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Join CEC for Sun, Fun, and the Latest in Policy Developments!
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:57:47 -0500 CEC is gearing up for its annual Convention taking place in sunny San Diego, California April 8-11, 2015. As many of you may know, CEC features a wide array of convention workshops and sessions that highlight a number of important subjects while also giving convention goers a chance to earn Professional Development Hours (PDHs). One of our most notable workshops focuses entirely on special education federal policy. What Every Educator Needs to Know About Coming Changes to Special Education Policy In this wide-ranging presentation, CEC’s Policy and Advocacy Director will analyze education policies currently under discussion in Washington, DC, review...
CEC Urges the House to Reject ESEA Bill
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:50:18 -0500 The House is poised this week to consider the GOP ESEA reauthorization bill, the Student Success Act, H.R.5. CEC along with many other education and disability groups believe that a reauthorized ESEA must ensure opportunity, equity, and excellence for all students. H.R.5 erodes and weakens current protections for students with disabilities and CEC sent a letter today to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives recommending that they VOTE NO ON H.R.5! Read the bill text for H.R.5 here. Read the House Report for H.R.5 here.
Council for Economic Advisers Report: The Economics of Early Childhood Investments
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:14:03 -0500 A new report, titled The Economics of Early Childhood Investments, released by the Council of Economic Advisers shows that a strong focus on early learning provides benefits to society of roughly $8.60 for every $1 spent, about half of which comes from increased earnings for children when they grow up. Researchers have established that early childhood is a significant period when important developments in reasoning, language acquisition, and problem solving occur. And very importantly it is also a time when a child’s environment dramatically influences the degree and pace of these developments. By supporting development when children are very young,...
Featured in ERIC: Teachers’ Acceptance of Students with Special Education Needs
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:55:29 -0500 Although inclusive education has made great progress through the years, there are still strong debates over what is the most influential factor that may decrease teachers' resistance to and increase their advocacy of inclusive education. Many present day teachers seem to commonly agree with the concept of inclusion but this acceptance of inclusion has not yet become universal. The factors that are said to be driving forces behind this notion include the lack of: knowledge and training, time, resources, supports from school and government, and organization with teaching staff and parents. In a study featured on the Education Resources Information...
Obama’s Weekly Address: Every Child Deserves a Fair Shot
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:51:49 -0500 In Obama’s most recent weekly address, he laid out his plan to ensure that more children will get more access to high-quality preschool and graduate from school fully prepared for their future, college and career-wise. It is evident that elementary and secondary schools are doing better than they have in recent years, and along with this, news reports show that high school graduation rate has hit an all-time high, but with great progress comes even more work and determination to ensure every child receives a quality education. This directly correlates to the Presidents desire to replace No Child Left Behind...
United Nations Global Education First Initiative Launches #DrawDisability Campaign
Tue, 10 Feb 2015 16:12:10 -0500 The United Nations Global Education First Initiative (GEFI) are now accepting Submissions for a global art campaign that aims to raise young people’s awareness of disabilities and inclusion. GEFI, partnering with the Global Observatory for Inclusion (GLOBI), and the GEFI Youth Advocacy Group (YAG), have launched the #DrawDisability campaign and invite children and youth to reflect on the lives of Persons with Disabilities (PWD), through drawing. Schools from around the world are encouraged to get involved in the campaign. A set of Teacher Guidelines have been developed to help teachers promote critical reflections and awareness of disability within the classroom....
The Center for American Progress Shows Why We Need a Federal Preschool Investment
Mon, 09 Feb 2015 16:46:43 -0500 President Barack Obama is committed to providing all children including those with disabilities access to high-quality preschool opportunities. And although strong progress is being made, there is still much more to do to ensure that all children have access to high-quality early childhood programs from birth. The Center for American Progress released 6 charts that show why policymakers need to invest in early childhood education now. Their Research indicates that access to quality preschool can provide improvement for children that will influence their accomplishments for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, not every child has access to high-quality early education,...
Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes Releases FastFact Sheet on QRIS
Mon, 09 Feb 2015 16:22:24 -0500 The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) released a new FastFact sheet entitled QRIS and Inclusion: Do State QRIS Standards Support the Learning Needs of All Children? This sheet reviews which states accommodate children with special needs in their quality rating and improvement system (QRIS), and highlights states with exceptional inclusionary practices. QRIS provides technical support and increased financial benefits for participating programs to attain higher levels of excellence. The participation in a QRIS is continuing to become a condition for family child care and centers to have in order to receive state or federal funds. Federal initiatives that...
President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Proposal
Wed, 04 Feb 2015 10:09:35 -0500 On Monday, the President released his budget for FY 2016 that includes key investments to expand high quality early learning programs, increase equity and opportunity for all students, support teachers, and improve access, affordability and student outcomes in College. The budget request is $70.7 billion in discretionary appropriations for the Education Department, a 5.4% increase over FY 2015. Specifically, some highlights of the budget request, appreciated by CEC, would increase key programs for children with disabilities and gifts and talents: IDEA Part B +175 million IDEA Section 619 +50 million IDEA Part C +65 million Jacob Javits Act +9.7 million...
Summer Learning Awards from the National Summer Learning Association
Tue, 03 Feb 2015 16:09:42 -0500 The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) is seeking application for their Excellence in Summer Learning Award and The Founder’s Award which recognize outstanding summer programs or models that demonstrate excellence in accelerating academic achievement and promoting healthy development for young people between pre-kindergarten and twelfth grade. The awards are given annually based on an application process that elicits information on a program’s history, mission, goals, operations, management, staff development, partnerships, results, and sustainability. Programs are measured against the National Summer Learning Association's Comprehensive Assessment of Summer Programs (CASP). Applicants are reviewed by NSLA staff in addition to peer organizations in...