ERIC Number: EJ847123
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 44
Building Successful Multicultural Special Education Programs through Innovative Leadership
Obiakor, Festus E.; Beachum, Floyd D.; Williams, Darrell; McCray, Carlos R.
Educational Considerations, v34 n1 p27-31 Fall 2006
With increased debates over various aspects of special education, it has become apparent that multicultural leadership is needed to prepare school administrators and teachers to design effective special education programs. In this article, the authors discuss several aspects of administering successful programs for multicultural students. To be effective and to address the educational needs of multicultural students, especially those with special needs, school administrators must implement best practices in their schools, and teachers must utilize best practices within their classroom. School administrators must be proactive in preventing the misidentification, misassessment, miscategorization, and misplacement of multicultural students. They also must provide culturally responsive leadership that ensures all students a high quality education.
Descriptors: Special Education, Ethnic Diversity, Special Needs Students, Leadership, Program Effectiveness, Culturally Relevant Education, Administrator Effectiveness, Cooperation, Parent School Relationship, School Community Relationship, School Administration, Disproportionate Representation, Teacher Education, Best Practices
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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