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Written by Dr. Steve Sider and Dr. Kimberly Maich, this book supports the professional learning of school principals, and those who aspire to be such, in development of their skills and knowledge around fostering inclusive schools for students with special education needs. The book includes 27 case stories that are based on research with school principals.
In this study, 36 principals and vice principals from four provinces in Canada were interviewed about their work with students with SEN during the pandemic. Responses were analyzed using the ethic of care framework. Accordingly, responses indicated that principals were particularly aware of, and responsive towards, the wide range of need experienced by students, their families, and school staff.
Considering the question, “What can inclusive comparative and international education research look like?”, Dr. Steve Sider situated his own experience to consider the three “Cs” for the future of comparative and international education: complexity, care, and cautions.
This study involved interviewing Canadian principals (N = 37) to determine how they responded to students with special education needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Explore the case of a new teacher who seeks support at a staff meeting for a student. Determine how the school principal should support the teacher and the student.
Explore the case of a principal who delivers news to staff about changes to specialized therapy funding. Decide how the principal should respond to the concerns of staff.
Explore the case of a high school vice-principal who must decide how to respond to a parent’s request for his daughter with Down Syndrome to participate in a co-op placement.
Explore the case of a teacher who approaches a school principal to discuss the ways he is struggling to keep up with the demands of his job. Decide how the principal should support the teacher’s mental wellbeing.
Explore the case of an elementary school principal who must decide how to respond when a student on the Autism Spectrum becomes aggressive with another student.
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The Conversation: Schools after coronavirus: Seize 'teachable moments' about racism and inequalities
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Schools as an Equalizing Force: What the pandemic has taught us about school leadership and inclusive education
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Making the Unknown or Invisible Accessible: The Collaborative Development of Inclusion-Focused Open-Access Case Studies for Principals and Other School Leaders
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Self-Determination and Inclusion: The Role of Canadian Principals in Catalyzing Inclusive-Positive Practices
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Diversity via Distance: Lessons learned from families supporting students with special education needs during remote learning
Jess Whitley, Jeffrey MacCormack, Ian Matheson, Jacqueline Specht, Steve Sider, Kimberly Maich
Ontario College of Teachers: Exploring Leadership Practices through Case Inquiry
School Principals and Students With Special Education Needs in a Pandemic: Emerging Insights from Ontario, Canada
School Principals and Students with Special Education Needs
Steve Sider, Kimberly Maich and Jhonel Morvan
2019 Intersectionalities Conference
"School Principals and Inclusive Schools: A Case Study of Complex Contexts and Competing Perspectives"
Michael Fairbrother, Kimberly Maich & Steve Sider
The Conversation: Every Child Matters
Violence in schools: What can we learn from critical incidents?
Steve Sider and Mėlissa Villella
Research and Advocacy Sites
Dr. Steve Sider University Research Site
Canadian Research Centre on Inclusive Education Site
Inclusive Education Canada Research Site
The Heart and Spirit of Inclusion VoicEd Radio
Listen to Kimberly Maich (Memorial University), Jhonel Morvan (Brock University) and Steve Sider (Wilfrid Laurier University) as they discuss how to support new school leaders as they begin to create inclusive school environments and communities.
Schools after coronavirus VoicEd Radio
Listen to Sider and Eizadirad discuss "important issues that have been brought to light during the pandemic on the radar of schools and communities. In this conversation, we talk about systemic inequity, the language we use to frame the issues and some practical ways to begin conversations with staff, parents, and community members." -voicEd Radio
Resources to Support Inclusive Schools
Making Canadian Schools Inclusive: A Call To Action
Gordon L. Porter
K–12 Administration of Inclusive Schools in Canada: A Literature Review of Expectations and Qualifications of Formal School Leaders