Special Leaders for All Kids

I’ll admit it.  When I first started in educational leadership as a charter school director, I saw student needs in terms of the “regular” student population and then those with “special needs.” But after many different educational experiences over the years with students, parents and advocates, including working in the Exceptional Student Services Division of the Arizona Department of Education, studying characteristics of effective districts, and now implementing professional learning systems at the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, I am a firm believer that these students do not have special needs–they have the same needs as every other child: educators who believe in them, who hold them to high expectations, and who care enough to give them the specialized, individual supports needed to succeed. Click to read more.

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