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starMI Child Lead Exposure Elimination Commission Hosting Community Forums to Gather Feedback on Action Planstar
LANSING, Mich. – To gather feedback on a plan to create a lead-free Michigan, a series of public forums are being hosted by the state’s Child Lead Exposure Elimination Commission (CLEEC) in May and June. The CLEEC's five-year Action Plan builds upon the work of the former Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board with 51 specific action steps to be taken to benefit the health of Michigan’s children. The action plan places a priority on the prevention of exposure before children are lead poisoned. Federal, state, local and community leaders, healthcare providers, private sector/academic experts, privacy law experts, local health departments, childcare centers and homeowners and tenants are invited to attend any of the forums to provide input on the next steps for implementation. “We are hoping to gather feedback from a wide variety of individuals on how to move forward,” said Dr. Eden Wells, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services chief medical executive and CLEEC chair. “The action plan is the state’s guide to a state free of lead exposure and I look forward to seeing the results it brings to fruition.” Forums are being offered: • Thursday, May 31, 3 – 5:30 p.m. and 6 – 8:30 p.m. at the Kent County Health Department, 700 Fuller Avenue, Grand Rapids. • Wednesday, June 13, 2:30 – 5 p.m. at the Jackson County Health Department, 1715 Lansing Avenue, Jackson. • Monday, June 25, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Wayne County Community College’s Downtown Campus, 1001 West Fort Street, Detroit. • Wednesday, July 18, 4 – 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Traverse County Health Department, 2600 Lafranier Road, Traverse City. Additional forums may be scheduled in other areas of the state. For a full listing of forums, visit www.Michigan.gov/leadcommission.

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starOnce At Rock Bottom, This Northern Michigan Elementary Now Produces Starsstar
By almost any indicator, the students at Kenwood Elementary in Cadillac should be poor readers. Almost 3/4 of Kenwood students are economically disadvantaged, in a state that ranks 44th in the nation in low-income 4th grade reading skills. More than 9/10 of students at the school are white; Michigan’s poor, white students rank a dismal 49th in 4th rade reading, ahead of only Alaska. Yet these low-income students are reading all-stars, meeting Michigan’s 4th grade reading standards at double the rate of poor students elsewhere in the state.

starFeatured Resource: Sensory Therapy Playboxstar

Designed by a mom who is an occupational therapist, this great idea brings a box of new sensory toys and experiences to your child each month. “Wonderful items to help your child self regulate...or simply for fun therapeutic play!”

starDetroit Might Create Special Schools for Students with Special Needsstar

starGAMES FOR LEARNING: From MITstar

Playful approaches for building cognitive skills and exploring science & math. Games play an important role in the learning process: they provide a safe, creative environment in which children learn to experiment, collaborate and problem-solve. We work with educators to make sure our games tie into their math and science curriculums. The games we develop can be played on computers or mobile devices, and are used both inside and outside the classroom.

starLove: A Story About Who You Truly Arestar
In 2006 Anita Moorjani succumbed to cancer, had a near death experience, and came back miraculously healed. Her books "Dying to Be Me" and "What if THIS is Heaven?" are New York Times best sellers. In this book, she shares with children what she wishes she had learned as a child and the secret of her miraculous healing.
starDerelict School Becomes National Leader by Making a Surprising Subject Compulsorystar
We were in special measures. We had low staff morale, parents not happy with the school, results were poor and nobody wanted to come here, we had budget issues. It's a downward spiral when you're there.
starDoting Grandfather Murders Family, After Taking Just 2 of Thesestar
It's the world's second most prescribed antidepressant, taken for everything from anxiety, depression, irritability, muscle tension and fatigue. Up to 85 percent get addicted within weeks.

star9 Back-to-School Tips for Parents and Studentsstar
Between the social-media-fueled pressure, college admissions madness and bullying, schools today can be a minefield. We collected some education-themed Op-Eds to help guide families as they settle into the new year.

starNow what? A Familiar Fear When Disabled Children Turn 26star
The murder-suicide of a respected educator and his son serves as a rallying cry to some about the stresses that begin when special education ends.
starCyber Bullying: The Complete Resource Guidestar
A list of the best resources on cyberbullying prevention including guidance for victims.
starHow to Help Heal Mental Disorders With Nutritionstar
These Nutrients Can Re-Energize Your Brain and Shun Depression, Anxiety and More. There's a dark side to SSRIs and other drug-based mental health treatments. These breaking revelations about the brain show that good mental health demands only 6 or 7 nutrients, not 100, and it's not rocket science. How could this help you or someone you love today?

starLittle-Noticed Target in the House Health Bill: Special Educationstar
While House Republicans lined up votes Wednesday to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Vickie Glenn, a Medicaid coordinator for Tri-County Special Education, an Illinois cooperative that helps more than 20 school districts deliver special education services to students, was worried about an issue that few in Congress were discussing: how the new American Health Care Act, with its deep cuts to Medicaid, would affect her students.

starSheryl Sandberg: How to Build Resilient Kids, Even After a Lossstar

starMI Standards for the Emergency Use of Seclusion & Restraintstar
The document, Supporting Student Behavior: Standards for the Emergency Use of Seclusion and Restraint is now available on the Office of Special Education Web site. The document summarizes how a positive behavior support approach uses proactive strategies to reduce or eliminate the use of seclusion and restraint; defines the terms "seclusion" and "restraint"; outlines procedures for emergency use of seclusion and restraint; and provides a framework for training.

starSpecial Education Law Questions and Answersstar

starCould Some Symptoms of Autism Be Reversed With Probiotics?star

starChild Lead-Poisoning Elimination Board Releases Expansive Plan Tackling Lead Exposurestar
Enacting the recommendations would represent a paradigm shift in how Michigan approaches environmental lead exposure, moving from reaction to prevention. Board members were adamant that up-front costs should be no obstacle. The dividends that would come from lessening the societal costs of lead exposure -- in lost wages, treatment, educational services and even incarceration - would make the action more than pay for itself.

starMI New Michigan Law Provides Mental Health Treatment Options star
HB 4674, which is aimed at expanding the availability of assisted outpatient mental health treatment, was signed into law on November 16, 2016, by Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. The legislation updates Kevin's Law. Kevin's Law was named for a graduate student, Kevin Heisinger, who attended the University of Michigan. Returning home to Kalamazoo using public transit, Kevin was killed in the bus station by a man with a long history of schizophrenia who avoided treatment, and who had been in and out of the mental health care system for years.

star10 Tips for Good Advocatesstar
Wrightslaw's Pat Howey says parents need to understand that the law gives them power to use in educational decisions for their children. Parents should not be afraid to use their power. But, there are better ways to obtain positive results than to roar through IEP meetings in a Mack Truck. Here are Pat's newest tips for effective, successful advocates.

Link to Important Programs, Partnerships, and Websites Related to the Education of Children

Connect For Kids Education News No Child Left Behind Wrightslaw
U.S. Department of Education (DOE) U.S. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE) National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER)
National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY) National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC) National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education (NCPIE)
 

Link to Important Programs, Partnerships, and Websites Related to the Education of Children

  Michigan Department of Education (MDE)

Michigan Chapter of the International Dyslexia Association

Michigan Alliance for Families Michigan Public Schools Online
Michigan Special Ed Law Center VSA Arts of Michigan Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council (DDI) Partnership for Learning
Center for Educational Networking (CEN) Michigan Disability Rights Coalition (MDRC) The Education Law Center Michigan PTA
 Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) The Arc Michigan

 

Michigan Special Education Mediation Program (MSEMP)

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