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IES Releases Grant Competitions in Education and Special Education Research and Training for FY 2016
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:48:58 -0400 Wednesday April 15, The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) released FY2016 funding announcements for grant competitions in education and special education research and training. The competitions that were released included: • Education Research Grants (84.305A); • Special Education Research Grants (84.324A); • Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences (84.305B); • Research Training Programs in Special Education (84.324B); • Education Research and Development Center Program (84.305C); • Statistical and Research Methodology in Education (84.305D); and • Partnerships and Collaborations Focused on Problems of Practice or Policy (84.305H). Please visit the IES Funding Opportunities page to learn the steps for applying...
CEC Tells Senate to Support Students With Exceptionalities in ESEA
Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:16:40 -0400 Chairman Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Murray (D-WA) have shared a new bipartisan draft bill to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. While the bill does include some important provisions that support students with disabilities, the bill does not go far enough. In fact, high ability students and preschool children are ignored in the bill. In addition, provisions and resources for professionals are not sufficient to ensure a well prepared and supported workforce. The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee began to markup the bill on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. It is expected that the markup will take...
NCII and NCSI Co-Host Upcoming Webinar on Tiered Interventions
Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:09:02 -0400 As part of the new Results Driven Accountability (RDA) initiative the Office of Special Education Programs (OESP) launched the National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) to help states transform their systems for supporting students with disabilities. Together with NCSI, the National Center on Intensive Intervention (NCII) will host the webinar, Results Driven Accountability and Intensive Intervention: Using MTSS to Improve Outcomes for Students with Disabilities on Wednesday April 22nd, from 3:00-4:15 EST. State education agency staff, district leaders, special educators, classroom teachers, interventionists, school psychologists, instructional coaches, and technical assistance providers are encouraged to attend and learn what Results Driven...
OSERS Joins Twittter
Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:06:00 -0400 The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) now has a twitter account. Follow them at ED_Sped_Rehab to get the most up to date news and information from the department.
CEC Heads to San Diego for its Annual Convention & Expo
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 15:52:34 -0400 CEC is gearing up for the Annual Convention & Expo taking place in San Diego, CA from April 8-11. Below, check out all the Public Policy Sessions on a variety of important topics! Check out CEC's Legislative Action Center in the Expo and get involved! Come by CEC's Legislative Action Center in the Expo and find out about how you can get involved in CEC's advocacy efforts. Write letters to your members of Congress on Budget, ESEA, UNCRPD, and Talent Act. PreconventionWorkshop 15: What Every Educator Needs to Know About the Coming Changes to Special Education Policy Wednesday, April 8,...
Senate and House Resolutions Make Deep Spending Cuts to Education
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:44:35 -0400 Right before adjuring for its spring recess, both the Senate and the House passed their budget blueprints. Unfortunately, both include massive cuts to education. Budget blueprints set overall spending caps, they do not specify program amounts. Congress will begin this work when it returns in April after negotiating a final version of the budget resolution. The Senate Education Budget cuts $63 billion from FY 2016 – 2015 which is 8 percent below current funding levels. The House Education Budget cuts $135 billion from FY 2016-2025 which is 20 percent below current funding levels. There has been some speculation around a...
$4.1 Million Awarded Through Charter School Program by U.S. Department of Education
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:27:06 -0400 Last week the U.S. Department of Education announced six new grant awards which totaled to $4.1 million through the Charter Schools Program (CSP) National Leadership Activities program. These grants were created to help strengthen charter schools and charter school authorizers, while aiding to serve students with disabilities and English learners. The Department has made these key issues a priority for helping charter schools. The six grantees will provide technical assistance and training and share effective practices with charter schools across the country. The grantees are: the Alameda County Office of Education; the California Charter Schools Association; the Illinois Network of...
Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program FY 2015 Competition
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:54:59 -0400 The Department of Education has recently published in the Federal Register applications for new awards for the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program. The purpose of this competition under the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program (Javits) is to provide grants to State educational agencies (SEAs) to allow them to carry out an organized program of scientifically based research, demonstration projects, innovative strategies, and similar activities designed to strengthen and improve the ability of elementary and secondary schools nationwide to meet the special educational needs of gifted and talented students, particularly those from disadvantaged...
The 2020 Federal Youth Transition Plan: A Federal Interagency Strategy
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:52:27 -0400 The Federal Partners in Transition (FPT) is a workgroup with representatives of several federal agencies, including the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Labor, and the Social Security Administration, which was formed in 2005 to support all youth, including youth with disabilities, in successfully transitioning from school to adulthood. Working together, these agencies strive to achieve their vision: to promote the full inclusion, integration, and participation of youth and adults with disabilities in the workforce and beyond. During the course of their work, as a way to provide information on the workgroups continued mission, they developed the 2020...
IES Opens SLD Grants Competition
Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:18:51 -0400 Last week, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) invited State educational agencies to apply for grants to assist them in using data in statewide, longitudinal data systems (SLDS) to inform their efforts to improve education in critical areas. Applicants are open to apply for funds to carry out projects to address up to two of the following data use priorities Financial Equity and Return on Investment (ROI); Educator Talent Management; Early Learning; College and Career; Evaluation and Research Instructional Support. Under any of these priorities, States should consider how their proposals would enhance their ability to use their SLDS to...