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Giangreco, Michael F. – Educational Leadership, 2017
Research and experience tell us a great deal about how to successfully educate students with intellectual disability, but unfortunately this knowledge remains underutilized and inconsistently applied, writes researcher Michael F. Giangreco. Students with intellectual disability who have virtually identical profiles but live in different locales…
Descriptors: Intellectual Disability, Inclusion, Educational Environment, Consciousness Raising
Fialka, Janice; Fialka-Feldman, Emma – Educational Leadership, 2017
Why are IEP meetings often uncomfortable, awkward, and stiff? Educators and families all have a common goal--to support the growth of a child. Yet educators often feel confused that families act like reluctant participants who are just fulfilling a requirement. And families often feel that they're viewed as intruders, whose insights and dreams for…
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Meetings, Disabilities, Family Involvement
Hehir, Thomas – Educational Leadership, 2017
The author, a professor and former student at Harvard, was intrigued by how much the percentage of students with disabilities at that college has increased in recent decades. He began simply asking certain students, "How did you get here?" Drawing from in-depth interviews conducted with 16 Harvard attendees who had disabilities that…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Achievement Need, Student Attitudes, Academic Achievement
Wolter, Deborah – Educational Leadership, 2017
The author argues that to truly help young students who struggle with reading and writing--including those with identified disabilities or conditions that effect building literacy--teachers should avoid the approach of focusing on a student's deficits and creating labels for him or her (dyslexic, English language learner, and so on). A rush to…
Descriptors: Labeling (of Persons), Disabilities, Special Education Teachers, Reading Teachers
Salend, Spencer J.; Whittaker, Catharine R. – Educational Leadership, 2017
In architecture, the principle of universal design means that buildings, products, and services are designed so that all individuals can use them. For example, a ramp represents a universal design that provides access for a variety of individuals who find stairs to be a barrier--not only people who use wheelchairs, but also people pushing…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Academic Achievement, Building Design, Inclusion
Yuknis, Christina; Santini, Joseph; Appanah, Thangi – Educational Leadership, 2017
Two faculty members and a Ph.D. student at Gallaudet University, the world's only university for the deaf, explain the concept of Deaf-Gain, which reframes the idea of hearing loss into one of gaining deafness and recognizes the contributions that deaf people make to society. This narrative assumes that deaf students and all students bring…
Descriptors: Deafness, Hearing Impairments, Student Needs, Access to Education
Jung, Lee Ann – Educational Leadership, 2017
What's the difference between accommodations and modifications, and why does the distinction matter? In this article, professor Lee Ann Jung explains that accommodations "provide access to the general curriculum but do not fundamentally alter the learning goal or grade level standard." For instance, if the purpose of an assessment is to…
Descriptors: Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Adaptive Testing, Access to Education, Disabilities
Kafele, Baruti K. – Educational Leadership, 2017
Drawing on the title question of this article, Baruti Kafele prompts leaders to reflect on their work at the helm of their schools. He suggests that to answer this question, school leaders should consider their leadership identity, mission, purpose, and vision. Kafele explores what each of these qualities are and suggests how leaders can go about…
Descriptors: Principals, Leadership Responsibility, Professional Identity, Administrator Characteristics
Safir, Shane – Educational Leadership, 2017
How do school leaders navigate a complex change process? Simply put: They listen. This is the contention that Shane Safir puts forth in this article. She outlines five reasons for becoming a "listening leader": Listening helps leaders tune into and shift the dominant narrative; keep their finger on the pulse of complex change; stay true…
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Change Strategies, Listening Skills, Leadership Styles
Fiarman, Sarah E. – Educational Leadership, 2017
As a principal, Sarah E. Fiarman learned that developing teacher leadership requires more than merely soliciting teacher input. "School leaders," she writes, "need to create a culture in which each professional feels an urgent responsibility to influence the achievement of all students." To promote such a schoolwide leadership…
Descriptors: Principals, Teacher Leadership, School Culture, Teacher Responsibility
Toll, Cathy A. – Educational Leadership, 2017
New school leaders typically start out with enthusiasm--but sometime in their first year, they often find themselves disappointed, exhausted, and full of self-doubt. In this article, Cathy A. Toll discusses five perspectives that helped her enthusiasm for the job when she was a new school leader: (1) Teachers are well-intentioned, hard-working…
Descriptors: Principals, Success, Intention, Work Ethic
Aguilar, Elena – Educational Leadership, 2017
Leading a school can be a lonely, challenging job, Elena Aguilar has found in her years coaching principals. Aguilar describes how coaching approach she's developed--transformational coaching--helps principals get three things most of them need: a neutral person they can talk with confidentially, job-embedded professional development, and a safe…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Transformative Learning, Principals, High Schools
City, Elizabeth A.; Dolly, Danique A. – Educational Leadership, 2017
Part of being an effective school leader is helping staff and students deal with situations related to inequity and race--helping the fire of emotion that accompanies such issues energize your school rather than becoming a wildfire. Danique Dolly faced this challenge as principal of Baltimore's City Neighbors High School during the time riots…
Descriptors: Leadership Responsibility, Principals, Racial Discrimination, Activism
Reeves, Douglas; Jung, Lee Ann; O'Connor, Ken – Educational Leadership, 2017
Arguing that there is a "glaring" disconnect between recommended policy and actual practice in the area of grading, the authors outline four common grading practices that they say can impair instructional integrity and distort academic outcomes: 1) the use of the an average, or arithmetic mean, of performances to calculate a final grade;…
Descriptors: Grading, Computation, Homework, Punishment
Stone, Douglas; David-Lang, Jenn – Educational Leadership, 2017
School leaders need to be able to give and receive feedback--to give it skillfully to teachers, and to receive it skillfully from, well, everyone. Most educators agree that feedback can be necessary and helpful--yet the unending cascade of new directives governing feedback often feel like a waste of time. In this article, the authors offer…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Teacher Administrator Relationship, Interpersonal Communication, Coaching (Performance)
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