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November 1, 2017

USDE Rescinded Documents

On Friday, October 20, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) announced that 72 guidance documents related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 have been rescinded. USDE has stated that these documents were outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective. To view these documents, download below.
October 3, 2017

Certificate of Completion

The five Reading Certificates of Attendance and/or four Mathematics Certificates of Attendance and a printable Certificate of Completion can be shared with a supervisor to obtain a validation signature. Completing the series and obtaining the Certificate of Completion is solely at the discretion of each paraprofessional and/or the LEA and is not a requirement of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Special Education or the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
October 2, 2017

Penn*Link Significant Disproportionality October 2017

Penn*Link sharing information on the Significant Disproportionality Stakeholder Feedback link.
September 20, 2017

Next Steps: Strategies for Instructional Access PD Opportunity 2017-2018

This is a list of the next steps for LEAs that are interested in participating in the PD Opportunity related to Strategies for Instructional Access in General Education Classrooms. This opportunity is available for the 2017-2018 school year.
September 10, 2017

Penn Link 2017.3.1_ Application for Approval to Use RtI for SLD_acc

Penn*Link that was sent out in March 2017 regarding Application and Renewal of Identification of Students with Specific Learning Disabilities using the Response to Intervention.
July 24, 2017

Effective Early Literacy Practices: What We’ve Learned and How to Replicate in Your District

Read how the Pennsylvania Dyslexia Pilot Program's work and findings in the pilot schools is good news for all schools and the students they serve.
July 12, 2017


When parents and educators use the same terms to describe a child’s challenges,it’s easier for them to communicate and work together.....Eleven diverse national organizations joined together to develop ideas for having this conversation. We hope this resource will add clarity so terminology doesn’t get in the way. Then parents and educators can work together to provide the instruction, services, and support every child needs to succeed.
June 29, 2017

2017 BSE Penn*Link: Significant Disproportionality

This Penn*Link, from the Bureau of Special Education, focuses on Significant Disproportionality. On December 19, 2016, the changes to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) regarding significant disproportionality were published in the Federal Register. The purpose of the final regulations is to promote equity in IDEA, and they must be implemented by July 1, 2018.
May 21, 2017

Multi-Sensory Structured Language Approach

The Multi-Sensory Structured Language (MSL) Approach involves teaching reading through multiple senses (hearing, seeing, touching, and moving) at the same time. This document published by Understood.org explains what MSL is, what it looks like, what is meant by structured language, and where you can find out more about it.
May 4, 2017

May 25, 2017 - Project MAX Spring Symposium 2017

The Project MAX 2017 Spring Symposium will feature implementation results from these six universities. Faculty will present how they adopt, adapted, and infused Project MAX professional development materials into courses and across certification programs.