Handbook of Leadership and Administration for Special Education

ISBN-10: 0415872812
ISBN-13: 9780415872812
Edition: 2012
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Description: This book brings together for the first time research syntheses that inform leadership practice in special education from preschool through transition into post-secondary settings. It provides comprehensive coverage of 1) disability policy 2)  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 7/13/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.80" tall
Weight: 1.804
Language: English

This book brings together for the first time research syntheses that inform leadership practice in special education from preschool through transition into post-secondary settings. It provides comprehensive coverage of 1) disability policy 2) leadership knowledge 3) inclusive education and 4) evidence-based educational practices. Broader in scope than previous books, it provides in-depth analysis by prominent scholars from across the disciplines of both general and special education. Coverage includes historical roots, policy and legal perspectives, and content supporting collaborative and instructional leadership that support special needs students. Comprehensive– This is the first book to integrate the knowledge bases of special education and educational leadership as these fields impact the performance of inclusive schools.Chapter Structure– Approximately 75% of each chapter is devoted to a synthesis of current knowledge and 25% to recommendations for special education leadership and future research. Multicultural Focus– To assure that the book addresses special education leadership within the context of a multicultural society, all chapter authors incorporate material related to cultural, gender, and linguistic diversity. Expertise– All chapter authors have made significant contributions to the knowledge base in their specific areas of study such as law, school reform, and instructional leadership. This book will serve as a reference volume for scholars, leaders, and policy makers and as a textbook for graduate courses in special education, educational administration,and policy studies.

Dr. Bonnie S. Billingsley is faculty member in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Virginia Tech. She has taught a range of courses over the last fifteen years in the areas of learning disabilities, emotional disorders, and the administration and supervision of special education. Dr. Billingsley began her career in special education teaching students with disabilities in both Tallahassee and St. Augustine, Florida. She also served as district supervisor of special education in both St. Augustine, Florida and in Roanoke City, Virginia.Dr. Billingsley's research interests are in the preparation, support, and retention of special education teachers. Her interests in retention are focused on workplace conditions and the induction of new teachers. Dr. Billingsley has published numerous articles in leading journals on special education teacher retention, teacher support, and the needs of beginning special education teachers. She has served as a consultant in the area of special education teacher retention to various professional organizations, school systems, state departments of education, research groups, and universities and has been an invited speaker as various conferences.

The Context and Development of Leadership for Special Education
Introduction
Leadership for Student Performance in an Era of Accountability
Conceptual and Historical Foundations of Special Education Administration
Expanding the Leadership Framework: An Alternate View of Professional Standards
Developing Educational Leaders for the Realities of Special Education in the 21<sup>st</sup> Century
Leadership, Policy and School Reform
Introduction
Special Education Law for Leaders and Administrators of Special Education
Financing Education for Children with Special Needs
Special Education and School Choice: A Special Leadership Challenge
Disability, Difference, and Justice: Strong Democratic Leadership for Undemocratic Times
Collaborative Leadership for Special Education in Multicultural Contexts
Introduction
System-wide Leadership for Culturally-Responsive Education
Inclusive School Reform: Distributed Leadership across the Change Process
Collaborative Decision-Making in Multicultural Contexts
Leadership and Collaboration in Home-School Partnerships
Building Trust and Responding to Conflict in Special Education
Instructional Leadership and the Evaluation of Educational Outcomes
Introduction
Leading to Improve Teacher Effectiveness: Implications for Practice, Reform, Research, and Policy
Teacher Quality and Effectiveness in an Era of Accountability: Challenges and Solutions in Special Education?
Leadership and Instruction: Evidence-based Practices in Special Education
School Leadership and School-wide Positive Behavior Support
Responsive Instructional Leadership for Early Intervention
Leadership for Transition to Postsecondary Settings
Challenges for Educational Leaders
Introduction
Challenges for Leaders in the Not-so-New Era of Standards

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