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This book brings together for the first time research syntheses that inform leadership practice in special education from preschool through transition into post-secondary settings. It provides comprehensive coverage of 1) disability policy 2) leadership knowledge 3) inclusive education and 4) evidence-based educational practices. Broader in scope than previous books, it provides in-depth analysis by prominent scholars from across the disciplines of both general and special education. Coverage includes historical roots, policy and legal perspectives, and content supporting collaborative and instructional leadership that support special needs students. Comprehensive'¬ ; This is the first book to integrate the knowledge bases of special education and educational leadership as these fields impact the performance of inclusive schools. Chapter Structure'¬ ; Approximately 75% of each chapter is devoted to a synthesis of current knowledge and 25% to recommendations for special education leadership and future research. Multicultural Focus'¬ ; To assure that the book addresses special education leadership within the context of a multicultural society, all chapter authors incorporate material related to cultural, gender, and linguistic diversity. Expertise'¬ ; All chapter authors have made significant contributions to the knowledge base in their specific areas of study such as law, school reform, and instructional leadership. This book will serve as a reference volume for scholars, leaders, and policy makers and as a textbook for graduate courses in special education, educational administration,and policy studies.