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ED Celebrates IDEA 40th—Live!

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the U.S. Department of Education and its Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), we are pleased to invite you to view two special events celebrating the 40th anniversary of the passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

When IDEA was enacted in 1975, America pledged to provide and ensure that children with disabilities have opportunities to develop their talents and contribute to their communities. That pledge endures today and IDEA continues to provide not only access to the school house, to assessment and to the general curriculum, but the full promise of inclusion, equity and opportunity.


The White House
November 17, 2015
9:30–11:00 a.m., EST

Please share in this exciting White House event where Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Delegated Deputy Secretary John King, OSERS Assistant Secretary Michael Yudin, and OSERS’ Office of Special Education Programs Director Melody Musgrove join the stage with youth impacted by IDEA, experts who will speak about the history and progress of IDEA, and families and teachers from the field who will provide their unique perspectives and celebrate this landmark legislation.

Please watch the White House event broadcast live:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/live


U.S. Department of Education
November 17, 2015
3:00–4:30 p.m., EST

The IDEA 40th Anniversary celebrations continue in the afternoon at the Department•s Barnard Auditorium with an IDEA Symposium where a panel of distinguished researchers share the state of evidence in special education and look towards the future for promoting even greater educational achievement by students with disabilities. Tune in live to the IDEA Symposium to view an inspiring slate of panelists including: Sharon Vaughn, Lynn Fuchs, Rob Horner, Lise Fox, Michael Wehmeyer, Lisa Dieker and David Test.

Please watch the IDEA Symposium broadcast live via EDstream:
http://edstream.ed.gov/webcast/Play/5948bd4d0065424d8a04c2cdd61745d31d

These two events will celebrate our past successes, but primarily focus on the future to ensure that infants, toddlers and youths with disabilities will continue to receive a free and appropriate public education that prepares them for their future. We encourage you to participate in the celebration by hosting opportunities for groups to watch the presentations and have discussions. Consider, holding your own local panel of youth, parents, teachers and other IDEA stakeholders; hosting a watch party in concert with a university class; or encouraging your school faculty to watch and engage in conversations about the history, impact and future of this legislation.

Submit Your Story

As part of our celebration of 40 years of the IDEA, we also want to hear from individuals with disabilities—especially children and youth with disabilities—parents, teachers, researchers and all other IDEA stakeholders about the personal impact this law has had on them.

  • How has IDEA made a difference to you?
  • What does inclusion, equity, and opportunity now look like for you?

Submit your art, photographs and stories by November 10, 2015 to our IDEA 40th Anniversary Web site [www.osep-meeting.org/ideaanniversary] for possible use for upcoming events in Washington, D.C., celebrating the 40th Anniversary of IDEA.

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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.

Goals:

  • 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

Objectives:

  • 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

DISES conference at University of Minho

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The Division of International Special Education and Services (DISES) and the University of Minho will convene an international conference in Braga, Portugal, from 14-17 July 2014. The conference will take as its theme “Embracing Inclusive Approaches” and will feature Arlene S. Kanter of Syracuse University and Luis de Miranda Correia, of the Instituto Português de Dislexia e outras Necessidades Especiais (Portuguese Institute of Dyslexia and other Special Needs) and the Associação Portuguesa para as Necessidades Especiais (Portuguese Association for Special Needs). Learn more by visiting the section of the DISES Web site devoted to the conference.

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.

Webinar on Evidence-Based Practices

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Webinar: Everything You Wanted to Know About Evidence-Based Practices (and Shouldn’t be Afraid to Ask)

On 8 March 2011, CEC and the Division for Research are co-hosting a webinar on evidence-based practices that DR has developed as a service to its members and to other university faculty and their graduate students. The webinar, presented by Bryan Cook, the new chair of CEC’s Committee on Evidence-Based Practices, explores what evidence-based practice means for researchers, teacher educators, practitioners and administrators, and how evidence-based practices differ from other practices that claim to be research-based. As with CEC/DR’s previous webinars, one registration can be used for a group, as long as the group is using one computer. All you need is an internet connection, a speaker phone, and a computer projector, and your entire group can participate in the webinar. After the webinar is over, you will receive your own copy of the webinar file, which you can keep to re-show to classes or other groups at your convenience. With the CEC member discount, each webinar registration costs only $89.00.

Click here to register online at the CEC web site.

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Fall Learning Disabilities conference

The Division for Learning Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children will hold its annual conference in October of 2009 in Coronado (CA, US) near San Diego. There’s an all-star lineup of presenters who don’t just spray and pray; they conduct 3-hour workshops so that participants know how to implement practices in clinical and school settings.

Learn more: Click here.