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Bell, Sherry D.; Smith, Sean J.; Basham, James D. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2016
When the North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) began their experiment with a blended statewide Occupational Course of Study (OCS) (see http://ncvps.org/ocs-blended-learning) program for high school students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, it was with great ambition and optimism. Born of necessity to address highly…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, High School Students
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Basham, James D.; Carter, Richard A., Jr.; Rice, Mary Frances; Ortiz, Kelsey – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2016
There has been a dramatic increase and acceptance of online learning in the last decade. In its various forms, online learning has begun to disrupt the status quo of K-12 education and, in turn, special education. The growing prevalence of K-12 online learning provides a grounded opportunity to reflect on traditions and redesign policies, systems,…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, State Policy, Online Courses, Special Education
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Stahl, William M.; Karger, Joanne – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2016
The rapid adoption of digital content and delivery systems, each with its own capacity to track, store, and analyze student usage, interactions, and academic outcomes at both a highly detailed and granular level, has emerged as an area of widespread opportunity, but also of concern. The comingling of various student data sets (demographics, usage,…
Descriptors: Privacy, Electronic Learning, Special Education, Disabilities
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Smith, Sean J.; Stahl, William – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2016
This article explores the manner in which teachers and district leaders can further determine whether or not the digital materials they are considering are accessible for all learners--particularly those with disabilities--and appropriate to the accommodations and modifications provided in the brick-and-mortar school environment. The article…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Teaching Methods
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Smith, Sean J.; Burdette, Paula J.; Cheatham, Gregory A.; Harvey, Susan P. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2016
This study, conducted by researchers at the Center on Online Learning and Students With Disabilities, investigated parent perceptions and experiences regarding fully online learning for their children with disabilities. Results suggest that with the growth in K-12 fully online learning experiences, the parent (or adult member) in students'…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Disabilities, Parent Role, Parent Attitudes
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Bruhn, Allison; Gorsh, Jay; Hannan, Chloe; Hirsch, Shanna Eisner – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2014
Schools implementing Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) are often confronted with concerns from a variety of educational stakeholders about school climate, teaching behavioral expectations, the role of reinforcement, and labeling students. Administrators should be prepared to respond to these concerns with theoretical and…
Descriptors: Positive Behavior Supports, Criticism, Program Implementation, Teacher Expectations of Students
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Petcu, Stefania D.; Yell, Mitchell L.; Cholewicki, Judith M.; Plotner, Anthony J. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2014
The successful transition into adulthood of students with disabilities should be a priority for parents, students, educators, and leaders in special education. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) amendments of 1990 first mandated transition services for individuals with disabilities. Subsequent amendments to the IDEA in 1997 and…
Descriptors: Special Education, Disabilities, Developmental Tasks, Federal Legislation
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Martin, Suzanne M.; Little, Joyce; Miller, Katie; Gourwitz, Jillian – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2014
Special education administrators play a critical role in the implementation of successful inclusion in diverse, standards-based environments. They provide the vision and leadership necessary to guide educators in both general and special education as they deliver instructional programs to meet the needs of diverse students with disabilities.…
Descriptors: Urban Education, Special Education, Leadership Training, Administrators
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Yell, Mitchell L.; Losinski, Mickey L.; Katsiyannis, Antonis – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2014
On January 25, 2013 the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of Education issued a Dear Colleague letter (DCL) that addressed the obligations of school districts under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act regarding the participation of students with disabilities in extracurricular athletic activities (U.S. Department of Education,…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Student Participation, Extracurricular Activities, Athletics
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Karanxha, Zorka; Zirkel, Perry A. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2014
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) obligates school districts to identify students with disabilities and provide them with a free and appropriate public education (FAPE), which includes specially designed instruction. Identification, FAPE, least restrictive environment (LRE), and various other issues under the IDEA sometimes…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Equal Education, Disabilities
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Elbaum, Batya; Myers, Nicholas D.; Rodriguez, Raymond J.; Sharpe, Sheree T. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2014
Following the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, 2004), states were required to develop a State Performance Plan (SPP; U.S. Department of Education, 2011) addressing 20 accountability indicators for students with disabilities, ages 3 to 21. First and arguably foremost among these is Indicator 1, the ''percent…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Disabilities, Accountability, Federal Legislation
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Bon, Susan C.; Zirkel, Perry A. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2014
During the past two decades, scholars, educators, and special interest organizations, including advocacy groups, have critically examined and debated the ethical and legal use of aversive interventions with individuals with disabilities. These interventions comprise a broad spectrum of behavior management techniques including but not at all…
Descriptors: Timeout, Behavior Problems, Laws, School Law
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Miller, Faith G.; Patwa, Shamim S.; Chafouleas, Sandra M. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2014
An increased emphasis on collecting and using data in schools has occurred, in part, because of the implementation of multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS). Commonly referred to as response to intervention in the academic domain and school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports in the behavioral domain, these initiatives have a…
Descriptors: Functional Behavioral Assessment, Rating Scales, Student Behavior, Response to Intervention
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Christensen, Laurene L.; Rogers, Christopher M. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2013
In this brave new world of education that has so much technology in it, there are many questions educational leaders must consider: (1) How can educational leaders keep up with the changes in technologies with educational applications? (2) How can technologies be used to level the playing field for students with disabilities, English language…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Special Education, Technology Uses in Education, Technological Advancement
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Karger, Joanne; Currie-Rubin, Rachel – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2013
The education provided to youth in detention and juvenile corrections facilities may be the last opportunity for these youth to reconnect with learning and graduate from high school. A large percentage of youth who exit these facilities do not return to school. Dropping out is associated with a number of negative outcomes, including higher rates…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Institutionalized Persons, Correctional Institutions, Delinquency
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