. The field of special education has changed dramatically in the last three decades, and administrators can and should be leaders of the continued evolution of special education. One useful organizing framework for focusing the work is Crockett's (2002) "star model." The emphasis on five components of special education administration--ethical practice, individual consideration, equity for all students, effective programming, and productive partnerships--should guide administrators' work. Clearly, one major influence on the field of education generally is the movement away from process to outcomes, embodied in the standards movement. Special education administrators must understand this change in focus and adapt their practice to it. Along with the imperatives discussed in this article are some challenges to special education administrators currently and in the future. Special education administrators must develop and practice highly effective communication skills. The authors believe effective partnerships are built on communication. The issue of how services will be delivered to multicultural students with disabilities is also a challenge that faces special education administrators. Educating students in the least restrictive environment is a deceptively simple proposition. The decision-making and collaborative processes that are involved are nuanced and require a highly effective administrator. Finally, the mandate included in the NCLB legislation stipulating that all teachers be "highly qualified" is currently, and will be in the future, a challenge.
Descriptors: Special Education, Administrators, Administrator Role, Change, Accountability, Communication Skills, Ethnic Diversity, Special Needs Students, Disabilities, Educational Indicators, Outcome Based Education, Federal Programs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001