October 10, 2014

In this Issue:

  1. Education Program Specialist - Position Announcement
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - October 10, 2014
  2. The Strengthening Families Approach and Protective Factors Framework: Branching Out and Reaching Deeper
      Source: Center for the Study of Social Policy - October 6, 2014
  3. Comment Request - Evaluation of Preschool Special Education Practices Phase I
      Source: Federal Register - October 8, 2014

1. Education Program Specialist - Position Announcement

Source: U.S. Department of Education - October 10, 2014

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) at the U.S. Department of Education has posted a vacancy announcement for an Education Program Specialist. This position is located in the Office of Special Education Programs, Research to Practice Division. The Research to Practice Division administers Part D of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to improve and enhance outcomes for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities. The incumbent of this position is the content area expert in early intervention/early childhood special education or literacy interventions for children with disabilities. Applications must be received by October 23, 2014 and the position is open to everyone. Individuals wishing to apply must submit an application online through the USAJOBS website, which can be accessed through one of the following locations:

2. The Strengthening Families Approach and Protective Factors Framework: Branching Out and Reaching Deeper

Source: Center for the Study of Social Policy - October 6, 2014

In 2003, the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) introduced its Strengthening Families Approach and Protective Factors Framework as a research informed, strengths-based initiative for strengthening the ability of parents and communities to care for their children in ways that promote well-being and prevent abuse and neglect. Since that time, more than 30 states have implemented initiatives to integrate the approach into early childhood programs, health care and human services systems (e.g., child welfare), public policy (e.g., Quality Rating and Improvement Systems), and early intervention programs (e.g., home visiting). A new CSSP report, The Strengthening Families Approach and Protective Factors Framework: Branching Out and Reaching Deeper (September 2014), provides an updated synthesis of the research and the foundational ideas that inform the evidence base of the approach and discusses its broad and diverse implementation in policy and practice across the United States.

3. Comment Request - Evaluation of Preschool Special Education Practices Phase I

Source: Federal Register - October 8, 2014

On October 8, 2014, the Department of Education published the following invitation to comment in the Federal Register: Comment Request - Evaluation of Preschool Special Education Practices Phase I. The main objective of the Evaluation of Preschool Special Education Practices, Phase I study is to assess the feasibility of conducting a large-scale randomized controlled trial (RCT) evaluation of one or more curricula or interventions that are used with preschool children with disabilities to promote their learning of language, literacy, social-emotional skills, and/or appropriate behavioral skills for school. For complete information, go to http://www.regulations.gov and enter ED-2014-ICCD-0139 into the search box. Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before December 8, 2014.