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The Principal's Handbook for Leading Inclusive Schools


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George Theoharis, Ph.D., is Associate Dean in the School of Education and Associate Professor in Educational Leadership and Inclusive Elementary Education in the Department of Teaching and Leadership, Syracuse University. He has extensive field experience in public education as a principal and as a teacher. George teaches classes in educational leadership and elementary/early childhood teacher education. His interests, research, and work with K-12 schools focus on issues of equity, justice, diversity, inclusion, leadership, and school reform. His book The School Leaders Our Children Deserve (Teachers College Press, 2009) is about school leadership, social justice, and school reform. He is co-editor of a new book What Every Principal Needs to Know to Create Excellent and Equitable Schools (Teachers College Press, 2013). George's published works appear in such journals as Educational Administration Quarterly, Educational Leadership, Equity & Excellence in Education, International Journal of Inclusive Education, Journal of School Leadership, Journal of Special Education Leadership, Remedial and Special Education, The School Administrator, Teachers College Record, and Urban Education. He co-runs a summer leadership institute for school administrators focusing on issues of equity and inclusion as well as a school reform project called Schools of Promise. His doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis is from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Richard A. Villa, Ed.D., has worked with thousands of teachers and administrators throughout North America and the rest of the world in developing and implementing instructional support systems for educating all students within general education environments. Dr. Villa has been a classroom teacher, special education coordinator, pupil personnel services director, and director of instructional services. He has authored more than 70 articles and book chapters regarding inclusive education and has co-edited three previous books for teachers, administrators, and parents: Restructuring for Caring and Effective Education: An Administrative Guide to Creating Heterogeneous Schools (Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., 1992), Creativity and Collaborative Learning: A Practical Guide to Empowering Students and Teachers (Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., 1994), and Creating an Inclusive School Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, (1995). He has presented at numerous national and international conferences and is known for his enthusiastic, humorous style of presenting.

Julie Causton, Ph.D., is an expert in creating and maintaining inclusive schools. She is an associate professor in the Inclusive Special Education Program at Syracuse University. She teaches courses on inclusion, differentiation, special education law and collaboration. Her published works have appeared in such journals as Exceptional Children, TEACHING Exceptional Children, Journal of Research in Childhood Education, International Journal of Inclusive Education, Behavioral Disorders, Studies in Art Education, and Equity and Excellence in Education. Julie also works with schools and districts directly to help to create truly inclusive schools.


"Finally! A book for administrators outlining both the values and the practices of inclusive schools. It is current. It is visionary. Above all, it is inspiring. This book should be on the desktop of every school leader."--Paula Kluth, Ph.D."author, "You're Going to Love This Kid!"" (06/07/2013)
"A straightforward, realistic, and empowering guide that will help principals move their school culture from one of 'doing inclusion' to inclusive."--Linda K. Llewellyn"Director of Instruction, Homer Central School District" (06/19/2013)
"If there is ever a school administrator seeking advice on creating a culture of effective inclusive practice, this book has the answers!"--Carol Quirk, Ed.D."Co-Executive Director, Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education" (06/19/2013)
"Masterful in its directness and simplicity, this book captures the essentials of principal leadership . . . These authors created a text that speaks WITH principals, not AT them."--Michael McSheehan"Clinical Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders; Project Director, National Center on Inclusive Education" (06/19/2013)
a A fine contribution to the professional literature on inclusive schools, this book provides . . . practical, research-based information on a range of nuts and bolts topics related to developing and supporting an inclusive school.a --James McLeskey, Ph.D."
"A fine contribution to the professional literature on inclusive schools, this book provides . . . practical, research-based information on a range of nuts and bolts topics related to developing and supporting an inclusive school." --James McLeskey, Ph.D.

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