The Students with Disabilities Institute is designed to increase the capacity of school leaders to improve instructional practices that will lead to higher performance by all students. The work focuses on what school leaders need to know and be able to do in order to provide the guidance and direction of sustained instructional improvement.
This three-day program is designed to prepare principals for exercising leadership in mobilizing staff to address the learning needs of students with disabilities. The program enables participants to design and manage continuous professional development systems for all staff in the school around supporting all students, including students with disabilities.
Because of the structure and compact instruction of the program, participants will be provided with resources for further investigation associated with each topic. Each principal will have the opportunity to conference with program facilitators to inquire about specific resources or strategies for their contexts. Participants with formal training in NISL will recognize several broader themes from that program, such as instructional leadership, formative assessment, standards-based instructional systems, and professional development.
Although it acknowledges the importance and impact of legislation such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the program is not a course on Special Education law and regulations (links to these and other resources are provided to participants for further study).
The program is divided into five main topics:
- Designing Assessments for Progress Monitoring
- Developing Sound Instructional Goals
- Schoolwide Behavioral Interventions
- Instructional and Assessment Accommodations
- Organizing the School to Support and Sustain High-Quality Learning Experiences for Students with Disabilities
You must attend all three days to receive CEUs, SEMIs, or OSLs; no partial credit will be given.
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