Principal January/February 2020: Special Education

With 1 in 5 public school students having a learning disability, it is critically important that principals have the knowledge and skills to cultivate a nurturing school environment in which all students thrive. This issue of Principal magazine helps you design learning experiences that bolster your most exceptional students. From ensuring equity and inclusion to engaging families in student support, we’ve got you covered.
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This issue of Principal is also accompanied by a Leading Lessons guide, “Growing the Capacity of Assistant Principals,” which helps to strengthen the APs role in school success.
SPECIAL EDUCATION
The Point Person for Special Education Principals must build a range of knowledge to navigate and deliver special education appropriately Rhonda Brunner and David Bateman
Learning and the Law Knowing the basics will ensure the lawful, effective delivery of special education Mark Paige
In the Know About IEPs Principals must be conversant in special education terminology to collaborate with parents Amanda Morin
A Journey Taken Together A Massachusetts school uses a co-teaching strategy to produce newfound growth among special needs students Liz Garden
Solutions From the Source Experts reveal strategies they use in handling common issues in special education
Research Roundup: Autism Spectrum Disorder Recent reports examine current practice in the assessment, intervention, and socialization of students with ASD Linda Fitch
Pumping Up Supports for Special Education A focus on scheduling, professional development, and accountability ensures every student gets the resources they need Brittany Vigil and Jessica Shroyer-King
The Old College Try Can’t find good mentors for new special education teachers in your area? Look to colleges and universities Lisa Burke and Linda Dauksas
IN EVERY ISSUE
From the Editor The Principles of Inclusion Kaylen Tucker
Snapshots Nuggets of research, policy, and practice to keep you informed
5 Things What you need to know about the association that has your back
In the Spotlight Curtis Slater: Walking in a Superhero’s Shoes
Practitioner’s Corner Measuring Mastery Implementation of a standards-based grading system requires clear communication
Early Career Clear Benefits Added teacher clarity is the low-hanging fruit of learning improvement
The Reflective Principal Overcoming the Overwhelming Mentoring programs help slash turnover and shield new administrators from stress
School Law 10 Tasks to Ensure Compliance Promote broad understanding of Section 504 to avoid costly civil rights violations
Speaking Out The Unintended Impact of Evaluation Numbers and rubrics can turn the focus away from instructional improvement
Parents & Schools Building Better Principal-Parent Partnerships A multifaceted approach taps technology, involves students, and gives parents flexibility
In the Middle The Kindness Curriculum Life-skills learning turns middle-school special education students into entrepreneurs
Postscript What Makes a Difference? L. Earl Franks, Ed.D., CAE

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