Leadership for
Inclusive Schools

Perhaps the most critical role in successful inclusive schools is the role of the principal. The school principal’s active participation is the single most important predictor of success in implementing change, improving services, or setting a new course. The school principal is central to facilitating systemic change and leading faculty to adopt new attitudes and new practices. 

With responsibilities widening each year, today’s principal must create the conditions for a positive learning environment, academic rigor, and set the standard for shared ownership across the entire faculty. This page explores the many facets of the role of inclusive principals.

Webinar: 5 Easy Ways to Fail in Education

Join Dr. Frances Stetson as she discusses the five easiest ways to fail in education in this webinar hosted by PresenceLearning. She will focus on how to avoid the following problems that so often arise in Special Education today. Lose the Vision Admire the Problem Avoid Fear Isolate Yourself Stop Learning Watch the Webinar Webinar Slides… Read More

Self-Assessment and Action Planning

What will you guarantee every single student who steps foot inside your building? Equitable access to the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) or general education curriculum? Equitable access to high quality instruction provided by teachers skilled in core content knowledge AND instructional methods designed to engage and bring learning within the reach of every student… Read More

Leadership Skills for Facilitating Student Success and School Improvement

As a leader, how do you rate youself on… Facilitating change and helping others to embrace change and consider its inevitability?  Understanding how future trends and paradigm shifts will impact important school decisions, such as what should be taught and how? Using human and fiscal resources wisely? Implementing alternatives to school suspension?  Enhancing the level… Read More

Shared Ownership

How does the principal forge a united faculty that envisions itself as a team of educators working on behalf of all students? Begin by reminding every faculty member of these three points: Every student is a general education student and a full member of the school community. Some students just need additional supports! Having a… Read More

Instruction in Inclusive Settings

How does the principal create an inclusive school that values all students as full members of the school community? Some of the most important characteristics of inclusive schools focus on providing support in general education classrooms. All students are educated in the general education classroom to the greatest extent appropriate Expectations are high Individualized supports are… Read More

Quality Indicators of Inclusive Early Childhood Programs/Practices

This is a collection of resources and indicators of high quality inclusive early childhood environments prepared by the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center. Available resources and indicators of high quality inclusive practices are presented in this compilation. Assembling many different resources in one place allows for easy… Read More

Supporting a School-Wide System of Positive Behavioral Supports

How does the principal establish an effective school-wide positive behavioral support system? An effective school-wide positive behavioral support system consists of three parts: Shifting from a reactive stance to a responsive stance; Emphasizing proactive strategies, such as defining, teaching and supporting appropriate behaviors Establishing a continuum of positive behavior support for all students provided by… Read More

High Stakes Testing and Accommodations: Prepare for Success!

In this age of accountability, statewide student assessments have become a central focus every spring for students, teachers and families. High-stakes testing requires the school community to invest significant amounts of time and attention in this process, and so we want to ensure that students with and without disabilities have the best possible outcomes. For students with… Read More

Scheduling for Success: Common Planning Time

Common planning time among educators is a crucial element in the success of an inclusive school. Planning time helps improve instruction by allowing teachers to share best practices, look at students' work, and plan curriculum and lessons together. In order for planning to contribute meaningfully to curriculum development and implementation, sufficient time should be built… Read More

Using Video As A Powerful Self-Assessment Tool

Get off to a good start by reflecting on your teaching practices. Does your teaching style match the needs of all of the students in your classroom? Are you engaging all of your students during your lessons? If not, how will you know before it is too late? Engaging in self-assessment is a beneficial process… Read More