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The IDEA Data Center (IDC) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to provide technical assistance to build capacity within states for collecting, reporting, analyzing, and using high-quality IDEA Part B data.

IDEA Data Center #3 2021

In last month’s article, we introduced the LEA and SEA data processes toolkits that the IDEA Data Center (IDC) designed to assist states and local education agencies in documenting their IDEA data collection processes. Identifying and documenting these processes can help states and LEAs establish consistent practices that produce valid and reliable data. Over the next few months, we will explore some of the individual tools available in each of the IDC toolkits. This month, we will take a closer look at one of the tools in the LEA Data Processes Toolkit, the LEA Landscape ProtocolRead more




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The primary mission of the National Center on Deaf-Blindness  is to support state deaf-blind projects as they assist educators, agencies, and organizations to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to help children with deaf-blindness learn, access the general education curriculum, and successfully transition to adult life.

For the past two years, the National Center on Deaf-Blindness has partnered with a group of state deaf-blind projects to explore ways to identify and engage families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The partnership was formed to leverage resources; network on common areas of interest; and share challenges, solutions, and materials. Each project has worked to improve services, but collectively are also committed to sharing information with other state deaf-blind projects. This recently resulted in a resource called Increasing Cultural Competency to help all state projects explore, define, and implement a set of practices to improve services for these families.



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CADRE creates products and delivers services that are high quality, relevant, and useful to the field of dispute resolution in special education and early intervention.

Request for Proposals for CADRE’s 8th National Symposium on Dispute Resolution in Special Education, RISE to the Challenge: Resolve, Innovate, Support, Engage:



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The PROGRESS Center (which stands for Promoting Rigorous Outcomes and Growth by Redesigning Educational Services for Students With Disabilities Center) provides information, resources, tools, and technical assistance services to support local educators and leaders (kindergarten through transition age) in developing and implementing high-quality educational programs that ensure students with disabilities have access to free appropriate public education (FAPE) which allows them to make progress and meet challenging goals, consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District (2017).

How do we know where to start or where to focus when developing an individualized education program (IEP) for a student? The present level of academic achievement and functional performance (PLAAFP) statement provides the foundation of the IEP and guides the development of ambitious goals and the types of instruction and services that are provided as part of the high-quality educational programming. Join the PROGRESS Center on April 12th at 3pm ET for a webinar all about PLAAFPs! Presenters Shaylyn Quinn (PROGRESS Center), David Bateman (Special Education Professor at Shippensburg University) and Shannon Harmon (School Psychologist) will review IDEA’s definition of PLAAFPs and share tips for developing effective PLAAFP statements that promote progress for students with disabilities. Register now!



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Special Olympics is a global movement of people creating a new world of inclusion and community, where every single person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability. Special Olympics is helping to make the world a better, healthier and more joyful place—one athlete, one volunteer, one family member at a time. 

As Schools Push to Reopen, Use These Free Resources to Promote an Inclusive Mindset.”



 Learning Ally believes all students should have equal opportunities to learn and succeed.Over the course of their history, Learning Ally has touched millions of lives. Before Learning Ally, many children were frustrated and lacked faith in their abilities. Now, with the help of Learning Ally, students are equipped with the educational tools they need to overcome their learning differences, succeed in school, and believe in themselves and their future!

Learning Ally’s Spotlight on Dyslexia Virtual Conference Presents Leading Experts on Literacy and the Science of Reading:  Building on the highly reputable and popular “Spotlight on Learning” Conference series, Learning Ally will host its 6th Spotlight on Dyslexia virtual conference on Friday, June 4, 2021, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM CT. More information.  Register here! 




Lead for Literacy is a partnership among literacy experts, education leaders, university researchers, and technical assistance providers, with funding from the United States Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs.

Their mission is to provide technical assistance to school and district leaders that builds their capacity to facilitate improved teacher implementation of evidence-based literacy practices for educating students with, or at risk for, literacy-related disabilities.




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 Equity & Access is home of the American Consortium for Equity in Education and publishes the AC&E Journal.  Equity and Access works to ensure opportunity for every learner in the country.

Check out the latest edition - March/April 2021



The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University is a federally funded center with exemplary elementary and secondary education programs for deaf and hard of hearing students and is tasked with developing and disseminating innovative curricula, instructional techniques, and products nationwide while providing information, training, and technical assistance for parents and professionals to meet the needs of deaf and hard of hearing students from birth to age 21. February 24, 2021 (2-4pm EST) 2021 Education & Advocacy Summit:  Deaf Education



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The National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) is a multiyear cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) (2019-2024). NCSI plays a major role in helping states achieve a national vision of Results-Driven Accountability (RDA) for special education programs.

Removing Barriers to Effective Distance Learning by Applying the High-Leverage Practices

Panelists will discuss the common barriers students experience with distance learning and offer practical strategies and resources highlighted in this special issues brief released by the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform (CEEDAR Center) and the National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI): Removing Barriers to Effective Distance Learning by Applying the High-Leverage Practices.