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  • Presidential candidates’ views | SpedPro
    August 2014 June 2014 May 2014 March 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 May 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 July 2009 June 2009 April 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 July 2006 June 2006 April 2006 March 2006 February 2006 January 2006 December 2005 November 2005 October 2005 September 2005 Latest from Teach Effectively Accommodations that don t ECF Misdirected Teacher Training has Crippled Education Reform Does monitoring progress help Latest from EBD Blog Summary of workshop on measuring SED in children Matt Brodhead on halting the spread of FC Facilitated Communication and its tentacles examined Latest from B Mod Info Let s tootle FA of BP for LD Talking about Behavior Latest from LD Blog Study seeks people with LD Thompson Road by Scott Wyatt Mistaking dyslexia Meta Register Log in Entries RSS Comments RSS WordPress org Presidential candidates views Late last week Christina A Samuels the special ed beat writer for Education Week posted an entry on US political candidates

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  • Bill Morse | SpedPro
    date January 2008 M T W T F S S Dec Feb 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Review Mirror Review Mirror Select Month February 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 February 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 June 2014 May 2014 March 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 May 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 July 2009 June 2009 April 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 July 2006 June 2006 April 2006 March 2006 February 2006 January 2006 December 2005 November 2005 October 2005 September 2005 Latest from Teach Effectively Accommodations that don t ECF Misdirected Teacher Training has Crippled Education Reform Does monitoring progress help Latest from EBD Blog Summary of workshop on measuring SED in children Matt

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  • Consortium to Prevent School Violence | SpedPro
    June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 July 2009 June 2009 April 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 July 2006 June 2006 April 2006 March 2006 February 2006 January 2006 December 2005 November 2005 October 2005 September 2005 Latest from Teach Effectively Accommodations that don t ECF Misdirected Teacher Training has Crippled Education Reform Does monitoring progress help Latest from EBD Blog Summary of workshop on measuring SED in children Matt Brodhead on halting the spread of FC Facilitated Communication and its tentacles examined Latest from B Mod Info Let s tootle FA of BP for LD Talking about Behavior Latest from LD Blog Study seeks people with LD Thompson Road by Scott Wyatt Mistaking dyslexia Meta Register Log in Entries RSS Comments RSS WordPress org Consortium to Prevent School Violence Dear Colleagues The new Consortium to Prevent School Violence website is up and running at http www preventschoolviolence org alternate URL http www ctpsv org Consortium Mission The Consortium to Prevent School Violence is committed to assisting educators and schools in the reduction of school violence Consortium Goals The Consortium seeks to foster high quality research on school violence prevention communication among researchers practitioners and policy makers dissemination of research based information regarding effective school violence reduction programs technical assistance and professional development that aid in implementing effective school violence reduction practices and advocacy of effective research based solutions to policy makers Consortium History The Consortium grew out of efforts that followed the tragic Amish school shootings of Fall 2006 A group of 20 researchers and practitioners in the field of school violence prevention collaborated on the creation of a nationally disseminated position statement on the school shootings In the process it became apparent that an alliance of researchers and practitioners in school violence prevention to further the common goal of reducing school violence would be highly valuable Current Consortium projects include Brief and practical fact sheets for use by teachers school administrators parents and others working in schoolrelated settings offering concise understandable and usable research based recommendations for practice Topics will include screening and referring at risk students for help bullying prevention gangs in schools threat assessment in schools working with students with a history of academic failure and behavioral problems school family partnerships to address behavioral problems mentoring programs for at risk youth and others as needs are identified Usable research briefs by leading researchers targeting critical topic areas such as bullying prevention zero tolerance school accessible

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  • mayerma | SpedPro
