May 2022 - Special Educator e-Journal



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Special Education Legal Alert

By Perry A. Zirkel

© April 2022

This month’s update identifies two recent court decisions that respectively address attorneys’ fees for parents and FAPE disputes for students with dyslexia. For various related articles, special supplements, and earlier monthly updates, see perryzirkel.com.

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    •  Advancing Equity and Support for Underserved Communities
    • Fast Facts: Students with disabilities who are English learners (ELs) served under IDEA Part B
    • Asian Americans with Disabilities Resource Guide
    • Strategies for Partnering on Culturally Safe Research with Native American Communities 
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    Department of Education Releases Equity Action Plan as Part of Biden-Harris Administration's Efforts to Advance Racial Equity and Support Underserved Communities

    The U.S. Department of Education released its inaugural equity action plan as part of the Biden-Harris Administration's continued commitment to advancing racial equity and support for underserved communities through the federal government. This plan aligns with President Biden's executive order,Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government.

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    Education Department Continues Push to Invest in Highly Effective Educators and Address Teacher Shortage

    The U.S. Department of Education is continuing to take action to support and invest in the teaching profession and address the teacher shortage many schools and districts across the country face. The Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant program is now accepting applications for efforts that increase the pipeline of highly effective educators.

    The SEED program will award $65 million to support the implementation of evidence-based practices that prepare, develop, or enhance the skills of educators. These grants also will enable recipients to develop, expand, and evaluate practices that can serve as models that can be sustained, replicated, and scaled. This program is part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s broader commitment to supporting targeted efforts that will provide comprehensive, high-quality pathways into the profession, such as residency and Grow Your Own programs, and evidence-based professional development all focused on building and supporting a more diverse educator pipeline and combating the teacher shortage nationally.

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    U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona Calls on States, Districts, Higher Ed Institutions to Address Nationwide Teacher Shortage and Bolster Student Recovery with American Rescue Plan Funds

    U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona will issue a nationwide call to action for states, higher education leaders, and schools to tap federal resources and work together to address the teacher shortage and aid student recovery. Today's announcement builds on President Biden's call in the State of the Union encouraging leaders to use American Rescue Plan funds to address this critical challenge schools and districts across the country are facing. The call to action coincides with Secretary Cardona's participation in the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's Summit on Improvement in Education in San Diego.

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    Professionalisation of School Leadership Theoretical and Analytical Perspectives: A Literature Review

    Kimberly J. Soderholm

    Abstract

                ProfessionalisationofSchoolLeadership: TheoreticalandAnalyticalPerspectives explores the question of whether school leadership is a profession and if school leaders are professionals. By combining research from professional studies and school leadership the authors walk readers through their research and to its conclusion.

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      Book Review: Lead like a Pirate: Make Schools Amazing for your Students and Staff

      Johanna Mirino

      The book “Lead like a Pirate” written by Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf, is an inspirational and easy to read text for every passionate leader in the educational field. The authors of the book wrote it with the purpose of creating a practical guide for leaders in the educational field that brings out the passion of teaching in a classroom and incorporates it into leadership. The book is centered on reviving the passion and purpose that educational leaders may have lost through their day to day struggles of juggling their responsibilities as a principal. The authors strive to relight that spark of passion in every principal, by reminding them why they came into the field of education in the first place. Along with reigniting passion for education, the authors demonstrate the parallels in teaching and the role of a principal.

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        Book Review: Instructional Leadership: Creating Practice Out of Theory

        Jasmine A. Suarez

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        Peter M. Dewitt has held a position in education for 19 years as to which he was a principal for 8 years. It was during Dewitt’s sixth year as principal that he noticed a shift coming within the educational realm. The shift that came cause Dewitt to change his career path and become a well-known instructional leadership coach. Instructional leadership is a term that has risen to popularity, and many are trying to define it. In Dewitt’s book Instructional Leadership: Creating Practice Out of Theory, he defines six components that instructional leaders should focus on. He uses his simplified version of Program Logic Model to demonstrate just how these components fit into a school site based on scenarios. As each chapter develops, Author Dewitt takes the reader on a step-by-step guide as to how to use his version of the Program Logic Model while focusing on the six components listed.

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          Book Review: Swimming in the Deep End: Four Foundational Skills for Leading Successful School Initiatives

          Yvana Puerto

          School leaders face many complex and difficult challenges when implementing new initiatives in their school. Jennifer Abrams addresses these challenges and explains how to overcome it in her book Swimming in the Deep End. Abrams has dedicated over 26 years of her life to providing support to adults in communication and collaboration skills. She has led professional developments on varying topics, facilitated workshops for teachers and administrators, and presented at different annual conferences. Abrams has received recognition for all her work and was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the International Academy of Educational Entrepreneurship. She has published several books with Swimming in the Deep End being one of her newest books. Abrams wrote this book in response to the ever-growing nature of change in schools, and the need for leaders to be able to overcome these challenges in positive ways.

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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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