On July 22, 2011, the Center for Early Care and Education Research - Dual Language Learners (CECER-DLL) released the following five new research briefs:
These and related briefs are available online at http://cecerdll.fpg.unc.edu/document-library
The National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI) has just released a new edition of The Big Picture Planning Guide: Building Cross-Sector Professional Development Systems in Early Childhood (July, 2011 - 3rd ed.). The guide was developed to support a cross-sector, state-level planning process that leads to a single, integrated, professional development system across all early childhood sectors. It can be accessed online at http://npdci.fpg.unc.edu/sites/npdci.fpg.unc.edu/files/resources/NPDCI-Big-Picture-Planning-Guide-3rd-edition-7-2011_0.pdf
The Tots 'n Tech Research Institute's August 2011 newsletter is now available online. It contains information about SMART Boards and how preschool children with and without disabilities can benefit from them. This issue and previous issues of the Tots 'n Tech newsletter are available online at http://tnt.asu.edu/home/news
The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has released two new "CELLpops" for infants. CELLpops are interactive web versions of CELL mini-posters that can be used to promote early literacy learning. Daily Routines (For Parents) and Daily Routines (For the Classroom) include ideas for parents and teachers to use every day during routine activities to increase young children's early literacy learning opportunities. They are available at http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/ta_cell_pop1.php.
CELL is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs Research to Practice Division and is a major initiative of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at the Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute.
A new policy analysis from Project Forum at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education looks at four statewide, longitudinal data systems (KY, MO, NY, VA); how the data is used; how the states ensure quality data; and the benefits and challenges of developing these data systems. The systems are expected to integrate data related to special education, English language learners, early childhood, and more. Systems for Reviewing Educational Data, including Special Education Information: Four State Approaches (July 2011), by Paula Burdette, is available online at http://projectforum.org/docs/SystemsforReviewingEducationalDataIncludingSpecialEdInfo-FourStateApproaches.pdf