April E-Communicator

The April E-Communicator is available now, and includes information on DEC Councils, Resources, News & Events. View the full email here.

Yes DEC CAN! DEC's Bi-Weekly Policy E-Brief

This week's policy e-brief features information on how to talk to your members of Congress about investing in programs for children with exceptionalities and ask them to stop further cuts to programs that support children with disabilities and their families, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) call for input regarding the IDEA.ed.gov website, and more. Read the latest e-brief here. If you're interested in having Yes DEC CAN sent directly to your inbox, you can sign up here.

Autism Awareness, Endrew F. Ruling, and Technical Assistance Galore! Updates from the Office of Spec

Please find below the most recent OSEP Newsletter - April 2017 TOP NEWS: U.S. Supreme Court Issues Endrew F. Decision On March 22, 2017 the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision on Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District Re-1, a case involving the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). In this decision, the Supreme Court clarified the scope of the free appropriate public education requirements in the IDEA and held that, to meet its substantive obligation under the IDEA, a school must offer an Individualized Education Program (IEP) reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances. Secretary DeVos applauds this

Call for Input - DEC Position Statement on Identification of and Intervention with Challenging Behav

We need your input! DEC has revised its position statement on Identification of and Intervention with Challenging Behavior. Download the revised position statement here. Please click here to provide general feedback, questions, and comments about the position statement. We are accepting community feedback about the position statement until May 19, 2017. Please feel free to share this survey with friends and colleagues who are interested or have expertise in supporting young children with challenging behaviors. On behalf of the development team, we thank you in advance for your input and we look forward to unveiling the final position statement at the 2017 DEC conference in Portland, Oregon!

2017 Awards Nominations - Open Now

Each year, DEC recognizes members who excel in our field with prestigious awards. Please consider nominating a valued DEC member to receive a 2017 DEC Award to honor and celebrate their contributions. Remember that we rise when we lift others. Please nominate a deserving DEC member! Thank you, Jennifer Kilgo, Chair DEC Awards Committee View the Awards Program Complete a Nomination Here

DEC Call for VOICES Members

DEC exists so that young children with disabilities and other special needs participate as full members of families and communities and benefit from competent, informed, and connected professionals, families, and policy makers. A critical component to achievement of these Ends is an active Valuing Our Individual Children and Families through Equity and Social Justice (VOICES) council. DEC is currently recruiting members for the VOICES Council. The following positions must be filled: Members-at-Large (Seeking 3 Total) The DEC VOICES Council will function as a necessary and significant arm of the DEC Executive Office. Division for Early Childhood Councils are officially recognized bodies of DE

What’s the Deal with Mixed Methods Research?: FREE Research to Practice SIG Webinar

Thursday, May 11, 2017, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT Presented by Catherine Corr & Melinda Snodgrass Mixed methods (MM) is increasing in popularity in the social sciences. In this webinar, we will describe what MM is and what it isn’t. Using examples from our own mixed methods research, we will explore purposes for using mixed approaches, how worldview/mental models influence research, and common benefits and challenges when conducting mixed methods research. Further, we will address common myths and misconceptions about MM research, such as: - “I have to be an expert in both qualitative and quantitative methods to do MM.” - “Mixed methods research designs are not as rigorous as other desig

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