Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
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President signs reauthorized IDEA; highly qualified special ed teachers
under IDEA 2004; help for teachers, principals, paraprofessionals; free
shipping & price cuts - holiday special; what is your NCLB IQ?; free
pub - The Road to Nowhere; winter schedule - Wrightslaw programs in FL,
NJ, OH, NY, MO. Download
1. President Signs Reauthorized IDEA Into Law (December 3, 2004)
December 3, the President signed the reauthorized IDEA into law. The signing
ceremony was attended by members of Congress and officials from the Department
2. What is a "Highly Qualified Special Ed Teacher" Under IDEA 2004?
We are writing a series of articles to help you get up and running on IDEA-2004. In the last issue of The Special Ed Advocate, we looked at changes to IEPs in IDEA 2004. This week, we examine the new requirements for highly qualified special education teachers and answer this question from a special ed teacher:
"I am a special education teacher. I have an undergraduate and a master's degree in special education. I hold certifications in LD, ED and MR. Do I meet the highly qualified teacher requirements in IDEA 2004?"
answer this teacher's questions - and try to "fill in the blanks"
about highly qualified teacher requirements - in a new article, What
are the New Requirements for Highly Qualified Special Education Teachers?
3. Help for Teachers, Parapros, Principals
am a special ed teacher. I am struggling to write IEP goals for my students.
My district says NCLB requires IEP goals to be tied to annual state assessments.
But my students need IEPs that focus on their needs. Help!"
The No Child
Left Behind Act (NCLB) and the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA)
affect many aspects of education. You will find useful information quickly
at Help for Teachers,
Parapros & Principals. Topics include:
4. Free Shipping & Price Cuts - Holiday Special Ends December 21!
publications make great gifts. When you send a book to a friend, family
member, teacher, colleague or advocate, they will receive your gift in
a special holiday box. Learn
Message: Pete and Pam Wright will autograph your book and/or
write a personal message to your recipient. More
5. What is Your NCLB IQ?
No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is generating confusion, controversy, misinformation, disinformation -- and strong opinions.
With the reauthorization of IDEA, do you know how these laws will affect children with disabilities? Do you know how schools will test children with disabilities? Are there exceptions to rules about testing? Are requirements to include test scores of disabled students unfair to these students and their schools?
Test your knowledge - take our new NCLB Quiz. (You will get answers quickly by email).
6. Free Pub: "Road to Nowhere: The Illusion & Broken Promises of Special Education"
"Fabulous! You tied all the pieces together." - Sue Heath, Research Editor, Wrightslaw
Road to Nowhere: The Illusion and Broken Promises of Special Education
Instruction in the Baltimore City and Other Public Schools by
Kalman R. Hettleman was published by
The Abell Foundation.
7. Winter 2005: Wrightslaw Programs in FL, NJ, OH, NY, MO
Special Education Law and Advocacy Training Programs focus on four
areas: special education laws,
rights & responsibilities; how to use the bell curve to measure progress
& regression; SMART IEPs; and tactics & strategies for effective
Schedule: Winter 2005
participants in these programs will receive two books, Wrightslaw:
Special Education Law and Wrightslaw:
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