May 2012 | News You Can Use

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Teachers, thanks for all that you do for the children!

Teachers, we appreciate you!

IN THIS ISSUE

Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members
of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth.

~~ Helen Caldicott, author and peace activist

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The special topic of this month’s e-newsletter is teacher appreciation! May 7-11 is Teacher Appreciation Week; we hope that all you teachers out there enjoy the well- deserved acknowledgement. We want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO! We hope you’ll find the teacher-focused resources in this e-newsletter useful.

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for Children with Disabilities

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RESOURCES FROM NICHCY!

School presents a unique challenge for children with behavior issues and their teachers. For many students with disabilities (and for many without), the key to success in the classroom lies in having appropriate adaptations, accommodations, and modifications made to the instruction and other classroom activities.

Teachers need tools to use to that help provide support and guidance. NICHCY is pleased to connect you with resources for helping children with disabilities.

Behavior at School
http://nichcy.org/schoolage/behavior/atschool/

Supports, Modifications, and Accommodations for Students
http://nichcy.org/schoolage/accommodations/

New at NICHCY! Education and Disability Law Articles
Looking for reliable information on topics related to IDEA, Section 504, and more? NICHCY offers access to a selection of full-text journal articles from trusted legal scholars. Find recent articles on federal and state special education laws, dispute resolution, seclusion & restraint, and more, at:
http://nichcy.org/laws/legal


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FROM OUR FRIENDS AT THE IDEA PARTNERSHIP

Logo of the IDEA Partnership.Do you work with specialized instructional support personnel-SISPs? Perhaps you are a SISP!

If so, the IDEA Partnership’s Specialized Instructional Support Personnel collection may be quite relevant to your work. The collection provides basic information about SISPs, the importance of their role in our schools, and the services they provide to students.

The collection includes a slideshow, a presenter’s guide, a resource guide that will connect you with organizations relevant to SISPs, and more. http://tinyurl.com/6qz3kxt

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IT ALL STARTS IN FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES

K-12 Parents and the Public
We all have a stake and a say in our children’s education. Education Week has a great blog series for and about the role that parents and community member play in shaping the academic future for our children by re-shaping educational policy.
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/parentsandthepublic/

Taking a Closer Look: My Child’s Academic Success
Parents play a critical role in helping children navigate through school and achieve academic success. Here are some tips for parents, provided by U.S. Department of Education, about how to be involved in your child’s school, be a partner with your child’s teacher, and what to do if problems arise.
http://www.readingrockets.org/article/25720/

Preparing Your Child for the Excitement of Camp
Summer is approaching and plans are being made for great camp adventures. As difficult as it sometimes is for kids to go to camp, it can also be tough on parents. Here are some useful tips for camp preparation.
http://tinyurl.com/7qh62pj

Maybe Be Your Own Camp Mom?
From Terri Mauro, here’s a series of articles on setting up a do-it-yourself day camp for your child and a few friends – step by step, from choosing your campers to planning field trips to assembling arts and crafts to making lunches.
http://specialchildren.about.com/od/campmom/ss/campmom.htm?nl=1

Camp for Kids with Special Needs
Kids Health understands that selecting the “perfect” summer camp can be an exciting, yet overwhelming process. There are many camp choices for kids with special needs. From highly specialized camps to regular camps that accommodate kids with special needs, options abound. This article helps families navigate through the camp selection process.
http://kidshealth.org/parent/system/ill/finding_camp_special_needs.html#

Using Science to Build Your Child’s Literacy Skills
Reading Rockets tells you how with its series of 18 tip sheets. The tip sheets are written by parents and are available in English and Spanish. Each tip sheet includes simple activities you can do with your child to build literacy and beginning science skills. Each tip sheet also includes a set of recommended picture books to extend learning.
http://www.readingrockets.org/extras/stem_series/#STEM_tipsheets

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THE LITTLE ONES: EARLY INTERVENTION/EARLY CHILDHOOD

CELL Practice Guides with Adaptations
These guides make it easier for young children with disabilities to participate in early literacy learning activities. Written for both parents and practitioners, the practice guides describe everyday home, community, and childcare learning opportunities that encourage early literacy learning.
http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/pg_tier2.php

The Everyday Teaching Digests
Everyday Teaching Digests deliver carefully selected resources that are grade-appropriate, timely and grouped by theme to match your everyday teaching needs. There is an extensive library of free online resources, and with a low-cost subscription you can gain access to a more complete set of resources.
http://www.everydayteaching.com/

9 Free Online Tutorials for Head Start and Early Head Start Programs
The Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation’s (CECMHC) Best Practice Tutorial Series is designed to enhance professionals’ skills and knowledge around how to implement effective mental health consultation in Head Start and Early Head Start programs. The 9th one is hot off the press and focuses on implementing and evaluating effective mental health services in HS/EHS programs.
http://www.ecmhc.org/tutorials/index.html

