March 2021 - Special Educator e-Journal



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Special Education Legal Alert

By Perry A. Zirkel

© February 2021

This month’s update identifies recent court decisions of general significance, specifically addressing (a) FAPE and the remedy of compensatory education, and (b) FAPE and the remedy of tuition reimbursement, along with an added flourish under Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  For related information about these broad issues, see perryzirkel.com.

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Practice Makes Progress: Utilizing a Simulated IEP Meeting in Teacher Preparation

By Courtney Toledo

Abstract

This paper proposes that a simulated Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting is an effective way for pre-service teachers to gain an understanding of the IEP process. Heinrich (2017) supports the use of role-play activities in order to achieve long term objectives and engage the students in collaborative work. In addition, using the work of Coulson & Harvey (2013), this paper explains how reflection supports the meaning-making process for students. By combining the research behind engaging students in role play and reflection, a simulated IEP meeting activity is described in detail with suggestions and materials for immediate implementation. Based on the author's experience of conducting this activity within an undergraduate setting, the author proposes that this activity helps to not only support comprehension, but also alleviate the stress that novice special education teachers often feel in regards to IEP documentation and meetings.

Keywords: teacher preparation, role play, simulation, collaboration

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Fostering Self-Advocacy Skills Across All Grade-Levels: Defining Self-Determination for Students with Disabilities

By Marissa Desiree Pardo

Abstract

Self-Advocacy is the action of representing or defending oneself, especially considering one’s views, interests, or goals (“Topics - Self-Advocacy.,” n.d.). Throughout elementary school, middle school, and high school, students are provided with age-appropriate opportunities to self-advocate for themselves (Morin, 2019). These opportunities and skills culminate until the transition period begins during high school and into adulthood.

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Retaining Special Education Graduate Students in Times of Transition

By

Karen M. Potter, Ph.D.

Randa G. Keeley, Ph.D.

Breanna L. Sherrow, Ph.D.

Note:  Article retriened from the Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, Winter 2021 edition

Abstract

This paper examines special education graduate program retention data in connection with issues identified as affecting retention in higher education. We reviewed archival data for a three-year period to evaluate retention during a time of continual institutional and programmatic change. Descriptive data for four specific graduate strands in the participating program were examined through the consideration of student involvement, student interactions with faculty, and the disruption of established traditions. Through this examination, we found that retention rates remained stable over the three-year period, which may have been the result of several factors shown in retention literature to decrease student attrition.

Keywords: retention, attrition, graduate students, programmatic change, special education, higher education, student completion, student persistence

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Acknowledgements

Portions of this or previous month’s NASET’s Special Educator e-Journal were excerpted from:

  • Center for Parent Information and Resources
  • Committee on Education and the Workforce
  • FirstGov.gov-The Official U.S. Government Web Portal
  • Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals (JAASEP)
  • National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth
  • National Institute of Health
  • National Organization on Disability
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • U.S. Department of Education-The Achiever
  • U.S. Department of Education-The Education Innovator
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • U.S. Department of Labor
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • U.S. Office of Special Education

The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) thanks all of the above for the information provided for this or prior editions of the Special Educator e-Journal


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