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.

What Does an Inclusive Classroom Look Like?

If you are reading this blog you probably are searching for information to make sure that your child or someone very special to you is receiving the best educational services possible to meet their individual needs, so thank you for being an advocate for effective inclusive practice. What is inclusion, and what does inclusion look… Read more

Recommended Practices to Address Staffing Concerns

When educators utilize staff effectively and efficiently, magic things happen for students!  When we rely on old place and label bound staffing models very little authentic progress is achieved. Review the following staffing concerns expressed by many school leaders. For each category, we have provided a number of recommendations and tips to address this concern… Read more

What are the Roles of Principals in Successful 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… Read more

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Guiding Questions to Navigate Your Journey to Inclusion

Just like the mariners of old, we know that we must chart our course for increasingly successful inclusive schools and societies. What tools do we need? What questions must we ask and answer? Whether we are ambitiously charting our course for deep space, medical advance, new worlds, or inclusive schools, we recognize that we have… Read more

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