March 28, 2005

In this Issue:

1. Notice Inviting Applications: Personnel Preparation to Improve Services & Results for Children with Disabilities - Combined Priority for Personnel Preparation

Source: Federal Register: March 25, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 57)

Purpose of Program: The purposes of this program are to (1) help address State-identified needs for highly qualified personnel -- in special education, related services, early intervention, & regular education -- to work with children with disabilities; & (2) ensure that those personnel have the skills & knowledge -- derived from practices that have been determined through research & experience to be successful -- that are needed to serve those children.

Dates: Applications Available: March 28, 2005.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 9, 2005.
Additional information is available online at: http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2005-1/032505a.html

2. Notice Inviting Applications: Personnel Preparation to Improve Services & Results for Children with Disabilities - Preparation of Leadership Personnel

Source: Federal Register: March 25, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 57)

Purpose of Program: The purposes of this program are to (1) help address State-identified needs for highly qualified personnel--in special education, related services, early intervention, & regular education -- to work with infants or toddlers with disabilities, or children with disabilities; & (2) ensure that those personnel have the skills & knowledge -- derived from practices that have been determined through research & experience to be successful -- that are needed to serve those children.

Applications Available: March 28, 2005.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 9, 2005. Additional information is available online at: http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2005-1/032505b.html

3. New GAO Report on Oversight of Head Start Grantees

Source: GAO Reports - March 18, 2005

The following new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is now available online: Head Start: Comprehensive Approach to Identifying and Addressing Risks Could Help Prevent Grantee Financial Management Weakenesses. GAO-05-176.
Full Report: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d05176.pdf
Highlights: http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d05176high.pdf

4. Leadership Strategies for Supporting Children's Social and Emotional Development and Addressing Challenging Behavior - Online Chat

Source: CSEFEL - March 24, 2005

On March 30, 2005 from 2-3 PM ET, the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) will be hosting an online chat entitled Leadership Strategies for Supporting Children's Social and Emotional Development and Addressing Challenging Behavior. To learn more go to http://csefel.uiuc.edu/chat.html.