OSEP’s October Updates

AJE is happy to share these October updates from OSEP with our community!

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Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

Navigating the Psychological Effects of COVID-19 in the Classroom

On Tuesday, September 23rd at 1:00pm MT/3:00pm ET, the Western Educational Equity Assistance Center (WEEAC; EAC Region IV) will present a webinar for teachers as they help their students begin a new school year. The webinar will address how educators and students have been impacted by COVID-19, ways to assist children socially and emotionally with adjusting to being back in school, developmentally appropriate language to use with students when talking about health and safety, and behavioral approaches to reinforcing public health and CDC guidelines. Click here for learn more about all OSEP funded centers.

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Expanding Supports for Student Health and Mental Health: Featuring Lessons Learned from Nebraska and the Puget Sound Educational Service District

On Tuesday, October 5th from 2:00pm to 3:00pm ET the Student Engagement and Attendance Center (SEAC)will host a webinar on strategies for supporting students’ health, including mental health, during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. Representatives from Nebraska and Washington will describe their unique approaches to supporting student health, illustrate their lessons learned during the past year, and outline their plans for applying these lessons to the 2021-2022 school year and beyond. To register for this webinar, click here.

Recommended Resource

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State and Jurisdictional Eligibility Definitions for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities Under IDEA Part C

This resource features a database that provides information about a state’s or jurisdiction’s IDEA Part C eligibility policy.  Also included is a summary of national variations in eligibility policies for infants and toddlers from birth to age 3 enrolling in early intervention programs under Part C. Staff from the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center and the Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems reviewed online documentation of eligibility policies for states, territories, and the Department of Defense that receive Part C funding.

Featured Resources

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New resource from the TIES Center

How can education teams make IEPs that are relevant for implementation in general education classrooms? Check out this new resource from the TIES Center that guides teams through an IEP planning process based on the expectation that each student, including students with significant cognitive disabilities, can actively participate, belong, contribute, and learn in the school and larger community.

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New Practice Guide:
Hand-Under-Hand Technique

Practitioners and others who work with children who are deaf-blind need to know how to use their own hands to respectfully communicate as well as guide and support a child’s tactile learning. Hand-Under-Hand Technique, a new practice guide from the National Center on Deaf-Blindness, identifies essential components of this practice.

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