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Billingsley, Bonnie S. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2010
A growing body of evidence suggests teachers first experiences in the classroom have an impact on their effectiveness, their students' achievement, and the teaching practices they will use for many years. New special educators experience many of the same challenges as other new teachers. Both general and special educators struggle with addressing …
Descriptors: Student Behavior, Disabilities, Special Education Teachers, Regular and Special Education Relationship
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Frick, William C.; Faircloth, Susan C. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2007
This study examined secondary principals' perceptions of the phrase "the best interests of the student" as a viable professional ethic for the field of educational leadership. Findings indicate that participants make clear distinctions between the best interest of the student (one) and the best interests of students (as a group). These…
Descriptors: Interests, Instructional Leadership, Principals, Secondary Schools
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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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Sun, Christopher M. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2007
Students with disabilities have more barriers to independent living than other student populations. The current study examines the likelihood of independence for young people with disabilities by extending a model developed by the Heal and Rusch (1995) that used the National Longitudinal Transition Study (NLTS) from 1992. The current study employs…
Descriptors: Independent Living, Disabilities, Statistical Analysis, Special Needs Students
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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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Giangreco, Michael F.; Halvorsen, Ann T.; Doyle, Mary Beth; Broer, Stephen M. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2004
Though the utilization of special education paraprofessionals has increased, contemporary literature and research highlight a series of concerns about the field's continuing reliance on this approach. This article presents a three-component administrative model for effective utilization of paraprofessionals that includes paraprofessional supports,…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Disabilities, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Special Education
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Harriott, Wendy A. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2004
Inservice training (locally or state provided) is the primary means used to improve teachers' instruction employed in public school districts throughout the United States. Individual states are increasing inclusion efforts in the local schools. Various states have established state-initiated training programs to improve instruction for students…
Descriptors: Check Lists, Disabilities, Teaching Methods, Inservice Teacher Education
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Morocco, Catherine Cobb; Walker, Andrea; Lewis, Leslie R. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2003
This article discusses how an urban middle school designed to reflect a Schools for Thought model has demonstrated that urban schools can achieve excellent results on statewide testing for all students, including those with disabilities. Key school features are highlighted, including the use of "cross-talk" to stimulate discussion and student…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cooperative Learning, Critical Thinking, Curriculum Design
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Manset-Williamson, Genevieve; Washburn, Sandra – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2002
This study examined the perceptions of 58 special education administrators and 204 principals on the effect of requiring a minimum competency graduation examination for students with learning disabilities. Administrators felt the requirement would promote inclusive education but that without additional resources some students would experience…
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Dropout Rate, Graduation, Graduation Requirements
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Putnam, Robert F.; Luiselli, James K.; Sennett, Kenneth; Malonson, Joanne – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2002
Evaluation of out-of-district special education placement costs in the 15 largest Massachusetts public school districts found the criterion school district (which had developed a system-wide approach to behavioral intervention) had the lowest per capita cost, lowest percentage of total school budget consumed by out-of-district placements, and the…
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Disabilities, Educational Finance, Educational Policy
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Lashley, Carl – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2002
This article examines requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (1997) regarding participation of students with disabilities in state- and district-wide assessments and access to the general curriculum. It considers implications for change in school district procedures concerning evaluation and reevaluation, Individualized…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Compliance (Legal), Disabilities, Discipline
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Obiakor, Festus E. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2001
A framework is provided for creating learning environments that maximize the potential of all students, and methods are presented for transforming teaching and learning to improve the achievement of students from diverse backgrounds. The determination of "goodness" in schools is redefined and the shifting roles of education leadership are…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administrators, Disabilities, Diversity (Student)
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Odom, Samuel L.; Parrish, Thomas B.; Hikido, Christine – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2001
A study examined the costs of different models of inclusion and traditional special education preschool programs in five local education agencies in five states. Results show lower costs associated with more inclusive models as compared to traditional forms of special education provision on an annual and per hour basis. (Contains references.)…
Descriptors: Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Educational Finance, Expenditure per Student
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Guarino, Cassandra M.; Chambers, Jay G. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2001
A study investigated the impact of the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) on special education by collected data on all 176 school districts for 1989-90 through 1993-94. Findings indicate that KERA had a significant impact on the provision of, and allocation of resources to, special education five years after implementation. (Contains two…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Disability Identification, Educational Finance, Educational Innovation