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OSERS Federal Register Notice
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:41:10 -0500 The following information regarding OSERS Notices was published in the Federal Register during the week of November 17, 2014. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP): The following Notice of Applications for New Awards; Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities--Stepping-up Technology Implementation was published in the Federal Register on Friday, November 21, 2014. The purposes of the Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities Program are to: (1) Improve results for students with disabilities by promoting the development, demonstration, and use of technology; (2) support educational activities designed to be of educational value in the classroom...
State Support for K12 Funding
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:59:52 -0500 The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) recently released a new report, Most States Still Funding Schools Less Than Before the Recession that found “At least 30 states are providing less funding per student for the 2014-15 school year than they did before the recession hit. Fourteen of these states have cut per-student funding by more than 10 percent. The report stresses the massive consequences for state-level K-12 spending cuts which include: State-level K-12 cuts have large consequences for local school districts. Local school districts are hard pressed to replace large reductions in state aid on their own. The...
Feedback on OSEP’s IDEA Part C Determinations Process
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:47:51 -0500 The Office of Special Education Programs within the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) wants your feedback! The current blog posting concerns a proposed approach for including results data in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C determinations process. At the request of OSEP, the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) developed a proposal for using results data to review states’ performance results for children who receive early intervention services. OSERS now requests feedback on the proposed approach. What are the pros and cons of the proposed approach? Are there other data sources that should be...
Apply to be a White House Fellow
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:45:57 -0500 The White House Fellows program 2015-2016 has officially launched online on November 1, 2014! Open season is from November 1, 2014 to January 15, 2015. The program’s mission is to expose Fellows to first-hand, high-level experience in the Federal government. The program consists of a full-time work placement in the offices of Cabinet Secretaries, senior White House staff, and other high-ranking Administration officials. During a year in Washington, DC, Fellows also participate in a robust education program designed to provide a behind-the-scenes look into the inner workings of the Federal government. It is an extraordinary year that yields a lifetime...
2015 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:19:24 -0500 The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) has begun accepting nominations for the 2015 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award, which will present $20,000 to an exemplary teacher engaging families in education. Educators working with families through schools, libraries, and many other community-based organizations will be considered, and nominations are due December 31, 2014. The selected educator’s school or program will receive the $20,000 prize to increase efforts to engage families in learning together and join an elite group of educators across the country that received previous awards. NCFL will award the second prize winner $2,500.Both winners will be...
New Resources from the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders
Thu, 13 Nov 2014 10:51:59 -0500 In October, the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL) released several new and exciting resources Understanding Teaching Conditions (Professional Learning Module) | October 2014. Improving teaching conditions is essential for states and districts to address equitable access to effective teaching. When teachers work in schools with better teaching conditions, they are more likely to remain at their current school and more likely to perform effectively, ultimately improving student learning. Regional technical assistance providers and state and district leaders can use this module to: Learn how teaching conditions at the state, district, and school level can create a more positive...
New Resources from the CEEDAR Center
Thu, 13 Nov 2014 10:50:10 -0500 The CEEDAR Center has released two new resources available for download. The Role of State Policy in Preparing Educators to Meet the Learning Needs of Students with Disabilities: This paper summarizes the current state policy context regarding educator standards and how they are prepared, credentialed, and supported to serve the learning needs of students with disabilities. It surveys the status of state policies that impact the quality and structure of the professional preparation for teachers and school leaders. Policy summaries for all 50 states (cataloging specific state policies on educator standards, preparation, certification and licensure, induction, and professional learning) are...
Save the Date! OSERS Webinar on Preparing for Postsecondary Education and Employment.
Wed, 05 Nov 2014 17:04:34 -0500 Please mark your calendar! On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, from 2:00pm to 3:30pm, the Youth Transitions Collaborative, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) will host an educational webinar entitled, Determined to Succeed: Preparing for Postsecondary Education and Employment. At this webinar, OSERS funded Technical Assistance Centers, and Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers will share guidance, tools, and resources on the importance of self-advocacy and transition planning. See flyer here.
The Office of Special Education Programs Releases Two Awards for Applications
Wed, 05 Nov 2014 14:49:13 -0500 The following Applications for New Awards; Personnel Development To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities; Personnel Preparation in Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services was published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, October 22, 2014. Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2015. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.325K. Dates: Applications Available: October 22, 2014. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: December 5, 2014. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: February 3, 2015. http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-22/html/2014-25182.htm The following Notice of Applications for New Awards; Personnel Development To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities--Preparation of Special...
Improving Data, Improving Outcomes Conference
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:36:37 -0400 This fall, over 450 early learning professionals from around the country gathered in New Orleans, Louisiana to attend the Improving Data, Improving Outcomes conference. This conference, hosted by The Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy) along with the IDEA Data Center, and the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center, focused on issues related to Part C and Section 619 programs such as coordinated early childhood data systems; measurement and use of child and family outcomes data; and resources for improving systems of services. In addition, there were a large number of sessions devoted to the State Systemic Improvement Plan...