May 15, 2009

In this Issue:

  1. Webinar on Applying RTI to Preschool Settings
      Source: National Center for Learning Disabilities - May 12, 2009
  2. Teleconference on Program-wide Positive Behavior Support for Early Childhood
      Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children - May 6, 2009
  3. Virtual Personnel Preparation Programs for Special Educators: Several Approaches
      Source: Project Forum - Retrieved May 13, 2009
  4. Math and Science in Preschool: Policies and Practice
      Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - Retrieved May 22, 2009

1. Webinar on Applying RTI to Preschool Settings

Source: National Center for Learning Disabilities - May 12, 2009

On May 20, 2009 at 1 p.m. EST, the National Center for Learning Disabilities will host a webinar on applying Response to Intervention (RTI) to preschool settings. The webinar will be co-hosted by Mary Ruth Coleman and Froma Roth, authors of the recently published report, Roadmap to Pre-K RTI: Applying RTI to Preschool Settings. They will walk participants through the Roadmap and offer additional resources related to Pre-K RTI implementation.

To register and learn more go to https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/schedule/display.do?udc=ytcgdc898lcu
To read the related report go to http://www.rtinetwork.org/images/stories/learn/roadmaptoprekrti.pdf

2. Teleconference on Program-wide Positive Behavior Support for Early Childhood

Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children - May 6, 2009

The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) recently conducted a Teleconference on Program-wide Positive Behavior Support (PBS) for Early Childhood, by Lise Fox and Mary Louise Hemmeter. The presenters examined how PBS for early childhood programs differs from the school-wide PBS effort that is being implemented across the nation and how it is related to the adoption of the Pyramid Model. To access the presentation and all related materials online, go to http://www.challengingbehavior.org/explore/webinars/5.6.2009_tacsei_presentation_teleconference.htm

3. Virtual Personnel Preparation Programs for Special Educators: Several Approaches

Source: Project Forum - Retrieved May 13, 2009

Project Forum at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) recently published a report entitled Virtual Personnel Preparation Programs for Special Educators: Several Approaches (2009), by Eve Müller. This brief policy analysis provides data from studies of virtual special education personnel preparation and presents findings from interviews with representatives of five programs for preparing special educators virtually (National University, Florida's Virtual ESE program, University of Kentucky, George Washington University, and West Virginia University). It is available at http://projectforum.org/docs/VirtualPersonnelPrepProgramsforSpecialEducators-SeveralApproaches.pdf

4. Math and Science in Preschool: Policies and Practice

Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - Retrieved May 22, 2009

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) recently published a policy brief entitled Math and Science in Preschool: Policies and Practice (2009), by Kimberly Brenneman, Judi Stevenson-Boyd and Ellen C. Frede. This brief discusses the development of mathematics and science understanding in preschool children, reviews the current knowledge base on educational practices in these domains, identifies areas that require further study, and outlines recommendations for early education policy in mathematics and science. It is available online at http://nieer.org/resources/policybriefs/20.pdf