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Harper, John – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2012
This article provides background and commentary on the articles in this issue of "Journal of Special Education Leadership." Each of the articles describes the agonizing choices and constant struggles in the evolving educational landscape. Two themes emerged: (1) the conflicting intersection of the Individuals with Disabilities…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Career Development, Special Education, Disabilities
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Causton-Theoharis, Julie; Theoharis, George; Orsati, Fernanda; Cosier, Meghan – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2011
Numerous scholars contend that students with and without disabilities benefit both socially and academically from inclusive services. Other researchers advocate for educating students with disabilities in self-contained settings. The aim of this article is to compare the literature on the rationale for use of self-contained special education…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Self Contained Classrooms, Special Education, Educational Quality
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Dillon, Amy; Ebmeier, Howard – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2009
In recent years, U.S. schools have seen a growth in the number of special education paraprofessionals employed to serve special education students as well as a growth in the roles these individuals are expected to play in schools. In addition, with passage of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) and the Individuals with Disabilities…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Disabilities, Field Tests, Employment Interviews
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Collins, Jeanne – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2007
The author recently left her position as special services director in an urban school district in Vermont, a state that embraces inclusion for students with disabilities, to accept the position of superintendent of schools in the same district. The new job requires overseeing the educational mission of six elementary schools, two middle schools, a…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Middle Schools, Disabilities, Special Education
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Janson, Chris; Miller, Lynne Guillot; Rainey, Steve – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2007
This study investigated the attitudes of school counseling students toward working with students with disabilities. Q methodology was used to develop 43 opinion statements that reflected the attitudes toward providing school counseling services to students with disabilities. Fifty-one school counseling students then sorted these statements. Data…
Descriptors: Counseling Services, Q Methodology, Disabilities, School Counseling
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Thurlow, Martha; Barrera, Manuel; Zamora-Duran, Grace – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2006
Few educators today would argue with statements about the growing diversity of the children being educated in most schools. There is acceptance and often celebration of this diversity, including the growth and dispersal of the population of children and youth from diverse linguistic backgrounds, but there are also concerns about the ability to…
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Second Language Learning, Disabilities, Educational Opportunities
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Johnstone, Christopher J.; Anderson, Michael E.; Thompson, Sandra J. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2006
English language learners (ELLs) with disabilities are an emerging population in the U.S. and therefore command special attention in assessment systems. Research has demonstrated that "universal design of assessment" approaches are effective in helping to make assessments more accessible for ELLs with disabilities. Special education…
Descriptors: Disabilities, English (Second Language), Educational Change, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities)
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Barrera, Manuel; Liu, Kristin K. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2006
In today's educational climate of increased accountability for learning, parent involvement in the education of children is a topic that permeates educational discussions. Schools urge parents to support their child's learning at home by assisting with homework and reading every night, to participate in school committees, and to volunteer in…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Instructional Development, Parent Participation, Second Language Learning
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Benzel, Brian L. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2005
Considerable debate exists about the failure of the federal government and the states to fully fund the special education mandates that have been placed into law and further expanded by case law. Work in local school districts is increasingly affected by the deliberate decisions that have created legal requirements for districts to provide…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Disabilities, Federal Government, Related Services (Special Education)
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Collins, Emily – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2005
In spite of various opinions about the requirements of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and of the newly reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004 (IDEA) and the difficulties with implementing these federal laws, people are beginning to see positive outcomes and improvement in the academic performance of students with…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Disabilities, Cooperation, Special Education Teachers
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White, Deborah – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2005
The requirements of (NCLB) and the 2004 reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) emphasize higher standards and achievement of all students. Fundamental changes are being implemented in organizing for instruction, staffing, and differentiating instruction. Leaders recognize the wall must come down between general and special education…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, General Education, Federal Legislation, Disabilities
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Mittnacht, Marcia – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2005
Funding special education is an ongoing subject of discussion and debate. It is also exceedingly complex. One state's funding methodology is rarely, if ever, completely comparable to another's, and yet people are constantly comparing them in search of the right one. In this article, the author suggests that people are looking in the wrong places…
Descriptors: Special Education, Educational Environment, General Education, Federal Legislation
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Eicher, Doug – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2003
This commentary discusses the decrease in educational funding, the increase of mandates under the No Child Left Behind Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and the possible conflicts between general and special education. Administrators and educators are urged to work together to meet the needs of all students. (CR)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Disabilities, Educational Finance, Educational Legislation
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Garcia, Carlos A. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2003
This article describes how the Clark County School District in Las Vegas was reorganized to provide a greater emphasis on site-based management and a responsive centralized support system. Central to the reorganization was the development of a single division to support students with special needs. Barriers to collaboration are discussed. (CR)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Compensatory Education, Disabilities, Educational Innovation