Issue Date: Fall, 1998
"THE REGULATIONS ARE COMING..."
"The regulations are coming"...but we hope you don't hold your
After the reauthorization of IDEA, the Federal Government indicated that the
accompanying regulations would be forth coming by late last Fall. Then we were
told that there were some problems and that the regs would be available this
past Spring. Now it seems that the long awaited regulations should be finished
by this Fall. MORE...
THE WAY WE TALK ABOUT OUR STUDENTS:
ETHICAL AND PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES TO CHILDREN
(Here is an article printed, with the author's permission, in a previous
ACTION newsletter. I think that revisiting the philosophy discussed in this
article will be beneficial for veteran teachers, new teachers and
teachers-in-training. Norman Brown Multicultural Advisor)
Listen for a moment while two teachers describe the same classroom problems
they are experiencing this year:
"My class this year is awful. I have a few children who are SED
(Socially and Emotionally Disturbed) and almost impossible to deal with. One of
them has a father in prison for shooting someone. I'm trying to get the worst
ones transferred to a special program as soon as possible...
How can we change?
"LET'S GET REAL" COMPETITION GOES STATEWIDE
Let's Get Real is a competition co-sponsored by Pennsylvania Association
for Gifted Education and Hershey Foods Corporation, Pennsylvania Power and
Light, AMP Incorporated and Proctor and Gamble. The corporations supply real
problems for which teams of students submit solutions in a business format. The
problems could include areas such as waste and recycling, manufacturing,
distribution, food formulation, chemistry, software creation, ventilation in a
manufacturing situation, facilities design, marketing, personnel issues, etc.
Teams select the problem of most interest to them. This program was piloted in
a limited area for the past two years, but will be expanded to cover the entire
state for the 1998-99 school year.
Children's Action Network - CAN
As a professional organization, the Pennsylvania Federation of the Council
for Exceptional Children (PFCEC) supports funding programs for the improvement
of life for all persons with disabilities. Each PFCEC member is also a part of
three federal legislator's constituencies. They are one US Congressman and two
US Senators. As a group, we should begin to express our professional position
through statements which collectively include the entire organization. As
individuals, we should express our personal positions through contacting our
representatives at federal, state, and local levels to assure our/your position
is heard. Usually, brief hand written notes are very effective but newer more
effective methods to contact people are also very useful.
KIDS FIRST, LABELS LAST
As the Century come to a close, we stop to reflect on the advancements of
our cultures and societies around the world and the progress we have made.
Industrialization and Technology have advanced our world cultures toward a
global economy and work force. Travel is not only rapid and real but virtual.
Communication is a universal need and our slowest changing venue.
In the arena of special education, we have slipped into a "retarded"
communication system that still uses "disability friendly" terms (and
I might add, hundreds of terms) that are phenomenally complicated and slow down
our communication process even more. Change, however, is
possible and necessary!
AN INVITATION FROM THE PFCEC JOURNAL COMPONENT OF ACTION
You are invited to submit an article to the PFCEC Journal.
The intent of the Journal component is to provide information to persons who
work directly with children and youth with disabilities and children and youth
who are gifted. This information might come from experience or research. We
wish to publish information that describes applications of changes in
curriculum, instructional modifications and technology.
Special education practitioners have a great deal of information, but
typically do not write for publications. However, there are many other
practitioners in the field who want to hear what their colleagues are doing and
Selection of articles is made on the basis of reader interest, importance of
the topic, implications for the practice of special education and quality of
writing. The article should not exceed five double spaced 8 1/2" x 11"
pages. Materials will not be returned unless a self-addressed, stamped envelope
Send articles to:
581 Plum Run Road
Canonsburg, PA 15317