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Effective Clinical Educator Preparation
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:33:13 -0500 Clinical practice and partnership are central to high-quality teacher preparation, and although a variety of delivery models can coexist, they all must incorporate key principles to be effective, according to a report recently released by a commission of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). In the report, A Pivot Toward Clinical Practice, Its Lexicon, and the Renewal of Educator Preparation, the AACTE Clinical Practice Commission describes a “cacophony of perspectives” across today’s teacher preparation programs regarding what constitutes clinical practice. The commission calls on the field to pivot from its “divergent understandings of terms, structures and quality”...
NCSER Seeking Interns for Summer 2018
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:26:38 -0500 Are you interested in intervention or special education and have the knowledge/skills in education or related research fields? Do you have experience using and manipulating spreadsheets and databases, strong writing and organizational skills, an ability to juggle multiple tasks with different timelines, and intellectual curiosity? The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) is seeking upper-level college students and graduate students to volunteer as summer interns. Summer interns learn about education research activities supported by NCSER and assist in communicating this work to practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and other stakeholders. Interns collaborate with multiple staff members on a number of special...
CEELO Releases Resources for ESSA Implementation
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:24:49 -0500 The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) released, The State of Early Learning in ESSA: Plans and Opportunities for Implementation, a policy brief highlighting practices from state plans evaluating and implementing their Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plans, and includes a chart showing how each addresses key areas within their plans. The review focuses on three key priorities for early learning in ESSA: Setting clear goals and policy priorities for early learning, Integrating early learning into school improvement, and Supporting early childhood educator development. The following resources have also...
President’s FY 2019 Budget Proposal Disregards the Needs of Children with Exceptionalities
Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:41:45 -0500 President Trump’s FY 2019 budget proposal undermines public education and neglects children and youth with exceptionalities slashing the U.S. Department of Education’s budget by approximately 5.4 percent. The $63.2 billion in discretionary funding eliminates funding for teacher’s professional development, after school programs and the Javits Act, the only federal investment to support vulnerable minority and low-income gifted students. IDEA state grant programs and the IDEA Part D programs have all been level funded, jeopardizing the provision of a free appropriate public education and early intervention for the nation’s children and youth with disabilities. In addition, the President’s budget proposal recommends...
The 5th Continuing Resolution!
Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:35:44 -0500 On February 9, 2018, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (BBA) passed the House by a vote of 240 – 186 and the Senate by a vote of 71 – 28, ending a brief overnight government shutdown. Republican concerns over increased spending and some Democrats advocating for the budget deal to include extending immigration protection for DREAMers led to the government shutdown. The BBA raised the statutory caps on discretionary spending by a total of $296 billion over Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 and FY 2019. For FY 2018 defense caps increased by $80 billion and non-defense caps by $63 billion....
New Poll Reveals Americans Believe Education is No. 2 Priority
Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:04:05 -0500 The Pew Research Center conducted a poll in January 2018 of over a thousand American adults and revealed that the majority of individuals questioned believe improving education comes second to fighting terrorism for the United States government. The top three priorities for American adults in order of importance were fighting terrorism, improving education, and the economy. The online report of the poll reveals major differences in priorities along party lines including protecting the environment, climate change, and immigration.
Thomas B. Fordham Institute Releases Report on Gifted Education
Tue, 13 Feb 2018 11:54:13 -0500 A report published by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute titled, Is There a Gifted Gap?, revealed that high-poverty schools and those with high poverty populations of students of color are as likely to have gifted programs as their counterparts but participation in these program lags. Researchers at the Fordham Institute examined the extent to which access to and participation in gifted programs vary for different groups of students nationally and in each state, especially in high-poverty schools. The report goes on to offer recommendations for remedying the low participation rate.
New IDEA Website to Launch April 2018
Wed, 07 Feb 2018 08:30:00 -0500 The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services will automatically redirect users from the Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004 site to the new Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) website starting April 30, 2018. OSERS launched the new IDEA website in June 2017 in order to provide updated department information regarding the IDEAto the public including students, parents/families, educators, service providers, grantees, researchers and advocates. IDEA website users are encouraged to bookmark the new IDEA website: https://sites.ed.gov/idea. While the Legacy site will redirect users to the new IDEA site on April 30, content from the Legacy site is available for...
Join us! CEC’s Policy and Advocacy Team Heads to Tampa, Florida for the annual Special Education Convention and Expo!
Fri, 02 Feb 2018 16:46:56 -0500 We hope you will be joining us and thousands of special educators in Tampa, Florida for CEC’s Annual Convention and Expo! CEC’s Convention will provide us all with an opportunity to reflect on special education and early interaction how we can continue to advance the profession and support better outcomes for children and youth with disabilities and gifts and talents. This year’s convention will offer over 500 sessions, workshops, town halls and more, featuring the most pressing issues in the field, as well as speakers and celebrations you won’t want to miss! CEC’s Policy and Advocacy team and U.S. Department...
President Trump’s First Official State of the Union – Short on Education!
Wed, 31 Jan 2018 17:47:39 -0500 In President Trump’s 80-minute State of the Union address to Congress, there was only one specific mention to education which was framed around continued economic prosperity. His focus was on career and technical education - “Let us open great vocational schools so our future workers can learn a craft and realize their full potential.” Unfortunately, no specifics were given. The President introduced his plan for dealing with immigration policy supported by some Republicans but opposed by almost all Democrats. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is inextricably connected to education as approximately 250,000 students and 9,000 teachers are DACA...