High-Leverage Practices in Special Education: A Professional Development Guide for School Leaders (CEC)
High-Leverage Practices in Special Education: A Professional Development Guide for School Leaders was developed to assist school leaders in planning and implementing professional development about high-leverage practices to K–12 educators. High-leverage practices are frequently occurring, essential educational practices that all K–12 special educators should know how to do. These practices are evidence based, meaning that they reflect effective methods that when successfully implemented can improve results for struggling learners. They also are broadly applicable across content areas.
The twenty-two high-leverage practices—which were identified through consensus among special educators—are designed to serve as a road map for guiding teacher preparation, professional development, and/or current self-assessment. To make the practices more understandable and easier to use for these purposes, high-leverage practices are organized around four intertwined areas of practice: collaboration, assessment, social/emotional/behavioral and instruction.