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National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:49:46 -0400 President Barack Obama has proclaimed October 2016 as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This year’s theme focuses on inclusion; specifically how inclusion can diversify the workplace and provide opportunities of growth and improvement for those individuals with disabilities. This proclamation serves to bring awareness to the disparities seen by Americans with disabilities. In the proclamation it is reported that the unemployment rate is more than twice as high for individuals with disabilities, compared to those without a disability. The proclamation goes on to recognize the advancements made with the American with Disabilities Act, while acknowledging that there is still room...
Academic Assessments For Children With Disabilities Grant
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:33:46 -0400 The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) of the University of Minnesota received a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support children with disabilities and academic assessments. The grant aims to increase participation and improve results both in state and local school districts, specifically for children with disabilities. These funds will help states meet data collection and reporting requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The funding for this grant is available through the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
Personnel Development Grants Awarded
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:42:48 -0400 The U.S. Department of Education released a list of seven states selected to receive up to $7 million in grants from the State Personnel Development program (SPD). The program aims to improve the educational services offered to children with disabilities by providing support to state education agencies (SEAs) who spend at least 90 percent of their funds on professional development activities, including the recruitment and retention of qualified special education teachers. The grant program stipulates that states must collaborate with at least one institution of higher learning, a local education agency, and a parenting resource center to implement a plan...
Centers for Parents of Children with Disabilities Grants Awarded
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 14:58:24 -0400 T he U.S. Department of Education recently announced the award of $2.5 million in grants to operate 23 Community Parent Resource Centers in 17 states and a Parent Training and Information Center to serve American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Republic of Palau. The centers provide parents with the training and information necessary to work with professionals in meeting the early intervention and special needs of children with disabilities.
What Works Clearinghouse New Website
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 10:32:34 -0400 What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) has recently launched a new resigned website – ultimately helping both teachers and students discover new interventions for educational success! The highlighted new feature on the website is the Find What Works tool, which allows users to learn about new resources to increase positive student outcomes. These tools include: products, policies, programs and practices. Watch a video tour or read more about the new WWC website.
Kids’ Share 2016 Report
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 10:27:11 -0400 The annual Kids’ Share 2016: Federal Expenditures on Children through 2015 and Future Projections report shows the current and future projections of the limited amount of federal money existing for children. These projections include federal spending and tax investments for both children and families. The report states that funding specific to children will be cut in coming years, including education. Education is projected to suffer a 24% decrease in funding throughout the next ten years. Take a stand now and send a letter to your legislators through CEC’s Legislative Action Center to let them know education funding cannot be cut!
CEC Celebrates 30 Years of Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 14:10:58 -0400 Join CEC in celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the passage of Public Law 99-457, which established Part C and mandated Part B, Section 619 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) throughout October. CEC and its Division of Early Childhood (DEC) were key players in 1986 leading up to the passage of this landmark legislation. The statute contains all of the procedural and substantial safeguards necessary to ensure equal access to public special education and early intervention for all children birth through five years of age with disabilities and their families. In this edition of the Policy Insider we...
Diversity Research Grants Awards
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 10:03:54 -0400 The Institute of Education Sciences recently announced the first grantees of the new IES Pathways to the Education Sciences Research Training Program award. The program, which launched in 2015, was created to foster and develop participation of underrepresented groups in the science community. Pathways seeks to support education researchers in minority serving institutions (MSI) and strengthen the participation of minorities in the sciences by proposing new approaches to education research studies. The hope is that minority students who participate in education research studies, professional development, and mentoring through the Pathway program will pursue doctoral study in the future. IES is...
Trends in Teacher Shortages
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:07:01 -0400 A study that projects future trends related to teacher shortages, supply, and demand has been released by the Learning Policy Institute. Four main factors are highlighted that attribute to teacher shortages, which include: a decline in preparation enrollment programs, high teacher attrition, an increasing student class size and enrollment, and local school districts encouraging outdated teacher-student ratios in the classroom. The study also reports some alarming statistics, such as: the year 2016 will have had the lowest number of available teachers in the past ten years. The study also reviews subject area shortages, reporting that 48 states and Washington D.C....
Priority Added for ED Discretionary Grant Programs
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:04:04 -0400 A final priority has been added to the existing list of supplemental priorities for U.S. Department of Education discretionary grant programs, which was originally published December 10, 2014. The new priority addresses efforts to support a student’s comprehensive education, focusing on elementary and secondary school education. This new priority will go into effect on October 14, 2016, and aims to encourage a growth of diversity within the school setting, including tackling poverty and segregation concerns.