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STEM Innovation for Inclusion in Early Education

The U.S. Department of Education (ED)-funded STEM Innovation for Inclusion in Early Education (STEMIE) Center https://stemie.fpg.unc.edu/?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term= aims to develop and enhance the knowledge base on engagement in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) learning opportunities for young children with disabilities. Its first virtual STEMIE Fest was held Sept. 14–18. This free virtual conference convened STEM and inclusion experts and engaged participants in learning about evidence-based practices in STEM and the inclusion of young children with disabilities. Families, practitioners, and young children were invited to explore, make, and tinker through MakerFest, and discover STEM-focused books through Storybook Conversations. Early STEM videos and games from museums, researchers, and other organizations were showcased through Media Cubbies. You can access recorded conference events via the STEMIE website: https://stemie.fpg.unc.edu/?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=
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Ready Now Early Learning Distance Resources

As schools begin reopening for the new school year, a group of 70 developers and researchers have collaborated to produce a new series of guides to education technologies: https://ies.ed.gov/blogs/research/post/back-to-school-during-covid19-developers-and-researchers-continue-to-respond-to-support-in-class-and-remote-teaching-and-learning?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term= The guides present information on education technology products that were supported by ED or other federal agencies. All of the resources are ready now for in-class and remote learning, are web-based, and can be used on computers, tablets, or personal devices. The resources in the guides include a mix of no-cost products as well as ones that are fee-based. The guides focus on early learning https://ctb-web-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/YCVMC/ReadyNowEarlyLearningGuide.pdf?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=, mathematics https://readynowmath.org/?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=, science and engineering, social studies https://files.civiced.org/pdfs/SSIN/DistanceLearningResources2020.pdf?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=, and special education: https://www.educationmodified.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/ReadyNow.SpecialEducation.9.1.20.pdf?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=


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Meaningful Online Education for Our Youngest Learners

In a recent blog post, the ED-funded Regional Education Laboratory Midwest provides tips to reconcile the need for e-learning with how young children learn best. When schools suddenly closed down last March, many teachers lacked experience with using technology to instruct students and connect with them. In early childhood and early elementary school classes, this challenge was compounded by the fact that many teachers consider e-learning to be developmentally inappropriate for younger students. To support young learners, explore these tips to ensure that e-learning is developmentally appropriate.


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COVID-19 Resources for Children From Birth Through Age Five

The ED-funded Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center has developed a COVID-19 webpage https://ectacenter.org/?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term= with resources for states and local programs serving young children with disabilities and their families. The ECTA Center also hosted a series of discussions during spring and summer 2020 with teachers, providers, administrators, and families from across the country and gathered supporting research. With the findings from these discussions, ECTA developed a new resource, Reaffirming Key Early Childhood Practices During a Pandemic: https://ectacenter.org/topics/disaster/coronavirus-key.asp?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term= This resource emphasizes practices that have proven effective in meeting the challenges of providing services to young children with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Reopening Instructional Programs for Our Most Vulnerable Students: A Reopening Guidebook for the 2020-2021 School Year

The ED-funded Comprehensive Center Network recently published a guidebook, Reopening Instructional Programs for Our Most Vulnerable Students: A Reopening Guidebook for the 2020–2021 School Year https://www.compcenternetwork.org/sites/default/files/archive/Reopening%20Guidebook%20English.pdf?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=
that includes the following four chapters:

Virtual Learning;

Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 3 Parent Supports;

English Learners and Spanish Learners; and

Students with Disabilities.

This guidebook is intended to help educators address the pressing issues that students face, particularly the most vulnerable learners, as schools reopen their programs in the 2020–21 school year. This guidebook is also available in Spanish: https://www.compcenternetwork.org/sites/default/files/Reopening%20Guidebook%20Spanish.pdf?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=


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