The Critical Role of Principals in meeting the Diverse Needs of Students with Disabilities

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Session Dates

Thursday January 21, 2016 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday January 22, 2016 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday March 02, 2016 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday March 03, 2016 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday May 04, 2016 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday May 17, 2016 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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

This three and one-half day experience is designed to prepare principals and assistant principals 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 students with disabilities. During this training experience, principals 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:

  • Creating a culture of change
  • Being an instructional leader
  • Ensuring safe and supportive schools

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


Upon completion principals 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 individualĀ“s Superintendent or IU Director prior to the course.

Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this training. Contact: Debbie Parra, at 800-441-3215, or " Parra email)"

Event Info

Event Type:


Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
No credit


PaTTAN Educational Consultant

Event Contact:


Debbie Parra
(800) 441-3215

Additional Info

For content information and/or to request an application, please contact: Application Requests: Debbie Parra at (800) 441-3215 or " Parra email)" Content Questions: Judy Ball at (800) 441-3215 ext. 7263 or " Ball email)"