Tools for Building an Effective Education Workforce

Gtl-logoThe Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) has released two new resources. The first is a Call-to-Action-Paper, Time for Action: Building the Educator Workforce Our Children Need Now. States are developing plans for their federal education spending for the next several years, and now is the time to rethink strategies and to focus funds and efforts on what matters most for learning: great teachers and leaders for every student and school. This resource offers chief state school officers and state education leaders a vision for creating a talent system that gives every student a great teacher every year, key state actions for building the right talent system for their state, and gu (Read more...)

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Tools for Building an Effective Education Workforce

Gtl-logoThe Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) has released two new resources. The first is a Call-to-Action-Paper, Time for Action: Building the Educator Workforce Our Children Need Now. States are developing plans for their federal education spending for the next several years, and now is the time to rethink strategies and to focus funds and efforts on what matters most for learning: great teachers and leaders for every student and school. This resource offers chief state school officers and state education leaders a vision for creating a talent system that gives every student a great teacher every year, key state actions for building the right talent system for their state, and gu (Read more...)

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Tools for Building an Effective Education Workforce

Gtl-logoThe Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) has released two new resources. The first is a Call-to-Action-Paper, Time for Action: Building the Educator Workforce Our Children Need Now. States are developing plans for their federal education spending for the next several years, and now is the time to rethink strategies and to focus funds and efforts on what matters most for learning: great teachers and leaders for every student and school. This resource offers chief state school officers and state education leaders a vision for creating a talent system that gives every student a great teacher every year, key state actions for building the right talent system for their state, and gu (Read more...)

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Tools for Building an Effective Education Workforce

Gtl-logoThe Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) has released two new resources. The first is a Call-to-Action-Paper, Time for Action: Building the Educator Workforce Our Children Need Now. States are developing plans for their federal education spending for the next several years, and now is the time to rethink strategies and to focus funds and efforts on what matters most for learning: great teachers and leaders for every student and school. This resource offers chief state school officers and state education leaders a vision for creating a talent system that gives every student a great teacher every year, key state actions for building the right talent system for their state, and gu (Read more...)

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Yikes! A presidential commission on vaccines?

In 10 January 2017’s Washington (DC, US) Post, Abby Phillip, Lena H. Sun, and Lenny Bernstein reported that US President-elect Donald J. Trump is apparently considering creating a commission on autism. The sensational headline is “Vaccine skeptic Robert Kennedy Jr. says Trump asked him to lead commission on ‘vaccine safety’.” There are multiple other versions […]
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Procedural Safeguards – The Series Part XI #resolution session

This is the tenth installment in a multi-part series on procedural safeguards under the federal special education law, the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act. I work a lot in this area, so it is near and dear to my heart. Despite the importance of procedural safeguards. however, many issues in this area are misunderstood. I hope that all of the different types of special education stakeholders who read this blog find the information in this series helpful. 




Resolution Session Meetings 

A mandatory resolution session was added to the special education dispute resolution process in 2004. IDEA § 615 (f)(1)(B). Within 15 days of receipt of a due process hearing co (Read more...)
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Students with Disabilities Gain SAT Accommodations

The College BoardThe College Board recently announced that starting January 1st 2017 they will overhaul its request process for testing accommodations, making it easier for eligible students to receive support. The majority of students who are approved for, and currently, using testing accommodations at their school through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan, will automatically have those same accommodations approved for taking the SAT, PSAT, PSAT/NMQQT, SAT Subject Tests and AP Exams. This new process builds on the College Board’s August 2016 expansion of testing accommodations that can be approved directly by schools, and is expected to reduce the approval time for accommodation request (Read more...)

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Stakeholder Involvement in ESSA

DOEThe Department of Education encourages local leaders to create a dialogue with stakeholders to ensure their voices are considered in regard to ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) implementation. A letter was released in June 2016 by Secretary King to provide guidance to states and districts to stress the importance of including community members in the implementation of the new law. State officials are currently in the process of developing their ESSA Consolidated State Plan that meets all statutory and regulatory requirements with regard to improved student academic achievement and increased quality of instruction. CEC encourages members to become involved in the planning of ESSA (Read more...)

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Weekly Question!

We are running a Series on Procedural Safeguards. Which of the procedural safeguards under IDEA are most effective in protecting the educational rights of children with disabilities? #SpEdProcedures
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The 115th Session of Congress Begins

115th CongressYesterday, January 3rd 2017, marked the official start of the 115th Congress, as newly-elected members were sworn in at the U.S. Capitol. This session of Congress is already making history, being the most racially diverse Congress Washington has seen.

 

 

Composition of the House:

  • Parties: Republican (241), Democrat (194), Independent (0)
  • Gender: Male (248), Woman (83)
  • Race: White (339), Black (46), Hispanic (33), Asian (10), Other (3)

Composition of the Senate:

  • Parties: Republican (52), Democrat (46), Independent (2)
  • Gender: Male (78), Woman (21)
  • Race: White (90), Black (3), Hispanic (4), Asian (3)

Notable statistics:

  • There is a record number of women in the Senate (21).
  • A (Read more...)
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