CCSSO, in partnership with the National Collaborative on Inclusive Principal Leadership, developed Supporting Inclusive Schools for the Success of Each Child: A Guide for States on Principal Leadership with support from the CEEDAR Center and Oak Foundation.

The CCSSO Inclusive Leadership Webisode Series builds off this foundational resource to showcase resources and promising practices from states and national partners related to advancing inclusive principal leadership in policy and practice. The series covers a variety of topics pertaining to inclusive leadership, including Universal Design for Learning, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, distributed leadership, high-quality IEP development, among others. Please feel free to share these webisodes with your wider networks.

CCSSO Inclusive Leadership Webisode Series: Upcoming Webisodes

Addressing Student Needs with Research-ProvenTutoring Models- October 14th at 2pm EST- Millions of students, including those with disabilities, have experienced interrupted instruction due to school closures and shifts between remote and hybrid learning models. This webisode discussed the role that evidence-based tutoring programs can play within a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) to address a range of student needs and accelerate learning for all students and with an emphasis on students with disabilities. Jen Krajewski from ProvenTutoring and Dr. Amanda Neitzel from Johns Hopkins University shared an overview of research-proven tutoring interventions and how they can populate Tiers 1, 2, and 3 in a MTSS. Panelists will include Dr. Anne Sinclair, Chief Learning Officer of Reading and Math, Inc., who shared data and stories from the ground around the implementation of evidence-based tutoring programs and their impact on student outcomes.

CCSSO Inclusive Leadership Webisode Series: Past Webisodes

Please check-in as this list will be updated as more recordings become available.

Building a Culture of “All” for Inclusive Schools-This webisode highlighted the theory of action, evidence-based design principles, and lessons learned from the All Means All School Leadership Program. The co-founders of the program, Ben Marcovitz and Lindsay Kruse, were joined by two leaders currently in the program who shared how inclusive practices are shaping their schools' ability to serve all students well—and students with disabilities in particular. 

Inclusion + Resilience in School Reopening: Building Stronger Educational Opportunities for Students with Disabilities - August 3rd, 2021 at 2pm EST. This webisode highlighted a series of learning recovery briefs recently released by Blue Engine and SPED Strategies, two organizations focused on improving outcomes for students with disabilities. Presenters shared recommendations to design more inclusive instructional programs and more resilient specialized supports as part of continued school reopening efforts. Jessi Brunken, Chief Program Officer at Blue Engine and Jamie Wong, President and Kristi Preston, Vice President of SPED Strategies will present.

Building a Corps for Student Success- July 13th, 2021 2pm EST-This webisode included a discussion on how states, districts, and communities can form a Corps for Student Success to get the right supports to the right students at the scale and intensity required. Topics included ways states and communities can build on existing capacities to provide critical additional “people powered” supports to complement teachers and other school personnel and considerations for students with disabilities in implementing additional supports such as tutoring and student success coaching. Representatives from Tulsa Public Schools and the surrounding community shared how they have created and organized an ecosystem of student supports. They were joined by representatives from the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins, InnovateEDU, NCLD, and City Year to discuss effective practices and considerations for policy and implementation.

Effective Approaches to Elementary Inclusive Leadership- June 8th, 2021, 2pm EST- This webisode featured the perspectives of principals at the early childhood, elementary, and middle school levels on the realities of being an inclusive school leader. Principals shared strategies, available resources, and the importance of advancing positive outcomes for students with disabilities in their schools. The practicing leaders were joined by Gracie Branch, Associate Executive Director of Professional Learning at the National Association of Elementary School Principals and Sheryl Cowart Moss, Clinical Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at Georgia State University. The discussion focused on the “how to” of inclusive principal leadership in promoting equity for each student and leadership practices for students with disabilities that benefit all students.

