Mental Health and Wellness in Head Start

NHSAThe National Head Start Association (NHSA) has released a brief examining the mental health of Head Start staff, children, and families and lists the three most important factors in developing positive mental health in children as healthy, stable relationships with adults, an environment free of toxins and fear, and good nutrition.  Resources and research are included. 

Read more here.

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Student Discipline Practices for Children with Disabilities in Charter Schools

NCSEThe National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools Equity Coalition, with more than 20 organizations, including the Council for Exceptional Children, recently released a statement on student discipline practices for children with disabilities in charter schools.  The statement calls for charter schools to create an atmosphere of learning for all students, including evidence-based approaches to improve student behavior and reduce disciplinary referrals.  

Read more here.

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Weekly Question!

What questions about special education should we ask the major party candidates for President? #Education Politics
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CADRE Hiring Policy Analyst #CADRE



Our friends at CADRE are hiring a policy analyst. They asked if we could help spread the word, and because we love CADRE, we are happy to do so.

CADRE is the federal special education dispute resolution center. Their website is a great resource and is linked on the lefthand side of this blog. If you are involved in special ed dispute resolution, you should investigate their many resources.

If you might be interested in working for CADRE as a Policy Analyst, the job announcement is available here.

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CADRE Hiring Policy Analyst #CADRE



Our friends at CADRE are hiring a policy analyst. They asked if we could help spread the word, and because we love CADRE, we are happy to do so.

CADRE is the federal special education dispute resolution center. Their website is a great resource and is linked on the lefthand side of this blog. If you are involved in special ed dispute resolution, you should investigate their many resources.

If you might be interested in working for CADRE as a Policy Analyst, the job announcement is available here.

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New Grant Opportunity: Comprehensive Centers Program—National Comprehensive Center on Improving Literacy for Students with Disabilities

Osers2The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) along with the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) announce a new grant opportunity for the Comprehensive Centers Program: National Comprehensive Center on Improving Literacy for Students with Disabilities. The notice can be viewed at the Federal Register.

You can apply for the grant at Grants.gov.

Dates:

  • Application Available: June 8, 2016
  • Application Deadline: July 25, 2016
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Your Advocacy Means Everything!

BeanadvicateYou advocate for children and youth with exceptionalities every day, and that makes you an expert at telling the powers-that-be what children need to succeed.

Bring your expert advocacy skills to the offices of your elected officials in Congress this summer as a member of your state's national advocacy team during the 2016 Special Education Legislative Summit, July 10-13.

It's your once-a-year opportunity to stand alongside special education teachers, administrators, teacher educators, early interventionists, researchers, teacher candidates, and other related service providers—as we take CEC’s messages to Capitol Hill.

Click here to register.

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Supporting Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Who Have Experienced Trauma

NCTSNThe National Child Traumatic Stress Network has published The Road to Recovery: Supporting Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Who Have Experienced Trauma. The toolkit consists of a Facilitator Guide and a Participant Manual. Together, they are designed to teach basic knowledge, skills, and values about working with children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who have had traumatic experiences, and how to use this knowledge to support children's safety, well-being, happiness, and recovery through trauma-informed practice.

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Is Neighborhood Still Destiny?

MeasureofamerA decade after New York City adopted a universal school choice policy for high school students, Measure of America — whose mission is to capture and publicize metrics of the nation’s well-being — reveals that school choice is unable to disturb the connection between home environments and academic success. Researchers found that a child’s likelihood of graduating on time remains tightly linked to the poverty rate, household income and adult educational attainment in that child’s neighborhood.

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Racial Bias in Gifted and Talented Placement: What to do about it

Urban IA recent report, Aiming Higher Together: Strategizing Better Educational Outcomes for Boys and Young Men of Color, from Urban Institute, proposes strategies to improve the educational outcomes of boys and men of color including those who may be gifted by altering conditions in homes, schools and communities to create "person-environment fits" that better foster academic achievement.

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