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Current Trends and Legal Issues in Special Education

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May 2019 | 296 pages | Corwin

Building and supporting effective special education programs

School leaders and special educators are expected to be experts on all levels and types of special education law and services, types of disability, and aspects of academic and functional programming. With the increasing demands of the job and the ever-changing legal and educational climate, many administrators and teachers are overwhelmed, and few feel adequately prepared to meet the demands. Trends and Legal Issues in Special Education helps you build and support timely, legally sound, and effective special education services and programs. Readers will find:

  • the most up-to-date information on how to effectively implement special education programs, processes, and procedures
  • examination of a wide variety of issues, from developing and implementing individual education programs (IEPs) that confer a free appropriate public education, Section 504, least restrictive environment (LRE), and successfully collaborating with parents, to issues regarding accountability, staffing, bullying, early childhood special education, multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS), evidence-based practices, transition, discipline, and the school-to-prison pipeline
  • extensive references and resources

Written as a comprehensive reference for all who work with students with disabilities, this book offers the most up-to-date research and field-tested strategies from a range of experts that special education professionals can confidently and immediately apply. 

David Bateman, Mitchell Yell
Chapter 1: Hot Topics for Litigation
Kathleen Lane , Wendy Oaks, Mark Buckman, Holly Menzies
Chapter 2: Comprehensive, Integrated, Three-tiered (Ci3T) Models of Prevention: Considerations for the Field
David Bateman, Mitchell Yell
Chapter 3: A Free, Appropriate Public Education
Meghan Burke , Samantha Goldman
Chapter 4: Working with Parents
Angela Prince, Anthony Plotner, June Gothberg
Chapter 5: Current Special Education Legal Trends for Transition-Age Youth
Kelly Carrero, Kimberly Vannest, Courtney Lavadia
Chapter 6: Discipline and Students with Disabilities
Bryan Cook, Cynthia Farley
Chapter 7: The Research-to-Practice Gap in Special Education
Jim Shriner, Martha Thurlow
Chapter 8: What Educators Need to Know About Accountability
Kate Ascetta
Chapter 9: Taking Aim at Current Trends in Early Childhood Special Education
Chad Rose, Stephanie Hopkins, Gloria McGillen, Jessica Simpson
Chapter 10: Current Trends in Bully Prevention: Implications for Youth with Disabilities
Seth Bernstein , Lauren Young, Ameet Bosmia, Samantha Hartley, Cameron Massey, Mark Weist
Chapter 11: Innovation in Schools: Expanded School Mental Health
David Bateman and Jenifer Cline
Chapter 12: Current Trends in Preparing General Education Teachers to Work With Students With Disabilities
Christine Christle, Joseph Ryan, Michelle Dunn
Chapter 13: The School-to-Prison Pipeline
Tim Landrum, Lauren Collins, Chris Sweigart
Chapter 14: Teacher Shortages and Teacher Attrition in Special Education: Issues and Trends
Mary Lynn Boscardin
Chapter 15: Preparing Future Leaders and Administrators of Special Education

"This book provides practical, realistic and useful guidance to anyone who supports students with disabilities. It is a great resource for school and special education administrators trying to understand the latest trends in special education. It provides specific points to think about with recommended applications teachers should consider using for each of the topics discussed."

Nichole Kristensen, M.Ed.,Statewide Special Education Instructional Coordinator, Boise State University
Boise State University

“This book is an excellent tool for educators and administrators to understand how to support quality education on behalf of students with disabilities.”

Lisa Graham, NBCT Director of Early Childhood Education (ECE), Douglas County School District, ECE DC Opportunities Center
Douglas County School District

"David Bateman and Mitchell Yell have written a practical, up-to-date book specifically addressing the needs of today’s special educators. This book provides pragmatic advice and tips as well as straightforward content knowledge necessary to be an effective special education leader or teacher."

Dr. Debi Gartland, Professor of Special Education, Townson University
Townson University

"At such a critical time, with pressing and complex issues facing special education administrators across the country, this book is impressive, as it tackles the multifaceted aspects of the special educator's roles and dilemmas in a practical, straightforward manner. "

Marge Terhaar-Yonkers, Professor in the Department of Education, Meredith College
Meredith College

"I have been a principal at the middle school level for over 15 years and I thought I had a handle on special education lingo and processes. This book shared information of which I was not aware. The practical presentation of the information makes it one that can be referenced and used by anyone who works with or has children with special needs."

LaQuita Outlaw, Principal, Bay Shore Middle School
Bay Shore Middle School

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David Bateman

David F. Bateman, Ph.D., is a professor at Shippensburg University in the Department of Educational Leadership and Special Education where he teaches courses on special education law, assessment, and facilitating inclusion. He is a former due process hearing officer for Pennsylvania for over 580 hearings. He uses his knowledge of litigation relating to special education to assist school districts in providing appropriate supports for students with disabilities and to prevent and to recover from due process hearings. He has been a classroom teacher of students with learning disabilities, behavior disorders, intellectual disability, and... More About Author

Mitchell L. Yell

Mitchell L. Yell, Ph.D., is the Fred and Francis Lester Palmetto Chair in Teacher Education and a Professor in Special Education at the University of South Carolina. His professional interests include special education law, positive behavior support, IEP development, and parent involvement in special education. Dr. Yell has published 124 journal articles, 4 textbooks, 26 book chapters, and has conducted numerous workshops on various aspects of special education law, classroom management, and progress monitoring. His textbook, Special Education and the Law, is in its 5th edition.  He also serves as a State-level due process review... More About Author

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