In Oct 2015 President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The previous version of the law was the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). This new version of the law was needed because the requirements of NCLB "unworkable for schools and educators." The ESSA is better focused on the goal of preparing ALL students for their futures - whether that be college or career readiness.
Ricki Sabia is the National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) Senior Education Policy Advisor and a leading expert on ESSA. (I attended one of her workshops at the NDSC convention in IN and wished that she could have attended just one of Kayla's IEP meetings!)
Heather Sacchs is the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) VP of Advocacy and Public Policy.
In a joint education venture the NDSS and NDSC are hosting a webinar on the ESSA and advocacy for education reform as it pertains to students with disabilities. The webinar will also explain why ESSA is important for IDEA implementation and how advocates can join together to ensure the disability community is heard as they advocate to keep standards and accountability high for all students.
The webinar takes place on Tuesday, Oct 25 from 1-2pm Eastern Time and is sure to be packed full of important and useful information.
You can register for the webinar here.
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