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Teacher Week is Over, But Appreciation Theme Continues
Tue, 24 May 2016 12:53:47 -0400 Special Ed Teachers Share Why They Love Teaching: ED's Office of Special Education highlighted some dedicated special education teachers on their blog who shared why they love teaching. Sing It: Spotify created a Teacher Appreciation Playlist with some dedications by artists you'll recognize to special teachers they've had. Some Of Our Favorite #ThankATeacher Videos: Educational Testing Service employees; The Ellen Show; Heroes Rock by Shelby County Schools (Tenn.); Kleenex (you’ll need one); the White House thanks the Teacher of the Year.
U.S. Department of Education Launches Grant Competition for Charter Schools
Tue, 24 May 2016 12:52:12 -0400 The U.S. Department of Education recently announced a competition to award $65 million in grants to as many as 20 Charter Management Organizations (CMOs) across the country to create and expand charter schools that support students from underserved communities. Since the inception of the Charter Schools Program (CSP), the Department has awarded over $3 billion to schools across the country to provide students equitable educational opportunities. Applications are due June 24th.
White House and DOE Highlight Educational Progress
Tue, 24 May 2016 12:50:32 -0400 The White House and the Department of Education recently released a report underscoring the nation’s educational progress since the President took office. The report detailed the steps taken by the Obama Administration to increase equity and provide teachers with the tools necessary to help students succeed. Some noted areas of progress include an increase in graduation rates, the implementation of college- and career- ready standards and assessments for students, a decrease in dropout rates for schools where 40 percent or more of students do not graduate on time, the creation of 400,000 jobs through the Recovery Act, mostly in education,...
IES Releases Research Funding Webinars Schedule
Tue, 24 May 2016 12:43:58 -0400 The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) will hold a series of webinars for those who are interested in Fiscal Year 2017 funding opportunities. The webinars, hosted by the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) and the National Center for Education Research (NCER), are free and will cover a wide variety of topics. For more information on the sessions and to register, visit the IES funding webinars web page. (NOTE: All times are Eastern Daylight Time) IES/NCSER FY 2017 Special Education Research Grant Competition with a Focus on Teachers and Instructional Personnel, Tuesday, May 24th, 3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. IES Basic...
ED Seeks Stakeholder Feedback Regarding ESSA Guidance
Tue, 24 May 2016 12:40:03 -0400 Separate from previous requests for comments on potential areas for regulation under Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the U.S. Department of Education (ED) is seeking your input on areas of the law on which they could provide non-regulatory guidance to assist States, districts and other grantees in understanding and implementing the new law. Non-regulatory guidance is not binding and does not impose any new requirements beyond those in the law and regulations; rather, it is intended to help the public understand the law, how ED is interpreting the law, and to provide clarification and examples of...
CEC member is finalist for National Teacher of the Year
Wed, 18 May 2016 12:57:59 -0400 CEC member Shawn Sheehan, a special education teacher in Norman, Okla., was one of four finalists for the National Teacher of the Year award and was honored at a celebration held Tuesday, May 3, at the White House. The National Teacher of the Year program, run by the Council of Chief State School Officers, identifies exceptional teachers and the work they do for students across the country, and gives the country’s top educators a national voice on education. This year’s winner, Jahana Hayes, will spend the next year traveling the country speaking about education and advocating for educators and students....
Disproportionality in Special Education: CEC Speaks Out!
Wed, 18 May 2016 09:34:20 -0400 Disproportionate representation of culturally and linguistically diverse students is a critical issue that has plagued the education field for decades, and CEC is committed to seeing it confronted and remedied. In March, the U.S. Department of Education issued a Notice for Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register regarding determinations of significant disproportionality based on race, ethnicity, and gender in the identification, placement and discipline of children and youth with disabilities. CEC developed its response to the NPRM in consultation with its members, through CEC’s special interest divisions and state units. CEC’s comments are in keeping with its long-standing commitment...
ED and Justice Release Guidance to Help Schools Ensure the Civil Rights of Transgender Students
Wed, 18 May 2016 09:30:37 -0400 The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice recently released the joint Title IX guidance providing educators with information and resources to ensure that all students including transgender students are able to attend school in an environment free of discrimination based on sex. The guidance outlines privacy options as well as schools’ obligations to respond promptly and effectively to sex-based harassment of all students regardless of transgender status, or gender transition, and to treat students consistent with their gender identity even if their school records or identification documents indicate a different sex. In addition to the Departments’ joint Title IX guidance,...
CEC's New Policy on Educators with Disabilities
Mon, 09 May 2016 15:40:14 -0400 In support of recruiting and retaining talented educators with disabilities who effectively serve children, youth and their families - including all teacher candidates and teachers in classrooms, schools, and institutions of higher education - the CEC Board of Directors recently approved CEC's Policy on Educators with Disabilities. Personal experience with a disability often places educators with disabilities in a unique position to understand and effectively teach children and youth while being a role model of success. Educators within CEC's membership embody a wide range of disabilities in learning, sensory, physical, and emotional areas, and CEC recognizes with disabilities bring to...
Schools' Chiefs Release High-Quality Preschool Guidelines
Fri, 06 May 2016 17:00:58 -0400 The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) have identified five action steps to leverage the value of preschool for their state's public education system in their guidance, The Equity Starts Early: How Chiefs Will Build High-Quality Early Education. Read more here