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Council of Administrators of Special Education
The Playlists: Disability Resources for WIOA Practitioners
High-quality service to individuals with disabilities is a critical goal of WIOA partners and practitioners. You may obtain a wealth of technical assistance resources to help you reach that goal with these ten playlists.
Each playlist is a carefully selected set of links to resources such as toolkits, reports, online courses, and videos on a specific topic related to improving service to individuals with disabilities. The resources are intended for use by workforce development professionals, employers, rehabilitation services providers, adult educators, and other practitioners.
Investing in What it Takes to Move From Good to Great
The Center on Great Teachers and Leaders recently released two resources to support states in diversifying and strengthening professional learning and support for teachers. "Ask the Team Brief! Teachers Supporting Teachers: State Policies for Non-Classroom-Based Instructors" is a brief that reviews existing state policies and highlights state-level programs that support non-classroom-based educators (coaches, teacher leaders, mentors, etc.). The new Report in "Good to Great Study Series: Investing in What it Takes to Move from Good to Great" presents findings from a survey of over 5,000 National Board certified teachers, building on two previous studies highlighting the perspectives of national and state teachers of the year. Education leaders and policy makers can use this information to make smart investments in teacher support and development that may be more likely to improve teaching and learning in the long run.
Innovation with Accountability
If you've had your eye on education news over the past few months, you've probably noticed a surge in stories about school "choice" for parents and students. While much of this discussion pertains to school vouchers, I thought it presented a good opportunity to talk about charter schools, which also fall under the umbrella of "choice."
2017 Special Education Legislative Summit
Take your story to Capitol Hill.
You have dedicated your career to working with children and youth with exceptionalities, and every day you work to ensure their success and happiness. This means that YOU have everything you need to be an advocate?it’s time to turn your work, experiences, and passion into action! The 2017 Special Education Legislative Summit will help you gain the expert advocacy skills that you need to tell your personal story in a way that will have a lasting impact.
Too Few ELL Students Land in Gifted Classess
Linnea Van Eman, the gifted education coordinator for the Tulsa school district, sees too many gifted students who simply don't have the language skills to show what they can do.
The 36,000-student Oklahoma district has been pushing hard to bring more students from traditionally underrepresented groups—and English-language learners in particular—into its gifted program. Using a combination of more-diverse testing, greater parent outreach, and closer observation, Van Eman and her teachers are working to fill equity gaps in the district's advanced programs.
Special Education Today
Special education teachers work with children who have varying degrees of disabilities. These teachers have many responsibilities and often work with difficult circumstances. In addition to basic teaching practices, these teachers often provide guidance, encouragement, and a positive, safe environment for children with special needs to learn and grow. Below is a glimpse inside the responsibilities and requirements of special education teachers today.
Is the Vacation Over?
As July starts to come to a close we ask, "is the vacation almost over?" Many of you, like ourselves in the TAI family, do not have the entire Summer for frivolity, or house work - we do not judge, and so we take the one or two weeks we have free to decompress and prepare for the Fall. We at TAI hope that you have had a relaxing break, however long or short it may be. If you have a moment before school starting, you may want to check on the condition of your TAI products. There is still time to get those missing or broken items replaced before the students return. And remember that just because the school year starts back and the "formal vacation" is over, does not mean the "vacation" is over. "Vacation" can be a state of mind if you want it to be.
Happy Founder's Day CEC!
On August 10, 1922, Elizabeth Farrell attended a meeting with 10 other educators to promote fellowship and the exchange of ideas among those who worked in special education. The attendees established the International Council for the Education of Exceptional Children and elected Farrell as their president.
Interview with Dr. Jim Ball
Earlier this year Dr. Ball, speaking at the TAVAC conference in Texas said “If you are doing transition planning and are not using PAES, you’re behind the times and are probably not making good transition decisions.” Dr. Ball expanded on his comments in an October interview with TAI.
Tommy Hilfiger Launches Adaptive Clothing Line For Adults With Disabilities
Zipping up a jacket on a chilly day may feel like second nature for most – but for people with disabilities, it can be yet another annoying little challenge to overcome.
This is why fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger has just released a new collection of adaptive clothing specifically for people with disabilities.
The company designed the clothing in partnership with Runway of Dreams, a nonprofit that works with fashion brands to design apparel that is easily utilized by differently abled people. The two organizations originally partnered up one year ago to release an adaptive clothing collection for kids – but the products were so successful, Hilfiger followed it up with the adult line.
Selected Articles from 2017
CEC has compiled their list of top read articles from 2017. We have listed a few below, with links.
From John Hopkins University on May 18th: Graduation rate lags for students with disabilities
From Education World on June 8th: The promise of trauma-informed practices
From The Guardian on June 8th: Debunking the "learning styles" myth
Department of Education launches new English Learner data story
On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Education launched a new interactive web page dedicated to data on English Learner students (ELs). The site uses colorful maps, bar graphs, and charts to provide a clearer understanding of America's diverse ELs population in a "data story" format based on data from the Common Core of Data (CCD).
ED official clarifies student protections under FERPA when it comes to digital media
People with disabilities are rapidly joining the workforce. That's a hopeful trend.
Jack Markell, Opinion contributor
TV reflects and shapes how we think about each other, including our family and neighbors with disabilities. Born This Way, The Good Doctor and Speechless offer role models with high expectations for inclusion and success.
Keeping Your Child with Autism Safe
A recent study by the American Journal of Public Health examined national mortality data and found that individuals with a diagnosis of autism died on average 35.8 years younger than individuals in the general population. Their research also found that the difference in deaths caused by injury was almost as striking.
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