    Matt Brodhead on halting the spread of FC Facilitated Communication and its tentacles examined Latest from B Mod Info Let s tootle FA of BP for LD Talking about Behavior Latest from LD Blog Study seeks people with LD Thompson Road by Scott Wyatt Mistaking dyslexia Meta Register Log in Entries RSS Comments RSS WordPress org Author mayerma Special Education Faculty Position at Rutgers Rutgers Graduate School of Education Faculty Recruitment 2013 14 Special Education Tenure Track Assistant Professor The Graduate School of Education seeks an individual with a research focus in high incidence disabilities Applicants should show evidence of a coherent and well developed research program with an emphasis on quantitative or mixed methods research designs Knowledge of inclusion practices and educational technology is desirable Applicants are expected to have earned a doctoral degree in special education educational psychology or related field from a major research university At least one year of K 12 teaching experience with students with disabilities is preferred Questions regarding this position should be emailed to Dr Angela O Donnell Special Education Search Committee at angela odonnell gse rutgers edu Apply at special education search gse rutgers edu Continue reading Special Education Faculty Position at Rutgers Posted on 12 November 2013 12 November 2013 Author mayerma Categories Positions in higher ed SPED Position at Rutgers University Time Extension for Accepting Applications Dear Colleagues We are extending the time window for accepting applications for a special education faculty position at Rutgers University Graduate School of Education until February 1 2013 We are performing an open rank tenure track search for a special education high incidence literacy faculty member in the Department of Educational Psychology at Rutgers The State University of New Jersey beginning in September 2013 The official job ad can be downloaded from our GSE website at http gse rutgers edu employment opportunities Continue reading SPED Position at Rutgers University Time Extension for Accepting Applications Posted on 17 December 2012 Author mayerma Categories Positions in higher ed Teacher Education Special Ed Positon at Rutgers High Incidence Literacy Dear Colleagues We are performing an open rank tenure track search for a special education high incidence literacy faculty member in the Department of Educational Psychology at Rutgers The State University of New Jersey beginning in September 2013 The official job ad can be downloaded from our GSE website at http gse rutgers edu employment opportunities Continue reading Special Ed Positon at Rutgers High Incidence Literacy Posted on 18 October 2012 21 October 2012 Author mayerma Categories Positions in higher ed Tags assistant professor associate professor professor reading Research special education Teacher Education Consortium to Prevent School Violence Dear Colleagues The new Consortium to Prevent School Violence website is up and running at http www preventschoolviolence org alternate URL http www ctpsv org Consortium Mission The Consortium to Prevent School Violence is committed to assisting educators and schools in the reduction of school violence Consortium Goals The Consortium seeks to foster high quality research on school violence prevention

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  • Is special education a taxing entitlement? | SpedPro
    sees a net increase in these cases every year Some occasionally see a net decrease However schools do not tend to take advantage of the savings opportunities that occur when that happens While there are certainly fixed costs involved in serving children with severe disabilities there are some variable costs as well Contrary to popular belief special education enrollment has not been trending upward especially as general student enrollments are going down Schools that see lower special education enrollments should realize some savings No rational business would ever lower production and want to keep paying the same amount of money on variable costs Clearly there are opportunities for savings in staffing levels Professor Michael Giangreco has been doing some great work on special education staffing patterns at the University of Vermont Although he insists that his ideas are cost neutral proposals his findings could potentially offer ways to reduce significantly our cost burdens Our current staffing patterns are arguably failing to meet the least restrictive environment test of special education law We can do a better job meeting that test while actually reducing staffing costs Vermont Tiger will be shedding more light on this subject as we attempt to build a less expensive bridge to somewhere Recently our organization hosted a symposium that explored the question of whether Vermont is to become an entrepreneurial state or a land of entitlements Special education is an entitlement that is adding to public sector job growth in Vermont The overall trend of public sector jobs replacing private sector jobs is a disturbing phenomenon in Vermont It needs to be addressed And we at Vermont Tiger have been and will continue to be addressing it If I understand Mr Hier he s suggesting that all the cost drivers that we often hear cited by special education fiscal critics e g increasing identifications court cases etc are not what keeps special education costs out of control in Vermont He seems to suggest instead that its staffing costs that are not adjusted downwards when special education enrollment drops and also that better more implementation of the LRE criterion would bring costs down Is that it Not much of an argument How do you even know costs are high if you don t have the slightest idea what something in this case special education costs I don t think the State of Vermont or any other state for that matter has any idea what general education costs This statement by Mr Hier And yet despite the spending levels we are seeing abysmally low and essentially flat achievement scores among special needs students is so naive or disingenuous it s hard to know where to begin responding What kind of gains does Mr Hier think Vermont is paying for exactly The fact is that he doesn t know and neither does Vermont If he wants to say that he and Vermont are spending more than they d like more than the perceived value of special education why doesn

