Communicating With Families, Educators, and Policymakers

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Abstract

• Special education leaders are key in facilitating positive, collaborative communication across multiple school and community audiences about the benefits of including students with disabilities in all assessments. • To communicate effectively about assessments, special education leaders need to understand the purposes of the assessments administered in their school or district and how to interpret and explain assessment data. • Different audiences have different assessment-related questions and needs and different preferred ways of communicating. • An array of communication tools and methods, including electronic and in-person formats and synchronous and asynchronous options, can be used to communicate successfully with stakeholders to share information about assessments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)112-124
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Special Education Leadership
Volume35
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Virginia A. Ressa, PhD, is a Research Associate for the National Center on Educational Outcomes, Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain/University of Minnesota, 2025 East River Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55414. E-mail: ressa003@umn.edu Sheryl S. Lazaus, PhD, is the Director for the National Center on Educational Outcomes, Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain/University of Minnesota, 2025 East River Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55414. E-mail: laza0019@umn.edu Conflict of Interest. The authors declare no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article. Funding Disclosure. The preparation of this article was supported by the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education, through Cooperative Agreement H326G21002 with the University of Minnesota. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the Office or the U.S. Department of Education.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022, Council of Administrators of Special Education. All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Assessment
  • Audiences
  • Communication
  • Social Media

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