A recently released guide from Innovate Public Schools offers support for advocates seeking systemic change to special education systems, whether they are working at the school, district, or broader policy level.
An Advocate’s Guide to Transforming Special Education highlights successful school-level practices and supporting research that can help students with disabilities to thrive. Each section of the report addresses a key challenge and potential solutions, followed by school and district examples and suggestions for advocates, including:
- In order to improve retention of highly effective special education teachers, create a pipeline for great teachers to become school leaders.
- Prioritize school-wide tools for tracking student progress and communicating about student needs.
- Allocate funding for school teams, not just individual teachers or special education staff members, to attend professional development together and collaboratively adjust schoolwide practices to better support students with disabilities.
As the resource acknowledges, “no single guide could break down the full complexity of our current special education system.” However, “there are bright spots across the nation—schools and communities that show what’s possible.”
Explore the full report here. Innovate Public Schools will also be hosting a Sept. 20 webinar briefing on the key findings and how advocates can start to leverage the guide. Click here for more information.