December E-Communicator

The December E-Communicator is available now, and includes information on the 2018 Call for Proposals, the new Executive Board Members, Policy & Advocacy updates, Resources, & more. View the full email here.

Congratulations to the New DEC Executive Board Members!

The new DEC Executive Board Members are: Amanda Quesenberry – Vice President Amanda Quesenberry, PhD is an Associate Professor at Illinois State University where she teaches future educators the importance of providing high-quality inclusive services to young children with disabilities. Throughout her career, Amanda has been dedicated to high quality learning environments and experiences for children with disabilities. Amanda has worked in Head Start where she coordinated services. In this role, she often saw family members who were too intimidated to voice their concerns or goals for their child. At that time she vowed to open doors for young children with disabilities and their families th

2018 Call for Conference Proposal Reviewers

Yes, it's already that time again - conference proposal review season! Serving as a reviewer for conference proposals means looking over 10 to 15 DEC session submissions and scoring them online against a DEC Conference Session Rubric. We do our best to make the process as easy as possible and need dedicated DEC members, like YOU, to step up to the plate and help us rank the proposals we receive this year. To sign up, simply complete this short and easy form and we'll follow up with you with more instructions! Your input helps assure that this year's conference content meets the high-quality standards that participants have come to expect from the DEC annual conference! Thank you for consider

Call for Input: DEC Position Statement on Low Birth Weight (LBW), Prematurity, and Early Interventio

We need your input! DEC has a new position statement on Low Birth Weight (LBW), Prematurity, and Early Intervention. Download the revised position statement here. Please click here to provide general feedback, questions, and comments about the position statement. We are accepting your feedback about this position statement until January 18, 2018. Please feel free to share this survey with families and colleagues who are interested in supporting services for young children who were born LBW and/or preterm. On behalf of the development team, we thank you in advance for your input and we look forward to your feedback and improving the position statement! Patricia M. Blasco, blascop@wou.edu, Cha

The Call for Learning Deck Presenters is Open!

The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) is currently inviting Learning Deck webinar presenters. Learning Deck presenters lead a 1-hour interactive webinar to share knowledge, connect with DEC members, and impact the field. Each webinar is archived, so it becomes a valuable long-term professional resource for DEC members. We invite Learning Decks on any topic of interest to DEC members, but we are particularly interested in proposals that: Support new or beginning practitioners Apply the DEC Recommended Practices Illustrate content from DEC products or publications (JEI, YEC, monographs, position statements, etc.) Provide recommendations for successful transitions (i.e., Part C to Part B, tran

Resources That Matter!: A Survey

We want to hear from you! Please help us assure the resources we offer are useful to your daily work by providing feedback through this survey opportunity. Complete the Survey Here

Call for Manuscripts: DEC Recommended Practices Monograph Series No. 5 - Interactions: Responsive In

The Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (DEC) will publish its fifth monograph in the DEC Recommended Practices Monograph Series in 2019. The topic of this monograph is interaction practices. Interpersonal interactions with sensitive, responsive interaction partners have been linked to virtually every area of learning and development in young children. For this monograph, we are interested in manuscripts that highlight innovative, evidence-based approaches to implementing the DEC Recommended Practices focused on interaction. Those implementing the intervention practices can be family members, caregivers, personnel, or other children who support the learning a

Q&A on Endrew F. Supreme Court Case Released by U.S. Department of Education

Thursday, December 7th, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) in the U. S. Department of Education released a question and answer document addressing the Supreme Court's March 22, 2017 unanimous decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District Re-1, 137 S.Ct. 988. This Q & A document contains additional guidance in the following areas: - The meaning and application "de minimus" and its relationship to Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) - The meanings of “reasonably calculated” and "progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances” - Actions for IEP teams for determining appropriately ambitious goals; implementing the Endrew F. standard for

Professor Emerita Receives CEC Lifetime Achievement Award

DEC would like to extend our sincerest congratulations to DEC member, Dr. Susan Fowler. Dr. Fowler is a longtime DEC member serving many critical roles over the years including serving as president of DEC. Read the full article on Dr. Fowler's CEC Lifetime Achievement Award here.

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