Before the Special Education Referral: Leading Intervention Teams

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SAGE Publications, Oct 29, 2008 - Education - 149 pages
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"Prereferral intervention teams can dramatically improve academic achievement for struggling students by providing focused instructional interventions and support before a referral for special education evaluation is needed. This resource presents school leaders with a step-by-step, four-phase model for developing, leading, and evaluating effective prereferral intervention teams. The author provides numerous reproducible tools that can be used for facilitating implementation and staff training. Featuring a running example that illustrates the model in action, this book shows how school leaders can:Establish prereferral intervention teams by assessing school needs, determining the composition of the team, defining team roles, and conducting staff trainingUse prereferral intervention teams to support the Response to Intervention processEnhance the collaborative strengths of a professional learning communityBefore the Special Education Referral enables educators to apply the practical steps necessary to greatly improve the quality of prereferral intervention programs."--Publisher's website.

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About the author (2008)

Matthew Jennings is currently the superintendent of schools for the Alexandria Township Public School System. Prior to serving in this position, Jennings served as an assistant superintendent of schools, a director of student services, a supervisor of curriculum and instruction, and a classroom teacher.

In addition to presenting at numerous state and national conferences, Jennings has served as an organizational behavior consultant to school districts throughout New Jersey. He works as an adjunct professor for Rutgers University, where he teaches courses on curriculum development, school administration, and the supervision of instruction. His work has been published in Kappan, Preventing School Failure, the New Jersey English Journal, Channels, and The Writing Teacher. His most recent publication, Leading Meetings, Teams and Work Groups in Schools and Districts, was released by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development in June of 2007. He earned his master’s degree and doctorate in educational administration from Rutgers University.

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