The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the latest version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the largest federal education law that has been around since 1965. ESSA reauthorizes Title I to support low income schools and provides for other important civil rights and programs in public education. ESSA was signed into law in… Continue Reading Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Formed Families
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at US Department of Education has recently issued several letters of clarification regarding the reading disorder dyslexia and specific learning disabilities. October 23, 2015 Dear Colleague clarification letter April 25, 2016 Letter to Unnerstall
Fostering Futures Policy Implementation! On July 20, Great Expectations at NVCC and Fairfax CASA hosted a Fostering Futures Forum. Fostering Futures provides a safety net of financial supports for foster youth ages 18- 21 who remain in care. Em Parente of Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) presented an overview of the new policy and… Continue Reading Fostering Futures
Tools and Resources to Support Children, Youth and Families Impacted by Trauma Many children and youth are impacted by traumatic experiences in their past and present. Recent research finds that childhood abuse, neglect, and exposure to other traumatic stressors, termed adverse childhood experiences (ACE), are common. Almost two-thirds of participants in the federal ACE study… Continue Reading Resources on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Practices
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From: DOE – Assistant Superintendent of Special Education Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 1:20 PM Cc: Haymes, Patricia (DOE) Subject: Advocates at Special Education Meetings TO: Special Education Directors FROM: John Eisenberg, Assistant Superintendent SUBJECT: Advocates at Special Education Meetings It has come to our attention that a substantial number of local… Continue Reading Memo from VDOE re Advocates and Special Education Meetings
Formed Families Forward and the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) are pleased to present “Dude, Where’s My Transition Plan?” booklet. The guide is youth-friendly and covers many of the basics of transition preparation and planning, including: Transition planning as part of the IEP Transition services Self-determination Goal setting Employment Post-secondary education Health care Independent… Continue Reading “Dude” Transition Guide for youth and young adults
Youth and young adults ages 14-22! Parents and caregivers! Formed Families Forward hosts Stronger Together peer-to-peer support groups. We believe that youth and young adults really are stronger when they share their experiences and work together to improve their own lives and the systems that are supposed to help youth and families. Our youth and… Continue Reading Stronger Together peer groups
From the Virginia Department of Education, Licensed Private Schools for Students with Disabilities. This great resource features information about every state-licensed school for students with disabilities.
The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act was signed into law on October 7, 2008, as Public Law 110-351. It’s many provisions includes requirements to increase Educational Stability. These requirements add travel to and from school in the foster care maintenance payment definition, adds a case plan requirement to ensure educational stability for children in foster care, and… Continue Reading Fostering Connections Act resources