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Webinar - Supreme Court Decision: Recommendations for Administrators and Implications for Developing IEPs

The CEC is happy to announce the recording of their recent webinar, "Supreme Court Decision: Recommendations for Administrators and Implications for Developing IEPs" is available now! As a CEC member and special education professional, we want to make sure that you're aware of what's going on in special education law, and help prepare you for what recent rulings mean for your daily practice. The webinar recording and webinar slides are attached to this post.

If you missed the first webinar in our series discussing the Endrew F. case, you can view the recording here. Information on the case, including amicus curiae briefs, can be found on SCOTUSBlog. The book Dr. Yell referenced during the Q&A portion of the presentation is "Preparing Instructional Objectives:  A Critical Tool in the Development of Effective Instruction," by Robert Mager (published by The Center for Effective Performance). http://community.cec.sped.org/login?ReturnUrl=http%3a%2f%2fcommunity.cec.sped.org%2fviewdocument%2fwebinar-recording-how-the-supreme%3fCommunityKey%3d76229297-5574-45fe-9f79-3719114336a0%26tab%3dlibrarydocuments

The closed captioning transcript for this webinar will be available after it is finished processing. 

Source: CEC – June 2, 2017 (This is a CEC membership benefit)

New Resources on Social-Emotional Development

The Too Small to Fail initiative has released a new white paper, Not Just "Soft Skills": How Young Children’s Learning & Health Benefit from Strong Social-Emotional Development (May 2017), highlighting the research on the importance of children’s social-emotional development (SED) starting at birth. In addition, the initiative has developed new resources on SED to share directly with parents and caregivers around the country. These resources are designed to help parents easily understand the concepts behind SED, and how to apply research-based tips to their everyday lives. They include:

· A series of videos showing that every child behavior - including a seemingly random grocery store meltdown - is actually driven by emotions

· A set of complementary tip sheets to encourage talking, reading, and singing with children in sensitive, loving, and responsive ways. The tip sheets also include helpful ideas for understanding and managing a child's behavior. 

All of the resources are available in Spanish. http://toosmall.org/social-emotional-development-white-paper

Source: ecta-enotes – June 2, 2017

Promoting Social and Emotional Learning in Preschool 

This 2016 issue recently added to the RWJF Social and Emotional Learning collection (May 2017) examines several evidence-based programs that have effectively promoted social-emotional skills during preschool. The authors reveal that SEL programming during the preschool years can "reduce the school readiness gap and help children become healthy, thriving adults." See full issue here. http://www.rwjf.org/en/library/research/2017/05/promoting-social-and-emotional-learning-in-preschool.html

Source: ecta-enotes – June 2, 2017

Social and Emotional Learning

The Spring 2017 issue of Future of Children, Social and Emotional Learning (Vol. 27, Issue 1), focuses on the "state of the science when it comes to SEL intervention and assessment, while also tackling important policy issues in education. The eight articles are intended to help shed light on how best to support SEL in schools and to explore how SEL in schools might impact important policy questions in education." See also, the accompanying policy brief, Social and Emotional Learning: A Policy Vision for the Future by Clark McKown. www.futureofchildren.org/file/986/download?token=WkE8Dw_D

Source: ecta-enotes – June 2, 2017

Braiding, Blending, and Layering Funding Sources to Increase Access to Quality Preschool

A new technical assistance report, Braiding, Blending, and Layering Funding Sources to Increase Access to Quality Preschool (2017), discusses a number of strategies for braiding, blending or layering various funding sources to provide comprehensive, inclusive early learning programs for young children and their families. It includes interviews with local school district, Head Start, and child care administrators discussing how they are making it work in their programs. https://pdg.grads360.org/#communities/pdc/documents/14113

Source: ecta-enotes – May 19, 2017 

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) Toolbox

The recently released Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) Toolbox (2017) offers information about the latest research and best practices for IECMHC in infant and early childhood settings. It provides free interactive planning tools, guides, videos, and additional resources to support IECMHC efforts in states, tribes, or communities. A webinar hosted by the Center of Excellence for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health May 23rd, 2017 from 2:00-3:00 pm ET will introduce early care and education providers to the toolkit. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ets2.12148/full

Source: ecta-enotes – May 15, 2017

This eUpdate is a service of the KITS Project.  KITS is a program of the University of Kansas supported by a grant from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.  

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