January 12, 2016 - National Alliance Responds to President Obama’s State of the Union Address

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National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

For Immediate Release
January 12, 2016

 National Alliance Responds to President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Washington, D.C. – Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, released the following statement in response to President Obama’s final State of the Union address: 

Tonight, President Obama outlined the accomplishments of his administration. Another accomplishment that he did not mention is that the funding of the federal Charter Schools Program has grown more than $117 million to $333 million under his tenure. This bipartisan effort has resulted in the growth and replication of high-performing charter schools, and we hope the president and Congress continue to prioritize charter schools in the FY 2017 budget.

“Recognizing that this is the president's final State of the Union speech, the National Alliance thanks President Obama for his support of charter schools, and we look forward to working with his administration in its final year.”

About Charter Schools
Charter schools are independent, public, and tuition-free schools that are given the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for advancing student achievement. Since 2010, many research studies have found that students in charter schools do better in school than their traditional school peers. For example, one study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University found that charter schools do a better job teaching low income students, minority students, and students who are still learning English than traditional schools. Separate studies by the Center on Reinventing Public Education and Mathematica Policy Research have found that charter school students are more likely to graduate from high school, go on to college, stay in college and have higher earnings in early adulthood.

About the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the public charter school movement. Our mission is to lead public education to unprecedented levels of academic achievement by fostering a strong charter movement. For more information, please visit www.publiccharters.org.

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January 6, 2016 - Inside SPED: From At-Risk to Successful—New Free Webinar Series


January 2016

Inside SPED: From At-Risk to Successful—New Free Webinar Series

Success For Every Learner, PresenceLearning Webinar Series

New Webinar Series | Success for Every Learner: From At-Risk to Successful

At-risk students are often labeled "problems" as young as kindergarten and first grade. Is there more we can do to help our most vulnerable student population? Our new 2016 spring webinar

series dives deep into our national conversation about the growing school-to-prison pipeline, analyzing how bias affects discipline and disciplinary measures, and discussing what districts need to urgently do to break this pattern and improve outcomes for students. Dr. Frances Stetson, Dr. Ed Dunkelblau, and Dr. Ross Greene present key solutions for change as we invite our audience to take a hard look at the numerous uncomfortable truths in our school systems.

  • Dr. Frances Stetson
    Inclusion Is for Every Learner — Or is It?
    Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 10 AM Pacific/1PM Eastern
  • Dr. Ed Dunkelblau
    SEL: The Real Skills for Success!
    Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 10 AM Pacific/1PM Eastern
  • Dr. Ross Greene
    Lost and Found: What Works (and What Doesn't) for Behaviorally Challenged Students
    Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 10 AM Pacific/1PM Eastern

As always, there is no charge for these 90-minute webinars. All attendees will receive a professional development certificate of attendance, and registrants with a valid ASHA ID membership are eligible for CE credits.

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Dialogues on Change, PresenceLearning Whitepaper

Free White Paper | Dialogues on Change

In 2016, more than 30,000 special education leaders, teachers, parents, and related services professionals registered for our spring, summer, and fall webinar series. Throughout the year, we explored the need for change in education: change in the ways we manage classrooms, change in the ways we collaborate with families and our peers in general education, and change in the ways we support our students’ emotional needs. After each webinar, we sat down with our speakers to discuss top questions from the audience. This new paper combines these conversations in one downloadable resource. Hear from:

  • Dr. Joe Ryan      
  • Dr. Marty Burns
  • Dr. Frances Stetson
  • Trip Hawkins and Janice Toben, M.Ed.
  • Dr. Daniel Crimmins and Dr. Michael Gamel-McCormick
  • Dr. Barry Prizant and Amy Laurent

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Infographic | PresenceLearning: Progress, People, and Play!

As we head into the New Year, we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the hardworking school district leaders, students, educators, SLPs, OTs, mental health professionals, and staff who have been so instrumental in a number of milestones. In 2016, we performed our ONE MILLIONTH online therapy session, and may deliver twice that number this year! And, once again, students using PresenceLearning exceeded national averages on the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA) National Outcome Measurement System (NOMS). Check out these accomplishments and more in our latest infographic.


PresenceLearning January Events

January Events | Find Out Where We’ll Be!

This month, the PresenceLearning team will be in California, New York, Texas, and Florida. We hope to see you at one of these great events!

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January 4, 2016 - 2016 OAASFEP Title I / Federal Programs Spring Conference

Registration is Now Open for the 2016 OAASFEP Title I / Federal Programs Spring Conference


ANNOUNCING a new law: On December 10, 2016, President Obama signed the new K-12 education law under ESEA, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This Act was passed by overwhelming bipartisan majorities by the House and the Senate. Our 2016 Spring Conference will roll-out several sessions on this new law.



Keynote Speakers

Dr. Craig J. Boykin, Author, Speaker, Mentor, Consultant, Montgomery AL

Seizing the Moment

Brian M. Pete, Co-Founder, Robin Fogarty & Associates, Chicago IL

Agents of Change: Preparing Students for the Test of Life

Brooke Haycock, Playwright and Researcher, The Education Trust, Washington DC

Performs Catalyst

Ben Glenn, Professional Speaker, Indianapolis IN

The Heart of an Educator


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