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  • mgerb50 | SpedPro
    our control would be the increasing number of low incidence disabilities such as autism that are being diagnosed in recent years These disabilities are cost intensive But not every school sees a net increase in these cases every year Some occasionally see a net decrease However schools do not tend to take advantage of the savings opportunities that occur when that happens While there are certainly fixed costs involved in serving children with severe disabilities there are some variable costs as well Contrary to popular belief special education enrollment has not been trending upward especially as general student enrollments are going down Schools that see lower special education enrollments should realize some savings No rational business would ever lower production and want to keep paying the same amount of money on variable costs Clearly there are opportunities for savings in staffing levels Professor Michael Giangreco has been doing some great work on special education staffing patterns at the University of Vermont Although he insists that his ideas are cost neutral proposals his findings could potentially offer ways to reduce significantly our cost burdens Our current staffing patterns are arguably failing to meet the least restrictive environment test of special education law We can do a better job meeting that test while actually reducing staffing costs Vermont Tiger will be shedding more light on this subject as we attempt to build a less expensive bridge to somewhere Recently our organization hosted a symposium that explored the question of whether Vermont is to become an entrepreneurial state or a land of entitlements Special education is an entitlement that is adding to public sector job growth in Vermont The overall trend of public sector jobs replacing private sector jobs is a disturbing phenomenon in Vermont It needs to be addressed And we at Vermont Tiger have been and will continue to be addressing it If I understand Mr Hier he s suggesting that all the cost drivers that we often hear cited by special education fiscal critics e g increasing identifications court cases etc are not what keeps special education costs out of control in Vermont He seems to suggest instead that its staffing costs that are not adjusted downwards when special education enrollment drops and also that better more implementation of the LRE criterion would bring costs down Is that it Not much of an argument How do you even know costs are high if you don t have the slightest idea what something in this case special education costs I don t think the State of Vermont or any other state for that matter has any idea what general education costs This statement by Mr Hier And yet despite the spending levels we are seeing abysmally low and essentially flat achievement scores among special needs students is so naive or disingenuous it s hard to know where to begin responding What kind of gains does Mr Hier think Vermont is paying for exactly The fact is that he doesn t know

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  • Commentaries | SpedPro | Page 2
    the graduate certification and degree program and ultimately in the doctoral program using both face to face and online instruction The position also requires advising students collaborating with other faculty on program development conducting research and securing external funding and service to public schools and community agencies as well as to the university and the profession The ideal candidate is someone who has knowledge and skill in assisting students with mild disabilities in accessing the general education curriculum and teaching and assessing learning in reading math or other academic content areas and implementing inclusive schooling practices Individuals who will have an earned doctorate in special education by August 2007 and at least 2 years of experience working as a special educator with students with disabilities may apply for this position They should send a electronic copy of an application letter and their vita to me at Barbara Ludlow mail wvu edu remove spaces from address and fax three 3 letters of support to me at 304 293 6834 OR contact me via email or phone at 304 293 3835 to obtain more information Several of our faculty will be at the CEC meeting in Louisville if anyone would like to discuss this position or the WVU program with us prior to the application submission deadline Posted on 14 March 2007 Author John Lloyd Categories Commentaries Sprout sprouts again Sprout which is a not for profit focused on promoting growth among individuals with developmental disabilities has been around since the late 70s One of the fun events sponsored by Sprout is a filmfest and the plans are circulating now Continue reading Sprout sprouts again Posted on 12 January 2007 Author JohnLloyd Categories Commentaries News Coastal Carolina University position Assistant