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For Immediate Release From OSEP!

From the Director
Valerie C. Williams
Message from OSEP Director,
Ms. Valerie C. Williams

Dear Friends!

Iím very excited for November. Sure the holidays are around the corner, we get to spend more time with family and friends, and thereís food I only eat in November, but this year Iím excited about a relatively new tradition that I will be celebrating for the first timeóitís National Apprenticeship Week.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of National Apprenticeship Week, an event organized by the U.S. Department of Laborís Office of Apprenticeship. For most of us in the field of early intervention and special education, we donít think enough about apprenticeships as a means for providing transition services for young adults with disabilities, nor do we think of it as an approach to increase to early intervention and special education professional pipeline. Iíll circle back on apprenticeships for young adults in upcoming newsletters, but this month I want to focus on registered apprenticeships as an approach to address our personnel pipelines.

Registered apprenticeships are approved by either the U.S. Department of Labor or a state labor agency and include the following components:

They are paid jobs

Apprentices receive on the job training
Educational training is provided as part of the apprenticeship
Apprentices receive support from a mentor
Apprentices earn a recognized certification

I hope you can see the applicability in using the registered apprenticeship model in expanding our early intervention and special education pipelines, but it does require a reexamination of our current practices in how we recruit and prepare early interventionists and special educators. In a registered apprenticeship model, the employer plays a much larger role in the development of skills and knowledge of their employees. There is a lot more coordination and collaboration with multiple stakeholders, but the hard work pays off. The registered apprenticeship model has a demonstrated 89% three-year retention rate.

Earlier this year the Clarksville-Montgomery School District in Tennessee became the first U.S. Department of Labor approved registered apprenticeship program to attract and prepare teachersóincluding special education teachers. The Tennessee Department of Education has developed a robust set of resources to support school districts in developing a registered apprenticeship program.

To encourage the use of registered apprenticeships, staff at OSEP collaborating both within the Department and outside the Department to see how we can best support the expansion of registered apprenticeships across the country. For questions on registered apprenticeships please reach out to Daniel.schreier@ed.gov.

In solidarity,

Valerie≠≠≠≠


Announcements
Phone
Technical Assistance (TA) Calls
Next TA Call: November 10, 2022 at 4:00Ė5:00pm (EDT)

During the first November National TA Call, the Center for IDEA Fiscal Reporting (CIFR) TA staff will review the regulatory foundations of IDEA Part B State set-aside funds and raise considerations for making budget decisions. When States apply for IDEA Part B subgrants, SEAs must decide how to budget State set-aside funds for administration and other state-level activities. CIFR TA staff will review the federal requirements for IDEA Part B state set-aside and highlight key concepts and considerations for SEAs as they budget these funds.

We look forward to you joining us on Thursday, November 10th.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Nov 10, 2022 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: OSEP November National TA Call

Register: Register in advance for this webinar: https://air-org.zoomgov.com/webinar/regist...
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Visual Impairments: November 17, 2022 at 4:00Ė5:00pm (EDT)

OSEP is conducting a second National TA call in November. The purpose of the call is to remind the field about requirements when making eligibility determinations for children suspected of having a visual impairments, including blindness, under IDEA. During the call, presenters will review the components of OSEP Memo 17-05 and address the continued confusion around visual impairment requirements.

We look forward to you joining us on Thursday, November 17th. You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Nov 17, 2022 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: OSEP November National TA Call

Register: Register in advance for this webinar: https://air-org.zoomgov.com/webinar/regist...
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Previous TA Calls:

October 13, 2022 Ė Discipline Guidance
October 27, 2022 Ė Differentiated Monitoring and Support

State Performance Plans / Annual Performance Reports (APRs)
We have posted the new FY 2023 SPP/APR submission documents (e.g., memo, instructions, etc.) on the IDEA website. The next OSEP Monthly TA Call on the SPP/APR submission will be on Thursday, December 8, 2022.


IDEA Part B/C Grants

In an effort to provide increased transparency regarding the implementation of the requirements around significant disproportionality within states, that allows LEAs, and stakeholders to monitor significant disproportionality and to emphasize the importance of soliciting public input in the review and revision of risk ratio thresholds, cell sizes, and n-sizes, OSEP is posting statesí submitted Significant Disproportionality Reporting Forms. States had an opportunity to update their Significant Disproportionality Forms, if necessary, before the documents were posted to OSEPís website by submitting revised forms with their FFY 2022 Part B grant application. States also will continue to provide updated forms to the Department, through their Part B grant applications, when any changes are made to their methodologies.

We are just working on reconciling 508 issues on a handful of forms, but most of the forms are available on the website.

The second portion of FFY 2022 IDEA Part B funds was disbursed on October 1, 2022. Grant Award Notifications (GANs) were sent to Part B programs receiving funds. Due to an administrative error, the GANs will be reissued to include language referencing the Build America, Buy America Act (Pub. L. 117‑58). This program requires that grantees and their subrecipients (subgrantees) and contractors use materials manufactured in the United States when using their grant funds for infrastructure projects or activities (e.g., construction, remodeling, and broadband infrastructure).

Grantees may request waivers to these requirements by submitting a Build America, Buy America Act Waiver Request Form. For more information, including a link to the Waiver Request Form, see the Departmentís Build America Buy America Waiver website.



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Differentiated Monitoring and Support (DMS)
The next OSEP Technical Assistance (TA) Calls on DMS will be in January 2023 as teams will conduct engagement activities (formerly Phase 2) during the months of November and December.

To review other resources and documents related to our monitoring activities (e.g., DMS 2.0, DMS Reports, and older monitoring reports), please refer to the DMS section on our IDEA website: https://sites.ed.gov/idea/?utm_content&utm...



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New State Personnel Development Grantees Announced!


OSEP is excited to share the 12 state education agencies (SEAs)s that were recently granted new awards. These FY 2022 (State Personnel Development Grants) SPDG projects are:

Alabama, California, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Vermont

Many of these new projects have a focus on supporting a Part C Comprehensive System of Personnel Development as well as supporting MTSS in KĖ12.

If you would like to learn more about the SPDG, please visit the State Personnel Development Network (SIGnetwork).


LEARN MORE HERE!: https://sites.ed.gov/idea/?utm_content&utm...



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