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Adverse Childhood Experiences in Indian Country

Useful to: Alaska Native and American Indian communities, organizations working with and on behalf of Native communities, Native families and tribes themselves Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are common. Many Tribal individuals, families, and communities have been impacted by childhood experiences causing physical and mental health adversities throughout the lifespan. However, with understanding and effort, individuals […]

Best Practices for Communicating Data to Parents and the Public

(2021, May) | Useful to Parent Centers and other organizations who work with families and support how school data are communicated to parents and the public Data on its own may not mean much to parents who don’t understand it. Narrative explanations, simple definitions, and high-quality translations go a long way toward ensuring that all […]

Return to School Roadmap | Child Find under Part B of IDEA

This Q&A document (OSEP QA 21-05) on Child Find under Part B of IDEA reaffirms the importance of appropriate implementation of IDEA’s child find obligations, which requires the identification, location and evaluation, of all children with disabilities in the states.

OCR’s Restraint and Seclusion Agreement with Saco Public Schools in Maine

(2021, November 5) | Relevant to Parent Centers, families of children with disabilities, disability advocates, and state and local public education systems with respect to policies and practices regarding restraint and seclusion of children with disabilities   The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education has resolved its compliance review of […]

Supporting Child and Student Social, Emotional, Behavioral and Mental Health

This release from the U.S. Department of Education joins the many recent products from ED to support how schools and communities support and see to the well-being of children. “Supporting Child and Student Social, Emotional, Behavioral and Mental Health” provides information and resources to enhance the promotion of mental health and the social and emotional well-being among children and students. This resource highlights 7 key challenges to providing school- or program-based mental health support across early childhood, K–12 schools, and higher education settings, and presents 7 corresponding recommendations. This resource includes many real-world examples of how the recommendations are being put into action by schools, communities, and states across the country.

Read more about the challenges discussed and the recommendations explored, and access the publication here.

Return to School Roadmap: Development and Implementation of IEPs in the Least Restrictive Environment

Adding to its Return to School Roadmap series, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) at the U.S. Department of Education issues this Q&A document, which highlights certain IDEA requirements related to the development and implementation of IEPs and other information that states, school systems, regular and special education teachers, related services providers, and parents should consider as students with disabilities return to school in Fall 2021.

The 41-page document is the Department’s response to the requests it received from a diverse group of stakeholders, asking that the Department issue new guidance interpreting requirements of the IDEA in light of the many challenges of the COVID‑19 pandemic and as more schools and programs are returning to in-person services. Read more about the Q&A, see its Table of Contents, and access it (and other documents in the Roadmap series) in our abstract of this Featured Resource.

10 Simple Socially Distanced Seating Arrangements for Classrooms

(2021, August 26) | Useful to educators and to advocates and parents. It’s hard to believe that we’re entering the third year of pandemic teaching, but here we are! Some districts have no mandates, while others are encouraging preventive measures. During times like these, it’s a good idea to have a backup plan (and a […]

Preschool Inclusion Series | Videos

(2019) | (Available in English and Spanish) The SpecialQuest Multimedia Training Library includes early childhood inclusion training resources. The videos and training sessions support high-quality inclusion of preschoolers (ages 3 to 5) in early care and education settings that are responsive to the priority and concerns of families. The target audiences are early childhood professional development […]

Native Land Acknowledgment: The Why and How for Parent Centers

Our country exists in a time of deep social turmoil and racial tension. People ask: How can we close this divide? How can we be more inclusive? This brief discusses an action that can be taken easily, an act that models positive outreach to and respect for three populations: American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.

Supporting Our Youngest Learners: What We Know About Equity in Early Intervention

Early intervention is the key to setting very young children with delays and disabilities on a path to long-term success. Yet children of color face barriers to accessing these services.

There are several strategies states can use to address systemic racial inequities in the health and education systems in which early intervention services take place. In this 16-page report, The Education Trust identifies the strengths of state approaches and opportunities for increasing equity in providing early intervention services. There’s also a 5-page Executive Summary available.

Find out more about and access the report and Executive Summary.

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