The State of the States: National Trends in State Education Agency Guidance on Special Education - May 25th, 2021 at 12pm EST- This webisode highlighted findings from a nation-wide scan of SEA guidance on special education, including the development and implementation of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and the Endrew F. Supreme Court decision, conducted by the PROGRESS Center and CCSSO.  Speakers included Sarah Arden, Senior Researcher, AIR, and Knowledge Development Lead, Progress Center; Amy Colpo, Research Associate, AIR; Zelphine Smith Dixon, Division Director for Special Education Services and Supports, Georgia Department of Education; and Kathleen Airhart, Program Director of Special Education Outcomes, CCSSO. The webisode also highlighted Georgia’s work in this area and how the state is leveraging inclusive principal leadership to support high quality special education programming.

Building More Collaborative, Equitable, and Inclusive Classrooms and Schools for Students with Diverse Learning Needs- May 11th, 2021 at 2pm EST- This webisode featured the work of Ability Challenge to support school leaders and general education teachers in redefining improvement in special education through targeted collaboration. Sarah Sandelius explained how targeted collaboration elevates the high-leverage, research-based practices that help all educators work better together to identify, share, and meet student needs in inclusive settings, including during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this webisode, state and district leaders who have supported educators in implementing targeted collaboration had an opportunity to offer input into the Ability Challenge’s offerings for school leaders. 

Disproportionate Discipline and COVID-19: A Call for Change- April 13th, 2021 at 2pm EST-Disproportionate discipline of students with disabilities is a long-running crisis, and with the new rules and considerations around COVID-19 the stakes are even higher. This webisode highlighted ways that districts and schools can develop proactive discipline policies that both meet student needs during the pandemic and provide a positive framework for the future. Wendy Tucker and Meghan Whittaker shared practical steps that can be taken as well as facilitate discussion of on-the-ground efforts to date.

PROGRESS Center: Promoting Progress for Students with Disabilities- March 18th, 2021 at 1pm EST- The PROGRESS Center ( leaders, advisors, and practitioner partners shared how the Center’s work promotes progress for students with disabilities by re-envisioning the way local educators develop and implement high-quality educational programming. Dr. David Bateman facilitated a discussion with local educators about their changing roles, use of resources, and needs for a supportive environment to effectively support students with disabilities. The session highlighted PROGRESS Center resources that can support the preparation of local teachers and leaders so we can ensure students with disabilities have access to free appropriate public education that allows them to meet challenging goals.   

Improving Reading Outcomes by Strengthening Family-Educator Partnerships- February 9, 2021 at 2pm EST-This webisode focused on Springboard Collaborative's recipe for impacting reading outcomes for PreK-5th graders and an open-source methodology through which teachers and parents team-up to support learning at home. Family-Educator Learning Accelerators, or FELAs, are 5-10-week cycles during which teachers and parents share a game plan to help kids reach reading goals. Alejandro Gibes de Gac, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Springboard, highlighted how schools and districts across the country are leveraging FELAs to support distance learning by bridging the gap between school and home. Wendy McCulley, Executive Director of School Leadership at Fresno Unified School District, Casey Beckner, Principal of Grass Valley Elementary School in Oakland Unified School District (CA) and Kwanza Howard, Assistant Principal at Lindley Academy Charter School in Philadelphia, also joined to share about the impact of the program.

Supporting Students with Intensive Academic and Behavioral Needs During COVID-19- January 12, 2021 at 3pm EST- This webisode featured Amy Peterson and Sarah Benz from the National Center on Intensive Intervention and Veronica Fiedler and Jason Harlacher from the Colorado Department of Education. Presenters shared lessons learned and strategies for supporting educators in the implementation of intensive intervention and how this work has shifted during the pandemic. Additionally, we will highlight resources to support implementation as a result of COVID-19 including  (1) a guide co-developed with the Center on PBIS and Integrated Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Research Network, (2) example lesson strategies developed by educators for educators, (3) considerations and resources for data collection, implementation, and engaging parents and families. 

