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The “EE” in the CEEDAR Center title is the core of our mission—to develop Effective Educators. Effective general and special education teachers, working together with leaders who support their efforts, are key to empowering students with disabilities to graduate from high school ready to begin college or their careers. Knowledgeable and skilled teachers and leaders play an essential role in student achievement; however, the systems that license, prepare, and evaluate these professionals are not always coherent or consistent. In many instances, systems are developed in response to policy without a strong foundation of evidence.
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Each month, we feature a different CEEDAR staff member or partner in our CEEDAR Spotlight. This month we had the pleasure of talking with Dr. Maurice McInerney from AIR.  He has a passion for making research applicable to the masses. Click on the left to meet Maury.
Teachers and leaders are making instructional shifts in response to heightened standards for student learning. Students will need to become even more sophisticated readers and have knowledge of other disciplines.  Disciplinary literacy refers to the specifics of reading, writing, and communicating in a discipline. The CEEDAR Center is pleased to announce a new knowledge development tool on this topic. The Course Enhancement Module is a compilation of resources intended for use in the development and enhancement of teacher and leadership education courses, as well as for professional development programs for practitioners. The resources are designed to support professional learning opportunities for stakeholders invested in the support and instruction of disciplinary literacy for students with disabilities and others who struggle with learning to meet college and career readiness standards. Visit the website to learn more about the Disciplinary Literacy CEM.
This past week, just minutes away from Mickey Mouse’s house, Cinderella’s castle, and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, key stakeholders from all over the field of education met in Orlando. High school principals, researchers from non-profits, college professors, district special education directors, and many others were there, including a few technology folks checking audio levels and tapping away at their keyboards, tweeting highlights from energetic presentations to followers around the world.
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The president of one of our partners (AACTE) sat down for an interview with the new board chair of CAEP (another partner). You can view it here.
 
CEEDAR Center Director Mary Brownell and Lynn Holdheide CEEDAR Center Project Manager for AIR participated in the recent meeting of CASE. The slides are available here.
 
Interested in serving in CAEP? Nominations are being accepted through March 14th. More information is available here.
 
If you haven’t seen it yet, you might be interested in the InTASC Lumibook available from CCSSO.
 
AACTE announced its new Innovation Exchange. Learn more about this new initiative to connect stakeholders around pressing issues.
 
American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting April 3-7, 2014. Read more here.
 
Council for Exceptional Children Convention & Expo April 9-12, 2014. Read more here.
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