Autism Center Director at SE Missouri State

Director Southeast Missouri State University Autism Center for Diagnosis and Treatment (Full Time/Term) Primary Responsibilities Provide leadership and oversight for the University Autism Center for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders. The director serves as the primary supervisor and coordinator for all staff and the collaborative partners that share the facility. Required Qualifications […]
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Assistant Prof at Millersville U.

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR SPECIAL EDUCATION The Millersville University Department of Early, Middle, and Exceptional Education seeks an Assistant Professor of Special Education beginning August 2015. Minimum qualifications include ABD status in special education, or a closely related field, 4 years of successful full-time teaching experience with Pre-K – 8 individuals demonstrating a broad range of disabilities. […]
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Weekly Question!

Bullying remains the hot button issue in special education law, and many people feel that it reflects a larger and ugly societal problem. Have you had any experiences with kids with disabilities being the victim of bullying?
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Pleasantly Surprised Me!

One of my students pleasantly surprised me. He had been playing around and not really taking his classwork and homework seriously. Well, color me surprised when I discovered that he was actually working when he said he was. He has been working on a program, Achieve 3000, that helps increase lexile levels. I found out when he was recognized at one of our monthly assemblies for having one of the highest growth in his lexile level to the tune of 95 points. Not only that. In my class, I let my students play Kahoot! At first he was at the bottom, now he’s one of the top scorers. I am very pleasantly surprised.

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Bullying of Kids With Disabilities – Part IV

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English: Bullying on  the first class day. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bullying remains the hottest of hot button issues in special education law.  In the first installment, I explained the early cases laying the conceptual groundwork for the proposition that failure to react to bullying can constitute a denial of FAPE under IDEA.  In a later installment, I discussed the seminal decision of TK & SK ex rel LK v. New York City Dept of Educ 779 F.Supp.2d 289, 56 IDELR 228 (E.D.N.Y. 4/25/2011).  This case is important not just because it analyzes special education law principles involving bullying, but also because it provides a thorough review of the soc (Read more...)
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Supreme Court Asks For Brief in Special Ed Case

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The U. S . Supreme Court has only decided ten special education cases.  They have not taken one for a long time. Fortunately, special education is not a liberal vs conservative issue.  It generally receives strong bipartisan support.  (That does not mean that Congress will soon reauthorize IDEA however.)

There is currently one special ed case that the Court is considering.  It involves the stay put provision:
 IDEA § 615 (j) provides that (except in certain discipline cases), during the pendency of any due process or court proceedings pursuant to this section, unless the parties agree otherwise, the student ‘…shall remain in the then-curr (Read more...)
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RTT-ELC: Program Spotlight and Technical Assistance

RT3logoED and HHS are pleased to release a new resource on Kindergarten Entry Assessments in Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge States.

Under their Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grants, States are revising existing or implementing new kindergarten entry assessment (KEA) tools. This document provides an overview of the assessment instruments currently in use or being developed by the 20 States that have been awarded RTT-ELC grants. It details which States are collaborating on KEA development, and it provides information on the time frames for developing and conducting the assessments. The information in this document is based on a review of State websites, RTT-ELC Annu (Read more...)

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ED Releases Preschool Development Grants

Doe_largeThe U.S. Department of Education recently released applications for the Preschool Development Grants competition. There are two types of grants. Development Grants that will will support states with either small or no state preschool programs to implement and sustain high-quality preschool programs in one or more high-need communities.  Expansion Grants are for states with more robust state preschool programs or that have received a Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant. These states must implement and sustain high-quality preschool programs in two or more high-need communities. It’s the communities that will really drive the implementation of these programs, with (Read more...)

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70% of Americans Favor Federal Funds for Preschool Expansion

Gallup-poll-logoA new Gallup poll shows that 7 in 10 Americans say they favor using federal money to make sure high-quality preschool programs are available for every child in the country. President Barack Obama has asked Congress to fund universal access to high-quality preschool programs for all 4-year-olds in his FY 2015 budget request. Many governors and mayors are also calling for an expansion of early education.  Research shows the short- and long-term benefits of attending high-quality preschool which may be one reason for Americans' widespread support for the proposal. Read more here

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DEC Kicks Off Early Learning Campaign at Conference this Week

Dec-logo-onlyDEC in collaboration with CEC announces its campaign for support of the Strong Start for America’s Children Act and increased funding for Early Childhood IDEA programs today. 

Increasing access to and opportunities for high-quality early learning is one of the best investments our country can make and has broad bipartisan support: 

  • 71% agree that now is the time to make an increased investment in our nation’s young children and their families (First Five Years Fund poll, 2014).
  • 85% believe that ensuring children get a strong start is important, second only to increasing job and economic growth (First Five Years Fund poll, 2014).
  • It has been estimated that the return on investmen (Read more...)
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