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January 25, 2022
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Integrating Research and Practice in Early Childhood Intervention - A Joint Conference from the International Society on Early Intervention and the Division for Early Childhood
Call for Conference Proposals
Division for Early Childhood is currently accepting proposals for the upcoming DEC/ISEI joint conference! Share your expertise with attendees at this year's conference. DEC is seeking proposals for the following conference strands: By Practitioners for Practitioners, Family, International, Policy, Practice, Professional Development, and Research! Session types include three hour pre-conference workshops, poster sessions, student poster sessions, and 60- or 90-minute conference sessions. Learn more about the proposal process here. The deadline to submit a proposal is March 15th, 2022 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
Volunteer to Be a Super Reviewer or Reviewer for the DEC Conference
Super Reviewer and Reviewer applications close January 31st, 2022 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time. As a thank you to you from DEC, reviewers can receive 10% off their conference registration! Opportunity open to DEC members- learn more and apply here.
NEW Call for Committee Members
Policy and Advocacy Committee
The DEC Policy and Advocacy Committee (P&AC) is recruiting four members for its Policy Strand Team and four members for its Advocacy Strand Team. DEC’s Policy and Advocacy Committee provides strategic direction and makes recommendations for DEC’s policy and advocacy efforts. We invite you to take this opportunity to become an engaged and active leader within DEC! Open to DEC Members - Learn more about the committee and how to apply here.
Call for Ambassadors
Recruiting NEW aRPy Ambassadors
In partnership with the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children and Parent to Parent of Georgia/the Region B PTAC, the ECTA Center is recruiting a new cohort of Ambassadors. The ECTA Center established the aRPy Ambassador initiative to disseminate information about and promote the use of the DEC Recommended Practices (RPs). aRPy Ambassadors are DEC Members who help build state capacity to use the ECTA Center’s Practice Improvement Tools to support implementation of RPs by local practitioners and families. Applications are due Monday, January 31st, 2022. Learn more here.
NEW Call for Survey Participants
Call for Special Education Related Professionals Parenting a Child with Disabilities to Participate in a Research Study
Please consider assisting Dr. Ruby Batz and her team in identifying special education related professionals (e.g., early interventionists, speech pathologists, school psychologists, special education) parenting a child (birth to 21-year-olds) with disabilities receiving special education services (part C or B). Dr. Batz and her team are interested in learning about your experiences in navigating and advocating for services. Participation in this study is voluntary and anonymous, and it involves: two individual interviews via Zoom lasting between 45-60 minutes, and $25.00 gift card per interview ($50.00 total value). Learn more here.
NEW DECIDE Webinars
Join DECIDE this year for its newest webinar series!
From Application to Offer: Tips on Navigating the Job Market
Tuesday, February 1st, 2022
Presented by Jenna Weglarz-Ward, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas & Ann Mickelson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Your years of doctoral work are coming to an end--what is next? This webinar will describe job opportunities for after your doctoral program including how to research job openings, develop application materials, prepare for virtual and on-site interviews, and considerations for making the 'big' decision. We will share ideas of positions in and out of academia, post-doctoral fellowships, and tips on how to make your process even a little bit fun!

Interested in learning more about DECIDE, how to join and attend events? Visit the DECIDE page here. For more information contact Laura McCorkle, DECIDE Co-Chair, lmccork3@uncc.edu. 
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Publication Spotlight
EI/ECSE: A History of Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education in the United States
This book presents the history of early intervention/early childhood special education (EI/ECSE) in the United States. The authors describe the unfolding of events and activities that shaped the EI/ECSE field from its inception by identifying legislation, legal decisions, practices, and research that have made substantial contributions to the field over the years. Although some articles and chapters in the past have addressed facets, or specific times or events, that were important in the development of EI/ECSE, this volume is the first to capture the overall evolution of the field from its beginning to the present. Learn more about the publication and purchase it here at the DEC Bookstore.
Partner Spotlight
Office of Head Start - Disabilities Services Newsletter Issue No. 51
This month's newsletter from the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning focuses on Disability Services Coordinators as Leaders: Coordination and Collaboration for Positive Outcomes. The newsletter includes access to recorded webinars, practice/orientation guides, and more. The Young Exceptional Children (YEC) article, Leading and Growing in a Culture of Reciprocal Trust, is also included as a FREE resource. Read the full newsletter here.
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DEC Career Center
There are currently 49 job listings from 38 employers located all over the United States. Visit the DEC Career Center to learn more.
Opportunity to Work with DEC
Do you know someone who would like to join the Executive Office Team and DEC? DEC is currently recruiting a full-time Program Associate. Applications are being accepted now. Learn more here.
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