November 19, 2010

In this Issue:

  1. New Report - 35 Years of Progress in Educating Children with Disabilities through IDEA
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services - November 19, 2010
  2. Research Priorities Approved for the Institute of Education Sciences
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences - Retrieved November 18, 2010
  3. Blue Ribbon Panel Calls for Transforming Teacher Education through Clinical Practice
      Source: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education - November 16, 2010
  4. New from TACSEI! "Making Life Easier" Series for Parents and Caregivers
      Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children - November 19, 2010

1. New Report - 35 Years of Progress in Educating Children with Disabilities through IDEA

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services - November 19, 2010

On Nov. 29, 1975, the passage of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, now known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), guaranteed access to a free, appropriate, public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment to every child with a disability. The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) has just published a new report, Thirty-five Years of Progress in Educating Children with Disabilities Through IDEA, which reflects on how far we've come, envisions the future of IDEA and celebrates the millions of people who have enjoyed access to the services and education as a result of this law. It is available online at http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/idea35/history/idea-35-history.pdf

2. Research Priorities Approved for the Institute of Education Sciences

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences - Retrieved November 18, 2010

The National Board for Education Sciences has approved research priorities for the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES). These priorities provide a blueprint for future research grants and programs awarded through IES. The final priorities address a broad range of education-related outcomes for all students, including those with disabilities. Among other things, these outcomes include developmental outcomes for infants and toddlers with disabilities and school readiness. To read the complete list of final IES priorities go to http://ies.ed.gov/director/board/pdf/priorities.pdf

3. Blue Ribbon Panel Calls for Transforming Teacher Education through Clinical Practice

Source: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education - November 16, 2010

On November 16, 2010, a national panel of education experts released a report entitled Transforming Teacher Education through Clinical Practice: A National Strategy to Prepare Effective Teachers (2010), which recommends sweeping changes to teacher education programs and prioritizes clinical experience / field practice. The panel was convened earlier this year by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. To learn more and to access the report, go to http://www.ncate.org/Public/ResearchReports/NCATEInitiatives/BlueRibbonPanel/tabid/715/Default.aspx

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) supports the panel report's recommendations and suggests expanding clinical partnerships with school districts to include partnerships with other early learning settings, including Head Start and child care. In 2009, NAEYC revised its Standards for Programs that Prepare Early Childhood Professionals, which also emphasize clinical field experiences for teachers working with children birth through age 8. To learn more, go to http://www.naeyc.org/newsroom/pressreleases/NCATEPanelReport

4. New from TACSEI! "Making Life Easier" Series for Parents and Caregivers

Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children - November 19, 2010

The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) has launched a new series entitled, Making Life Easier, which is designed to provide helpful tips for parents and caregivers on how to make often challenging events easier to navigate and even enjoyable. Topics currently available include Bedtime and Naptime, Running Errands, and Diapering. Each tipsheet also includes a helpful quick reference sheet. To access the series, go to http://www.challengingbehavior.org//do/resources/making_life_easier.html