Introduction by: Ann Monroe-Baillargeon, Ph.D. Alfred University
Mary Haggerty and Susan Schultz in “A Principal’s Lessons Learned” provide for us professional insights from their interactions with parents of students with special needs. It is a powerful statement to lead off our monograph, Duets and Dialogue: Voices on Inclusive Practices in Our Schools, with a focus on the relationship between school administrators and parents. All too often, our focus on parents comes at the end of a long list of other priorities, curriculum, instructional practices, student needs, etc. It is exciting to see that a focus on parents and the importance of school leadership to listen with the purpose of understanding, developing trust, and engaging parents in the change process help to frame our understanding of inclusive practices right from the beginning, rather than waiting to the end. Thank you to Mary Haggerty, Susan Schultz and the parents who generously shared their insights in getting our Duets and Dialogue monograph off to a great start!
Haggerty, Mary E. and Schultz, Susan (2010). "A Principal’s Lessons Learned: Implications for School Leadership." Duets and Dialogue: Voices on Inclusive Practices in Our Schools , 10-17.
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Chapter in Duets and Dialogue: Voices on Inclusive Practices in Our Schools, edited by Marie Cianca and Cathy Freytag. The full book can be found here: http://www.inclusion-ny.org/duet-dialogue