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A Principal's Guide to Special Education (4th Edition)

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David F. Bateman
C. Fred Bateman
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The fourth edition of "A Principals Guide to Special Education," is an indispensable resource for educators navigating the complexities of special education in the 21st century, it is crucial to continue evolving the guide to address the ever-changing landscape of educational needs, legal requirements, and best practices. This new edition builds upon the foundation laid by its predecessors, notably the third edition, which was significantly updated in collaboration with and endorsed by the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, incorporating insights from both teachers and principals.

This publication is in presale and will ship in late Spring/early Summer. 


  1. Latest Educational Legislation and Policies: A review of recent changes in federal and state education laws affecting special education, including updates to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and other relevant legislation. It addresses new policies or guidance issued by the Department of Education and other relevant bodies.
  2. Mental Health and Well-being: Expanded content on supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of students with disabilities. It includes strategies for addressing trauma, anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges, as well as promoting social-emotional learning and positive behavioral supports.
  3. Collaborative Practices for Inclusion: Further emphasis on collaborative teaching models, co-teaching arrangements, and building inclusive learning communities. It includes strategies for effective collaboration between general and special education teachers, paraprofessionals, specialists, and families to support the learning and inclusion of students with disabilities.
  4. Top Ten Lists: Each chapter has a top ten lists of items principals need to know about specific topics. This will facilitate learning and professional development.
  5. Future Trends and Challenges: A forward-looking section discusses emerging trends, potential challenges, and opportunities in special education.

David F. Bateman is a principal researcher at AIR, and is Co-Principal Investigator of LEAD-IDEA, the newly funded OSEP Training Center focused on building administrators related to special education. He is a former professor at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Educational Leadership and Special Education where he taught courses on special education law, assessment, and IEP implementation/development. He is also a former due process hearing officer for Pennsylvania for over 580 hearings. He uses his knowledge of litigation relating to special education to assist school districts in providing appropriate supports for students with disabilities and to prevent and to recover from due process hearings.


Dr. Bateman has been a classroom teacher of students with learning disabilities, behavior disorders, intellectual disability, and hearing impairments. He has recently co-authored the following books: A Principal’s Guide to Special Education, A Teacher’s Guide to Special Education, Special Education Law Case Studies, Special Education Leadership: Building Effective Programming in Schools, Developing Educational Meaningful and Legally Sound IEPs, and Current Trends and Issues in Special Education. He was recently co-editor of a special issue of TEACHING Exceptional Children focusing on legally proficient IEPs. He is also co-editor of the new Special Education Law and Policy Series for Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.


Since 2020 Dr. Bateman has been involved in 115 due process hearings. During COVID he led the Pennsylvania Department of Education monthly presentations on working with students with disabilities in virtual environments. He also works with multiple state education agencies on system-wide change, including supervising a class-action lawsuit against the Oregon Department of Education as the neutral fact-finder, and rewriting SEA procedures for charter schools for the Guam Department of Education.


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