November 26, 2008

In this Issue:

  1. Homeless and Special Education Administrative Collaboration: Recommendations
      Source: Project Forum at NASDSE - Retrieved November 25, 2008
  2. Tip Sheet on Dual Language Learners in Early Care and Education Settings
      Source: ZERO TO THREE - November 26, 2008
  3. Workforce Designs: A Policy Blueprint for State Early Childhood Professional Development Systems
      Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children - Retrieved November 26, 2008
  4. Resolution Meetings: Supports and Practices
      Source: Project Forum at NASDSE and CADRE - Retrieved November 25, 2008

1. Homeless and Special Education Administrative Collaboration: Recommendations

Source: Project Forum at NASDSE - Retrieved November 25, 2008

Project Forum at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) has published a new proceedings document entitled Homeless and Special Education Administrative Collaboration: Recommendations, by Diana Bowman, Paula Burdette, and Patricia Julianelle. The document highlights challenges faced by administrators who support homeless education under the McKinney-Vento Act and those who provide early intervention and special education services for children with disabilities who are homeless. It includes recommendations on developing policies and practices for: (1) expediting enrollment and provision of services; and (2) coordinating programs and services. It is available online at http://www.projectforum.org/docs/HomelessandSpecialEducationAdministrativeCollaboration.pdf

2. Tip Sheet on Dual Language Learners in Early Care and Education Settings

Source: ZERO TO THREE - November 26, 2008

ZERO TO THREE has published a new tip sheet, entitled Dual Language Learners in Early Care and Education Settings, which offers tips for providers on ways to support young children learning more than one language from birth. It is available online at http://www.zerotothree.org/site/DocServer/Dual_Language_Learners.pdf?docID=6741

3. Workforce Designs: A Policy Blueprint for State Early Childhood Professional Development Systems

Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children - Retrieved November 26, 2008

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has published a new report entitled Workforce Designs: A Policy Blueprint for State Early Childhood Professional Development Systems, by Sarah LeMoine, which looks at policies that support an integrated state professional development system for all early childhood education professionals. It is available online at http://www.naeyc.org/policy/ecwsi#blueprint

A database of state policies organized by the blueprint's six essential policy areas of professional standards, career pathways, articulation, advisory structure, data and financing is being developed. Go to http://208.118.177.216/policy/ecwsi/database.asp

4. Resolution Meetings: Supports and Practices

Source: Project Forum at NASDSE and CADRE - Retrieved November 25, 2008

Project Forum at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) and the Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) have jointly published a new policy analysis entitled Resolution Meetings: Supports and Practices, by Kelly Henderson and Philip Moses. It is based on a survey sent to all special education units of state education agencies and interviews with eight states on the subject of alternate dispute resolution. It is available online at http://www.projectforum.org/docs/ResolutionMeetings-StateSupportsandPractices.pdf