December 2022 - Special Educator e-Journal



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Special Education Legal Alert

By Perry A. Zirkel

© November 2022

This month’s update identifies two recent court decisions addressing a range of IDEA issues, including child find and both the procedural and substantive dimensions of FAPE. For related publications and earlier monthly updates, see perryzirkel.com.

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    RAISE the Standard
    Culturally competent transition practices can play a significant role in improving post-school outcomes for youth with disabilities. The November issue of RAISE The Standard explores what it means to bring a culturally competent approach to transition planning and why it is vital to do so. Be sure to check out the great list of resources in the newsletter, such as the one listed below.

    Life after High School: A Guide for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families of Youth with Disabilities
    This guide is offered in nine languages: English, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. Wow, eh? From Open Doors for Multicultural Families.

    Addressing the Impacts of Parent and Caregiver Loss on Children
    (Also available in Spanish: Cómo afrontar el impacto de la pérdida de padres y cuidadores en los niños)
    This Dear Colleague Letter from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) discusses the urgent need to support children and youth who’ve experienced the traumatic loss of a parent or caregiver. It also includes an astoundingly thorough list of programs and resources available to address the spectrum of needs a child or family might have, from economic supports to behavioral health, to kinship and family supports, and more.

    How to Work With Your Child’s School
    Children with emotional or learning challenges are entitled to support from their schools. Who should parents talk to? This suite of articles from the Child Mind Institute can sure help! It includes 6 separate briefs, with titles such as Building Your Education Team, Supporting Trans and Nonbinary Kids at School, How to Get Assistive Technology for Your Child in School, How to Make the Most of Your IEP Meeting, and About Section 504 Plans. All are also available in Spanish.

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    U.S. Department of Education Launches New Initiative to Support Career-Connected Learning and Increase Job Pathways for Young Americans

    The U.S. Department of Education (Department) announced the launch of Raise the Bar: Unlocking Career Success, a new Biden-Harris Administration initiative supported by the Departments of Commerce and Labor to increase and expand access to high-quality training programs to help young Americans pursue jobs in today’s in-demand fields, and be prepared for careers of the future.

    This new effort unites key agencies of the Biden-Harris Administration to strengthen the connection between K-12 education, postsecondary education, and workforce programs. With the support of the $120 billion dollars dedicated to K-12 education in the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and Perkins funding, the Administration is ensuring the next generation is building the skills necessary to fill high-paying jobs like those created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and CHIPS and Science Act. This includes expanding access to skills-based learning and training pathways, like Registered Apprenticeships in key industries such as advanced manufacturing, automotive, and cybersecurity.

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    U.S. Department of Education Sends Letter to State Directors of Special Education about Highly Mobile Children

    The Department of Education released a letter to State Directors of Special Education addressing high-quality education for highly mobile children, Nov. 10.

    The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) Deputy Assistant Secretary Katy Neas and the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Director Valerie C. Williams emphasized the need for states, school districts, school staff, and families to help ensure the rights of highly mobile children with disabilities.

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    Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Services Provided in Head Start Programs

    Government offices released documents last month to encourage collaboration between state and local education agencies and Head Start programs to effectively meet Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requirements.

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    Guidance Helps Schools Support Students with Disabilities and Avoid Disparities in the Use of Discipline

    The U.S. Department of Education announced the release of guidance from its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) to help public elementary and secondary schools fulfill their responsibilities to meet the needs of students with disabilities and avoid the discriminatory use of student discipline. These newly released resources are the most comprehensive guidance on the civil rights of students with disabilities concerning student discipline and build on the Department’s continued efforts to support students and schools through pandemic recovery.

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    Cultural Issues: Treating & Diagnosing ADHD

    Noe Ramos, Ph.D.

    John Lowdermilk, Ph.D.

     

    University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

    ***Article Excerpted from the Winter 2020 Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals (JAASEP).

    Abstract

    ADHD refers to a diagnostic category applied to children exhibiting inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity.  Approximately 1.2 to 2 million children are currently diagnosed with ADHD, making ADHD is considered to be the most common child psychiatric diagnosis in the United States. Public schools are constantly faced with the over-representation of students from minority populations in special education.  Children with ADHD may be protected by three federal statutes: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part B (IDEA). Given that minorities constitute approximately one-third of the public school population, the purpose of this paper is to obtain a better understanding of the role culture plays in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD.  

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    Book Review: Leading Change

    By Itzel Rodriguez
     

    Leadership in education plays an important role in the learning environment of teachers, administers, and studentts. Leadership it means supporting societal change that will increase all students' learning and advocating externally and internally for student learning. Leadership plays an important to in education and administration. In the administration position leadership can play an integral role in creating a positive school culture. It can influence student learning and achieving. Effective school leadership is increasingly viewed as the key to far reaching education transformation.

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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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