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22-23 Special Education Leadership Fellowship: Emily Boles

Over the next few months, we will be highlighting the special education leaders who participated in our 22-23 Special Education Leadership Fellowship. The fellowship was paid for by Federal CSP funds and offered an intensive leadership development opportunity specific to special education. Some of the activities included monthly PD, development of a strategic plan, school site visits and reviews, individual coaching, and participation in a community of practice. The yearlong fellowship was facilitated by SELF NOLA in partnership with Bluum.

In addition, each leader will be asked to share a “favorite resource.”

Meet Emily Boles

Student Special Education Director & Federal Programs Director | Sage International Network of Schools 

Tell us about your school, your role, and why you chose to participate in the SELF Leadership Program:
I work for the Sage International Network of Schools – Boise and Middleton and I’m the special education director and federal programs coordinator. I cover IEP meetings when building admin can’t, manage all kinds of compliance and fiscal reporting, consult with teachers and our school psychologist, troubleshoot EDPlan…lots of variability every day!

Biggest Take Away from the Leadership Cohort:
Following the student-centered staffing PLC in March, I created a workload analysis tool to use. Our special education teams at both schools have filled them out for their current caseloads and the plan is to use this info in determining caseloads and teaching roles (e.g., behavior specialization) for next school year.

Fun Fact:
I love to read! I’m up to 31 books so far this year. I recommend Ithaca by Claire North (reimagined mythology about Penelope, who ran things around the kingdom while Odysseus was away) and Ms. Demeanor by Elinor Lipman.

Favorite Resource: Emily’s Workload Analysis Tool

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