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Highlights: New report about teacher quality cites need for sweeping changes in teacher education & certification; answers to questions about the 8,652 failing schools; update on FETA Cruise II; IDEA 2002 news - President's Commission issues report and recommendations; learning disabilities and early intervention; law book goes into 8th printing - more than 25,000 in print; new "free pubs" for parents & school personnel.
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1. The Facts About Teacher Quality, Training & Certification: Are We Destroying the Future, One Child at a Time?
Child Left Behind Act calls for highly qualified teachers —
teachers who demonstrate subject knowledge and skills in reading,
writing, mathematics and other basic subject areas — to be in
every classroom by the end of the 2005-06 school year.
Dr. Paige cited facts to support his claim that "The National report cards show we are destroying that future—one child at a time."
out of three 4th graders cannot read proficiently.
2. Q & A: Failing Schools, the No Child Left Behind Act & "Reality"
week's article, 8,652
Failing Schools and The No Child Left Behind Act, caused
many folks to write.
"We have more than our fair share of failing schools here in Chicago, about three percent of the 8,652 failing schools are Chicago. The Illinois State Legislature is prohibiting student transfers from failing Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to CPS magnet schools. In future newsletters, please look at the reality of the No Child Left Behind Act's provisions, not the theory."
do you think?
3. From Emotions to Advocacy Cruise II - January 15-20, 2003
you want to learn more about special education advocacy? Do you
think you will need a break from the winter doldrums by January?
On Thursday, participants will board Carnival Cruise Lines' "Fantasy" for a three-day cruise to the Bahamas. The ship will leave Port Canaveral, Florida on Thursday, January 16 and return on Sunday, January 20, 2003.
more information, visit the FETA
Cruise Page at:
4. IDEA News! President's Commission on Excellence in Special Ed Issues Report
On July 9, 2002, the President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education issued its report, A New Era: Revitalizing Special Education for Children and their Families with findings and recommendations to improve the educational performance of students with disabilities.
President's Commission made three main recommendations:
Commission stressed the importance of:
more about A
New Era: Revitalizing Special Education for Children and Their
5. More IDEA News - Learning Disabilities & Early Intervention Strategies
On June 6, 2002, a Congressional committee held a hearing on "Learning Disabilities and Early Intervention Strategies: How to Reform the Special Education Referral and Identification Process." This article includes a summary of testimony by several experts during the hearing.
This article clarifies some issues Congress will face when they tackle reauthorization of the IDEA. After you read Learning Disabilities and Early Intervention Strategies, you will know who said:
"Does the education profession create instructional casualties by inadequately preparing both general education and special education teachers to address learning differences among children?"
I would have given for such a wonderful resource at IEP meetings for
my sons!" Sandra Britt, Past President, Learning
Disabilities Association of America.
7. New Free Pubs: Good Teaching; How to Teach Reading; Professional Development for Teachers & Principals; Survey of Special Ed Families
Good Teaching Matters: How Well-Qualified Teachers Can Close the Gap (16 pages, pdf).
This report synthesizes recent research which shows that teachers are the single most significant factor related to student achievement. Argues that the best investment states and districts can make for students is assuring a well-qualified teacher for every child.
Teaching Reading IS Rocket Science: What Expert Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do by Louisa Moats, published by the American Federation of Teachers (36 pages, pdf).
It's Your Own Child: A Report on Special Education from the
Families Who Use It, Public
Agenda recently published results of a structured survey of more
than 500 parents of special needs children entitled When
It's Your Own Child: A Report on Special Education from the Families
Who Use It.
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