Retaining Top Talent through NOLA’s Special Education Leader Fellowship—(December 2020)—In this webisode, Aqua Stovall, Executive Director of the Special Education Leader Fellowship (SELF) based in New Orleans, shared information about the program and how it supports aspiring leaders to increase the instructional skills of both general and special education teachers to meet the needs of students with disabilities, retain top talent, and improve special education programming in partnering schools. Partners Amanda Baram, Director of Special Education, and Amanda Sullivan, Director of Student Support Services, of FirstLine Schools told the story of SELF’s impact from the network and school levels.

Continuing FAPE in the Time of COVID—(November 2020)—This webisode highlighted the importance of meaningful family and community engagement, communication, and co-powerment as effective strategies for ensuring a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for students with disabilities during COVID-19. Denise Marshall and Jennifer Laviano of the the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Laurie T. Singer of Farmington Public Schools, Connecticut, Cindy Cipoletti and Monica McHale-Small of the Learning Disabilities Association of America, and Carole Clancy of the Pennsylvania Department of Education were the presenters.

Mitigating Learning Loss: Leveraging Teacher Candidates as Assets During COVID-19—(October 2020)—This webisode highlighted the recently released brief Addressing Shortages of Educators in an Uncertain COVID-19 Landscape: Viewing Teacher Candidates as Assets and discussed ways teacher candidates can be leveraged as assets to support teachers during this unprecedented time. Jacqueline Rodriguez of AACTE and Loretta Mason-Williams of Binghamton University were the presenters. Additionally, Lindsey Decker, teacher candidate, Boston Public Schools and Boston University; Min Jen Taylor, Principal, Boston Public Schools; Ellie Friedland, Program Supervisor, Boston Public Schools and Clinical Associate Professor, Boston University; and Davena Jackson, Assistant Professor, Boston University served as panelists.

Leveraging Data to Enable High-leverage Practices for All Learners (October 2020)During this webisode, state leaders from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) in DC introduced a multi-tiered systems of support toolkit and data dashboard and how it can be used to support educators in the implementation of high-leverage practices for all learners. Shavonne Gibson, Jennifer Carpenter, Angela Awonaike, and Kelley Scholl of OSSE were the presenters.

Advancing Inclusive Principal Leadership in States (September 2020)—This webisode highlighted states’ work through CCSSO’s Advancing Inclusive Principal Leadership (AIPL) State Initiative. In November 2018, CCSSO launched the AIPL in partnership with the CEEDAR Center and Oak Foundation. Through the AIPL, four states—Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, and Ohio—are implementing plans to further inclusive leadership across the principal pipeline from initial preparation to ongoing practice. AIPL state leaders reflected on their current work.

Now More than Ever: MTSS for School Reentry (August 2020)This webisode focused on multi-tiered systems and support and its role in school reentry, blended learning, and remote learning heading into the 2020-2021 school year. Steve Goodman of the Michigan MTSS Technical Assistance Center and Hank Bohanon of Loyola University Chicago were the presenters.

Leveraging MTSS Systems to Support the Return of School During and After Crisis (July 2020)This webisode focused on the how states and districts can utilize a multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) framework in preparing for the return to school with our current normal. Information shared during the webisode is based on a collaborative guidance document from five national technical assistance centers. Brandi Simonson Co-Director, Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports ( and Steve Goodman of the Michigan MTSS Technical Assistance Center were the presenters.

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for All: Including Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities (July 2020) —This webisode focused on multi-tiered systems of support for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. Sheryl Lazarus, Gale Ghere, and Jessica Bowman of the TIES Center along with education leaders from Washington State were the presenters.

Keeping Inclusivity a Priority, Even at A Distance (June 2020) —This webisode focused on district responses to the closures due to the novel coronavirus and include examples of promising practices to support students who learn differently. Robin Lake and Sivan Tuchman of the Center for Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) were the presenters.

Creating Inclusive Environments In-Person and Online (May 2020)—This webisode focused on the practitioners' perspective of creating inclusive cultures and environments both for in-person and virtual settings as schools across the country are closed across the country due the novel coronavirus. Erin Studer and Adie Buchinsky of The Chime Institute and Amy Hanreddy of California State University, Northridge were the presenters.

