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September 2008 Number 8, Vol. 65Inclusion and InterventionSchool districts apply the latest special education thinking
by Judy Elliott
One of the nation’s most experienced special education administrators details the practice of using data to match instruction and intervention to the particular learning needs of students.
Evaluating RTI’s effectiveness
and David Putnam: Guiding RTI's implementation
and Long Beach’s pivotal turn around RTI
and Additional resources
by W. David Tilly, Shannon Harken, Wendy Robinson and Sharon Kurns
An intermediate education agency in central Iowa has been implementing RTI concepts for 18 years. The schools it works with are in various stages, following the multiphase process of building consensus, building infrastructure and then putting effective measures in place for students who need something more.
Questions to guide RTI’s use
by Julie Causton-Theoharis and George Theoharis
The authors, both professors at Syracuse University, describe a genuinely inclusive education for children with disabilities that, as one principal puts it, offers “nothing separate, no special spaces, no special teachers.”
Carl Roberts: Inclusion only
and Wendy Murawski: Co-teaching in inclusive classrooms
and A measuring stick for inclusion
by Joanne Godek
The schools in South Burlington, Vt., commit to serving the unique needs of children with disabilities in their home communities. The author directs the district’s educational support systems.
by Rachel Holler and Perry A. Zirkel
A sound understanding of what the law actually requires can save you from awarding too many “consolation prizes” to students who don’t qualify for an individual education plan.
Bismarck's Model Public Servant
by Jay P. Goldman
When it comes to dealing with hard issues, Paul Johnson tries to move with all deliberate speed, once he’s given everyone else a chance to weigh in.
Public Comment Sessions: In Control and On Time
by Nicholas D. Caruso Jr.
Nearly 100 people are packing the boardroom for a meeting. They all want to speak during your public comment period. You already have a long agenda. What are you going to do to get through this?
Making the Most of Exit Surveys
by John A. Mazzei
An exit survey can be a valuable tool in obtaining feedback about employee satisfaction, managerial performance, salary and benefits in a school system. The author directs human resources in Pemberton Township, N.J.
Courage To Let Bad Teachers Go
by Reggie Engebritson
The courage to make tough decisions as a school administrator is never needed more than when it’s time to decide which teachers should receive tenure.
It's Year Five, and We're Still Not Making Adequate Progress
by Edward D. Westervelt
A New Jersey superintendent’s lament: The designation imposed by NCLB is punitive and, by focusing on test scores at one moment in time, fails to recognize the value added that’s been a vital part of our efforts to raise student performance.
The Dividends of Investing in Athletic Trainers
by Darrel G. Floyd
Too few high schools have an athletic trainer on hand to provide appropriate, timely medical care to their student athletes, according to a veteran Texas superintendent.
The Three R's Meet the Three C's
by Jim Hirsch
The three R’s are the hallmarks of a successful education system, but today’s students have become keenly interested in the three C’s — communication, collaboration and creativity — that they must use effectively in their lives outside of school.
Tons of Talent
by Randall H. Collins
Recommitting to the noble goals of a landmark 1975 public law that gave students with special needs the right to a quality education alongside their peers.
Crisis Skills of September's Past
by Daniel A. Domenech
The first September back in the Washington, D.C., area for AASA’s executive director since his final year as a superintendent brings back some unpleasant memories of the job.
A listing of the latest comings and goings in the ranks of AASA members. The Sidelight highlights a superintendent’s fascination with all things Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Binding the Wounds of a Lame Duck
by Mary Kusler
The inevitable end of a president’s term means legacy building becomes the entire focus of the administration.
The Challenges of No Child Left BehindUnderstanding the Issues of Excellence, Accountability, and Choice
by E. Jane Irons and Sandra Harris