Program Administrator's Guide to Early Childhood Special Education: Leadership, Development , and Supervision / Edition 1

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As more and more people become leaders in early childhood special education—often without training on staff development, budgets, proposal writing, and other crucial issues—they need a single resource that tells them everything they need to know. This is the only book that brings it all together! Equally useful as a text for preservice professionals and a trusted go-to resource for new administrators, this research-based book helps readers provide strong leadership across every key aspect of program development for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

The first book of its kind to address both early childhood and special education, this comprehensive resource guides administrators and supervisors through all the challenges they'll face as they lead high-quality programs. Readers will discover how to

  • work toward a coordinated, family-centered system of early intervention services
  • ensure accurate screening and evaluation of young children
  • create and manage a budget using the basics of accounting
  • develop a comprehensive professional development program consistent with current best practices
  • improve staff performance through systematic, planned supervision of professionals, paraprofessionals, and volunteers
  • integrate cost-effective instructional and assistive technology that will have a significant positive impact on learning
  • ease children's transitions between settings and types of services
  • address legal issues and liabilities related to ECSE program management
  • support the health and safety of children with and without disabilities

To help them design and manage successful special education programs for young children, readers will also get sample forms for creating IFSPs and IEPs, planning transitions, evaluating staff, and assessing the program as a whole. The ultimate professional development resource for anyone who is or plans to be an early childhood special education administrator, this book uncovers the secrets to effective services, highly qualified staff, and better outcomes for children with special needs.

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"...will help readers provide strong leadership in all facets of program development for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers."
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"...will help readers provide strong leadership in all facets of program development for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557668059
  • Publisher: Brookes, Paul H. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,275,227
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Toni Linder is Professor Emeritus in the Child, Family, and School Psychology Program at the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Linder has been a leader in the development of authentic assessment for young children and is known for her work on Transdisciplinary Play-Based Assessment and Transdisciplinary Play-Based Intervention (1990, 1993, 2008). In addition, she developed Read, Play, and Learn (1999), an inclusive, literature and play-based curriculum for preschool and kindergarten learning and development. She consults nationally and internationally on assessment, intervention, early childhood education, program development, and family involvement issues. Dr. Linder has conducted research on a variety of issues, including transdisciplinary influences on development, parent-child interaction, curriculum outcomes, and using technology for professional development in rural areas.

In 2012 Dr. Linder formed Early Learning Dynamics LLC to serve as a platform for her continuing consulting, curriculum development, and play-based assessments. Dr. Linder will use Early Learning Dynamics to serve children worldwide.

Dr. McGowan has served as an educator in the public schools for 30 years. For 28 of those years, he served as an assistant principal, principal, and director of high schools in a highly successful suburban school district. For 12 of the 28 years, Dr. McGowan was employed as the associate superintendent in the same district, where he was responsible for providing leadership to instructional programs, including special education. During Dr McGowan's entire public education experience, he taught courses for the University of Maryland, Loyola College of Baltimore, and The Johns Hopkins University. Upon retirement from the public school system, Dr McGowan assumed responsibility of coordinating a program at The Johns Hopkins University for the training and development of educational leaders, which he has done for 10 years.

Dr. Taylor started working with children who were disabled when she was 16 years old and an employee of the Maryland Parks and Recreation Department. After earning a degree in physical education from the University of Maryland in 1968, she taught young men with disabilities in Raleigh, North Carolina. A move to Albuquerque, New Mexico, brought time to study for an M.S. degree in Special Education, which led to her first job as a preschool special education teacher. For 10 years, Dr. Taylor taught children from birth to 5 years of age and started the first family education program at her school. She earned her Ph.D. degree from the University of New Mexico while a research assistant at the Parent Involvement Center there. After graduation, Dr. Taylor moved to Maryland and became the Maryland State Department of Education's specialist for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with special needs. She then spent 3 years at George Washington University directing a post-masters program. The next 5–6 years were spent at the Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program coordinating higher education efforts on behalf of young children with disabilities. In 1993, Dr. Taylor accepted a faculty position at The Johns Hopkins University in what is now the College of Education and coordinated early childhood special education teacher preparation until her retirement in 2006. She is currently consulting, writing, and traveling.

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Table of Contents

About the Editors
About the Contributors

  1. Something Old, Something Newer
    Janeen McCracken Taylor, Toni Linder, and Margaret Gossner

  2. Effective Leadership
    Frank J. Masci and James R. McGowan

  3. Interagency Collaboration
    Carol Ann Baglin

  4. Screening and Evaluating in Early Childhood Special Education
    Mary Hendricks and Janeen McCracken Taylor

  5. Program Planning and Implementation for Infants and Toddlers and their Families
    Anne Hickey

  6. Program Planning for Preschoolers
    Amy Aloi

  7. Administrative Issues for Integrating Technology into Early Childhood Settings
    John Castellani and Linda Tsantis

  8. Transitions and Service Coordination
    Brenda Hussey-Gardner and Haidee Kaye Bernstein

  9. Professional Development and Mentoring
    Cynthia A. Johnson

  10. Supervision of Professionals, Paraprofessionals, and Volunteers
    Frank J. Masci and James R. McGowan

  11. Health Issues in Settings for Young Children with or without Disabilities
    W. Scott Taylor and Janeen McCracken Taylor

  12. Budget and Finance of Early Childhood Programs Kevin J. McCracken

  13. Proposal Writing, Submission, and Grant Management
    Naomi Chowdhuri Tyler

  14. Legal Issues for Establishing and Managing an Early Childhood Special Education Program
    Andrew W. Nussbaum

  15. Early Childhood Program Evaluation
    Deborah T. Carran

  16. Safety Issues
    Sheldon Greenberg

Appendix A—Sample Individualized Education Program (IEP): Max Entering Kindergarten
Appendix B—Sample Individualized Education Program (IEP)
Appendix C—Sample Maryland Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)
Appendix D—Practitioner Rating Scale
Appendix E—Practitioner Evaluation Form
Appendix F—Routines-Based Intervention Rating Scale for Home-Based Services


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