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Issue Date: Fall, 1998

"THE REGULATIONS ARE COMING..."

"The regulations are coming"...but we hope you don't hold your breath.

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. MORE...



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. MORE...



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 thinking.

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 is included.

Send articles to:
Rosalie Dibert
581 Plum Run Road
Canonsburg, PA 15317

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