New Position Statement: DEC Position Statement on Low Birth Weight, Prematurity & Early Interven

The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) endorses the development of national guidelines for the identification and eligibility for Part C Early Intervention (EI) services of children born low birth weight (LBW) and preterm in the United States. Core principles of this endorsement are listed below: Children born LBW and preterm are at high risk for neurodevelopmental concerns including language, cognitive/executive function, social-emotional, and motor delays. There are marked inconsistencies in terms of practices and policies regarding services for children born LBW and preterm that vary widely from state to state, leading to complications in iden

New OSEP Director Announced

Earlier today the OSERS office announced that Laurie VanderPloeg will become the Director of the Office of Special Education Programs in November. Find out more about Laurie VanderPloeg: https://go.usa.gov/xPXgd For additional information, visit: https://sites.ed.gov/osers/2018/10/announcing-new-osep-director/

Council for Exceptional Children Releases CEC's Policy on the Prevention of and Response to Malt

In September, the Council for Exceptional Children's (CEC) Board of Directors approved CEC's Policy on the Prevention of and Response to Maltreatment. Under the chairmanship of CEC/DEC member, Catherine Corr, the board-appointed workgroup worked diligently to develop the policy as well as incorporate input received from CEC members, divisions, and units. You can read the full policy here.

Participate in the "What's the state of the Profession?" Survey from CEC

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) invites teachers to participate in a short survey on the State of the Profession. This survey is an opportunity for special educators to be advocates for their profession and have their voices heard. The last survey (Bright Futures) conducted by CEC was nearly 20 years ago. So much has changed in our profession and all our experiences need to be heard. Your participation will help to inform practice initiatives, professional development, and policies for the field of special education. You're dedicated to your profession and you work hard to ensure your students' success, but do you have all the support you need to help them be successful? Answering

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