The transition from high school to work, post-secondary education, and other alternatives is a challenge, especially for students with disabilities. In “Diplomas Count 2015: Report and Graduation Rates—Next Steps: Life After Special Education“, Education Week writers present their 10th analysis of how high-school graduates make that transition. Here’s how Christina Samuels, one of the contributors, described the work:
Each year, hundreds of thousands of students in special education graduate from their high schools.
And then what happens?
In the 10th annual edition of its Diplomas Count report, Education Week tries to answer that question.
The report is a blend of journalism and reseach: the Education Week Research Center delved into federal data to offer an important snapshot of where students with disabilities end up after they leave high school. My journalist colleagues and I give life to those numbers by talking to students as they make important future decisions about college and about work.
For example: Do students with disabilities tell their colleges about their special needs, or do they try to go without any of the supports they may have used in high school? (The answer: most of them do not disclose.) For students who are headed directly to the workplace, have they been taught how to advocate for themselves? (The answer: it’s hit-or-miss.)
The University of Missouri’s Quality Elementary Science Teaching (QuEST) program is searching for a postdoctoral scholar. The person filling the position would work on designing, delivering, and studying a practicum-based professional development model for K6 teachers in science teaching. The position, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, would begin 1 July 2015.
For a full description and detailed contact information, download the accompanying PDF.
Over on LD Blog I’ve posted an obituary for Janet Lerner. She was a skilled, informed, and tireless advocate for children and young adults with disabilities and a gracious and kind member of our community.
Frances Partridge Connor, an influential figure across many aspects of special education, passed away 28 March 2015 in Boca Raton, FL. She was the Richard March Hoe Professor Emeritus of Education at Teachers College of Columbia University in New York (NY, US).
For many decades, Professor Connor affected the practice and policy of special education. She not only chaired the special education program at Teachers College, but also served as president of the International Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). In addition, she advised local, state, federal, and international government agencies about educational policies related to children and youths with disabilties. She was also a member of multiple research teams focused on improving the tools of teachers and methods for advancing outcomes for children with disabilties.
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Over on On Special Education, Christina Samuels reported that a group that is part of the Civil Rights Project of the University of California, Los Angeles, has indicated that 37% of secondary students with disabilities in Florida had been suspended from school, the highest rate in the US and more than double the average for the country.
Eighteen percent of secondary students with a disability served an out-of-school suspension in 2011-12, according to data collected by the U.S. Department of Education, but behind that number are enormous variations in suspension rates at the district and state level.
A civil rights advocacy group’s analysis of the data released Monday shows that Florida, at 37 percent, leads all other states in suspending students with disabilities at the secondary level. Florida also led the nation that year in suspensions overall, both at the elementary and secondary level, at 5 percent and 19 percent, respectively, said the Center for Civil Rights Remedies.
Read Ms. Samuels’s full post at “States’ Suspension Rates Vary Widely for Students With Disabilities, Group Says.”
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The Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education (EPCSE, http://www.ed.psu.edu/epcse) in the College of Education invites applications for one open rank tenure-track faculty position. Possible areas of research include (but are not limited to) the influence of child maltreatment on academic learning outcomes; school-based prevention efforts designed to prevent or mitigate the effects of child maltreatment; or efforts to engage school-based personnel to screen, detect, or intervene effectively when confronted with signs of potential child maltreatment in school settings. Applicants should demonstrate a funded program of original research and a publication record commensurate with their experience. Responsibilities include teaching both undergraduate and graduate level courses as well as directing theses/dissertations. An earned doctorate in Educational Psychology, Counselor Education, School Psychology, Special Education, Social Work, or a closely related field, and the promise of outstanding scholarly accomplishments are required. The successful candidate will have access to departmental research facilities including the Educational Risk Initiative, Curriculum and Instruction, and Education Policy Studies. Candidates should complete an online application and upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, the names of three professional references and supporting materials (p)reprints. The job code is #53871. For inquiries about this position, email Kathleen J. Bieschke, Department Head and Search Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professor Jeannie Kleinhammer-Tramill and colleagues at the University of South Florida are soliciting applications for a new cohort of Ph.D. students to begin doctoral studies in the fall of 2015. They are recruiting for a diverse group of individuals who want to prepare for roles as faculty members in special education and special education policy leadership. Those who are selected for the program will receive scholarships of up to $30,000 per year for full-time study to complete the doctorate in special education with emphasis on educational policy leadership. Download the accompanying flyer for additional information.
