October 13, 2006

In this Issue:

1. New Booklet from the National Center for Special Education Research on Projects and Programs

Source: NCSER - October 12, 2006

The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER), one of four centers within the Institute of Education Sciences, has recently published an online booklet that describes research grants and contracts that represent NCSER's current investments. These investments will evaluate the effectiveness of programs, interventions, strategies, and assessment tools to determine what works in addressing the needs of infants and children with disabilities.

The booklet is available online at http://ies.ed.gov/ncser/projects/
To view the booklet as a PDF file go to http://ies.ed.gov/ncser/pdf/NCSERprojects.pdf
It is also available as a Word File at http://ies.ed.gov/ncser/doc/NCSERprojects.doc

2. New CEC Briefs Compare IDEA 2004 Regulations to IDEA 1997 Regulations

Source: CEC - October 10, 2006

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) has developed a new set of side-by-sides that compare major issues of the IDEA 2004 regulations with the IDEA 1997 regulations. The briefs also provide CEC's analysis of how the changes will impact students and teachers. The briefs are free to CEC members and will be available for purchase by non-members on October 18, 2006. For more information and to preview the brief on IEPs for free go to http://www.cec.sped.org/Content/NavigationMenu/PolicyAdvocacy/IDEAResources/default.htm

3. New AAP Report Discusses the Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development

Source: AAP - October 9, 2006

A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) emphasizes the importance of free and unstructured play for helping children reach social, emotional, and cognitive developmental milestones, as well as helping them manage stress and develop resilience. To see the full press release and access the report online go to http://www.aap.org/pressroom/play-public.htm

4. New Web Site and Online Chat on "Recognition & Response", An Early Intervening System for Young Children

Source: National Center for Learning Disabilities - October 10, 2006

The National Center for Learning Disabilities, in collaboration with the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, the National Association for the Education of Young Children and other key partners, recently launched a new Web site on "Recognition and Response", a research-based approach to helping teachers and parents respond to signs of learning difficulty in young children as early as ages 3 or 4, before they experience school failure. For more information, visit http://www.RecognitionandResponse.org

On Tuesday, October 24 at 3pm ET there will be an online chat about the "Recognition & Response" system with experts Mary Ruth Coleman and Virginia Buysse. For more information go to http://www.recognitionandresponse.org/content/view/106/

5. Lessons From Family-Strengthening Interventions: Learning from Evidence-Based Practice

Source: Harvard Family Research Project - October 12, 2006

A new brief from the Harvard Family Research Project, entitled Lessons From Family Strengthening Interventions: Learning from Evidence-Based Practice, examines how effective family-strengthening interventions can positively impact families and children. The brief is based on a review of interventions that have been rigorously evaluated through experimental studies. It provides recommendations for creating successful programs and evaluations to educators, service providers, and evaluators. It is available online at http://www.hfrp.org/content/download/1183/48687/file/lessons.pdf

6. Materials from the 2006 Overlapping Part B and Part C Data Meetings Now Available Online

Source: www.IDEAdata.org - Retrieved October 13, 2006

Plenary session PowerPoint presentations and proceedings from the 2006 Overlapping Part B and Part C Data Meetings, which were held on May 21 -May 25, 2006, can now be accessed online at http://www.ideadata.org/Publications.asp