June 6, 2006

In this Issue:

1. Grant Notice: Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities--Combined Priority for Personnel Preparation

Source: Federal Register: June 5, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 107)

Title: Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities--Combined Priority for Personnel Preparation
Issuing Agency: Department of Education

Summary: 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, and regular education--to work with children with disabilities; and (2) ensure that those personnel have the skills and knowledge--derived from practices that have been determined through research and experience to be successful--that are needed to serve those children.

Priority: The Secretary is particularly interested in supporting high quality training programs that are preparing occupational therapists to provide services to infants, toddlers, children and youth who are served under IDEA.

Applications Available: June 5, 2006.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 5, 2006
For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2006-2/060506d.html

2. Grant Notice: Personnel Development To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities--Preparation of Leadership Personnel

Source: Federal Register: June 5, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 107)

Title: Children with disabilities; personnel leadership preparation to improve services and results
Issuing Agency: Department of Education

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, and regular education--to work with infants or toddlers with disabilities, or children with disabilities; and (2) ensure that those personnel have the skills and knowledge--derived from practices that have been determined through research and experience to be successful--that are needed to serve those children.

Priority: This priority supports and is limited to projects that train personnel at the preservice doctoral or post-doctoral level in early intervention, special education or related services and at the advanced graduate level (masters and specialists) in special education administration/supervision. In order to be eligible under this priority, programs must provide training and support for scholars to complete their training, within the performance period of the grant.

Applications Available: June 5, 2006.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 5, 2006. For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2006-2/060506c.html

3. Grant Notice: Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities--Interdisciplinary Training in Analysis of Large-Scale Databases

Source: Federal Register: June 5, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 107)

Title: Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities--Interdisciplinary Training in Analysis of Large-Scale Databases
Issuing Agency: Department of Education

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, and regular education--to work with infants or toddlers with disabilities, or children with disabilities; and (2) ensure that those personnel have the skills and knowledge that are required by law and that are needed to serve those children.

Priority:The absolute priority of this program is to provide Federal financial assistance to support an entity to establish and operate a program to train doctoral students in employing large-scale, nationally representative data sets to conduct research in special education policy. The program must provide for training in research methods, design principles, and special education policy.

Applications Available: June 5, 2006.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 5, 2006. For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2006-2/060506b.html

4. NECTC Research Spotlight - Critical Incident Technique: A Valuable Research Tool for Early Intervention

Source: NECTC - June 5, 2006

Researchers at the National Early Childhood Transition Center (NECTC) are using a research method known as Critical Incident Technique (CIT, Flanagan, 1954) as a way to gather specific information on the transition process for children with disabilities as they exit early intervention and preschool programs. The CIT method offers a unique opportunity to identify effective and ineffective practices in the area of early childhood transition by recording key incidents from the perspective of service providers (e.g., teachers, service coordinators, etc.), local and state administrators, and parents of young children that have experienced a transition. A new Research Spotlight is available on this topic via this page: http://www.ihdi.uky.edu/nectc/Documents/researchSpotlight/NECTCSpotlight2.pdf

5. Reviewing the Research on Substance Exposed Infants

Source: Children's Bureau - June 5, 2006

A new publication from the National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center reviews recent findings from the academic literature related to the impact of prenatal substance exposure on the early development of infants and young children. The publication also presents possible intervention strategies and implications for policy and practice. Available at http://aia.berkeley.edu/media/pdf/prenatal_substance_exposure_review.pdf