The Arc & Sprout Film Festival, screening films featuring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, will take place in Winchester, VA, on Tuesday 11 November through Friday 14 November 2014! This four day festival is presented by The Arc of Northern Shenandoah Valley and will take place on the days and at locations as follows:
- Tuesday – Alamo Drafthouse Cinema 10am & 6pm
- Wednesday – Bright Box Community Theater 7pm
- Thursday – Woodstock Community Theater 10am
- Friday – Shenandoah University 2pm
Anthony Di Salvo, Executive Director of Sprout, will be presenting the films and running a Q&A at all the screenings. Throughout the four days there will be a variety of short documentaries, narratives and music videos screened. Get additional information and view a trailer about the festival.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
The Department of Special Education and Clinical Services invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track appointment, beginning August 2015. Only online applications will be accepted. To view the full description and apply for this position, please visit www.iup.edu/employment (posting # F15-021).
IUP is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/H/V Indiana University of Pennsylvania is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
Southeast Missouri State University Autism Center for Diagnosis and Treatment
Provide leadership and oversight for the University Autism Center for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders. The director serves as the primary supervisor and coordinator for all staff and the collaborative partners that share the facility.
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ASSISTANT PROFESSOR SPECIAL EDUCATION
The Millersville University Department of Early, Middle, and Exceptional Education seeks an Assistant Professor of Special Education beginning August 2015. Minimum qualifications include ABD status in special education, or a closely related field, 4 years of successful full-time teaching experience with Pre-K – 8 individuals demonstrating a broad range of disabilities. Highly regarded for its instructional quality and strong commitment to diversity, Millersville University is a learner-focused institution located in historic Lancaster County, known for its excellent schools and vibrant arts community, and close to Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington, and NYC. MU enrolls about 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students. We seek individuals who embrace our public mission and value exploration, professionalism, integrity and compassion.
For a full listing of qualifications and to apply, go to http://jobs.millersville.edu/postings/1255 and complete a faculty application. Full consideration given to applications received by November 23, 2014. Direct questions to Dr. Richard Mehrenberg, search committee chair, at Richard.Mehrenberg@millersville.edu
An EO/AA institution.
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The University of Washington, Tacoma, announced a search for a Professor and Director of the Education Program. The position, which is slated to begin in July of 2015, will be for the nine-month academic year plus a three-month summer period. The Director will report to the UWT Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and should be committed to helping the program transition from its program status into a departmentalized school of education. Review of applications begins 1 November 2014.
Please download the accompanying PDF for more a comprehensive description of the position.
West Virginia University announces the availability of 3 open-rank, tenure-track faculty positions in the following areas:
- Mild/Moderate Disabilities
- Moderate/Severe Disabilities
- Gifted Education
These 9-month positions require teaching, research, and service. A description and directions for submitting an application are available at: http://cehs.wvu.edu/fac_staff/jobs. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2014.
FMI: Barbara Ludlow, Professor and Chair, Barbara.Ludlow@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-3835.
Southeast Missouri State University is conducting a search for a tenured Associate or Full Professor/Chairperson in the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling to begin January 1, 2015
The Chairperson maintains standards, policies and procedures for a department with two distinct disciplines: Educational Leadership and Counseling. The department serves graduate students and offers degrees including Master’s Degree programs in Educational Administration, School Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, and Higher Education Administration. Specialist level degrees are offered for Educational Administration, Counseling Education, and Educational Leadership Development. The Department also supports a Cooperative Ed.D. program in partnership with the University of Missouri.
Responsibilities include administration, leadership, teaching, faculty-personnel relations, student recruitment, department liaison, student development, and management/budget oversight consistent with a diverse graduate level department. In addition, the chairperson maintains an active, scholarly and service agenda. The Chairperson of the department has a reduced teaching load.
Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Educational Leadership/Administration (Degree must be from a regionally accredited or internationally accredited/government certified university)
- Demonstrated record of administrative/leadership experience
- Ability to champion both counseling and administration programs
- Demonstrate knowledge of ELCC and CAEP/NCATE standards
- Demonstrated success with scholarly research
- Excellent record of college/university teaching
- Experience/knowledge of administrative and counseling accreditation and certification processes
- Demonstrated commitment to shared governance
- Demonstrated ability to maintain a high level of faculty morale and enthusiasm
- Demonstrated commitment to working with multi-cultural populations and awareness of issues affecting women and minorities
Read the full HR posting of the position and get additional information regarding the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling.