July 2022 - Special Educator e-Journal



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Special Education Legal Alert

By Perry A. Zirkel

© June 2022

This month’s update identifies two recent court decisions that respectively address (a) various FAPE issues and (b) the less frequent but ongoing issue of LRE under the IDEA.  For related articles, special supplements, and earlier monthly updates, see perryzirkel.com.

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    • Babies and Toddlers Indeed!
    • Just want an quick step-by-step overview of early intervention?
    • 10 Basics of the Special Education Process under IDEA
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    The U.S. Department of Education Releases Proposed Changes to Title IX Regulations, Invites Public Comment

    In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Title IX – the landmark civil rights law that has opened doors for generations of women and girls – the U.S. Department of Education released for public comment proposed changes to the regulations that help elementary and secondary schools and colleges and universities implement this vital legislation. The proposed amendments will restore crucial protections for students who are victims of sexual harassment, assault, and sex-based discrimination – a critical safety net for survivors that was weakened under previous regulations. The proposed regulations will advance educational equity and opportunity for women and girls across the country to ensure that every student in America, from kindergarten through a doctorate degree, can achieve her dreams.

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    Secretary Cardona Lays Out Vision to Support and Elevate the Teaching Profession

    U.S Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona will lay out his vision for how the nation can support teachers across the country and elevate the teaching profession. During an address and fireside chat at the Bank Street College of New York, Secretary Cardona will discuss how the Department, states and districts, and higher education institutions can recruit, prepare, and retain great teachers and, in turn, improve our education system across the country. He also will highlight the work the Department has done to support teachers since the beginning of the Biden-Harris Administration and share his own experience and perspective as a former teacher, principal, and school administrator. In addition to Secretary Cardona’s visit, the Department is releasing a fact sheet on how American Rescue Plan (ARP) fund investments in our nation’s educators can be sustained for the long-term using other existing sources of federal funds.

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    Transition to Preschool

    Kids grow fast, don’t they? And early intervention is designed for children from birth up to age three.  At that point, services under EI end. If the child will need continued support once he or she moves on to preschool, it’s very important to plan ahead so that the transition is smooth.  The resources below will help you do just that.

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    Providing Early Intervention Services in Natural Environments

    Early intervention services are to be provided in natural environments to the maximum extent appropriate for the child and for the EI service itself.

    So–what’s considered a “natural environment”? What isn’t? This webpage focuses upon answering these questions and on connecting you with resources of additional information and best practice.

    Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that eligible infants and toddlers with disabilities receive needed early intervention services in natural environments to the maximum extent appropriate. The 2011 regulations for Part C define the term as follows:

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      Examining General Education and Special Education Teacher Preparedness for Co-Teaching Students with Disabilities

      Cindy Causey, Ed.S.

      Lina Soares, Ph.D.

      Catherine S. Howerter, Ph.D.

      Peggy Shannon-Baker, Ph.D.

      Georgia Southern University

       

      Abstract

      It is imperative to understand how teachers are prepared for their role as co-teacher. The purpose of this study was to investigate how general education and special education teachers in one elementary school in Georgia are trained in the instructional practice of co-teaching and their perceptions on how prepared they feel to implement the method. A mixed methods approach was used and included a qualitatively-oriented survey and semi-structured interviews. Data collected in this study revealed that over half of all co-teachers at the elementary school had received some type of training on co-teaching and also felt adequately prepared to serve in the co-teaching role. Overall, participants reported positive perspectives on co-teaching despite there being challenges. The benefits of co-teaching noted a supportive and safe environment, instructional support for students and teachers, and confidence builder due to collaboration. The challenges reported included insufficient time for collaboration, inconsistent teaching schedules, and student behavior problems.

      Keywords: co-teaching, teacher preparation, students with disabilities

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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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