November 18, 2011

In this Issue:

  1. Overview and Discussion of 2011 Part C Regulations: Information, Implementation and Implications
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs - November 16, 2011
  2. 2012 Parts B and C Formula Grant Award Application Packages Available
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs - November 18, 2011
  3. New Fact Sheets from the National Institute for Early Education Research
      Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - November 18, 2011
  4. WWC Releases Intervention Report on The Incredible Years
      Source: What Works Clearinghouse, Institute of Education Sciences - November 15, 2011
  5. Online Forum on Implementing RTI in Early Childhood Settings: National, State, and Program Perspectives
      Source: RTI Action Network - November 17, 2011
  6. Make and Take Workshop: Reducing Challenging Behavior by Clarifying Expectations, Rules, and Routines
      Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children - November 17, 2011
  7. Take a Giant Step: A Blueprint for Teaching Young Children in a Digital Age
      Source: Digital Age Teacher Preparation Council - Retrieved November 18, 2011

1. Overview and Discussion of 2011 Part C Regulations: Information, Implementation and Implications

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs - November 16, 2011

On November 16, 2011 the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) held a training session on the new regulations for implementing Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Materials from the session are now available online at http://osep-part-c.tadnet.org/materials, including:

The accompanying Webcast will be posted on 11/21/2011.

2. 2012 Parts B and C Formula Grant Award Application Packages Available

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs - November 18, 2011

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has posted information and application packages for receiving Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2012 grant awards under Parts B and C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). To learn more and to download the application packages, go to http://www2.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/osep/2012apps.html

3. New Fact Sheets from the National Institute for Early Education Research

Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - November 18, 2011

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) recently published the following two new fact sheets:

  • Improving Public Financing for Early Learning Programs (2011) - Reviews sources of financing for public early childhood education programs and provides recommendations for policies that would improve preschool access and quality - http://nieer.org/resources/factsheets/26.pdf
  • Degrees in Context: Asking the Right Questions about Preparing Skilled and Effective Teachers of Young Children (2011) - Discusses issues regarding teachers' education, including supports for professional development and the effects of the workplace environment on educators' teaching practices - http://nieer.org/resources/factsheets/25.pdf

4. WWC Releases Intervention Report on The Incredible Years

Source: What Works Clearinghouse, Institute of Education Sciences - November 15, 2011

The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) recently released a new intervention report on The Incredible Years, a training program that addresses children ages 0-12 with challenging behaviors. Lessons cover recognizing and understanding feelings, getting along with friends, anger management, problem solving, and behavior at school. Parent training focuses on positive discipline, promoting learning and development, and involvement in children's life at school. The report is available online at http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/interventionreport.aspx?sid=590

5. Online Forum on Implementing RTI in Early Childhood Settings: National, State, and Program Perspectives

Source: RTI Action Network - November 17, 2011

On November 17, 2011 the RTI Action Network débuted a new RTI National Online Forum, Implementing Response to Intervention in Early Childhood Settings: National, State, and Program Perspectives. The 80-minute webcast features four nationally recognized experts in RTI who provide guidance on establishing multi-tiered systems of support for young children, an overview of the essential components of RTI, new instructional strategies, policy considerations, emerging approaches to measurement, and the supports needed for success. It is available at http://www.rtinetwork.org/professional/forums-and-webinars/forums/rti-national-online-forum-implementing-response-to-intervention-in-early-childhood-settings

6. Make and Take Workshop: Reducing Challenging Behavior by Clarifying Expectations, Rules, and Routines

Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children - November 17, 2011

Children are less likely to engage in problem behavior when they know what to do, how to do it, and what is expected. The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) has published a new Make and Take workshop, which provides a set of materials for training others how to clarify expectations, rules and routines for children. It is available online at http://www.challengingbehavior.org/communities/make_n_take/make_n_take_home.html

TACSEI's Make and Take Workshops are designed to provide information on a focused topic with the opportunity to "make and take" materials back to the classroom.

7. Take a Giant Step: A Blueprint for Teaching Young Children in a Digital Age

Source: Digital Age Teacher Preparation Council - Retrieved November 18, 2011

In January 2010, the Cooney Center and the Stanford Educational Leadership Institute convened a Digital Age Teacher Preparation Council to look at current practices for teaching young children and to design a professional development action plan for integrating the effective use of technology in preschool and the primary grades. A recently published report, Take a Giant Step: A Blueprint for Teaching Young Children in a Digital Age (November 2011), describes the Council's action plan and proposes several goals for the nation to meet by 2020. It is available online at http://www.joanganzcooneycenter.org/Reports-31.html