Pennsylvania Department of Education

Session Dates

Tuesday February 20th, 2018 8:30AM — 4:00PM

Principals Understanding how to Lead Special Education (PULSE)

This multiple day experience is designed to prepare school leaders to exercise strategic and systematic leadership in inspiring, mentoring, and mobilizing faculty and staff to address the learning needs of students with disabilities. Participants will work to design and develop continuous professional learning systems for faculty with a focus on supporting all students, including inclusive practices for students with disabilities. During this training experience, school leaders will understand their need to have a clear vision for their schools that ensures teachers and students meet individual and school goals for improvement. Schools need principals who, as Instructional Leaders, strive for quality instruction in their schools and communicate that to all of their constituents.

The program will focus on three main topics - all with improved instructional and leadership practices at the core:

  1. Creating a culture of change
  2. Being an instructional leader
  3. Ensuring safe and supportive schools

Aside from on-site work, participants are required to complete work prior to the sessions (readings, interviews, surveys) and homework.


Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the necessary components to effect change
  • Analyze and share his or her vision and mission statements
  • Identify key principles of IDEA and Chapter 14 regulations
  • Understand his or her role as an LEA representative in an IEP meeting
  • Analyze and implement the use of assessment data to guide instruction in classrooms
  • Provide feedback on the implementation of research based strategies through activities such as: walk-throughs, formal and informal observations
  • Identify and nurture relationships to enhance organizational culture and core values
  • Identify alternatives to suspension and expulsion of students
  • Analyze data to identify patterns of behavior
  • Gain a deeper understanding of implementing guidelines for behavior and rules for discipline
  • Understand that a supportive school climate will increase student achievement
  • Understand that poor academic skills may be a root cause for misbehavior

Target Audience

School principals and assistant principals

Individuals attending this course must arrive on time and stay the duration of the course in order to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours. Requests for exceptions are to be brought to the attention of the individual´s Superintendent or IU Director prior to the course.

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Tom Wolf, Governor

This event is by invitation only. You must have a registration key in order to register.


  • PaTTAN - Pittsburgh

Event Type

  • Inservices/workshops

Credit Type

  • Act 48 (30 hours)

Registration Contact

Paula Quinn,, 800-446-5607

Content Contact

Tracy Ficca,, 800-441-3215

Topics Covered



  • PaTTAN Educational Consultants

Additional Information

For content information and/or to request an application, please contact: *PaTTAN Harrisburg* Application Requests: Sharon Faul at 1-717-901-2266 or " Faul email)" Content Questions: Nichole Kopco at 1-717-901-2281 or " Kopco email)" PaTTAN Pittsburgh Application Requests: Paula Quinn at 1-800-446-5607 x 6880 or " Quinn email)" Content Questions: Paula Schmitt at 1-800-446-5607 x 6858 or " Schmitt email)" PaTTAN East Application Requests: Debbie Parra at 1-800-441-3215 or " Parra email)" Content Questions: Tracy Ficca at 1-800-441-3215 x7203 or " Ficca email)"