New Parent Checklist Out Today Helps Empower Families to Support Children’s Success in School
As America’s 54 million students prepare to return to school this fall, the U.S. Department of Education, America Achieves, National Council of La Raza (NCLR), National PTA and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) released a parent checklist today with questions and resources that parents and caregivers can use to help ensure their children are getting the education they deserve. The checklist suggests key questions, tips for educational success and resources for more information. Read More >>>
New Website Section - Working with Culturally Diverse Families
Engaging Culturally Diverse Families for Student Success
A student with a disability is first, and foremost, a student who is a member of the school community. In order for parents of students with disabilities to be meaningfully involved as a member of their child’s Individualized Education Program team, they first need to feel welcomed and valued. They must also understand how “regular education” works.
When schools are intentional and proactive in using culturally-competent strategies to provide information and support to families who are from diverse cultures or speak another language, they pave the way for meaningful family engagement, and better outcomes for students.
US Department of Justice - Service Animals FAQ
The US Department of Justice has published a new eight-page document of frequently asked questions about service animals and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) . This document covers thirty-seven questions and answers, and clarifies the rights and responsibilities of people with disabilities who use service animals.
The document defines a "service animal" as "a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person's disability."
The ADA requires State and local government agencies, businesses, and non-profit organizations (covered entities) that serve the public to make reasonable modifications when necessary to accommodate people with disabilities. Entities that have a "no pets" policy are generally required to modify the policy to allow service animals into their facilities.
Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Signing of the "Oregon Promise" to Offer Free Community College to Students
"As the largest and most affordable segment of America's higher education system, community colleges are critical to reaching Presidents Obama's goal of having the highest share of college graduates in the world and to ensuring America's long-term economic prosperity. The President has called for making two years of community college free so that students can earn the skills needed for today's jobs and the first half of a bachelor's degree at no cost. Today that vision took a giant step towards becoming a reality. Oregon's work builds on the momentum we are seeing across the country, including the recent introduction of the America's College Promise Act in Congress. I applaud Governor Kate Brown for signing this landmark legislation and, especially, want to thank Senator Mark Hass for his tireless leadership in bringing thousands of Oregon's students one step closer to realizing the American Dream."
The Swipe Generation: Best Practices with Mobile Technology for Young Children
Date: Thursday, July 23, 2015
Time: 2-3 pm CST
Children are growing up with digital tools and often are experts at navigating these tools well before entering kindergarten. This webinar, targeted at early childhood educators and parents of young children, examines the current research on the use of technology for children birth-8 years, and the implications of using these tech tools for early learning.
Led by Beth Poss, Educational Consultant and special education administrator for Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, this webinar will:
Proposed Policy Statement on Inclusive Early Childhood Programs
The U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have released a draft policy statement on including young children with disabilities in high-quality inclusive early childhood programs. The policy seeks to define inclusion and make recommendations for expanding inclusive early learning opportunities for children. Comments can be submitted online through May 22, 2015.
Presentation: Accountability and Outcomes for Children with Speech, Language and Hearing Challenges
Friday, May, 22nd 10am – 12pm
the presentation is available at http://edstream.ed.gov.
Federal Guidance on Special Education Dispute Resolution Options
A recent Dear Colleague letter from the U.S. Department of Education warns school districts against filing due process complaints concerning issues that are part of state complaints filed by parents. The letter emphasizes the importance of following Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) dispute resolution procedures and avoiding adversarial processes when possible. Read more
On April 28, the U.S. Department of Education published final regulations that clarify a school district’s responsibility to maintain a constant level of financial support for the education of children with disabilities.
The U.S. Department of Education recently released a new guidance package on Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all federally-funded education programs. The guidance emphasizes the importance of designating a Title IX coordinator.
The Obama administration has released proposed rules for the federal job training law, which includes programs for youth and adults with disabilities. The public is invited to comment on these rules. Submissions must be received by June 15, 2015.