"As schools become more diverse and standards become increasingly rigorous, school leaders must acquire the knowledge and skills needed to implement evidence-based inclusive practices designed to ensure all students are provided with the supports necessary to achieve."

"I learned about NUSELI and was accepted into the program while still an Assistant Principal. My experience as an Assistant Principal along with my participation in NUSELI as I sought my doctorate degree helped me greatly prepare for my first Principalship at Westridge Middle School. "

"NUSELI brings together leaders who have a desire to increase their knowledge and ability to have an impact on the lives of all students, especially students with disabilities. The scholars’ research, which spans for over a decade, continues to influence leaders, educators, and students."

Research by NUSELI

Bai, H. & Martin, S. (2015). Assessing the needs of training on inclusive education for public school administrators. Journal of Inclusive Education, 19(12), 1229-1243.


Gourwitz, J., Dillenseger Slanda, D., & Martin, S. (2015). Change that works: Urban research studies for use in rural settings. Proceedings from ACRES 2015: Celebrating Differences: Rural and Urban Schools at the Crossroads of Change.


Bai, H. & Martin, S. (2013). Assessment of public school principals’ knowledge of inclusive education for students with special needs. Proceedings from American Educational Research Association Conference, San Francisco, CA.


Slanda, D. D., Martin, S., Miller, K., & Gourwitz, J. (2018, November). Role ambiguity: How do we prepare special education teachers for their changing roles? Submitted to Council for Exceptional Children, Teacher Education Division Conference, Las Vegas, NV.


Martin, S. M., Slanda, D. D., & Gourwitz, J. (2017, November). Acting as one: The power of the partnerships for community engagement. Presented at Council for Exceptional Children, Teacher Education Division Conference, Savannah, GA.


Gourwitz, J., & Slanda, D. (2015, March). Change that works: Urban research studies for use in rural settings. Presented at The 34th Annual Conference of the American Council on Rural Special Education, New Orleans, LA.


Bai, H. & Martin, S. (2014, April). Assessing the needs of training on special education knowledge and skills for public school administrators. Presented at the American Education Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.


Martin, S., & Lopez, A. (2011, November). Effective preparation for urban special education school leaders: A shared vision. Presented at the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference, Austin, Texas.


Martin, S. (2011, May). National Urban Special Education Leadership Initiative: 2006-2011. Presented at the Exceptional Education Advisory Board, Orlando, FL.


Martin, S., Gourwitz, J., McKinney, T., & McIntire, J. (2010, November). Five years later: Reflections on leadership journeys: Special women, special leaders. Presented at the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO.


Martin, S., Lupi, L., Miller, K., & Cowley, D. (2010, November). Stories from the field: Special Education department chairpersons. Presented at the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO.


Martin, S. (2010, May). Leadership development through collaboration. Global Excellence in Education Through Collaboration Conference, SIAS International University, Zhengzhou, China.


Martin, S. (2009, November). Instrument development: Inventory of Florida principals’ knowledge of inclusion. Presented at the Florida Education Research Association Conference, Orlando, FL.


Marrett, C. & Martin, S. (2009, April). Examining leadership competencies for newly appointed urban special education administrators. Presented at the Council for Exceptional Children Annual Convention and Expo.


Martin, S. (2008, November). Preparing school administrators to collaborate in times of change to create change. Presented at the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference, Dallas, TX.


Martin, S. (2008, October). A practical approach to mentoring urban school leaders. Presented at the Florida Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference, Sarasota, FL.


Martin, S., & Marrett, C. (2008, April). The role of school leaders in promoting collaboration: A practical model. Presented at the Council for Exceptional Children Annual Convention and Expo, Boston, MA.


Martin, S., Marrett, C., & Wagner, K. (2007, November). Mentoring: A practical approach to preparing urban school leaders. Presented at the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference, Milwaukee, MN, November 7-10, 2007


Martin, S. & Blake, B. (2007, July). Collaborating for change: A special education leadership initiative. Presented at The International Special Education Forum – Making the Impossible Possible: A Better Life for People with Different Abilities and Their Families!, Lima, Peru.

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