ED Welcomes OSERS Assistant Secretary Johnny Collett

The U.S. Department of Education welcomed Johnny Collett, the new U.S. Department of Education assistant secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), on Jan. 16, 2018. Collett, a former high school special education teacher, has served as the program director of Special Education Outcomes at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and as the Kentucky state special education director. Collett has also served as an assistant division director and exceptional children consultant both at the Kentucky Department of Education. Collett will lead OSERS towards its mission to improve early childhood, educational, and employment outcomes and raise expect

New Resources Within Reason - January 2018

This month's issue, compiled by Camille Catlett, features resources on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). View the full email here. Please share this information in your networks! If you have questions, contact dec@dec-sped.org. Visit the Resources Within Reason page here to see all archived issues.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: A Second Chance to Present at DEC 2018

If you haven't submitted a proposal, you're in luck! You've got a second-chance opportunity to be part of the Best Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education conference around! This year, we're extending our conference program by a full day, which means more open session slots than ever before! We're hoping to get our strongest proposal pool yet, to help us select the highest-quality sessions DEC has ever seen. Throw your proposal in the hat! Proposals will be accepted through Sunday, January 21st, 11:59 PM PST! Submit your proposal!

RFP Opportunity from the US Department of Education, Institute for Education Sciences

On January 11, 2018, Mathematica Policy Research released a request for proposals (RFP) for a rigorous pilot study of an intervention program for children served in inclusive preschool classrooms. This study, the Evaluation of Preschool Special Education Practices (EPSEP), is being conducted by Mathematica, the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, and the University of Florida on behalf of the US Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. EPSEP intends to provide evidence of the implementation and impact of an intervention program (consisting of a content-specific curriculum for all children in preschool inclusive classrooms and targeted instructional supports for

#Renew MIECHV National Day of Action - Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Join DEC and other members of the Home Visiting Coalition in calling, emailing, and tweeting your Senators and Congressman to urge them to preserve and expand the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV). It’s been more than 100 days since Congress let the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program expire. We need your help to make sure renewing MIECHV is included in the next package of legislation to keep the government open. MIECHV, an evidence-based and voluntary parent coaching support for families and children expired on September 30, 2017. Home visiting helps parents learn skills and gain support to be the best parents they can be. Proven ou

DEC Seeks IDEA Reauthorization Feedback

DEC needs your assistance crafting potential recommendations for IDEA reauthorization. While IDEA reauthorization is not on the current congressional schedule, DEC wants to be prepared to provide feedback when needed. The DEC Policy and Advocacy Council has drafted a set of 15 proposed recommendations based on past member input and via a town hall meeting held at the 2017 DEC Conference. The next step is to gather broader stakeholder input via this online survey. Your input is critical to this process. The survey will be open through February 9, 2018. Complete the survey here. The full statute is available here: http://idea.ed.gov/download/statute.html DEC is providing this link so that as r

Proposed Amendments to the CEC Bylaws

DID YOU KNOW? In the past year, CEC convened a workgroup charged with developing a proposal to amend the CEC Bylaws.That workgroup and the CEC Board have completed their proposal with some significant amendments to the Bylaws and released a 5-page summary of those proposed amendments which can be read HERE. All CEC members have the opportunity to review the proposed amendments and to provide comments or feedback until February 5, 2018. If you'd like to provide comments on the proposed amendments, you can do so by submitting them via email to president@cec.sped.org. We look forward to continuing together in our collective mission to improve the lives of young children with special needs and t

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