What happens when you combine thousands of special educators with over 800 professional development sessions?
Learning…networking…sharing…and many stories about students!
Last week at CEC’s Annual Convention & Expo, attendees heard directly from two top officials at the U.S. Department of Education who shared the importance of having high expectations for children and youth with disabilities.
For Michael Yudin, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, and Melody Musgrove, Director of the Office of Special Education Programs, their office is guided by inclusion, equity, and opportunity for children and youth with disabilities and their families.
Yudin emphasized how all educators need additional tools and resources to be successful. And, special education has honed the very strategies that would benefit all students such as to individualize, differentiate and accommodate a wide range of learning styles.
Whether it is through high-quality early learning programs, access to evidence-based instruction,transitioning to post-secondary opportunities, and addressing disproportionate representation in special education, Yudin stressed the need to give our most vulnerable students more support not less.
In addition, Yudin highlighted the Department’s partnerships with other federal agencies through the Birth to 5: Watch Me Thriveand guidance to enhance school climate and improve discipline policies, which was the focus of a town hall meeting with members of CEC’s leadership.
Musgrove, who shared her experiences as a teacher and administrator in Mississippi, shared how the Department is currently shifting the balance from a system focused primarily on compliance to one that pus a greater emphasis on results for children and youth with disabilities.
Results Driven Accountability proposes changes to IDEA’s compliance and monitoring system to include outcome measures. While RDA is still under development, more information can be found here. We’ll continue to provide updates as the RDA process develops!
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