In April 2014, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) partnered to survey 500 school superintendents to determine the state of district-wide school discipline policies and practices. It examined how and why districts use out-of-school suspension (OSS), the revision and parameters of districts’ discipline policies, the outside partners districts seek in improving school discipline, and the efforts being made to create more positive school climates to reduce discipline disparities. Learn more about the survey>>
The Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO) administers two federal laws that provide parents and students with certain privacy rights: the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA). The new FPCO website provides resources and information regarding FERPA and PPRA including links to the regulations, guidance documents, policy letters, topic briefs, webinars, videos and a robust list of frequently asked questions. Visit the FPCO website at familypolicy.ed.gov.
On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) which updates the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and maintains a focus on supporting the nation's workforce development, job training and employment services system while expanding the role of state and local workforce boards to better match job-seekers with employment needs, in addition to boosting programs aimed at those with disabilities. Learn more>>
The U.S. Department of Education recently announced new guidance for schools and districts on how to keep parents and students better informed about what student data is collected and how it is used. In the guidance issued by the Department’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center, schools and districts are urged to be proactive in communicating how they use student data. Information should be available to answer common questions before they are asked. Learn more>>
A new document released by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services answers questions and offers guidance on the inclusion of English Learners with disabilities in English language proficiency assessments. Learn more>>
The U.S. Department of Education (ED), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), released a school discipline guidance package that will assist states, districts and schools in developing solutions to enhance school climate, and improve school discipline policies and practices.Read the guidance package>>
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Dads of Disability: Stories For, By and About Fathers of Children who Experience Disability (and the Women who Love Them!) by Gary Dietz is a collection of 41 essays and poems that illustrate a father's perception of, and reaction to, being a father of a child who experiences disability. From before through birth, to diagnosis, to the workplace, to serious medical or behavioral issues, to fathers' support circles, and much more—including aging and death—many inflection points are explored by the fathers themselves as well as the mothers and children in their lives. To borrow this book, or other books in our Lending Library, please contact CPAC at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-445-2722.
- October 1, 2014Developing the Individualized Education Program (IEP)(West Hartford, CT)
- October 1, 2014Special Needs Parents Information Session(Meriden, CT)
- October 4, 2014Families for Families: Creating a Better Future(Hartford, CT)
- October 7, 2014Navigate to Advocate(Bristol, CT)
- October 8, 2014Families for Families: Creating a Better Future(Norwalk, CT)
- October 8, 2014The Power of Parent Connections: Raising a Child with Special Needs(Cromwell, CT)
- October 9, 2014Understanding Challenging Behavior in Young Children(Westbrook, CT)
- October 10, 2014Dyslexia and the Common Core(Westbrook, CT)
- October 11, 2014Autism and Adolescence: The Dual Diagnosis(Willington, CT)
- October 18, 2014Fragile X Society of Connecticut Conference(Farmington, CT)
- October 18, 2014NAMI Connecticut State Conference(Meriden, CT)
- October 18, 2014Self-Advocacy Training Workshop(Wallingford, CT)
- October 22, 2014Resource Fair(Enfield, CT)
- October 23, 2014The ABC's of ABA(Wallingford, CT)