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SSD Hosts Inaugural Principal Institute

Inaugural SSD Principal Institute - Dr. Keenan address 220 administrators from across St. Louis County during her keynote.June 22, 2022 - On Tuesday, June 21, SSD hosted its inaugural Principal Institute. Administrative staff from all 22 partner districts were in attendance for a day of professional learning focused on special education.

“The Principal Institute is important because it helps our partner district principals understand their role in special education,” said Executive Director of Teaching, Learning, & Accountability Dr. Mollie Bolton. “With us being a dual servicing district sometimes it can be difficult for these individuals to know what their responsibility is for special education. We’re hopeful that this conference really helped them understand what their role is and to be better advocates for our students.”

Almost 20 sessions were offered throughout the day, presented by SSD administrators, partner district directors, and administrators from our partner districts. Sessions highlighted topics such as special education process, equity, functional behavior assessments, co-teaching, and more. The goal was to support principals in their decision-making around special education, providing a foundation for them to take into the next school year.

“In partnership, we must promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the delivery of special education programs and services.  It is a shared responsibility, not one-sided,” said Chief of Partner Districts Chaketa Mack-Riddle. “Collaboration is critical to ensure we are able to improve the academic outcomes of ALL students. It is extremely important to include special education administrators when planning for the start of the year and beyond!”

Feedback from this year’s session is currently being reviewed and updates will take place based on this information. Are you a principal in one of SSD’s partner districts and interested in attending next year’s Principal Institute? Watch for upcoming save the date information for next year’s session!