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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. 

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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.

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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.

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This study involved interviewing Canadian principals (N = 37) to determine how they responded to students with special education needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Case Studies

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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. 

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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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Publications

"Choose Your Own Adventure": Web-Based Case Studies of Inclusive Education as a Form of Professional Learning for School Principals

Steve Sider, Kimberly Maich, Jacqueline Specht, Carolyn Treadgold, Hillary Winger

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What have we learned from the COVID-19 global pandemic about school principals and the inclusion of students with special education needs ?

Steve Sider, NadineTrépanier-Bisson

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Lessons Learned: Home-School Collaboration for Students with SEN during Emergency Remote Teaching

Jeffrey MacCormack, Carolyn Fitzgerald, Jessica Whitley, Steve Sider. 

"Does It Have to Be That Hard?": Principals' stories of supporting students with special education needs during emergency schooling 

Jeffrey MacCormack, Daniel John Anderson, Steve Sider

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Inclusive school leadership: Examining the experiences of Canadian school principals in supporting students with special education needs

Steve Sider, Kimberly Maich, Jhonel Morvan, Mélissa Villella, Paul Ling, Chantelle Repp

The Conversation: Schools after coronavirus: Seize 'teachable moments' about racism and inequalities

Steve Sider and Ardavan Eizadirad

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Schools as an Equalizing Force: What the pandemic has taught us about school leadership and inclusive education

Steve Sider, Jeffrey MacCormack, Jess Whitley

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"Who is Your Nathalia?"
 Steve Sider
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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

Kimberly Maich, Steve Sider, Jhonel Morvan, Déirdre M. Smith Ms.

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Self-Determination and Inclusion: The Role of Canadian Principals in Catalyzing Inclusive-Positive Practices

Jeffrey MacCormack, Steve Sider, Kimberly Maich, Jacqueline Specht

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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

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Ontario College of Teachers: Exploring Leadership Practices through Case Inquiry

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Version française

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School Principals and Students With Special Education Needs in a Pandemic: Emerging Insights from Ontario, Canada

Steve Sider

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School Principals and Students with Special Education Needs

Steve Sider, Kimberly Maich and Jhonel Morvan

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2019 Intersectionalities Conference

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The Conversation: Every Child Matters

Steve Sider

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Violence in schools: What can we learn from critical incidents?

Steve Sider and Mėlissa Villella

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Research and Advocacy Sites

Dr. Steve Sider University Research Site

Canadian Research Centre on Inclusive Education Site

Inclusive Education Canada Research Site

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Podcasts

The Heart and Spirit of Inclusion VoicEd Radio

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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

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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

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K–12 Administration of Inclusive Schools in Canada: A Literature Review of Expectations and Qualifications of Formal School Leaders

Anders Lunde 

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Inclusive Education and Pedagogical Change: Experiences from the Front Lines

Monique Somma, Sheila Bennett

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Implementation of a Differentiated Instruction Initiative: Perspectives of Leaders
Jessica Whitley, Cheryll Duquette, Suzanne Gooderham, Catherine Elliot, Shari Orders, Amy Klan

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School Principals: Leading the Way to Inclusive Schools

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