March 24, 2006

In this Issue:

1. FY 2007 Competitions for Grants to Support Special Education Research Announced

Source: Federal Register: March 22, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 55)

On March 22, 2006, the Director of the Institute of Education Sciences announced the Institute's FY 2007 competitions for grants to support education research. The Institute will conduct five research competitions in FY 2007 through three of its National Education Centers. The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) will hold two of these competitions.

Under the first competition, NCSER will consider only applications that address one of the following special education research topics:

  • Early Intervention, Early Childhood Special Education, and Assessment for Young Children with Disabilities.
  • Mathematics and Science Education.
  • Reading, Writing, and Language Development.
  • Serious Behavior Disorders.
  • Assessment for Accountability.
Under the second competition, NCSER will consider only applications that address one of the following special education research topics:
  • Individualized Education Programs and Individualized Family Service Plans.
  • Teacher Quality and Quality of Other Service Providers for Students with Disabilities.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders.
  • Response to Intervention.
  • Secondary and Transition Services.
For complete information on these two competitions, as well as the other three competitions go to

2. New Director for U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs

Source: IDEA Partnerships - March 24, 2006

On March 17, 2006, Dr. Alexa Posny was appointed as the new Director of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. She will assume her new duties on April 17, 2006. For more information go to

3. The State of Preschool: 2005 State of Preschool Workbook

Source: NIEER - March 24, 2006

The 2005 State Preschool Yearbook from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) is the third in a series of annual reports profiling state-funded prekindergarten programs in the United States. It is available online at To receive a free printed copy of the 2005 State Preschool Yearbook, please e-mail your name and address to

4. Two New Online Surveys Being Conducted by the Tots 'n Tech Research Institute

Source: Tots 'n Tech Research Institute

The Tots 'n Tech Research Institute (TnT) is conducting two new online surveys. The first survey is to learn from parents with children under the age of three how assistive technology may have been helpful and what kinds of training and experience parents have had with AT. The second survey is being conducted to learn how assistive technology may have been helpful from multidisciplinary providers who work with infants and toddlers in early intervention at least one day per week . For more information go to

5. From the Beginning: Early Head Start Children, Families, Staff, and Programs in 2004

Source: CLASP - March 22, 2006

This new policy brief from the Center for Law and Social Policy describes the Early Head Start program using data from the latest Program Information Reports (PIR), which all Head Start grantees must submit annually to the U.S. Department of Health. It provides information on Early Head Start programs, staff, and participants, including young children, pregnant women, and their families. Available online at

6. Materials from CADRE's First National Symposium on IEP Facilitation Available Online

Source: CADRE - March 23, 2006

Materials from CADRE's first National Symposium on IEP Facilitation, which was convened in October 2005, are now available online. For session descriptions, presenter biographical information, and individual session materials go to