What Principals Need to Know About Discipline and Students with Disabilities


2/11/2015 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

2/11/2015 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Wednesday, Feb. 11
4-5 p.m. ET

We all want safe schools, and principals need to keep order—and student with disabilities, including emotional and behavioral disorders, need an education. In this program, you’ll hear about steps and strategies principals and assistant principals need to consider in order to implement whole-school discipline plans. You’ll analyze the rules about discipline for students with disabilities, and discover why they can cause confusion about expectations. You will hear about how to coach teachers on disciplinary issues and learn what areas to address at the beginning of the year for students with emotional and behavioral disorders. You’ll discuss case studies of specific problems (the student who “fails bus;” what counts as a suspension, and others). The presentation is based on A Principal’s Guide to Special Education, third edition.


After completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Discuss principles of discipline for students with emotional/behavioral disorders
  • Describe causes of disproportionality in disciplinary referrals
  • Analyze competing principles in difficult cases arising from disciplinary issues
  • Communicate effectively with parents and community members about discipline in your school


Workshop 15  Photo  Bateman DavidDavid F. Bateman has a B.A. in Government and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, a M.Ed. in Special Education from the College of William & Mary, and a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Kansas. He has been a classroom teacher of students with learning disabilities, behavior disorders, intellectual disability, and hearing impairments. He is a professor of special education at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches courses in learning disabilities, special education law, and the introduction to special education. He was a due process hearing officer the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is Public Policy Committee Chair for CEC’s Division for Learning Disabilities. His latest area of research is the role of principals in special education.