August 2021 - Special Educator e-Journal



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Special Education Legal Alert

By Perry A. Zirkel

© July 2021

This month’s update identifies recent court decisions illustrating (1) evolving COVID-19 issues and answers under various legal bases, and (2) continuing child find and FAPE interpretations and applications under the IDEA. For related information about these issues, see the various sections of perryzirkel.com

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Buzz from the Hub

All articles below can be accessed through login:

  • The Disparate Impacts of COVID-19 on America’s Students
  • FAQ on the ESSER Fund
  • Guidance for Child Care
  • Supporting Students with the Most Intensive Needs | 3 Videos
  • Inclusive Social Emotional Learning for Students with Disabilities
  • A Family Guide to Participating in the Child Outcomes Measurement Process
  • Comic Books Series Turned into Videos for Children
  • How to Spot Depression in Young Children
  • Why Inclusion? Video Series
  • CDC Updates and Adds to Child Care Provider Guidance on COVID-19
  • ED Covid-19 Handbook: Roadmap to Reopening Safely and Meeting All Students’ Needs
  • Relationship Building: A Strategy Guide for Educators
  • Webinar and Podcast | Developing Data-Driven Equity Practices and Partnerships
  • Webinar | Guidance for State and Local Leaders on Flexible Options to Increase and Support the Special Education Pipeline

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Starter Set of Resources on LRE

Reflecting on the Meaning of LRE

Considering LRE in Placement Decisions.
Indepth look at what LRE is, how it’s defined in IDEA and in practice, and who decides placement for a student with a disability.
 

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Bookshare: Providing Accessible Materials for Students with Print Disabilities

The IRIS STAR Legacy modules are meant to help train future teachers, administrators, and other school personnel. This module presents an overview of Bookshare, a project supported by the U.S. Department of Education and OSEP, which provides books in digitized formats to individuals who have print disabilities. Included is information about how such students can access textbooks, other instructional materials, and text-reader software at no cost, as well as how teachers can use this information in their daily instructional planning.

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Plain Language Writing: An Essential Part of Accessibility

How do you make writing accessible?

We know how to replace steps with ramps. We know how to widen doorways and make restrooms larger for wheelchair users. We can accommodate Deaf people with Sign Language and captions on videos. Blind people can use large print, Braille, or audiobooks. But how do we make information, instructions, and ideas more cognitively accessible, particularly for people with intellectual, developmental, and learning disabilities?

This article explains the purpose of writing in plain language and its importance to providing access to understandable information for those with disabilities. It also:

  • gives excellent examples,
  • explores the main characteristics of plain writing,
  • list digital tools that can help improve readability, and
  • connects you with multiple resources expressly written to inform individuals with disabilities (in plain language, of course) about such issues as COVID-19 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Best Practices for Accessible Social Media | Webinar

Educators are integrating social media into their professional learning routines, their daily communications, and their instructional practices. But how do we plan for variability in our social media followers? Learn easy tips for making your social media posts more accessible and more usable by everyone, in this archived webinar held in May 2019 by the Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) Center.

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Book Review: Awakening the Sleeping Giant, Helping Teachers Develop as Leaders

By Danielle Aycardi

Abstract

This book review is on the book written by Marily Katzenmeyer and Gayle Moller, Awakening the Sleeping Giant, Helping Teachers Develop as Leaders. The authors examine the challenges that teacher leaders face such as accepting leadership positions, building relationships, working with peers and facilitating professional development. By becoming teacher leaders, teacher can make a significant impact on student learning.

Keywords: educational leaders, student, learning

Katzenmeyer, M., & Moller, G. (2009). Awakening the sleeping giant: helping teachers develop as leaders. Corwin a SAGE Company.

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Book Review: The Heart-Led Leader

By Sarah Margaret Lane

 

“Because love wins” (240) concludes Tommy Spaulding, an author, speaker, and head of leadership organizations such as Up with People. In his book, Spaulding attempts to share discoveries made while developing his leadership philosophy of love and serving. He argues that leaders should aim to change themselves and the different communities around them by becoming leaders who use their hearts. Spaulding details eighteen qualities or “inches” required to change to a “heart-led leader”.

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How to Design and Deliver Content for Diverse Audiences | Webinar

 

Want to prepare top-notch presentations? This archived webinar from August 2018 discusses best practices for making your presentations accessible to a wider audience that includes not only people with disabilities, but also people who call into a presentation and do not have access to the visuals, and those sitting in the back row of a large room.

The webinar also describes techniques for making your slides more accessible using a number of popular presentation tools such as Microsoft PowerPoint, Apple’s Keynote, and Google Slides, as well as how to design an accessible handout that provides value even after the presentation is over. From the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials.

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Latest Employment Opportunities Posted on NASET 

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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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