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Voices From the Field: Georgia’s Student-Focused Reform Efforts

“One of the problems we face in education is that we work in silos. You’ve got P-12 school districts working in one silo. You have universities working in still another silo, and then there’s another silo where state agencies work. We’re often not on the same page. Because we’re not, we often don’t get done the things that we need to do that make a difference for meeting all of the needs for children in schools. The important thing is figuring out how to get out of the silos so that we can work together.”
-David Hill
Read More About How Georgia Is Engaging in Reform
Video: See how members of the Georgia State Leadership Team (SLT) have engaged in reform efforts since partnering with CEEDAR.

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New Paper: High Leverage Practices (HLPs)

HLP Report Authors Drs. McLeskey and Brownell

Teacher preparation at universities has been under scrutiny in recent years. One of the challenges for teacher education—and special education teacher preparation in particular—is providing a comprehensive program with limited time for course work and field experiences. Professional organizations, such as the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and accrediting bodies like the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), have emphasized the importance of practice-based opportunities for teacher candidates to learn to use important practices. 

We recognize the importance of a coherent set of experiences and practices for a profession, but we are also aware of the complexity and wide range of roles taken on by special educators. Therefore, similar to the HLPs identified by Deborah Ball and her colleagues, in this paper, we make a case for identifying a set of HLPs for special education teachers that could serve as the core curriculum of a practice-based teacher preparation program. 
View Report

We Just Released Two New Course Enhancement Modules!

Course Enhancement Modules (CEMs) are resources for teacher preparation programs and professional development providers. They can be used in full or in part to supplement teacher development in a variety of areas.
  • Inclusive Education for Students With Significant Needs
  • Multi-Tiered System of Supports for Mathematics Instruction
We also have more modules on the way very soon! 
View New Course Enhancement Modules
The long-awaited Every Student Succeeds Act passed into law last month. Visit the U.S. Department of Education information page to learn more.

CAEP is soliciting stakeholder feedback on the proposed K-6 Elementary Standards. If you would like to provide input, please visit their website.

TASH is offering a series of webinars titled Creating School Cultures Where All Students Thrive—A Series on PBIS and Trauma Informed PracticesClick here to learn more.

Upcoming Events

2016 AERA Annual Meeting, Washington, DC (April 8-12)

CEC 2016 Convention and Expo, St. Louis, MO (April 13-16)
OSEPAIR American Institutes for ResearchThe University of Kansas School of EducationThe Council of Chief State School Officers
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