June 27, 2008

In this Issue:

  1. National Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Systems Summit Materials
      Source: ZERO TO THREE - June 23, 2008
  2. Grant Notice - National Center to Improve the Recruitment and Retention of Qualified Personnel for Children with Disabilities
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - June 24, 2008
  3. First Quarter 2008 Letters of Clarification from Office of Special Education Programs
      Source: U. S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs - June 24, 2008
  4. Help Define Approaches to Professional Development
      Source: National Professional Development Center on Inclusion - June 25, 2008

1. National Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Systems Summit Materials

Source: ZERO TO THREE - June 23, 2008

ZERO TO THREE has posted materials online from the National Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Systems Summit, which was held in October 2007 and co-hosted by the Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health and ZERO TO THREE. The materials include notes and PowerPoint presentations from each of the summit sessions, an overview of the summit and policy recommendations. They are available online at http://www.zerotothree.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ter_pub_mentalhealth.

2. Grant Notice - National Center to Improve the Recruitment and Retention of Qualified Personnel for Children with Disabilities

Source: U.S. Department of Education - June 24, 2008

The following new grant notice from the U.S. Department of Education was posted in the Federal Register on June 24, 2008:

Title: National Center to Improve the Recruitment and Retention of Qualified Personnel for Children with Disabilities
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 24, 2008
For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2008-2/062408b.html

3. First Quarter 2008 Letters of Clarification from Office of Special Education Programs

Source: U. S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs - June 24, 2008

Policy letters from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) dated January 2, 2008 through March 31, 2008 related to the education of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities are now available online at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/letters/2008-1/index.html

A subset of policy letters that specifically address Part C and Section 619 of the IDEA can be accessed via the NECTAC Web site at http://www.nectac.org/idea/clarfctnltrs.asp

4. Help Define Approaches to Professional Development

Source: National Professional Development Center on Inclusion - June 25, 2008

The National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI) recently launched a "wiki" to collectively define key terms related to professional development. NPDCI has created starter definitions from the existing literature and is inviting your contributions to create definitions of terms such as: technical assistance, consultation, coaching, reflective supervision, community of practice, lesson study, and mentoring. For complete information go to http://community.fpg.unc.edu/discussions/wiki-pd-approaches