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How School Leaders Can Create an Inclusive Environment for Students With Disabilities

This is your comprehensive resource on providing effective special education services in your school. Written for current and aspiring administrators and teacher leaders, the book offers action items, case studies, and reproducible tools to help you stay in front of special education law, know and support your learning services team, and ensure students with disabilities receive equitable, inclusive education.

This book will help district administrators, building leaders, and general and special education teachers:

  • Understand legal regulations and policy surrounding special education
  • Think ahead, be proactive, and set up supports for each student
  • Discover a variety of special education service delivery models and practices
  • Know how to best support the paraeducators, speech and language specialists, therapists, and other essential staff who comprise their learning services team
  • Build and sustain strong parent and community support
  • Utilize an effective MTSS model that includes academics, behavior, and mental health
  • Embrace the challenge to remain professional learners, whether they’re veteran educators or just starting out

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Part 1: What Every Leader Should Know About Special Education
Chapter 1: Learning the Legal Basics of Special Education
Chapter 2: Striving to Meet the Least Restrictive Environment: Service-Delivery Models
Part 2: How Effective Leaders Support Special Education Personnel
Chapter 3: Supporting and Mentoring Special Education Personnel
Chapter 4: Supporting Paraeducator Personnel
Chapter 5: Collaborating With Related Services Personnel
Part 3: How to Progress Toward Schoolwide Implementation of Support for All
Chapter 6: Ensuring That Inclusive Education is Equitable Education: All Means All
Chapter 7: Establishing an Inclusive School in Eleven Steps






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Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7