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Terry Higgins
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(508) 653-6776 x113
Special Education Administrators Institute: New Directors
The Institute for Special Education Directors new to their roles provides a year-long experience exploring new research and approaches in special education. Participants will develop and strengthen proactive management and leadership skills to implement a responsive and compliant special education service delivery system to prepare students for a successful transition to postsecondary opportunities. The syllabus includes content on social emotional learning, cultural proficiency, conflict resolutions, and time for discussions and problem-solving.

Navigating the role/responsibility of the special education director is highly complex, requiring the leader to develop and strengthen both leadership and management skills, while also staying up-to-date on best practices and compliance. The syllabus weaves three strands throughout this 9-session, year-long experience.

Leadership - Strengthening administrative leadership to improve teaching and learning.

Nuts and Bolts - Efficient operational and compliance oversight to improve outcomes of students with IEPs and protect the rights of students and their families.

Capstone/Mentoring and Small Group Problems of Practice to put theory into action with emphasis on Results Driven Accountability (RDA), including the cycle of inquiry and data based decision-making that research shows will drive results. The program includes improvement skills for collaboration between general and special education staff and administration to: reduce over identification and disproportionality, and facilitate implementation of effective inclusive practices and an early intervention tiered support system (MTSS) that supports the learning needs of struggling learners.