Special Education Leadership

Providing Support to Education Leaders

pfp leadership fellows

The Leadership Initiative is a statewide effort to provide support to education leaders responsible for administering programs and services for students with disabilities. Special education administrators need to be knowledgeable about effective programming for students with disabilities, as well as special education law.

Our theme is “Achieving Balance: Managing Compliance, Leading Improvement.” Ensuring that programs and services conform to federal and state regulations while improving student results is a critical component of our work scope.

Special Education Leadership
  • Apr11

    PA Fellowship Program 2018-2019 Information Packet and Application

    Are you a new or veteran special education supervisor who is responsible for ensuring success for students with disabilities? Have you been looking for a professional development series that addresses the myriad topics related to your daily responsibilities? Look no further.

    PaTTAN is offering an ongoing professional development opportunity during the 2018-2019 school year. The Pennsylvania Fellowship Program (PFP) is specifically designed to support special education leaders as they build the knowledge and skills for leading and managing special education. Topics include: creating effective infrastructures in special education, orchestrating quality special education programs, instructional considerations for effective programming, and proactive practices in special education.

    Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-2019 cohort. Click on the link below to learn more about this exciting opportunity. ““Pennsylvania Fellowship Program for Special Education Leaders Information Packet(Fellowship Packet)”:http://pattan.net-website.s3.amazonaws.com/images/misc/2018/05/22/PFP_2018_19__052218.pdf
    If you have questions regarding the PFP, please contact: Tracy Ficca, tficca@pattan.net

  • Jan26

    PA Leaders in Special Education LiveBinder

    It is critical for educational leaders to stay up-to-date with content from many organizations and resources, but this can be challenging when your time is limited. The special education leadership initiative of PaTTAN has created a new resource that keeps these online resources in one location for easy access. The PA Leaders in Special Education LiveBinder is now available at http://tinyurl.com/pa-special-ed-leaders. This resource includes Pennsylvania and national resources and organizations, electronic journals, and government organizations. Simply click on the associated tab for a list of resources and then click on the specific resource to be taken to the live site.


  • Judy Ball
    Leadership, Secondary Transition, Procedural Safeguards
  • Tracy Ficca
    Leadership, PDE Annual Conference, Project MAX
  • Jane Freeman
    Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Leadership, Secondary Transition, Educational Interpreters, Deaf-Blind
  • Jacqui DiDomenico
    Leadership, Family Engagement, Project MAX
  • Ron Logan
    Leadership, Mathematics, IDEA and Chapter 14
  • Sielke Caparelli
    Behavior, Leadership, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS/RtII)
  • Nichole Kopco
    Leadership, Reading, Project MAX, Procedural Safeguards
  • Paula Schmitt
    Leadership, Procedural Safeguards
  • Jacki Lyster
    Leadership, Secondary Transition, Project MAX
  • Rebecca Davis
    Leadership, IDEA and Chapter 14, Project MAX
  • Christine Moon
    Leadership, Inclusive Practices, Procedural Safeguards
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