Partner Spotlight: Education Commission of the States (ECS)
The Education Commission of the States (ECS) is an interstate compact created in 1965 to improve public education by facilitating the exchange of information, ideas and experiences among state policymakers and education leaders. As a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization involving key leaders from all levels of the education system, ECS creates unique opportunities to build partnerships, share information and promote the development of policy based on available research and strategies.
Forty-nine states, three territories and the District of Columbia constitute the commission's current membership. Each member state or territory is represented by seven commissioners -- the governor and six other individuals, typically legislators, chief state school officers, state and local school board members, superintendents, higher education officials and business leaders. The chairmanship and vice chairmanship of ECS are held by a governor and a state legislator, respectively, alternating between the two major political parties. Each chairman selects a particular issue that serves as a focal point for the organization's work during his or her term.
ECS provides information to decision makers that ultimately impact the policies that structure services. There is a wealth of information available from ECS on a wide array of topics. Learn what policymakers learn by making ECS a regular stop on your web tours! ECS publishes a newsletter with its latest work and archives past issues. This month the newsletter features information on college and career readiness, including a Policymakers Guide to Early Warning Signs
Read the entire newsletter here. And register for your own copy each month to stay in the know!
April 3-6, 2013, the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) held it's annual convention in San Antonio, TX. CEC Divisions active in the IDEA Partnership presented sessions on Common Core State Standards and Assessments, Military-connected Families and Secondary Transitions.
Common Core State Standards (CCSS) - 150 attendees joined a two hour session to explore the implications of the CCSS for students with disabilities. Topics included
- Redefining FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education)
- Standards Movement
- What's New in CCSS
- Professional Preparation and Ongoing Professional Development
- Communicating CCSS to Families and the Public
- Gina Scala, East Strousburg University, PA and Council of Administrators of Special Education (CEC-CASE)
- Michael Thew, Intermediate Unit 12, PA and Pioneer Division (CEC)
- Joanne Cashman, IDEA Partnership at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE)
Military-connected Children with Disabilities - The BEACH Center at the University of Kansas and CEC co-sponsored a featured strand on military-connected families and students with disabilities. The Partnership was invited to present the work of the Military Families Practice Group in the National Community of Practice on School Behavioral Health.
- Martha Blue-Banning, BEACH Center, University of Kansas, KS
- Paul Ban, Medical Command, Joint Base Lewis McCord, WA
- Joanne Cashman, IDEA Partnership at NASDSE
Post-secondary Transition - CEC's Division of Career Development and Transition presented it's work with the IDEA Partnership focusing on transition across the age-span.
- Jane Razeghi, George Mason University, VA
- Stacie Dojonevic, Fox Chase School District, PA
- Dale Matusevich, Department of Education, DE