ESEA Reauthorization

It is so easy to either neglect or ignore legislation because of its cumbersome nature. Thankfully DCDT (Division for Career Development and Transition) has shared this brief but thorough overview of the (ESEA) Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. I encourage you to read through this information to better understand the significance of this reauthorization and the potential impact for students.

(ESEA) Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Background:

If you have been following the legislative path of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), you will recall the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, initially authorized in 1965 as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), was signed into law on January 8, 2002 as a means of holding states, school districts, and schools more accountable for improving the academic performance of each student regardless of economic status, race, ethnicity, proficiency in English or disability. In March of 2010, when ESEA was already two years past due for reauthorization, a plan for reauthorization titled, “A Blueprint for Reform” was released, proposing a shift in the focus of education toward world-class, 21st century education for all American students to ensure that they could compete in the global economy:

 

This plan included:

  • Restructuring ESEA to consolidate programs so that 38 authorities would be reduced to 11.
  • Increase flexibility for the ways states can utilize education funding
  • Added incentives for opening Race to the Top competitions to school districts.
  • The use of rigorous standards to implement evidence-based practices to improve educational outcomes.
  • Provide a means of rewarding states for success in setting and accomplishing goals for student achievement.
The Council for Educational Children (CEC) published a set of recommendations for ESEA reauthorization.  The full document can be found on the CEC website, under Policy and Advocacy: www.cec.sped.org
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The ESEA Guiding Principles include:
  • Support for a well prepared successful educational workforce.
  • Meaningful systems that encourage collaborative an supportive measurement.
  • Evaluation, and reward of professional performance, stronger assessment and accountability for all children.
  • Requirements to meet the needs of gifted learners.
  • Improved outcomes for all children through the collaboration of all educators.
  • Strategies to create positive school reform.
  • Full funding to execute goals and provisions of ESEA.
  • Careful coordination of ESEA and IDEA to insure effective systems of assessment and accountability for a diverse population of children, including those who are gifted or have disabilities.
In its recommendations, CEC outlines detailed recommendations within each of these guiding principles along with a rationale for recommendations made.
New Bipartisan Legislation:

Taking a more traditional approach, a bipartisan bill was introduced by Senators Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming) to reauthorize ESEA. The bill proposed a measure to increase the equity of funding for schools across districts and states, and to expand the initiatives of Race to the Top, Investing in Innovation, and Promise Neighborhood programs. It keeps the current testing system in place, but eliminates the 2013-14 deadline for bringing all students to the level of proficiency in reading and math.

Additional issues addressed in the bill include:
  • Expanded learning time.
  • Improvements in educational opportunities for students in juvenile justice facilities.
  • Making full-day kindergarten for all children
  • The development of college and career readiness standards.
  • Reduces federal accountability requirements to only a small percentage of low-performing schools.
  • Does not include a requirement for states to use a particular means of evaluation systems.
  • Identifies the lowest performing 5% of schools for intense intervention.

Key elements most relevant to transition for students with disabilities which have been introduced and partially or fully passed:

  1. The provision of inclusive educational opportunities and access to the general education curriculum for students with disabilities through closer collaboration between general and special educators.
  2. The inclusion of college and career readiness standards that apply to students with disabilities as well as students without disabilities.
  3. Assessment of teacher and school performance based at least in part on outcomes of all  students, including those with disabilities.
  4. Implementation of requirements to increase teacher quality, including assurance that standards will apply to special educators and transition teachers.
  5. Standards to address increased educational and professional development requirements for special education assistants who work with students who have disabilities.


Learning and The Brain

This is one of those conference brochures I drool over…34th Learning and the BRAIN conference, February 14-16, 2013

Learning and the Brain

 

 

 

With conference program topics like…

  • Developing Insight, Problem-Solving and Reasoning Skills
  • Benefits of the Arts on Brains, Language and Learning

…this is a time of learning you’ll want to sink your teeth into!

Anyone willing to sponsor me to attend???🙂

Check out the Learning and the Brain Summer Institutes too! And join the Society to access the online community!


American Education Week: November 12-16

November 12-16 is American Education Week and NEA (National Education Association) has something to share for each day. Click the picture above for the full week’s list. Click here for today’s blog: Ten Things You Should Know About Today’s Student Veterans


Virtual TechKnowledgy Conference

2012-2013 Virtual TechKnowledgy Conference

The 2nd Virtual TechKnowledgy conference is now live and ready for viewing. This virtual conference provides access to training sessions on the use of assistive and education technologies. This resource is available 24 houryears at, year round for anyone that has a TTAC Online account. These sessions are free to anyone and are funded through our Training and Technical Assistance Centers.

You can enter the conference one of two ways: go to the AT site on T/TAC Online www.ttaonline.org/atsdp follow the TechKnowledgy tab or you can enter the conference directly at http://vconf.gmu.edu/Conference/TechKnowledgy.

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PepNet2

Pepnet2 (pn2) is a national collaboration of  professionals with expertise in a broad array of content areas and  a variety of environments, including research, technology, personnel development, media production, and technical assistance who work in support of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, including those with co-occurring disabilities.

Resources include:

  • Live, one-on-one assistance in a variety of communication modes,
  • In-person and online training,
  • Materials that are downloadable, printable or available as hard copies

Pepnet2 also offers:

  • Technical Assistance to improve educational, programmatic, and vocational accessibility.
  • Professional Development
  • Research and Evidence Synthesis
  • Leadership Coordination

For more specifics about what is offered, check out the About Us website section.

A GREAT resource to peruse is the Online Notetaker Training! This is a self-guided training which defines the role of the notetaker, provides notetaking strategies, and information on hearing loss for students are deaf or hard of hearing. 

 


COSD – Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities

You have a disability. 

Your resumé does not.

 

Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities provides great resources for both employers and students! There’s a ton of info within this site, but here are the two main sections I focused on:

Full Access – networking and education summit uniting students and graduates with disabilities.

Career Gateway – COSD’s mission is to help corporate America find those graduates, and vice versa.

Here’s the Log In link for both students and employers.


Friendship Circle

After a week of NO internet, I’m back! Whew…was having withdrawals!

A friend shared this blog with me and it’s definitely worth a read! The Friendship Circle blog “provides a space to receive great resources, read and share opinions, and stay up to date on the latest trends and news in the special needs community. You’ll hear from parents, special educators, therapists, advocates, and those with special needs themselves. Whether you come to learn, share, or give your own opinion join us…. You are among friends.”

This blog, in particular, has great information when considering chores as preparation for employment!  10 Benefits of Chores For Your Child With Special Needs


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