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U.S. Secretary of Education Unveils Parent’s Guide on ESSA
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 12:45:07 -0400 During the recent four-state “Rethink School” tour roundtable with students, parents and educators in Mississippi, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos unveiled a letter and guide for parents on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Secretary DeVos outlines ESSA flexibilities in Understanding the Every Student Succeeds Act A Parents’ Guide to the Nation’s Landmark Education Law. The parent and guardian-friendly guide includes a 19-slide presentation that highlights how states and districts comply with ESSA regulations, and a technical document that explains ESSA’s flexibility after replacing the No Child Left Behind Act.
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Full Implementation
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 12:42:19 -0400 The 11th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities took place in the United Nations Headquarters in New York from June 12-14, 2018. The overarching theme “leaving no one behind through the full implementation of the CRPD” was supported by many participants who described it as timely, and appropriately in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. During the Conference, the participants discussed challenges and shared national policies and good practices under the following sub-themes: 1) national fiscal space, public-private partnerships and international cooperation for strengthening the implementation of...
I Educate, I Participate
Wed, 17 Oct 2018 13:55:42 -0400 Only 19 days left until the 2018 midterm elections. Have you downloaded your copy of CEC’s nonpartisan election guide? The I Educate, I Participate: 2018 Midterm U.S. Congressional Election Voter Education Guide will provide you with information and resources to help prepare you during this election season. In this guide you’ll find information on candidate positions, upcoming town hall meetings, resources on voter registration, voter deadlines, finding your polling place, CEC’s policy priorities, and K-12 lesson plans for the voters and soon-to-be-voters in your classroom. Let’s be sure to make our voices heard this election season! CEC members can download...
CEC President New OSEP Director
Tue, 16 Oct 2018 12:19:03 -0400 The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is excited to share that current CEC President Laurie VanderPloeg has been appointed to serve as Director for the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). CEC applauds the U.S. Department of Education on this appointment given Laurie’s tenure as a professional in the field of special education―her career has included service as a teacher, an administrator, and as an instructor in higher education. On behalf of CEC and its board of directors, we congratulate Laurie on this new leadership opportunity. Concerning the continuity of leadership at CEC, Mary Lynn Boscardin, CEC’s president elect, will...
Students Return to Under-Qualified Teachers
Tue, 16 Oct 2018 11:57:52 -0400 The neaToday reports that, this academic school year, hundreds of thousands of students across the U.S. will be taught by unqualified or under-qualified instructors. In Oklahoma, 2,153 emergency certificates were granted to staff classrooms. In Arizona, the number of certifications granted to teachers who aren’t fully trained to teach has increased by more than 400%. The U.S. teacher shortage is a serious problem that districts in almost every state in the nation are struggling to overcome. Recently, LPI published a report, “Taking the Long View: State Efforts to Solve Teacher Shortages by Strengthening the Profession,” which offers evidence-based policies that...
Guidance for Preventing the Use of Suspension and Expulsion
Tue, 16 Oct 2018 11:50:45 -0400 The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) recently released a document, Pyramid Model State Leadership Team Guidance for Preventing the Use of Suspension and Expulsion and Promoting Equitable, Inclusive and Culturally Responsive Practice. The document provides state leadership teams with guidance on how to prevent suspension and expulsion by integrating with existing efforts including Pyramid Model, Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS), inclusion and State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) efforts.
DaSy’s Data Toolkit
Mon, 15 Oct 2018 11:13:06 -0400 The Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy) recently released the Data Culture Toolkit. The toolkit provides resources specifically helpful for state Part C and Part B 619 program staff working to build effective data teams and support conditions for a culture of data use at the state and local levels. The resources aim at helping teams understand data culture, better utilize and prioritize data culture and data use, and overall improve data quality. The toolkit has over 20 exercises, infographics, worksheets, templates, a self-assessment tool, and more to assist Part C and Part B 619 program staff to...
Education Data Critical to Teacher Instruction
Mon, 15 Oct 2018 11:08:55 -0400 The new 2018 Data Quality Campaign National Poll report shows teachers value education data and consider it critical to effective pedagogical strategies that enhance student learning. The findings indicate 95% of teachers say they use a combination of academic and nonacademic information to understand their students’ performance. The recently released report found teachers and parents trust and rely on education data as a tool to support students.
CEC’s Policy on the Prevention of and Response to Maltreatment
Tue, 09 Oct 2018 10:44:35 -0400 The Council for Exceptional Children recognizes that all children and youth with disabilities have the right to live and flourish in a safe environment where they are protected and have support to protect themselves from all forms of maltreatment—neglect as well as physical, sexual, and psychological abuse. The CEC Board of Directors in September approved CEC’s Policy on the Prevention of and Response to Maltreatment developed by a CEC Board appointed work group chaired by CEC member Catherine Corr. This expert member driven work group worked diligently to develop the policy and receive and incorporate input from CEC members, Divisions...
GAO Study - State Tax Credit Scholarship Programs
Tue, 09 Oct 2018 10:39:35 -0400 The Government Accountability Office recently published a study, Private School Choice: Requirements for Students and Donors Participating in State Tax Credit Scholarship Programs. State tax credit scholarship (TCS) programs offer tax credits to individuals or businesses that donate to scholarship funds for students to attend private elementary and secondary schools. Through these credits, donors may reduce the amount they owe in state taxes by the full or a partial amount of their donation, depending on each program’s rules. The report examines (1) state TCS programs’ policies regarding student eligibility and scholarship awards, and (2) how donating to a TCS program...