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10/10/2018

Transition Tennessee seeking parent participants for needs assessment survey

Transition Tennessee invites parents and caregivers across Tennessee to participate in a short survey on the needs of their child(ren) with disabilities (ages 14-22) preparing for future jobs, training, or college after high school.  

Transition Tennessee is a collaboration between the Tennessee Department of Education, Vanderbilt University’s Department of Special Education, and TennesseeWorks. Coordinators will randomly select 50 parents or caregivers who complete the survey to receive a $20 gift card. The survey takes less than 20 minutes and Transition Tennessee will share new resources with participants on how to support their child’s transition to college or the workplace.  

A full description of the study and the survey can be found here.

For more information, contact the Transition Tennessee team at http://www.transitiontn.org/contact.



Join in the "Community Conversations" in Bristol and Greeneville

10/15/2018 from 9:30 – 11:00 Bristol Tennessee City Schools is hosting a community conversation at the Tennessee High School Cafeteria for all interested persons in the area.  This conversation will focus on factors that need to be in place to ensure that all students with and without disabilities in Bristol are well prepared for their future careers.  Breakfast pastries and coffee will be served.  To register, please sign up at https://tinyurl.com/BristolConversation.  

10/15/2018 from 5:00- 6:30 PM Greene County is hosting a community conversation at the Greene Tech Center for all interested persons in the area.  This conversation will focus on factors that need to be in place to ensure that students with disabilities in Greene are well prepared for their future careers. Snacks and beverages will be served. To register, please sign up at https://tinyurl.com/GreeneConversation.

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10/2/2018

Check out the new look of the ADA.gov's TA Materials page

The U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division has revamped its Technical Assistance Materials webpage on ADA.gov to make it more organized and user friendly. Materials are now arranged by the relevant Title of the ADA as well as by subject matter covered in the documents. Check out the new look of the page here.

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10/2/2018

IDEA Early Intervention Family Guides

These four family guides are designed to explain the dispute resolution options under Part C of the IDEA: mediation, written state complaints and the due process complaint and hearing procedures specific to families with infants or toddlers with disabilities (Birth through Age 2). The companion resource, "Quick Guide to Early Intervention Dispute Resolution Processes for Infants & Toddlers (Birth through Age 2)" offers a side-by-side look at dispute resolution options under Part C of the IDEA.    

CADRE developed the four Family Guides and the Quick Comparison Chart with the support of OSEP and Parent Leaders from across the country.   

Get the guides here: https://www.cadreworks.org/resources/idea-early-intervention-family-guides/

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9/28/2018

Special Education for Preschoolers: A Guide For Parents

As parents of children with special needs, it may be known that special education services are available as their children enter presechool and elementary school. This document helps to inform parents of exactly how to obtain and navigate through these services during these formative years, how to make it a positive experience for their child, as well as their rights as a parent.

Link: http://sdrc.org/wordpress/wp-content/media/2013/06/ESSpecEdEng.pdf

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9/28/2018

OSEP Update

The latest OSEP Update is out from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

In This Issue:

  • Top News: Rethinking Special Education
  • Inside OSEP: Ruth's Report
  • Results Driven Accountability: What's Due and What's New
  • Dose of Data: State Data Displays Now Available!
  • Early Childhood Check-in: New Webinar! Creating a Culture of Data Use
  • Update From ED! Comments Requested on Comprehensive Centers Program Priorities
  • Open Funding Opportunity for Building Strong Birth-to-Five Mixed Delivery Systems
  • Resources for You: IEP Implementation and Intensive Interventions
  • Research News: Listening Fatigue for Students With Hearing Loss
  • Collaboration Corner: Assessments and Meetings
  • Voices From the Field: Tennessee Early Educator
  • Engage With Us! Social Media and More

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9/14/2018

Guide to Early Intervention Dispute Resolution Processes for Families of Infants & Toddlers (Ages 0-2)

Source: The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE).

CADRE recently published a quick guide (September 2018) that explains each of the different options under Part C of the IDEA for resolving a dispute concerning families of infants and toddlers in the special education system. A side-by-side look at the different dispute options: IFSP facilitation, mediation, written state complaints, due process complaint and hearing procedures, and the resolution meeting will assist families involved in or new to the process.

Link:  https://www.cadreworks.org/sites/default/files/resources/Part%20C%20DR%20Comparison%20Chart-FINAL%208-23-18.pdf

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9/14/2018

Intentional Partnerships Podcast - Series on Family Engagement

ABOUT THIS SHOW:  Each episode of the Intentional Partnerships Podcast offers an on-the-ground perspective from real people exploring their shared values around family engagement. Over the 11-episode season, you’ll hear from teachers, parents, district administrators, early childhood educators, family support professionals, and parent educators about their hard-earned successes and complex challenges. Most importantly, you’ll hear about their ongoing interactions as partners in this important work.

Check back every other week for a new episode. 

SEASON 1: Starting the Conversation (Newest episodes are listed first)

Link:  https://parentsasteachers.org/podcast-intentional-partnerships?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

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9/13/2018

How to Organize Your Child’s IEP Binder

Making an IEP binder is a great way to keep information organized and at the ready when you need it. An IEP binder can help you prepare for IEP meetings and stay up to date on your child’s progress. This powerful tool can also help you communicate and collaborate with teachers and your child’s IEP team. Here’s what you need to get started:

  • A three-ring binder
  • Six tabbed section dividers
  • A three-hole punch

Our friends at Understood have created a pretty cool system and have made all of the parts easy to download.

You can read the entire article, watch a video about how it works and grab the pages here: https://u.org/2QqfCfD.

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9/13/2018

TN Special Education Directors Update

The latest Special Education Directors Update is out from the Tennessee Department of Education.

In this issue:

  • Update: Effective Date of the Amendment to Special Education Programs and Services-Parent Participation
  • Alternate Academic Diploma Facilitator Guide
  • Assistant General Counsel for Civil Rights and Special Populations
  • IDEAL Intern
  • Secondary Special Educators and Transition Teachers in Tennessee: Your Voice is Needed
  • 2018-19 IEA Program Enrollment Update
  • 2018-19 Results-based Monitoring Notifications
  • 2018-19 New Desktop Monitoring Process
  • 2018-19 Monitoring Update
  • 2019 PIE Conference Request for Proposals
  • WBL Certification/Recertification Networking Event
  • Funding Opportunity: School Based Behavioral Health Liaison Program
  • EasyIEP Summer Updates
  • Middle Tennessee State University Professional Development Opportunities
  • Tennessee Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference
  • TRIAD Professional Development and Training Opportunities
  • Advisory Council for Children with Disabilities
  • Special Populations Professional Development Request

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8/31/2018

OSEP Update

The latest OSEP Update is out from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

In This Issue:

  • Top News: OSEP's Next Virtual Symposium is Oct. 15
  • !Inside OSEP: Ruth's Report
  • Results Driven Accountability: What's Due and What's New
  • Dose of Data: New Resources for Meaningful Data
  • Early Childhood Check-in: Highlights From the Latest Child and Family Outcomes Data
  • Open Funding Opportunity From OSEP
  • Resources for You: New Letters, Literacy Tools, and State- and Parent-focused Webinars
  • Research News: Strengthening Reading Instruction
  • Collaboration Corner: Upcoming Collaborative Meetings on ESSA Implementation and More
  • Voices From the Field: Dan Gaffney on Oregon's Preschool Improvement and Expansion
  • Engage With Us! Social Media and More

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