What Every Principal Needs to Know About Special Education / Edition 2

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Lead effective special education programs that promote student achievement!

Updated to address recent federal mandates, this new edition of the best-selling guide helps principals navigate accountability requirements and build high-quality special education programs. New information enables educational administrators to:

  • Address requirements of NCLB and the 2004 reauthorization of IDEA, including standards-based individualized education programs
  • Ensure that special education students can appropriately access the general curriculum
  • Understand standardized testing options and accommodations to comply with federal law
  • Support accurate identification and eligibility decisions, including Response to Intervention procedures
  • Promote positive behavior and encourage family involvement

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Editorial Reviews

Susan Brody Hasazi
“I can think of no other book that provides principals with such a rich and practical approach to designing, implementing, and evaluating special education supports and services within the context of general education. Mc Laughlin and Nolet provide principals with a conceptually sound and applied understanding of special education legislation, as well as best practices related to assessment, instruction, and curriculum design.”
Education Research Service e-Bulletin
"What Every Principal Needs to Know About Special Education [is] a guidebook for fostering strong special education leaders."
Library Bookwatch
"A means to the worthy bottom line of how to get better education and better results for the special education students who need it most, What Every Principal Needs to Know About Special Education is highly recommended as a core addition to public school administrative reference shelves and reading lists."
John Enloe
"A practical and useable template for school administrators interested in creating exemplary programs for students with disabilities."
Debi Gartland
"This guidebook provides a solid foundationin special education for principals. The straightforward text will appeal to all building administrators."
Jane Belmore
"The book made me think a great deal about the leadership behaviors and content knowledge needed to create school programs that are effective for all children. The author has done a good job of pulling together critical information for principals."
Kim Benton
"Contains critical information that administrators need to understand as they navigate through special education policies and procedures. In addition, administrators will discover a practical process for not only improving the quality of special education services, but alsofor transforming the teaching/learning cycle for all students. The clear explanations and examples contain the research-based ingredients that translate into a recipe for success!"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412964166
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 9/17/2008
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 285,509
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Mc Laughlin has been involved in special education all of her professional career, beginning as a teacher of students with serious emotional and behavior disorders. Currently she is the associate director of the Institute for the Study of Exceptional Children, a research institute within the College of Education at the University of Maryland. She directs several national projects investigating educational reform and students with disabilities, including the national Educational Policy Reform Research Institute (EPRRI), a consortium involving the University Maryland; The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO); and the Urban Special Education Collaborative. She also directs a national research project investigating special education in charter schools and leads a policy leadership doctoral and postdoctoral program in conducting large-scale research in special education.

Mc Laughlin has worked in Bosnia, Nicaragua, and Guatemala in developing programs for students with developmental disabilities. She has consulted with numerous state departments of education and local education agencies on issues related to students with disabilities and the impact of standards-driven reform policies. Mc Laughlin co-chaired the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Goals 2000 and Students with Disabilities, which resulted in the report Educating One and All. She was a member of the NAS committee on the disproportionate representation of minority students in special education.

Mc Laughlin teaches graduate courses in disability policy and has written extensively in the area of school reform and students with disabilities. She earned her Ph D at the University of Virginia and has held positions at the U.S. Office of Education and the University of Washington.

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Table of Contents

About the Authors
What Every Principal Needs to Know About Special Education 1
Sect. I Understanding the Basics of Special Education 5
Sect. II Designing Special Education for the 21st Century 19
Sect. III Resources for Creating a Quality Special Education Program in Your School 51
Sect. IV Summary 91
References 95
Glossary of Selected Terms 97
Index 105
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