Preparing Inclusive Teachers and Leaders for Today's Students (April 2020)—This webisode focused on the preparation of inclusive teachers and leaders including dual licensure programs and include a focus on online preparation as educator preparation programs make shifts due to the novel coronavirus. Jackie Rodriguez from AACTE, Mary Murray, Kimberly A. Christensen, Alexandria Carlozzi, and Zeb Kellough of Bowling Green State University, and Marvin Lynn, Ingrid Anderson, and Molly Baustien Siuty of Portland State University were the presenters.

Strengthening Executive Function Skills: Evidence-Based Opportunities to Support All Learners(April 2020)—This webisode focused on bolstering school leaders’ knowledge of evidence-based practices to enhance executive function skills for all learners. Holly McCormack of Brain Futures and Dr. Jacquelyn F. Gamino and James Lowry of the Center for BrainHealth, The University of Texas at Dallas were the presenters.

Supporting Inclusive Principals to Strategically Address Educator Shortages (March 2020)This webisode focused on the principal’s role in recruiting, supporting, and retaining effective teachers of students with disabilities. Lindsey Hayes and Lynn Holdheide of the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders and Ryan Saunders of the Learning Policy Institute were the presenters.

Forward Together: Policies and Practices to Support Students Who Learn Differently (February 2020)This webisode focused on findings from NCLD’s Forward Together: Helping Educators Unlock the Power of Students Who Learn Differently report and an associated school leader’s guide. Meghan Whittaker of NCLD and Shivohn Garcia of Understood for Educators were the presenters.

Distributed Principal Leadership: Leveraging School-Based Teams for Inclusive Education (January 2020)This webisode focused on distributive leadership to advance inclusive schools. Sarah Rosenberg, Beulah McLoyd, and Brenda Newman-Sheldon of New Leaders were the presenters.

IRIS Modules: The Principal’s Role in High-Quality IEP Development and Implementation  (December 2019)This webisode focused on the principal’s role in high-quality IEP development and implementation. Naomi Tyler and Tanya Collins of The IRIS Center, Latricia Bronger of the Greater Louisville Education Cooperative, and Deanna Clemens and Steve Prater of the Texas Education Agency were the presenters.

Universal Design for Learning: Advancing Inclusive Leadership to Support All Learners (November 2019)This webisode focused on universal design for learning. Frank Edelblut, Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Education, Nikki Norris, a principal from Baltimore County Public Schools, and Bill Wilmot and Allison Posey from CAST were the presenters.

High-Leverage Practices in Special Education: A Professional Development Guide for School Leaders (October 2019)This webisode focused on high-leverage practices in special education for school leaders. Lynn Holdheide of the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, Erica McCray, and James McLeskey of the CEEDAR Center were the presenters.

Braided Federal Funding: How Blending Federal Funds Can Advance Inclusive Principal Leadership (September 2019)This webisode focused on how to blend federal funds to advance inclusive principal leadership. Kathleen Airhart of CCSSO, Sheara Krvaric of Federal Education Group, PLLC, Peter Zamora of CCSSO, and Dean Zajic of the Kansas Department of Education were the presenters.

Preparing Inclusive Principals:  Leadership for Inclusive Schools (August 2019)—This webisode focused on inclusive school leader preparation. Amy Farley of the University of Cincinnati, Sheryl Cowart Moss of Georgia State University, and Michelle Young of UCEA were the presenters.

Ensuring an Equitable Opportunity: Providing a High-Quality Education for Students with Disabilities (August 2019)This webisode focused on CCSSO’s new resource on individualized education programs Ensuring an Equitable Opportunity: Providing a High-Quality Education for Students with Disabilities. Kathleen Airhart of CCSSO, David Bateman of Shippensburg University, and James M. Paul of CCSSO were the presenters.

Inclusive Education: Developing a Common Language Among States (July 2019)This webisode focused on defining inclusive schools and inclusive principal leadership. Toni Barton of the Relay Graduate School of Education, Kaylan Connally of CCSSO, and Carol Quirk of the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education were the presenters.