October 2022 - Special Educator e-Journal



Table of Contents

  • Special Education Legal Alert. By Perry A. Zirkel
  • Buzz from the Hub
  • U.S. Department of Education Disperses Funds to Support Parents of Children with Disabilities
  • U.S. Department of Education Announces 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools
  • U.S. Department of Education Awards Over $7 Million to Eight Organizations to Highlight Parent Voices and Support Families Informing Student Development and Academic Recovery
  • U.S. Department of Education Releases Back-to-School Checklist for Parents
  • Increasing Pre-service Special Education Teacher Skills on Performance Feedback Tosha L. Owens, Ph.D., Melissa E. Hudson, Ph.D., and Karen S. Voytecki, Ph.D.
  • Safe Schools Checklist
  • The Resolution Process in Part B of IDEA
  • Book Reviews:
    • Graceful Leadership in Early Childhood Education. By Shelbi Sworn
    • Culturally Responsive School Leadership. By Alycia Brown
    • The Impactful Instructional Leadership and Framework for Success. By Marceline St Louis
  • Latest Employment Opportunities Posted on NASET 
  • Acknowledgements

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Special Education Legal Alert

By Perry A. Zirkel

© September 2022

This month’s update identifies two recent court decisions addressing various FAPE issues, including the “assess all areas” obligation, and, in the second case, the overlay of Section 504/ADA. For related publications and earlier monthly updates, see perryzirkel.com.

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    Buzz from the Hub

    All articles below can be accessed through login:

    • All About My Child
    • Partnering With Your Child’s School
    • Scripted Stories for Social Situations
    • Understood Explains: The Ins and Outs of Evaluations for Special Education
    • Getting Dressed
    • And many more!!

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    U.S. Department of Education Disperses Funds to Support Parents of Children with Disabilities

    The U.S. Department of Education is announcing an additional $2.5 million investment to centers that serve a critical role for parents and families of students with disabilities across the nation. These supplemental grants to Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) ensure that all families have the information and training they need to participate effectively in helping their children and navigating the special education system. Two additional grants have been awarded to new Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs) in Arkansas and New York.

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    U.S. Department of Education Announces 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools

    U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona today recognized 297 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2022. The recognition is based on a school's overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Secretary Cardona made the announcement during his Road to Success Back to School bus tour.

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    Department Awards Over $7 Million to Eight Organizations to Highlight Parent Voices and Support Families Informing Student Development and Academic Recovery

    The U.S. Department of Education announced awards totaling over $7 million to eight statewide organizations under the 2022 Competitive Grants for the Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFEC) program, underscoring the Biden-Harris Administration's ongoing efforts to enhance and increase parent and family engagement in local education. As the 2022-23 school year begins, and to help drive academic recovery, the Department is redoubling its commitment to providing states and communities with additional resources to support student learning and parental and family engagement.

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    U.S. Department of Education Releases Back-to-School Checklist for Parents

    The Department of Education released a back-to-school checklist for parents and families. The checklist, part of the Department’s updated back-to-school resource site, will help parents, caregivers, and families engage with local school and district leaders about how they are supporting students as they recover from the impacts of the pandemic. This checklist elevates key evidence-based practices for supporting students’ learning and mental health, and ensuring the safety of students and staff, which districts are encouraged to implement using American Rescue Plan and other COVID relief funds.

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    Increasing Pre-service Special Education Teacher Skills on Performance Feedback

    Tosha L. Owens, Ph.D.

    Melissa E. Hudson, Ph.D.

    Karen S. Voytecki, Ph.D.

    East Carolina University

     

    Abstract

    Special educators are often placed in a collaborative leadership role, supporting others in implementing appropriate educational supports for students with disabilities across the educational environment. Furthermore, special educators are often seen as agents of change, often coaching peer-teachers to ensure best practices are being used to gain the most progress. This study investigated the impact of a training package focused on teaching performance feedback skills on the number of performance feedback statements made by 24 pre-service special education teacher majors during debrief meetings immediately following simulated teaching experiences. Results indicated that, prior to the intervention, participants gave their peers two and one half times more positive feedback than constructive and made themselves the focus of constructive feedback twice as often as their peers. Following the intervention, the number of constructive performance feedback statements given to peers increased while the number of positive performance feedback statements remained stable. 

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    Safe Schools Checklist

    (2022, February) | Useful to parents, students, school leaders, and school personnel with respect to protecting the return to in-person learning against COVID-19 and its variants |

    As we return to in-person learning in schools, parents and schools alike are concerned that COVID-19 and variants of the virus could all too easily shut down students returning to school, as has repeatedly happened since the pandemic began.

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      The Resolution Process in Part B of IDEA

      IDEA now requires that school systems convene a resolution meeting within 15 days of receiving notice that a parent has filed a due process complaint and before the school system initiates the due process hearing hearing. The resolution process became part of IDEA in its most recent amendments (2004).

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        Book Review: Graceful Leadership in Early Childhood Education

        By Shelbi Sworn

        The purpose and thesis of this book was to share some of the author’s professional journey and the lessons she learned on the road to leadership. It was a guide and resource for readers in search of support in leadership. Throughout the book, Ann Terrell defined leadership as graceful just as titled.

        A few themes that stood out to me was that leadership is graceful which is the opposite of what we usually see in leadership everywhere but especially in education. It highlighted that leaders need a strong foundation. It reminded the reader to position themselves to be ready when an opportunity presents itself.

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          Book Review: Culturally Responsive School Leadership

          By Alycia Brown

          In the past, Khalifa worked as a leader teacher, a central district administrator, and a public-school teacher in Detroit. At the University of Minnesota, Khalifa is currently the Robert H. Beck Professor of Ideas in Education. In urban school contexts in the US, Khalifa's research has mostly focused on the idea of culturally responsive school leadership. In addition, Khalifa offers consulting services to schools and school systems across the nation, assisting them in conducting equity audits and correcting achievement gaps.

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            Book Review: The Impactful Instructional Leadership and Framework for Success

            By Marceline St Louis

            Becoming a leader and leading an organization is not an easy task. A leader must have the passion to lead the organization. The Impactful Instructional Leadership and framework for success is a book that everyone who plans to become a leader should read. The book provides lots of insights on how to become an instructional leader. The book emphasizes the foundation of being a good leader begins with having a sharp vision, creating a vision statement, and helping staff create their vision statement. The book elaborates on important key components that a leader must have to be an impactful leader such as creating why statement (vision), developing leadership skills, sharing leadership, implementing triangulated data (data worrier), coaching teachers, and using evidence-based practices. All these components can have positive impact on the organization if leader follows them with integrity.

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              Latest Employment Opportunities Posted on NASET 

              * [2022-2023] Middle School Learning Specialist - Reporting to the Academic Dean, the Learning Specialist will be responsible for providing tailored support to students with special education needs, through integrated co-teaching, in small group settings, or a combination of both. This is an exciting opportunity for a seasoned educator who is passionate about ensuring all students succeed and thrive in school. To learn more- Click here

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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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