The Point Person for Special Education (National Association of Elementary School Principals, NAESP)


There are several important points all principals should understand about special education. These points are not isolated; instead, they are often intertwined. Keep them in mind when working with the students in your building.

1. Make all students your responsibility. There might be other programs housed in the building, and there might be students who receive special reading instruction or other supplemental services, but the principal is responsible for ensuring that all students receive an appropriate education.

2. Learn what’s required. Although most principal training programs don’t offer extensive training related to special education, principals have an obligation to know about special education and what is required of it. Attend workshops; ask questions; go to meetings. Stay connected with education organizations like NAESP and find opportunities to learn about special education and how to meet students’ needs.

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