September 23, 2011

In this Issue:

  1. State Issues and Innovations in Creating Integrated Early Learning and Development Systems
      Source: U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services - Retrieved September 23, 2011
  2. Grant Notice - Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS)
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics - September 20, 2011
  3. Outdoor Fun for Infants - New CELLpops from the Center for Early Literacy Learning
      Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - September 23, 2011
  4. OSEP Spanish Glossary Available Online
      Source: Region 1 Parent Technical Assistance Center - Retrieved September 23, 2011
  5. Descriptions of Induction and Mentoring Programs For Beginning Special Education Teachers
      Source: National Center to Inform Policy and Practice in Special Education Professional Development - September 20, 2011

1. State Issues and Innovations in Creating Integrated Early Learning and Development Systems

Source: U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services - Retrieved September 23, 2011

The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services have published a new report, entitled State Issues and Innovations in Creating Integrated Early Learning and Development Systems: A Follow-Up to Early Childhood 2010 - Innovations for the Next Generation (September 2011). The report examines efforts to build state-integrated early learning and development systems for children across six themes: leadership; data usage; quality improvement; community partnerships; physical and behavioral integration; and children with multiple risks. It can be accessed free of charge online at http://store.samhsa.gov/product/SMA11-4661

2. Grant Notice - Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS)

Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics - September 20, 2011

On September 20, 2011, the National Center for Education Statistics at the U.S. Department of Education's Institute for Education Sciences published an invitation in the Federal Register for state educational agencies to apply for grants to help develop and implement statewide, longitudinal data systems. Applicants may apply for funds to carry out projects to address one of the following three priorities:

  1. to design, develop, and implement a statewide, longitudinal kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) data system;
  2. to develop and link early childhood data with the state's K-12 data system; or
  3. to develop and link postsecondary and/or workforce data with the state's K-12 data system.

The submission deadline is December 15, 2011. State educational agencies that received Statewide, Longitudinal Data System grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 are not eligible to apply for grants under this competition.

The Federal Register notice is available at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2011/09/20/2011-24151/applications-for-new-awards-statewide-longitudinal-data-systems-program
Additional information is also available at http://nces.ed.gov/Programs/SLDS/fy12_rfa.asp

3. Outdoor Fun for Infants - New CELLpops from the Center for Early Literacy Learning

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - September 23, 2011

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has released two new CELLpops called Outdoor Fun for Infants. One is meant to be used by practitioners and one is meant to be used by parents. CELLpops are interactive web versions of CELL mini-posters that can be used to promote children's early literacy learning. Outdoor Fun can be used to provide infants with fun and easy ways to include early literacy learning into everyday outdoor activities. The CELLpops and CELL mini posters are available at http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/ta_cell_pop1.php

CELL is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs Research to Practice Division and is a major initiative of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at the Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute.

4. OSEP Spanish Glossary Available Online

Source: Region 1 Parent Technical Assistance Center - Retrieved September 23, 2011

A new Spanish glossary of educational terms related to the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is now available online. The glossary is the result of the collective and collaborative efforts of 18 Parent Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). It was developed to ensure that IDEA terms used in documents for parents are translated in a uniform and comprehensible way across states, geographical regions, and communities of Spanish speakers. The OSEP Spanish Glossary is available online at http://www.neparentcenters.org/glossary/index.html

5. Descriptions of Induction and Mentoring Programs For Beginning Special Education Teachers

Source: National Center to Inform Policy and Practice in Special Education Professional Development - September 20, 2011

The National Center to Inform Policy and Practice in Special Education Professional Development (NCIPP) has created program descriptions for three innovative districts with induction and mentoring programs targeted at beginning special education teachers. Program descriptions were the result of extensive interviews with mentors, beginning teachers, principals and program administrators, as well as program data analysis and videos of mentoring sessions. To learn more and to access the program descriptions, go to http://ncipp.education.ufl.edu/pgmdescrips.php