Asst prof at Hopkins

Johns Hopkins University
School of Education
Department of Special Education

Severe Disabilities and Autism
Assistant Professor Position

The School of Education invites applications for a special education faculty position in severe disabilities and autism. Responsibilities include teaching graduate courses, advising master’s and doctoral students, engaging in scholarly activity, participating in school and university committees, developing and coordinating partnerships with area school systems, and seeking external funding for creative initiatives.
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OSERS Director of Research to Practice

Here’s a position announcement for someone to fill the duties of director of the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services.

The following OSERS vacancy announcement(s): Supervisory Education Program Specialist, GS-1720-15 located in the Office of Special Education Programs, Research to Practice Division, closes on May 19, 2008 and is open to everyone.

If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the announcement or wish to apply, you must submit your application online through the OPM website which can be accessed through [this location]

We ask your assistance in the recruiting process by providing a copy of the announcement(s) to anyone you believe would be interested in and would be qualified for the position. Please note the above closing date of the vacancy announcement. Applications will not be accepted after that date.

New IRIS module

The IRIS Center, a resource for teaching about special education and disabilities, announced the availability of new materials.

The IRIS Center, in collaboration with the PACER Center, is proud to present the latest addition to its growing family of online interactive modules: Collaborating with Families.

Claire Morgan, principal of M. T. Watkins Middle School, and her staff have noticed that, although they enjoy good parental involvement from some families, they usually see the same core group at every volunteer opportunity or school event. They wonder why this is the case and how they might go about increasing involvement, especially among the families of students with disabilities. Join Principal Morgan and her staff as they work through the process of learning more about such families and develop ideas to engage all of the families in their school.

To view Collaborating with Families, please go to http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/fam/chalcycle.htm.

Many more IRIS resources can be found at http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/.

Personnel prep CFDA

The US Department of Education has issued a call for proposals for projects to prepare special education professionals. Goodness knows, we need ’em.

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  Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for   Children with Disabilities (Federal Register: November 27, 2007
  [CFDA#s 84.325D, 84.325K, 84.325R, and 84.325T])
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Purpose of Program: The purposes of this program are to (1) help address State-identified needs for highly qualified personnel — in special education, related services, early intervention, and regular education — to work with infants, toddlers and children with disabilities; and (2) ensure that those personnel have the necessary skills and knowledge, derived from practices that have been determined through scientifically based research and experience, to be successful in serving those children.
    Eligible Applicants: Institutions of higher education (IHEs).
 ==> Preparation of Leadership Personnel — 84.325D
    Applications available: 11/27/07
    Deadline for transmittal of applications: 01/04/08
    Estimated Range of Awards: $171,969-$200,000
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $196,200
    Estimated Number of Awards: 25
 ==> Combined Personnel Preparation — 84.325K
 Focus Area a: Training Personnel to Serve Infants, Toddlers, and Pre-school Age Children with Disabilities.
    Applications available: 11/27/07
    Deadline for transmittal of applications: 01/11/08
    Estimated Range of Awards: $150,000-$200,000
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $175,000
    Estimated Number of Awards: 14
Focus Area b: Training Personnel to Serve School Age Children with Low Incidence Disabilities.
    Applications available: 11/27/07
    Deadline for transmittal of applications: 01/11/08
    Estimated Range of Awards: $150,000-$200,000
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $175,000
    Estimated Number of Awards: 23
Focus Area c: Training Personnel to Provide Related Services, Speech/Language Services, and Adapted Physical Education to Infants, Toddlers, and Children with Disabilities.
    Applications available: 11/27/07
    Deadline for transmittal of applications: 01/11/08
    Estimated Range of Awards: $150,000-$200,000
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $175,000
    Estimated Number of Awards: 14
Focus Area d: Training Personnel in Minority Institutions to Serve Infants, Toddlers, and Children with Disabilities.
    Applications available: 11/27/07
    Deadline for transmittal of applications: 01/11/08
    Estimated Range of Awards: $150,000-$200,000
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $175,000
    Estimated Number of Awards: 14
 ==> National Outreach and Technical Assistance Center on Discretionary Awards for Minority Institutions — 84.325R
    Applications available: 11/27/07
    Deadline for transmittal of applications: 01/11/08
    Estimated Range of Awards: $1,500,000
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $1,500,000
    Estimated Number of Awards: 1
 ==> Special Education Preservice Training Improvement Grants — 84.325T
    Applications available: 11/27/07
    Deadline for transmittal of applications: 01/18/08
    Estimated Range of Awards: $100,000-$150,000
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $125,000
    Estimated Number of Awards: 21
    Additional Information: Applicable regulations, priorities, and other information are available in the Federal Register notice. Additional information is available online at:
http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2007-4/112707b.html

