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Posted: 7/21/2015

"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."

Posted: 7/15/2015

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:

  • Explore developmentally appropriate apps and other resources that support the growth of language, play, literacy and early math skills, including AT tools for access and communication.
  • Cite current research for the appropriate use of technology for children birth to age 8, including the importance of promoting parent-child and peer to peer interactions.
  • Identify 3 features of quality early childhood apps and technology resources. Integrate technology, including assistive technology into meaningful and developmentally appropriate IFSP outcomes or IEP goals and objectives.

Posted: 5/19/2015

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.

Posted: 4/28/2015

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

Posted: 4/28/2015

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.

Posted: 4/28/2015

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.

Posted: 4/17/2015

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.

Posted: 4/17/2015

PACER’s Youth Advisory Board is helping to reduce the stigma associated with mental health diagnoses, educating the public on the issues youth face, influencing children’s mental health policy changes, advocating for better services, and providing peer support. The students will present a panel discussion and share their personal stories at the “Moving from Anxiety to Optimal Wellness” event on Saturday, May 9.

From: 9 a.m. to noon

At:

Mount Olivet Lutheran Church,
5025 Knox Ave. S, in Minneapolis, Minn.

Register online or contact Andrea Brown (e-mail andreab@mtolivet.org or call 612-767-2209) for more information.

Posted: 4/6/2015

The 2015 edition of “How Safe is the Schoolhouse? An Analysis of State Seclusion and Restraint Laws and Policies” is now available. Written by Jessica Butler and published by the Autism National Committee, the report summarizes progress made in states’ efforts to eliminate the use of seclusion and restraint and challenges that remain.

Posted: 3/24/2015

Attend the free webinar, April 30, 1:30 — 3:30 EST, sponsored by The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability (NCCJD) which will include PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center presenting on the topic of “responding to bullying of students with disabilities.”

This webinar will address other emerging issues in the field with a panel of experts and advocates covering topics like:

  • Using trauma-informed care principles when working with victims with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD)
  • Assisting crime victims with complex communication needs
  • Supporting victims with specific types of disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs)
  • Supporting people with disabilities in speaking out against violence

Webinar participants will be the first to obtain NCCJ’s white paper on the topic of violence, abuse, and bullying which delves even deeper into the issues addressed on the webinar. Join us for this thought-provoking and empowering webinar, and find out how you can reduce violence in the lives of people with disabilities. Learn more and register >>>

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Upcoming Workshops

8/6/2015

Special Education and Charter Schools (see flyer pdf icon)
6:30pm-8:30pm
Minneapolis

8/13/2015

Responding to Challenging Behaviors at School, at Home and in the Community (see flyer pdf icon)
6:30pm-8:30pm
St. Cloud

8/17/2015

Is My Child’s IEP Ready for School? (see flyer pdf icon)
6:30pm-8:30pm
PACER Center

8/18/2015

Assistive Technology to Support Little TIKES’ Challenging Behaviors
6:30pm-8:00pm
PACER Center

8/18/2015

10 Topics to Help Your Child Succeed in Special Education (see flyer pdf icon)
6:30pm-8:30pm
Anoka

8/19/2015

Managing Life the Smart Way with Technology for Teens
6:30pm-8:00pm
PACER Center

8/20/2015

The ABC’s of the Individualized Education Program – A Guide for Minnesota Parents to the IEP (see flyer pdf icon)
6:30pm-9:00pm
PACER Center

8/21/2015

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

8/29/2015

Hot Tips on the Individualized Education Program: Is Your Child’s IEP Individualized and Appropriate? (see flyer pdf icon)
9:00am-Noon
PACER Center

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