U.S. Department of Education Announces Access to Free Video-On-Demand for Students with Visual or Hearing Disabilities

Education-1Yesterday, The U.S. Department of Education today announced free access to video-on-demand children’s television programming for thousands of students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing. 

A number of children’s and family TV episodes may now be viewed online featuring closed captioning and descriptions through the Education Department’s Accessible Television Portal project. Some of the featured and most popular shows include: “Ocean Mysteries,” “Magic School Bus,” and “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” 

The portal is part of the Department-funded Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP).

In order to gain access to the content, teachers and school p (Read more...)

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Happy St Patrick’s Day #irish

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


To help us celebrate here are some fun facts from our friends at the U S Census Bureau:

Congress proclaimed March as Irish-American Heritage Month in 1991, and the President issues a proclamation commemorating the occasion each year.
Originally, a religious holiday to honor St. Patrick, who introduced Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century, St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into a celebration for all things Irish. The world’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade occurred on MMarc1762, in New York City, featuring Irish soldiers serving in the English military. This parade became an annual event, with President Truman attending in 1948.

Population Distribution

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New Weekly Question!

We are about to run a new series which is an updated version of our previous series: An Introduction To Special Education Law. Are there any topics that we have not covered in the past that you would like to see in this Special Ed Law 101 Series?
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Conjuring Prequel Annabelle: How NOT to Make a Movie

After having watched the first Conjuring movie and loved it, I just had to watch it’s pre-sequel Annabelle. The growing list of negative reviews didn’t deter me in the least, however, 20 mins into the movie I wished they had. The movie is bad on so many levels, which is sad considering the...
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Coming Next Week: New Series – Special Ed Law 101 #SpecialEdLaw101



Beginning next week we will provide an updated version of our former series introducing the basic concepts of special education law. We will look at all the important stuff: an analysis of all supreme court decisions and the seminal circuit court opinions, as well as IDEA (the statute) and the federal regs.

The series should serve as a solid introduction for newbies and a good refresher course for seasoned veterans.

If there is anything that you want to see included that we have not covered in previous versions of this series, please let us know.
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2013 Fourth Quarter Interpretations of IDEA from U.S. Department of Education

6a00d83452098b69e201b7c70fd8bd970bOn Monday March 2, 2015, the Federal Register published a list of correspondence from the U.S. Department of Education to individuals during the previous quarter. Section 607 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act amendments of 1997 requires that the Secretary of Education, on a quarterly basis, publish this list. This is correspondence from the Department of Education received by individuals during the previous quarter and describes the interpretations of IDEA or the regulations that implement IDEA

These letters have been archived from 2001-2013. These letters are also indexed by topic

In addition to Microsoft Word documents, a (Read more...)

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NCER and NCSER Releases Working Group Summaries on Education Research

Logo (1)Last week the National Center for Education Research (NCER) and the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) released documentation on two Technical work group meetings in 2014 to discuss critical research needs and ways to strengthen IES research and training programs. 

Practitioner Perspectives on Emerging Research Needs and Improving Relevance in Education Research 

A work group convened to discuss research needs in education and how research could be more relevant and useful to the field. The discussion covered these five subject areas: (1) making research available through effective dissemination; (2) research needs for elementary, middle, and high school; (3) (Read more...)

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CEC and the Friends of IES Advocate for Research Funding

Friends IESThis week the Friends of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) urged the Congress to build upon the President's request of $675.8 million and restore, as a bare minimum, $11.2 million to Regional Education Laboratories (RELs) and $16.6 million to the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER), matching the 2008 funding level. They also encouraged the Congress to provide $703.6 million for the education sciences in the FY 2016 Labor, Health & Human Services, Education, & Related Agencies appropriations bill. The Council for Exceptional Children is a member of the Friends of IES. 

They pointed out that during this time of urgent and far reaching change in educ (Read more...)

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Weekly Question!

As we wind down our series on bullying of kids with disabilities, have you found the series to be helpful? What other series would you like to see in future posts?
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Teaching with our goals in mind

As our kindergarten team was leaving a meeting the other day the reading specialist added one more comment, “Let’s change how we are talking about our reading groups,” she suggested, “ Instead of referring to our groups as the reading level they are currently reading, let’s call them by the goal reading level we set for them.”

There was silence for a minute as we let that idea sink in. It AnnBailey LipsettCropped is so simple, and yet, so wise. It’s what we should always do- teach with our goal in mind.

Like many schools out there we use the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA-2) reading levels, which go from a level A to a level 70. Every year students are expected to move through multiple levels. We create smal (Read more...)

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