Professor of Education Special Education The growing Special Education Learning Disabilities Program in the Spadoni College of Education at Coastal Carolina University announces a full time tenure track position beginning August 2007 Continue reading Coastal Carolina University position Posted on 11 January 2007 Author John Lloyd Categories Commentaries News Positions in higher ed Dominguez Hills Early Childhood Become one of the premier special education teacher educators at CSUDH working collaboratively to improve teaching and learning in urban public schools Special Education Early Childhood Special Education or Moderate Severe Disabilities Assistant Professor The faculty of the College of Education at California State University Dominguez Hills invites applications from individuals for this tenure track position The successful applicant will teach classes and provide supervision in the early childhood special education and or moderate severe special education programs The college offers a Master of Arts degree in Special Education and Education Specialist credentials in teaching mild moderate moderate severe and early childhood special education The special education programs prepare teachers for inclusive ethnically and culturally diverse urban schools The College of Education is accredited by NCATE and the educational programs are accredited by the California Committee on Teacher Credentialing Continue reading Dominguez Hills Early Childhood Posted on 27 December 2006 Author Lynne Cook Categories Commentaries Dominguez Hills Liberal Studies Chair Join a dynamic faculty working collaboratively with urban public schools to prepare effective educators for California s diverse student population Liberal Studies Department Chair Associate Full Professor The faculty of the College of Education at California State University Dominguez Hills invites applications from individuals for this tenure track position The newly established department offers an undergraduate interdisciplinary degree that provides more than 1300 students with a state approved academic preparation program for elementary and special education teaching credentials The department also offers an integrated degree and teaching credential program through which students may complete much of their multiple subject elementary teaching credential as part of their B A degree in Liberal Studies The educational programs in the College of Education are accredited by NCATE and the California Committee on Accreditation Continue reading Dominguez Hills Liberal Studies Chair Posted on 27 December 2006 27 December 2006 Author Lynne Cook Categories Commentaries RF inquiry On 22 September 2006 the U S Department of Education ED published a document entitled The Reading First Program s Grant Application Process Final Inspection Report 3 3 Mb PDF in which the Office of the Inspector General reports the results of an audit of certain aspects of the Reading First program Reading First is a central piece of the No Child Left Behind NCLB legislation According to the report the OIG audit of the grant award process indicates that FINDING 1A The Department Did Not Select the Expert Review Panel in Compliance With the Requirements of NCLB FINDING 1B While Not Required to Screen for Conflicts of Interest the Screening Process the Department Created Was Not Effective FINDING 2A The Department Did Not Follow Its Own Guidance For the Peer Review Process FINDING 2B The Department Awarded Grants to States Without Documentation That the Subpanels Approved All Criteria FINDING 3 The Department Included Requirements in the Criteria Used by the Expert Review Panels That Were Not Specifically Addressed in NCLB FINDING 4 In Implementing the Reading First Program Department Officials Obscured the Statutory Requirements of the ESEA Acted in Contravention of the GAO Standards for Internal Control in the Federal Government and Took Actions That Call Into Question Whether They Violated the Prohibitions Included in the DEOA My observations numbered to correspond with the OIG findings FINDING 1A Having been chair of one of the subpanels I was a bit surprised by the concern about the review panels it s a pretty august group a list of the panelists follows One OIG concern is that the subpanels each composed of five members did not include someone nominated by each of the legally stipulated entities the Secretary of Education the National Institute for Literacy the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development As the report notes ED created a 12 member panel that did fit the criteria as I recall this was composed of the subpanel chairs FINDING 1B The conflict

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  • Commentaries | SpedPro | Page 3
