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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...
35 states and Puerto Rico have applied for grants under the new $250 million Preschool Development Grants program
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:34:32 -0400
On October 27, 2014, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced that 35 states and Puerto Rico have applied for grants under the new $250 million Preschool Development Grants program. By significantly expanding their preschool programs, over 25 high-need communities in approximately 12-15 states will benefit from Preschool Development Grants funding so that a large portion of their at risk 4-year-olds start school prepared. States will agree to uphold standards for high-quality preschool programs in the communities that are funded. The objective of Preschool Development Grants is to give states needed...
NAEP Releases Data Backpack Tools
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:04:06 -0400
Educators can use the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) data backpack tools to better understand student performance on the test and make informed decisions that improve student achievement. The data backpack helps educators identify NAEP’s proficient level of achievement and see how their state or district performance compares to the rest of the nation. The tool also provides information about district-level NAEP performance and how in-school and at-home factors affect student achievement, and allows educators to explore NAEP lessons on technology-based assessments. Use the data backpack to discover ways you can: Explore Achievement - learn how students are performing...
U.S. Department of Education Announces Guidance on Bullying of Students with Disabilities
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:06:20 -0400
As part of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today issued guidance to schools reminding them that bullying is wrong and must not be tolerated – including against America’s 6.5 million students with disabilities. The Department issued guidance in the form of a letter to educators detailing public schools’ responsibilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of Americans with Disabilities Act regarding the bullying of students with disabilities. If a student with a disability is being bullied, federal law requires schools to take immediate and appropriate action to...