Personnel prep money losses

Federal support for preparation of personnel to provide special education and related services to students with disabilities was initiated in 1958, when P.L. 85-926 authorized use of discretionary funds for preparing personnel to provide leadership in mental retardation. From that time forward, the federal government has attempted to play a catalytic role in assisting colleges, universities, states, and local education agencies to develop an infrastructure for personnel development in special education. These efforts have focused on ensuring a sufficient quantity of special education and related services personnel; increasing the quality of personnel preparation; and enhancing the capacity of states and institutions of higher education (IHEs) to prepare personnel for special education and related services (Campeau, Appleby, & Stoddart, 1987).

Using information from the sources cited below, I traced the actual and inflation-adjusted appropriations for personnel preparation from 1970 through 2005. (The 1977 appropriation could not be located.) I used NASA’s inflation calculator to calculate the impact of inflation used in both analyses.

Cost-versus AppropriationsAs shown in the accompanying charts, the actual appropriation for personnel preparation increased over the past two-and-a-half decades. However, when adjusted for inflation, the costs of goods and services has increased over time, and the purchasing power of the appropriations has decreased. To compute the inflation-adjusted costs of goods and services for each year, I used 1970 as the index year and entered the actual appropriation for each comparison year into the inflation calculator. Chart 1 shows that, when adjusted for inflation, the increase in costs of goods and services far outpaces the growth in actual appropriations.

Appropriations versus purchasing powerConversely, Chart 2 shows the actual appropriations per year and the decreasing purchasing power of that year’s appropriation (with inflation), in comparison to 1970. To compute the inflation-adjusted purchasing power, each year after 1970 was treated as the index year, and the purchasing power of the appropriation for the index year was compared to the purchasing power of the 1970 appropriation. This analysis simply shows the flip-side of the first one, but either way one considers it, the costs of preparing students for careers in special education has risen faster than the funding of programs to prepare them for those careers.

Sources:

Source of information regarding appropriations for personnel preparation for the years 1970 – 1974: Burke, P. J., & Saettler, H. (1976). The Division of Personnel Preparation: How funding priorities are established and a personal assessment of the impact of P.L. 94-142. Education and Training of the Mentally Retarded, 11(4), 361-365.

Source of information regarding appropriations for personnel preparation for the years 1974 – 1985: Campeau, P. L., Appleby, J. A., & Stoddart, S. C. (1987). Evaluation of discretionary programs under the Education of the Handicapped Act: Personnel Preparation Program. Final goal evaluation report and technical appendices (Contract No. 300-85-0143). Palo Alto, CA: American Institutes for Research.

Source of information regarding appropriations for personnel preparation for the years 1990-2004: Directories of Grants and Contracts funded by OSEP, National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) and ERIC/OSEP.

Sources for information regarding appropriations for the years 1986-1990: USDE- OSERS, Program Funded Activities.

Source of information regarding appropriations for personnel preparation for the years 2000 through 2004: http://www.ed.gov/programs/osepprep/funding.html

Source of information and Consumer Price Index calculator used to show relative purchasing power and relationship of actual appropriations to appropriations adjusted for inflation for the years 1970 – 2004: http://www1.jsc.nasa.gov/bu2/inflateCPI.html

Author:
Jeannie Kleinhammer-Tramill, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Special Education
University of South Florida