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Updates From the OSEP Project Directors' Conference

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) of the U.S. Department of Education hosted the OSEP Project Directors’ Conference in Washington, DC on August 1-3. This meeting brings together the directors of projects funded by OSEP “to share innovative ideas, address persistent issues, and discuss effective practices in personnel preparation, research, technical assistance [TA], technology, and policy for improving results for children with disabilities.” In addition to learning from each other, participants in this bi-annual meeting (hosted virtually during off years) have an opportunity to hear from researchers and thought leaders in the field about pressing issues and promising directions. Leaders from the U.S. Department of Education also take time to reflect and project on the educational and political landscape.
The CEEDAR Center was well represented by staff members and TA participants. Presentations were made about TA products and services and strategies for improving personnel preparation. 

Visit our website to view the materials from the presentations.

The South Dakota-CEEDAR Team Leverages Partnerships to Develop Online Professional Development Modules

In a strong showing of teamwork, Augustana University, the South Dakota Department of Education, Learner's Edge, and the CEEDAR Center developed a set of online professional development (PD) modules for widespread use. Members of the State Leadership Team (SLT) from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, saw the value in the modules for their own teacher candidates but leveraged their partnerships with other stakeholders and CEEDAR to make the modules available to a wide audience.

These four modules are provided to you as a free resource.
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Upcoming Webinar: Practice-Based Approaches to Improving Teacher Preparation

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Effective practice opportunities are key to improving educator preparation. In this webinar, faculty, district administrators, and state leaders will learn about:

  1. The features of effective practice.
  2. Examples of practice-based approaches being used by Colleges of Education partnering with CEEDAR.
  3. Strategies for improving practice-based experiences within educator preparation programs. As a complement to the webinar, staff from the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL) and CEEDAR will provide a brief and rubric that will enable preparation providers to analyze the quality of their practice opportunities and improve them. 
Future webinars include topics such as principal preparation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), teacher shortages and labor market issues, and parent engagement. Stay tuned for our Facebook and email updates for information about registering for these webinars.  

Partner Scan

The American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) recently started a webinar series on principal and leader preparation. Visit the AACTE website to learn more and register for upcoming events.
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) wants to hear from you! The CEC Board of Directors has created an Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Work Group, and they would like your input about the anticipated reauthorization of IDEA. Click here to learn more and share your thoughts.

Is your state experiencing teacher shortages? The Educational Policy Center at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) recently published a downloadable resource on Creating Coherence in the Teacher Shortage Debate.

Leaders of state chapters of AACTE have released policy statements to enhance educator preparation. Download the brief here.

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) released a stakeholder engagement guide on implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). You can download it here.

Upcoming Events

2016 Fall CAEPCon in partnership with AACTE, Washington, DC (September 29-October 1)

30th Annual Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Teacher Education Division Conference, Lexington, KY (November 9-12)
OSEPAIR American Institutes for ResearchThe University of Kansas School of EducationThe Council of Chief State School Officers
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