Eight Paths to Leadership : A Guide for Special Educators, Paperback / softback Book

Eight Paths to Leadership : A Guide for Special Educators Paperback / softback


Administrators aren't the only education professionals who can take on leadership roles.

Every teacher can be a leader-and this book shows special educators how to choose and navigate their own individual path to educational leadership. Author Belva Collins, a seasoned educator herself, knows that many special education teachers are called on as "leaders by default" when colleagues turn to them for expertise.

In this empowering professional development resource, she shows special educators how to pursue more intentional leadership roles so they can maximize their impact in pre-K-12 schools.

Preservice and in-service teachers will discover eight different paths they can follow to become leaders:Making data-based decisions and conducting classroom researchEffecting schoolwide changeMentoring other teachers and paraprofessionalsConducting professional development and consultationsWorking effectively with familiesSupporting students during transitionsAdvocating for studentsConnecting with professional organizations that address disability-related concernsFor each path to leadership, teachers will get detailed guidelines for success, grounded in up-to-date research and the author's deep understanding of the everyday challenges educators face.

Throughout the book, "Voice of a Leader" interview excerpts share nuggets of practical wisdom and show how real teachers evolved and triumphed on diverse paths to leadership. Based on the successful teacher leadership course Dr. Collins developed at the University of Kentucky, this forward-thinking book will prepare special educators to make a powerful difference in schools, communities, and the lives of their students.


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