May 1, 2009

In this Issue:

  1. Using ARRA Funds to Drive School Reform and Improvement
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - April 24, 2009
  2. IES Research Funding Opportunities Webinars
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences - April 27, 2009
  3. Early Educational Opportunities for Children of Hispanic Origins
      Source: Society for Research in Child Development - Retrieved May 1, 2009
  4. New Resources Related to the IDEA from Project Forum
      Source: Project Forum - Retrieved May 1, 2009

1. Using ARRA Funds to Drive School Reform and Improvement

Source: U.S. Department of Education - April 24, 2009

The U.S. Department of Education has published a new document entitled Using ARRA Funds to Drive School Reform and Improvement (April 24, 2009), which is meant to provide guidance on the ways that American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funds may be used. It includes framing questions for decision making and examples of potential uses of ARRA funds to improve educational outcomes from early learning through high school. It is available online at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/leg/recovery/guidance/uses.doc.

To access additional guidance documents on the ARRA issued by the U.S. Department of Education go to http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/leg/recovery/index.html

2. IES Research Funding Opportunities Webinars

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences - April 27, 2009

The Institute of Education Sciences is hosting a series of webinars related to research funding opportunities at the National Center for Special Education Research and the National Center for Education Research. For more information about the upcoming webinars go to http://ies.ed.gov/funding/webinars/

3. Early Educational Opportunities for Children of Hispanic Origins

Source: Society for Research in Child Development - Retrieved May 1, 2009

The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) has published its latest issue of the Social Policy Report, which includes a paper entitled Early Educational Opportunities for Children of Hispanic Origins (2009), by Eugene Garcia and Bryant Jensen. The authors discuss the importance of addressing the early educational needs of young Hispanic children and review a large body of literature suggesting that early interventions can improve educational outcomes for these children. Recommendations about establishing and strengthening dual language programs are included. The paper can be accessed online at http://www.srcd.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=232&Itemid=1

4. New Resources Related to the IDEA from Project Forum

Source: Project Forum - Retrieved May 1, 2009

The following new resources from Project Forum at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) are available online at http://www.projectforum.org/index.cfm under "What's New!"

  • Determinations of LEA Compliance with IDEA: Strategies and Resources Used by States (2009), by Eileen Ahearn
    Describes survey responses from 45 state directors of special education related to the processes states are using to make determinations of local education agency (LEA) compliance with IDEA. Discusses the resources used, enforcement actions taken and benefits and challenges encountered.
  • State Tracking to Measure Student Progress Toward IEP Goals (2009), by Paula Burdette,
    Highlights strategies states are using to ensure that the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) includes a description of how a child's progress toward annual goals will be measured if the IEP has no benchmarks or short term objectives.
  • Universal Design for Learning: Policy Challenges and Recommendations (2009), by Kim M. Sopko
    Highlights panel presentations from multiple perspectives on universal design for learning (UDL) and summarizes suggestions to improve policy that impacts implementation of UDL.