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ERIC Number: EJ997652
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1525-1810
Lessons from the Cheshire Cat
Tinberg, Donna
Journal of Special Education Leadership, v25 n2 p106-108 Sep 2012
"If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there." This oft-cited but not-quite-accurate quote is from the Lewis Carroll's classic children's tale, Alice in Wonderland. In Carroll's altered reality, the conversation between the disoriented Alice and the mysterious Cheshire Cat actually went like this: "Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?" "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat. "I don't much care where--" said Alice. "Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat. "-so long as I get SOMEWHERE," Alice added as an explanation. "Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough." While the actual exchange differs somewhat from the popular quote, the underlying message still applies to the work of special education leaders striving to achieve more positive outcomes for students with disabilities. If they seek to arrive at a place that assures true equity of opportunity and excellence in outcomes for students with IEPs, the road that they take must be selected soberly and deliberately. Data must serve as the bedrock for identification of strategies; strategies must be chosen with the specific target population in mind. Staff members must be supported in the work that is ahead of them. Without intentionality of planning, fidelity of implementation, and ongoing, targeted professional development, the journey toward improved outcomes for their students will indeed be long, and the final destination may turn out to be a "somewhere" that they had not anticipated at all.
Council of Administrators of Special Education. Fort Valley State University, 1005 State University Drive, Fort Valley, GA 31030. Tel: 478-825-7667; Fax: 478-825-7811; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments 1997; Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504)
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