MarylandLearningLinks is a new resource that is provided by the Maryland State Department of Education and Johns Hopkins University School of Education’s Center for Technology in Education but is available to educational professionals everywhere. Here is a quick quote from the site:
Maryland Learning Links is the one place to visit for information, guidance and resources related to Special Education and Early Intervention in Maryland. Whether you are an administrator, teacher, provider or parent, you are sure to benefit from the site’s comprehensive and user-friendly blend of knowledge and real-world practice, all of it built on the belief that every child can learn and achieve both inside and outside the classroom.
There is a wide range of resources available at MarylandLearningLinks.org. Check on it!
In “Ex-principal: ‘Never really told the truth’ to special ed parents—
Ex-principal: I lied to parents of special-needs kids,” Shannon Mullen of the Ashbury Park (NJ, US) Press recounts a story about Sheldon Boxer, a former school administrator who says that, as a means to save funds, he misrepresented the needs of students with disabilities and the capacity of schools to serve them. Mr. Boxer accuses an attorney working with the local education agency of leading the effort without every actually issuing an edict that the purpose was to hold down costs.
Ms. Mullen captures some he-said, he-said in her story as well as some human interest (a case of a child with substantial special education needs whose parents contend say he was not provided appropriate services). You can read Ms. Mullen’s report of this sad special education story in its original form (or snag this single-page version).
Over on EBD Blog there’s a new post about a CCBD-CEC Webinar on seclusion and restraint. It expires late 7 March 2012, so jump to it soon.
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is seeking an individual to direct the Professional Development Services team. Under the general direction of the Executive Director, you will provide leadership in the area of the annual convention; advance products for publications (including the journals, e.g., Exceptional Children) and for continuing education (e.g., the popular “Webinars”). CEC is seeking someone with an advanced degree and experience in special education.
The successful candidate must have a proven record in the following: strategic planning and management of products and services that are relevant and of high-quality; generating revenue in the areas of continuing education, journals/publications and the convention. Additional background required in budgeting and supervising a Professional Development staff.
This is a rare opportunity to provide leadership in one of the leading organizations focused on special education in the world. At CEC, you can play an important role in contributing to positive progress for special educators and the children, youth, and families they serve.
To view the full job description, please download a PDF announcing the position vacancy. Learn more about CEC and its professional development activities by visiting Professionl Development section of CEC’s Web site.
The Department of Special Education at Illinois State University, a large public university with nationally recognized teacher preparation programs, invites applications for a tenure track position to be filled at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor. The Department prepares approximately 1000 students at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels. Graduate programs include course work leading to certification as a Director of Special Education.
Qualifications: Applicants must hold an earned doctorate in special education, educational administration, or a related area (ABD considered) and have special education administrative experience in the public schools. The successful applicant will be expected to coordinate the Director of Special Education (DOSE) Post-Master’s Certification program at Illinois State University, teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and maintain an active research agenda. The Department is an ideal professional choice for an individual who wants to work at an institution where contributions in teaching, research, and service are expected and valued.
Application Procedures: Initial review of candidates will begin October 3, 2011, and continue until the position is filled. To assure full consideration, applicants should send a letter of application, curriculum vitae; official transcripts; and names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least two professional references by September 30, 2011 to:
Carrie Anna Courtad, PhD
Chair, Search Committee
Department of Special Education
Campus Box 5910
Normal, IL 61790-5910
Email: cacourt /at/ ilstu /dot/ edu
Initial review of applications will begin on October 3, 2011 and continue until the positions are filled.
Over on On Special Education Nirvi Shah reported that Senator Tom Harkin and colleagues once again introduced a bill proposing that the US federal government pay its full (i.e., 40%) share of the costs of special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Read her post, “Bill Would Boost Federal Spending on Students with Disabilities.”
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) annouced a search for an individual to serve as an assistant executive director and take responsibility for leading the team at CEC that provides professional development services. CEC’s Professional Development Services Team covers a host of important activities at CEC, including the convention, continuing education (e.g., the popular “Webinars”), publications (including the journals such as Exceptional Children), and much more. CEC is seeking someone with an advanced degree and experience in special education.
This is an unusual opportunity to provide leadership in one of the leading organizations focused on special education in the world. It comes at a time when professional development services are changing rapidly and CEC can play an important role in contributing to postive progress for special educators and the children, youth, and families they serve.
Learn more about the position of Assistant Executive Director for Professional Development Services at CEC by downloading a PDF announcing the position vacancy. Learn more about CEC and it’s professional development activities by visiting Professionl Development section of CEC’s Web site.
Should students with disabilities get to use vouchers, too? Should private schools have to accept them? Some parents say some private schools aren’t taking vouchers from students with disabilities and they are complaining.
Journalists reported that the parents of children with disabilities in Milwaukee (WI, US) and the American Civil Liberties Union have complained to the US Deaprtment of Justice that a Milwaukee school program permitting parents to choose schools discriminates against students with disabilities. According to the complaint, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program “discriminated against students with disabilities and segregated those students in one portion of the publicly funded educational system.” The statistical basis for the argument is that 1.6% of students in the voucher-supported schools have disabilities, but nearly 20% of the students in the public schools have disabilities.
Continue reading ‘Milwaukee parents allege voucher program discriminates against students with disabilities’
The demand for special educators routinely exceeds supply. Prior to 2006, the National Coalition on Personnel Shortages in Special Education & Related Services reported that there were considerable shortages in the high-incidence areas of Learning Disabilities, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, and Multicategorical Special Education. According to US government sources, this continues to be the case, so those who are preparing to teach in special education should have little trouble finding employment.
Continue reading ‘Outlook for special ed teachers’