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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
About 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.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Second Edition
About the Author
Introduction: What Every Principal Needs to Know About Special Education
Five Things Every Principal Needs to Know About Special Education
Section I. Creating Quality Special Education: Understanding the Basics of Special Education
What Is an Appropriate Education?
The Least Restrictive Environment
Who Is Eligible for Special Education?
Procedural Safeguards – “The Law in Special Education”
Other Important Laws Affecting Students With Disabilities
Legal Issues and Assessing Students With Disabilities
Other Federal Disability Laws
Understanding the Differences Among Federal, State, and Local Special Education Requirements
Section II. Creating Quality Special Education: The Foundations
A New Model of Special Education
Access to the General Education Curriculum
Developing Standards-Based IEPs
Promoting Positive Behavior or How to Avoid the Discipline Problem
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
Building Strong Parent and Family Connections
Section III. Creating Quality Special Education: The Context
Adopt Evidence-Based Practices
What Are Evidenced-Based Practices?
The Importance of Using Published Research
Quality of Evidence
Data-Based Decision Making
Creating Shared Responsibility for Students With Disabilities
Collaboration Between General and Special Educators
Section IV. Summary