KU doctoral study opportunity

Kansas University (KU) announced support for doctoral students beginning in the academic year 2016-17. The faculty at KU is seeking students interested in studying about intensive interventions for students with learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, and autism spectrum disorder; tiered systems of prevention and intervention; evidence-based practices for students with or at risk for those disabilities; and school-based inquiry. KU has a stellar recommendation for its contributions over the years and its faculty.

Learn more by downloading the accompanying PDF.

TED pre-conference on-line discussion

The Teacher Education Division of Council for Exceptional Children is fortunate to have Dr. Ann Turnbull and Dr. Mitchell Yell accept our invitation as the Keynote Speakers for the 2015 TED Conference. It is an honor to have such accomplished speakers provide insight into issues particularly relevant to our organization. They have graciously agreed to share their knowledge before the conference in an online discussion group. Participants will benefit from opportunities to exchange ideas, connect with colleagues, and broaden their knowledge on specialized topics that are the area of expertise of these two distinguished researchers. Please click here to learn more about this enhanced interaction with Dr. Ann Turnbull and Dr. Mitchel Yell before the conference. You can view the webpage at this address, however, we need the participants to use the following links to register so please do not put it in your announcements.

To register for the live online discussion group with Dr. Ann Turnbull, please go to this site for registration .

To register for the live online discussion group with Dr. Mitchell Yell, please go to this site for registration.


  • Unique access to conference
  • To enhance the conference experience by providing an extended and enhanced/enriched interaction with Keynote Speakers
  • Interaction with leading and seminal researchers in the field focused around key articles and video presentations from the Keynote Speakers
  • Synchronous (scheduled virtual online discussion) and asynchronous (e.g. blog, video/Zaption) opportunities for interaction
  • Aligns with mission and vision of TED, including promotion of research-based practices, provision of professional development, and outreach for member engagement


  • Participants become familiar with the contributions of the Keynote Speaker(s) in special education teacher education
  • Participants will interact with peers and leaders in the field of special education teacher preparation.
  • Participants will have an opportunity to enhance the TED-CEC conference experience

Oregon Post-doc in academic interventions and assessment

Folks at the University of Oregon’s Center on Teaching & Learning (CTL) are hoping to fill the second year of an IES post-doc with a hard-working, recent Ph.D. graduate interested in academic interventions and assessment. This is a one-year appointment. Although the start date is 1 September 2015, it’s possible that date is flexible (e.g., the postdoc could start later in 2015 and be funded later into 2016). More information about CTL and our projects can be found here: http://ctl.uoregon.edu/. Download a PDF describing the position.

Mizzou NSF postdoc

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.

IASE call for proposals

The International Association of Special Education, in collaboration with the University of Lower Silesia, issued a call for proposals for its 14th biennial conference. Under the title “New Dimensions toward Education, Advocacy, and Collaboration for Individuals with Special Needs,” the conference will convene in Wroclaw, Poland, 21-25 June 2015. The accompanying PDF provides additional information about the conference and submitting proposals for presentations.

Everyday Arts for Special Education Summer Teacher Institute

Everyday Arts for Special Education (EASE) Summer Teacher Institute is coming soon in New York City. It’s billed as a research-based, integrated approach for promoting Common Core learning, communication, and socialization for students with disabilities. The principal organizations—the Manhattan New Music Project, New York District 75, Teachers College at Columbia University, and others—have funding from the US Department of Education with an I3 grant for some of their work. The sessions are to be held 15 through 19 July 2013 at the New Design High School (350 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002). There is a fee ($100) that covers curriculum materials and daily lunch. Learn more about the project and register for the event. Learn even more from an article entitled “In District 75, Using the Arts in Everyday Academics” by Yasmeen Kahn that appeared in SchoolBook 16 May.

Learn about Maryland Learning Links

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!

The University of Arizona announces funding for doctoral students who want to become professors in special education

The University of Arizona announces funding for doctoral students who want to become professors in special education.

• Fellowships include:
o Full tuition
o An annual stipend of $30,000
o Funds for professional travel

• Our goal is to produce faculty skilled in evidence-based practice in their specialty area. Possible specializations include:
o Learning disabilities
o Bilingual/multicultural special education
o Deafness/hard of hearing
o Visual impairment and blindness
o Emotional and behavioral disorders
o Severe and multiple disabilities
o Positive behavioral support

• Doctoral students receive exceptional training through an apprenticeship model, engaging in the same activities that will be required when they become faculty

• A unique feature is a one-semester externship at another university with a leading scholar in the student’s specialization

• UA graduates are now faculty at universities and colleges across the country

•Learn more about the program and our application process at http://spedprof.arizona.edu

Leadership Funding Announced

Congratulations to professional preparation programs at 13 institutions of higher education around the US that received funding for their leadership preparation programs from the US Department of Education. Under the Special Education-Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities/Preparation of Leadership Personnel from the Office of Special Education Programs, the following schools got grants.

Recipient Grant
University of Arizona $139,723
California State University-Los Angeles $250,000
Continue reading Leadership Funding Announced

CEC Assistant Executive Director for PD

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.

Assistant Executive Director at CEC

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.

Arizona on-line MA in special ed

The University of Arizona announces a new, fully online MA in special education (General Studies). This 36-unit program includes courses on behavioral support, cultural and linguistic diversity, language development, special services, foundations, and research methods. Specialization areas include learning disabilities, sensory impairments, challenging behaviors, autism spectrum disorder, or gifted students. Courses can be taken from anywhere in the country or anywhere in the world.

Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2011 semester. The program does not lead to teacher certification.

More information can be found at Arizona’s Online Master’s Degree in Special Education

Outlook for special ed teachers

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

Whose life is it?

Using the pending Thanksgiving holiday as an opportunity to comment on family relations, writer Daphne Beal contributed an article about her relationship with her sister Cecily, who has developmental disabilities, to the US National Public Radio program Morning Edition series called “Sibling Stories.”

I’ve almost made peace with the fact that we aren’t hauling our kids down to my parents in Florida for Thanksgiving.

Actually, it’s my sister Cecily I feel bad about. She’s the one I don’t keep in touch with enough. She’s 39, and — deep breath — “developmentally disabled and legally blind.” Those jargon-y words give only the barest outline of her experience of navigating the world. And my family’s experience, too.
Continue reading Whose life is it?