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Posted: 7/20/2016

PACER Center Executive Director and co-founder Paula F. Goldberg was honored for her work as a humanitarian at the 2016 Starkey Hearing Foundation Gala on July 17 in St. Paul, along with Jennifer Garner and Tony Blair.

Goldberg was recognized for "making PACER a lifeline for parents of children and young adults with all disabilities," according to the Starkey Hearing Foundation.

In the photo below, Goldberg (second from right), Garner and Blair are with Bill Austin, founder of Starkey Hearing Technologies, and Tani Austin, co-founder of the Starkey Hearing Foundation.

Posted: 7/5/2016

The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) recently released a policy statement on Response to Intervention (RTI). The document outlines COPAA’s concerns about its implementation and provides suggestions to improve RTI rules and procedures to ensure it is used appropriately in a way that does not delay services to students with disabilities.

Read the policy statement

Posted: 6/27/2016

The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released guidance to states, school districts and child welfare agencies on the new provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for supporting children in foster care. The guidance aims to assist state and local partners in understanding and implementing the new law, and to inform state and local collaboration between educational and child welfare agencies.

Read the guidance in its entirety about the new protections under ESSA that will apply to all children in foster care enrolled in public schools.

Posted: 6/21/2016

A recent U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights report shows gaps in a variety of educational indicators including discipline, access to early learning, and college and career readiness. Data is analyzed by race/ethnicity, sex, disability, and English learner status.

 

Posted: 6/21/2016

Results from a new study out of Stanford University revealed that when middle school teachers were encouraged to take an “empathetic mindset” with student discipline, the percentage of students being suspended decreased by half. The intervention focused on helping teachers understand their students’ point of view and maintaining positive relationships even during disciplinary incidents.

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Posted: 5/9/2016

A robot that goes to class and collects information when a child cannot. A pen with an internal audio recorder for those who have trouble focusing. Those are just two examples of technology designed for children and young adults with special needs at the Bloomington-based PACER Center.

Now efforts to develop more such technology have gotten a boost. At PACER’s annual benefit in Minneapolis on Saturday, it was presented with a $1 million donation by the Otto Bremer Trust — the largest the nonprofit has received since it was established almost 40 years ago.

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Posted: 5/6/2016

Office of Special Education Programs and the Offices of Head Start and Child Care are partnering to join the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in celebrating this year’s theme – “Communication Takes Care.”  Join us for the BHSM Coffee Break Webinar series, May 16-20, 2016 from 2:00 – 2:15 pm ET to learn more about hearing screening and the use of assistive technology to support young children with disabilities and their families. 

No registration is required to join the webinars. 

May 16, 2:00 – 2:15 pm ET
Debunking Common Myths about Using Assistive Technology with Young Children 

May 17, 2:00 – 2:15 pm ET
Don’t Wait to Communicate! Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) 

May 18, 2:00 – 2:15 pm ET
Quality Hearing Screening Practices for Children Birth to Five Years of Age

May 19, 2:00 – 2:15 pm ET
Using a Multi-modal Approach To Support Children with Hearing Loss

May 20, 2:00 – 2:15 pm ET
Center on Technology and Disability: Free Resources to Support the Use of Assistive Technology in Young Children with Disabilities

Posted: 12/31/2015

This document, produced by the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, and the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, addresses the obligation of public schools to meet the communication needs of students with disabilities in compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Title II, of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Many schools in Minnesota are using innovative ways to support access to curriculum, including flipped classrooms in which a teacher provides access to teacher-developed videos which students are expected to watch outside of classroom time. Schools are advised to consider the needs of students with hearing loss or other disabilities in making these flipped classroom videos available to those students at the same time as other students.

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Posted: 12/15/2015

U.S. students are graduating from high school at a higher rate than ever before, according to data released today by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. The nation’s high school graduation rate hit 82 percent in 2013-14, the highest level since states adopted a new uniform way of calculating graduation rates five years ago.

Posted: 12/15/2015

This Module offers an overview of young children who are dual language learners. Further, it highlights the importance of maintaining children and families’ home language at the same time they are learning a new or second language, discusses considerations for screening and assessing these children, and identifies strategies for supporting them in inclusive preschool classrooms.

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Upcoming Workshops

7/25/2016

Everything You Need to Learn Before Your Child Turns Three (see flyer pdf icon)
6:30pm-8:30pm
PACER Center

7/27/2016

Morning Session: Appy Hour - From Beginning Writer to Published Author
10:00am-11:00am
PACER Center

7/27/2016

Evening Session: Appy Hour - From Beginning Writer to Published Author
6:30pm-7:30pm
PACER Center

8/15/2016

Back to School workshop series: ABC’s of the IEP – A Guide for Minnesota Parents to the IEP (see flyer pdf icon)
6:30pm-8:30pm
PACER Center

8/18/2016

Managing Life the Smart Way with Technology for Teens
6:30pm-8:30pm
PACER Center

8/19/2016

Parent Leadership Summit on Children’s Mental Health
All day event
PACER Center

8/22/2016

Planning for Educational Inclusion: A Viewing of “Including Samuel” (see flyer pdf icon)
6:30pm-8:30pm
PACER Center

8/23/2016

Getting Ready for School: Is your Child’s Individualized Education Program in Good Shape? (see flyer pdf icon)
6:30pm-8:30pm
PACER Center

8/24/2016

Getting and Keeping the First Job
6:30pm-8:30pm
PACER Center

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