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1st Edition

Special Education Leadership
Building Effective Programming in Schools

ISBN 9780815385493
Published March 5, 2019 by Routledge
282 Pages

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Book Description

Integrating coverage of the most important knowledge base, research, and practice in the field, this book prepares educators for the challenging role of special education leader. Special Education Leadership provides leaders with tools to review programs, implement special education law, and build special education programs that effectively supervise and support teachers. Grounded in theory, this book also includes best practice for day-to-day operations, such as issues of teaching and learning, personnel selection and evaluation, basic financial management, working with parent relations, mental health issues, and legal matters related to special education. Full of advice from practitioners, end-of-chapter questions, and coverage of emerging trends, this book helps prepare special education administrators and supervisors to survive the pressures of working with students with disabilities while supporting appropriate services and preventing litigation.

Table of Contents




Change Agent

1 Introduction

With Verne Beffert


Compliance Leader

2 Laws and Special Education Administration

3 State Monitoring and Compliance

With Doug Cox

4 Discipline for Students with Disabilities

5 Mental Health for Students with Disabilities

With Jessica Wery

6 Working with Parents

With Elizabeth Harkins Monaco

7 Grades and Graduation for Students with Disabilities

8 Progress Monitoring

With Amy Finn

9 Finance for the Special Education Administrator

With Carrie Turner

PART Three

Instructional Leader

10 Evaluating Special Education Staff

11 Aligning Special Education Department Initiatives to District Mission

With Rhonda Brunner and Wendy Kubasko


Collaborative Leader

12 The Conflict Continuum

With Stephanie Weaver and Lenore Knudston

13 Meeting Strategies and How to Prevent Due Process Hearings

14 Current and Emerging Trends Facing Special Education

With Laura Matson


Appendix 1: Advanced Specialty Set: Special Education Administration Specialist

Appendix 2: Council For Exceptional Children (CEC) Code of Ethics for Educators of Persons With Exceptionalities

Appendix 3: List of Indicators

Appendix 4: CEC’s Position on Special Education Teacher Evaluation: A Toolkit for Special Educators



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David Bateman is Professor of Special Education at Shippensburg University, Pennsylvania, the United States.

Jenifer Cline is the Continuing Education Unit Manager in the Montana Department of Education, the United States.