    tax roles their competence is a double win for us The more individuals with disabilities can contribute to society in their adult years the fewer dollars they will require from society for support during those same years As a society we need an investement in these individuals It s not just the humane thing to do it s the smart thing Author John Wills Lloyd Ph D University of Virginia Posted on 28 June 2006 29 June 2006 Author John Lloyd Categories Commentaries News Call Time Out on FC We the undersigned register our dismay about Time magazine s support of Facilitated Communication in the 10 May 2006 article entitled Helping Autistic People to Speak and 15 May issue entitled Inside the Autistic Mind by Claudia Wallis Time might as well have endorsed cold fusion or phlogiston as give Facilitated Communication a favorable review Facilitated Communication has been repeatedly debunked with well controlled experiments In these studies individuals with autism and their non disabled facilitators are each shown a different picture When people with autism are asked to write the name of the pictures they see they more frequently name the one shown to the facilitator than the one they see that is it is the facilitator who is communicating not the individuals with autism This and related studies have been repeated many times with consistent results see reviews listed at the end of this note In contrast almost all of the studies claiming positive effects of Facilitated Communincation have relied on anecdotal evidence and have been conducted by promoters of the technique Despite the devastating evidence against it desperate parents and some well intentioned professionals continue to endorse the practice This is tragic because there are scientifically validated ways to teach individuals with autism to communicate independently Employing unvalidated procedures in hopes of miraculous results simply delays the employment of methods that are known to produce beneficial if not miraculous outcomes We are glad that Time provided coverage to the substantial problems of individuals with autism and their families Autism is a topic worthy of greater public understanding We believe however that Time did the public a disservice by giving sympathetic coverage to Facilitated Communication We understand the power of anecdotes and their utility in journalism but in our view journalists have a duty to use anecdotes carefully Ms Wallis and Time acted irresponsibly by simply remarking that Facilitated Communication is controversial and disregarding the research about it We urge Time to revisit the topic of Facilitated Communication employing a scientifically grounded reporter who will investigate the facts thoroughly and compare Facilitated Communication to its scientifically validated alternatives Then Time will be able to publish a report that serves the public Admin note To indicate your support for this statement or to see a list of co signers please click comments at the top of the entry prior registration required once registered click the link labeled comment and scroll to the bottom of the statement In addition to your comment please give your full name and affiliation Authors George H S Singer Ph D University of California Santa Barbara Lewis Polsgrove Ph D Indiana University John Wills Lloyd Ph D University of Virginia Sources Cummins R A Prior M P 1992 Autism and assisted communication A response to Biklen Harvard Educational Review 62 228 241 Green G 1992 October Facilitated communication Scientific and ethical issues Paper presented at the E K Shriver Center University affiliated Program Service Related Research Colloquium Series Waltham MA Green G 1994 The quality of the evidence In H C Shane Ed Facilitated communication The clinical and social phenomenon pp 15 226 San Diego CA Singular Publishing Hudson A 1995 Disability and facilitated communication A critique In T H Ollendick R J Prinz Eds Advances in clinical psychology Vol 17 pp 59 83 New York Plenum Press Jacobson J W Mulick J A Schwartz A A 1995 A history of facilitated communication Science pseudoscienscience and and antiscience American Psychologist 50 750 765 Mostert M 2001 Faciliitated communication since 1995 A review of published studies Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities 31 287 313 Simpson R L Myles B S 1995 Facilitated communication and children with disabilities An enigma in search of a perspectivetive Focus on Exceptional Children 27 1 16 Posted on 21 June 2006 26 June 2006 Author John Lloyd Categories Commentaries Public Policy 20 Comments Exclusion forewarning Somebody should have some splainin to do here Scores of the new small high schools are shutting out special education students a controversial practice federal authorities are now examining The boutique schools highly touted by Mayor Bloomberg are not required to enroll special education students during the school s first two years And few are equipped for teens with wheelchairs severely limiting the students enrollment choices Ashley Anderson an eighth grader with cerebral palsy said she was stunned when she flipped through the city s high school directory last fall and discovered that page after page blared no accessibility for wheelchairs It was like waking up on Christmas morning and there weren t any toys the 14 year old said According to this story entitled Special Ed pupils in limbo by Kathleen Lucadamo of the New York NY US Daily News students with disabilities are being excluded from special small high schools in the city Putatively the exclusion rule allows these not so special schools to ramp up to providing services basically it s to save money Also consider this behavior by these schools the next time you hear someone advocate for charter schools As Liz Ditz has noted repeatedly there s a lot of problems with charters see this list of her posts Link to Ms Lucadamo s story Posted on 19 June 2006 21 June 2006 Author John Lloyd Categories Commentaries News Joel Best s article I have an extended quote over on Teach Effectively from an article by Professor Joel Best Mr Best wrote From Fad to Worse for the Chronicle of Higher

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