News from November 2015

Survey targets educators’ perspectives on instructional support and professional development needs
November 17, 2015

The Texas Education Agency and The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk are conducting a survey to learn more about teachers’ perspectives on the literacy development of all learners and preferences for professional development. The information gathered will guide the development of training modules and classroom resources designed to assist teachers in the transition from state assessments based on modified standards to the general state assessment, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®). More information on this initiative is available on the Targeting the 2 Percent project webpage.

Educators who work with students in grades kindergarten to grade 5 are encouraged to complete the short survey.

To ensure that we hear from as many stakeholders as possible, we also ask that you forward this message to other possible participants.

Tags: Reading Institute  Targeting the 2 Percent 

MCPER Executive Director Sharon Vaughn to speak at celebration of 40th anniversary of IDEA
November 5, 2015

MCPER Executive Director Sharon Vaughn will join a panel of national experts presenting at a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in Washington, D.C. 

Vaughn will present on literacy during a symposium from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on November 17 at the U.S. Department of Education's Barnard Auditorium. She will join a panel including Sue Swenson (family engagement), Lynn Fuchs (mathematics), Rob Horner (school climate/social and behavior), Lise Fox (early childhood), Michael Wehmeyer (inclusion), Lisa Dieker (teacher training), and David Test (secondary/transition). According to the U.S. Department of Education, during this event, "distinguished researchers [will] share the state of evidence in special education and look [toward] the future for promoting even greater educational achievement by students with disabilities."

To watch the event, visit the department's live stream. The event also will be archived for later viewing on the department's Edstream Video Library.

Earlier that day, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., an event will be held at the White House, in which officials and youth affected by IDEA will speak. To view that event, visit the White House Live site.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, "When IDEA was enacted in 1975, America pledged to provide and ensure that children with disabilities have opportunities to develop their talents and contribute to their communities. That pledge endures today and IDEA continues to provide not only access to the school house, to assessment, and to the general curriculum, but the full promise of inclusion, equity, and opportunity."