January 14, 2005

In this Issue:

  1. Individuals With Disabilities Education Act - Notice of public meeting
      Source: Federal Register: January 13, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 9)
  2. Evaluating Family Involvement Programs
      Source: The Evaluation Exchange - Volume X, No. 4, Winter 2004/2005
  3. New Reports from the National Academies Press
      Source: National Academies Press - January 11, 2005

1. Individuals With Disabilities Education Act - Notice of public meeting

Source: Federal Register: January 13, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 9)

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services will be holding a series of informal meetings during the first few months of calendar year 2005 to seek input and suggestions for developing regulations, as needed, based on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004. The first of these meetings is scheduled for Friday, January 28, 2005 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., to be held at the University of Delaware, University of Delaware Conference Center, John M. Clayton Hall, Room 106, 100 Pencader Way, Newark, DE 19716.

Other informal meetings will be conducted in the following locations: Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Columbus, OH; San Diego, CA; Laramie, WY; and Washington, DC. Specific dates and locations of each of these meetings will be posted in subsequent Federal Register notices. For more information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2005-1/011305e.html

2. Evaluating Family Involvement Programs

Source: The Evaluation Exchange - Volume X, No. 4, Winter 2004/2005

This issue of The Evaluation Exchange brings together the current knowledge base of programs in family support and family involvement, providing a continuous perspective on family processes with regard to children's learning and development, from a child's early years through adolescence. Articles address the challenges of evaluating family programs, such as the need for conceptual clarity, methodological rigor, accountability, and contextual responsiveness. Rounding out the issue are examples of ongoing evaluations of parent leadership and organizing to ensure that schools serve all children at high standards. Available at http://www.hfrp.org/evaluation/the-evaluation-exchange/issue-archive/evaluating-family-involvement-programs

3. New Reports from the National Academies Press

Source: National Academies Press - January 11, 2005

The National Academies Press has recently published the following new reports, which are available online: