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The School Leader's Guide to Special Education

Special education is often a confusing and expensive consideration of running a school. You have IEPs and BIPs in place, but are they really working? Find a refresher on the key legal rights of students with disabilities along with methods for designing and implementing IEPs and BIPs that work, approaches to creating effective instruction and assessment practices, and opportunities for inclusion in the general education classroom.


  • Study helpful explanations of terms related to special education.
  • Use an extensive list of online resources to learn about the law, and find information and assistance from a variety of organizations.
  • Consult an in-depth glossary for quick reference.
  • Learn about changes made in the reauthorization of IDEA in 2004.

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Introduction: The Principal's Role in the Special Education Process
Chapter 1: Understanding the Basic Rights of Students With Disabilities
Chapter 2: Determining Who Is Eligible for Special Education
Chapter 3: Developing and Implementing an Individualized Education Program
Chapter 4: Assessing and Teaching Students With Disabilities
Chapter 5: Discipline and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
Chapter 6: Encouraging Parental Involvement
Conclusion: Final Thoughts for School Leaders
Appendix A: Online Resources
Appendix B: Summary of Significant Changes in IDEA 2004



Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6