About the Institute
The National Institute on Leadership, Disability and Students Placed At Risk (NILDSPAR) supports the preparation of school leaders in educating students with disabilities and students placed at risk of school failure. The Institute is funded by a generous gift and directed by Dr. Susan Hasazi, Stafford Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership and Special Education at the University of Vermont.
This website is the first project of the Institute, and focuses on the development and dissemination of instructional materials for use by professors of educational leadership in the preparation of school leaders. The overarching goal of all the course modules is to prepare school leaders with the skills and dispositions necessary for educating students with disabilities and those placed at risk.
The course modules are engaging, well-researched, multi-faceted, and designed for easy inclusion in many courses associated with Educational Leadership. Teams comprised of faculty members in Educational Leadership and Special Education from 11 nationally recognized institutions of higher education, collaborated to develop the course modules found on this website. The development of the modules has been a rigorous process: each course module has undergone a series of peer reviews and revisions.
The professors and students involved in this project are named Stafford Fellows/Student Scholars in recognition of Senator Robert Stafford of Vermont, who served in the United States Congress between 1961-1988 and made significant contributions to federal policy related to the education of all students. You may also view a full list of the Fellows and Scholars.