Week in Review - March 29, 2024

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March 29, 2024   |  Vol 20 Issue #13

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Welcome to NASET's WEEK in REVIEW. Here, we provide you with the latest publications from NASET to read and or download, as well as some of the most interesting articles that have happened this week in the field of special education. We hope you enjoy this publication.

Feel free to send us articles for this publication or let us know your thoughts about the WEEK in REVIEW at news@naset.org.

Have a great weekend!


NASET’s Classroom Management Series

Evidence-Based Practices for Dropout Prevention for Students with Disabilities

By Caryn R. London

This issue of NASET’s Classroom Management series was written by Caryn R. London. As required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), states must submit yearly reports to The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) that disclose the state’s collective performance for meeting specific targets that measure the implementation and performance of IDEA requirements, as reported by Local Education Agencies (U. S. Department of Education, 2023, August 21). The dropout rate of students ages 14-21 with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) is one specific target. This target is calculated by examining all six categories for exiting special education and school in general (graduated with a regular high school diploma, graduated with an alternate diploma, received a certificate, dropped out, aged out, and died), and then dividing this number by only the students that dropped out (U. S. Department of Education, 2023, April 16). When this statistic is compared to students without disabilities, it is clear that students with disabilities are at a greater risk for dropping out of school (Stark & Noel, 2015; McFarland et al., 2016). While transition planning within student IEPs and yearly monitoring is required per IDEA, students with disabilities are still more likely to drop out of school compared to their non-disabled peers (MacFarland et al., 2019). Unfortunately research focusing on dropout prevention specifically for students with disabilities is limited.

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Top Stories of the Week

Iowa Senate Passes Plan to Put School Districts in Control of Special Education Funding

Bill to Overhaul How Maine Educates its Youngest Students with Special Needs Moves Ahead

Mocking Disabilities Creates Stigma

‘Boys are Disappearing’ from Mental Health Care as Signs of Depression Go Undetected

An Expert on Trust Says We’re Thinking About it All Wrong

Why We Should Reserve Jobs for People with Disabilities

Successful People with Neurodivergent Disabilities

Educator Voice: How Robotics Can Help Students in Special Education Learn Social Skills


Congratulations to

?Derek Voorhis, Karen Frantz-Fry, Joann P. Judge, Rebekah Budziszews, Patsy Ray, Katrina Snider, Karl Anuskowitz, Lauro Esquilona III, Jane Tilleman, Katherine Woodard, Tracey Christilles, and Erin Durinsky who all knew the answer to last week's trivia question:

In the realm of childhood development, this disorder stands as a beacon of concern and controversy. Recent studies shed light on a compelling facet of this issue: Children who are among the youngest in their class are more likely to be diagnosed with this disorder compared to their older peers. This revelation prompts a critical examination of how age-relative immaturity may be misinterpreted as a medical condition, potentially leading to over-diagnosis and unnecessary treatment. What is the disorder where children who are among the youngest in their class are more likely to be diagnosed compared to their older peers?

Answer: ADHD

This week's trivia question: 

What did Albert Einstein say “remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school”?

If you know the answer to this week's trivia questions, email it to us at contactus@naset.org by April 3, 2024. If you are correct, you will be acknowledged in next week's NASET's Week in Review


NYC Schools Chancellor Hints at Reversal of Hundreds of Millions in Preschool Cuts

Federal Proposal Could Have ‘Chilling Effect’ on Disability Research

What New Research Says About Fostering a ‘Sense of Belonging’ in Classrooms

Can AI Aid the Early Education Workforce?

How School Librarians Can Support ELLs

How Many Retakes Should Students Get?

Special Education Advocates Warn of ‘Chilling Effects’ from Anti-DEI Efforts

Districts Increasingly Turn to 4-Day School Weeks to Recruit, Retain Staff

Latest Job Listings on NASET

* Teacher of Special Education - The job of Special Education Teacher for the purpose of providing support to the instructional program with specific responsibility for assisting in the supervision, care, and instruction of students with special needs in the general education setting classroom. To learn more- Click here

* Middle School Learning Specialist (Math Focus) - The ideal candidate will be an energetic, compassionate, self-starter who embraces the opportunity to nurture students in fulfilling their abundant potential. The Middle School Learning Specialist will be able to hone their knowledge and experience instructing neurodiverse learners while simultaneously participating in a larger school community and expanding their own professional growth through collaboration with the Walker faculty at large. To learn more- Click here

* Special Education Teacher - Ready to join a team of exceptional certified educators at Paterson Public Schools – the fourth largest school district in New Jersey. We are looking for teachers who are experts in their content area, are committed to improving student achievement, and will bring enthusiasm to the classroom. To be considered for an interview, please apply! To learn more - Click here

* Exceptional Student Education (Special Needs) Teachers - Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) is recruiting talented, compassionate teachers dedicated to helping every student in the district succeed. Successful applicants will share a commitment to excellence in the classroom and a belief that great teaching is the key to unlocking student success. To learn more- Click here

* Teachers - Special Education (All Exceptionalities) (SY 2024-25) - We are looking for highly motivated, skilled, and equity-minded Special Education teachers to join our team at District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) for the 2024-25 school year. We seek individuals who are passionate about transforming the DC school system and making a significant difference in the lives of our public school students, parents, and the greater DC community. To learn more- Click here

* Special Education Teachers - The Newark Board of Education is where passion meets progress. We want you to discover a rewarding career with us. If the opportunity to make learning limitless excites you then, join our community of educators. To learn more- Click here

* 24/25 Special Education Teachers - In collaboration with the general education staff plan and deliver specialized instruction and assessment aligned with District learner outcomes and State achievement standards. Supervise assigned students and maintain a positive learning environment. To learn more- Click here

* Special Education Teaching Position in the Greater Boston Area - Reed Academy in Framingham, MA, offers a structured and therapeutic environment to boys with variety of education needs. Teach in a small and family-like, nurturing environment for Students with Moderate Needs. To learn more- Click here

* Special Education Teacher - As a teacher at Beacon Day School you join a supportive community of educators, behaviorists, therapists, administrators, and staff who care deeply about our students and their families. We look forward to welcoming you! To learn more- Click here


* Special Education Teacher - You will have the opportunity to change lives through education as you connect and work one-on-one with students needing special support to understand both their capabilities and disabilities as you develop and apply personalized learning approaches and programs that support their growth, progress, and success. To learn more - Click here

Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare.

Angela Duckworth

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