Safe Sleep Practices in Child Care and Early Education Settings
The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Public Health Association, and the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education have recently released Safe Sleep Practices and SIDS/Suffocation Risk Reduction. The document describes 27 nationally recognized standards on safe sleep in child care and early education settings.
http://nrckids.org/SPINOFF/SAFESLEEP/SafeSleep.html

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SCHOOLS, K-12

Be Recognized for Culturally Responsive Teaching
Exceptional teachers do not get recognized enough for their hard work. This award recognizes educators who are adept at fostering productive, caring relationships with students and their families, building on students’ prior knowledge and providing equitable access to learning opportunities for all students.
http://www.tolerance.org/blog/be-recognized-culturally-responsive-teaching

Culturally Responsive Positive Behavioral Support Matters
This brief explores the critical role of addressing and supporting behavior and socialization in our increasingly diverse schools. The brief describes the features of PBIS and then presents a framework for culturally responsive school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (CRPBIS) to address enduring educational equity issues.
http://www.equityallianceatasu.org/sites/default/files/CRPBIS_Matters.pdf

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
Finding good standards-based resources can sometimes prove to be a difficult task. The U.S. Department of Education has developed a website, specifically for teachers, including resources for all of your teaching needs.
http://www.free.ed.gov/index.cfm

ABCs of Teaching Reading
If reading came naturally, teaching reading would be a much easier job. Children would learn to read as readily as they learn to speak. Teachers would only need to give students the chance to practice their skills. Reading must be taught; that’s why teachers are so important. Reading Rockets has put together some research-based resources to assist teachers in teaching reading.
http://www.readingrockets.org/teaching/?gclid=CO308JzorK8CFUfc4Aod2030qQ

What Teachers Make | Video
Taylor Mali is a vocal advocate of teachers and the nobility of teaching, having himself spent nine years in the classroom teaching everything from English and history to math and S.A.T. test preparation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuBmSbiVXo0
http://taylormali.com/poems-online/what-teachers-make/

The Right of Students to Receive Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM)
This definitive brief for families and educators will help both understand the various legal requirements in IDEA and Section 504 that establish the right of students with disabilities to receive AIM.
http://aim.cast.org/learn/aim4families/aim_families_educators

A Guide to Educational Acronyms: What’s in the Alphabet Soup?
You need only spend a few minutes listening to an education policy maker describing legislation to be aware of the “alphabet soup” of educational acronyms. The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) has developed this “acronym handbook” as a resource to define, clarify, or remind stakeholders of definitions of acronyms routinely found in legislative and policy discussions. Whatever your role, be it as a state legislator, teacher, parent, or other, this pocket guide will be a useful tool.
http://nceo.info/OnlinePubs/NCEOAcronymHandbook.pdf


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STATE & SYSTEM TOOLS

State-Specific Training Materials
Looking for training materials to improve or increase implementation of high-quality outcome systems for early intervention (EI) and early childhood special education (ECSE) programs? The Early Childhood Outcome Center has state-specific materials and/or adapted ECO materials designed for training personnel in outcomes measurement processes and procedures for fostering improvement.
http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~eco/pages/states_cosf_materials.cfm

Secondary Transition “Just in Time” Training Resources
One of the major obstacles to implementing quality secondary transition services is staff turnover. Since turnover can occur at all levels from the classroom, to the school system, to the state, when it occurs, it is important to ensure new personnel have the skills and knowledge necessary to continue implementing quality secondary transition services. This document is designed to provide transition personnel at all levels with access to information on critical secondary transition competencies.
http://www.nsttac.org/content/secondary-transition-just-time-training-resources-0

Diploma Options, Graduation Requirements, and Exit Exams for Youth with Disabilities: 2011 National Study
This is the fifth in a series of similar studies on high school graduation requirements and diploma options for students with and without disabilities conducted by NCEO. The present study was undertaken to update the status of graduation policies across the nation.
http://nceo.info/OnlinePubs/Tech62/default.htm
http://nceo.info/OnlinePubs/Tech62/TechnicalReport62.pdf

Critical Components of Quality Indicators for AIM
Back in 2008, leaders in the 15 AIM Consortium states described seven major elements of effective AIM systems, published as the Quality Indicators for the Provision of Accessible Instructional Materials. While the Quality Indicators provide a solid foundation of consistent goals for SEAs and LEAs regarding AIM systems, the AIM Center’s newly released Critical Components will assist you with planning, implementing and evaluating dynamic, coordinated systems for the timely provision of AIM-in ways that are flexible and adaptable to your state/district’s unique policies and practices.
http://aim.cast.org/learn/policy/stateresources/components

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Publication of this eNewsletter is made possible through Cooperative Agreement #H326N080003 between FHI 360 and the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) of the U.S. Department of Education. The contents do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government or by the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities.

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