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IDC (Interdivisional Caucus) Collaborative Project

The Pioneers Board recently agreed to support a collaborative project through the IDC.  Initiated by DCDD, the IDC has agreed to support the inclusion of safety IFSP (Individualized Family Service Plan for ages birth to 3) statements and IEP objectives in the educational planning documents of children with disabilities.  As you are probably aware, the presence of a disability significantly increases a child’s vulnerability for maltreatment, i.e., neglect, abuse & bullying.  The experience of maltreatment negatively impacts a child’s physical health, emotional state, learning potential, social behavior, language development, academic performance and life choices, e.g., drug abuse, risky sexual behavior, suicide, etc.  Unfortunately, while most professionals know they are “mandatory reporters” of suspected cases of child maltreatment, they may lack the confidence, knowledge, skills and support to efficiently and effectively prevent, recognize, report, and assist students who are suspected/confirmed of experiencing maltreatment.  If you would like more information, visit the web site of DCDD (Division for Communicative Disabilities and Deafness) under the heading, "Special Project:  Prevention of Maltreatment".

If you would like to participate in this project to develop a data base for information regarding maltreatment OR to develop proposed statements and IEP objectives regarding this most important area, please contact Jamie Hopkins, President Pioneers (jamiehopkins777@gmail.com).  Your experience and expertise are needed to assist other divisions in the development of this project!  This project is a great opportunity for all divisions to work together to address the needs of children who may be victims of maltreatment.

CEC Mourns the Loss of Three Great Leaders, Dr. Eleanor Guetzloe, Dr. James Gallagher and Dr. Fred Weintraub


Eleanor, or "Dr. G" as she is known by her numerous former students and colleagues was 82. She was a beloved colleague and friend who literally touched the lives of thousands of students, parents, friends and cohorts.  Eleanor was a teacher, professor, mentor and leader in CEC and in the field of special education.  She served as Governor and President of the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders and as President of the CEC Pioneers Division.  Eleanor was also very active in Florida CEC, serving as founder and providing leadership for many years.  Eleanor was a true advocate for students with emotional and behavioral disorders, showing her fiery spirit and strong convictions by speaking out for the needs of students with exceptionalities. She was instrumental in the protections given to students with behavioral challenges in both the IDEA 1997 and 2004 reauthorizations.  She was author of many publications and books, including the impactful text, Youth Suicide - What the Educator Should Know.  Recipient of many awards, including the CEC Outstanding Contributor Award, Dr. Guetzloe was a model for all of us in education.  She will be missed dearly by her family and many friends and colleagues.
If you would like to make a donation to the Eleanor Guetzloe Undergraduate Scholarship Fund, you may mail your donation to:
CCBD Foundation
10 Independence Drive
Merrimack, NH 03053
Checks should be made payable to "CCBD Foundation".  Write "Gutzloe Scholarship" in the note field.

James Gallagher was a dedicated psychologist, teacher, senior scientist and seminal researcher, who worked for over 60 years on behalf of the education of children and youth with gifts and talents, developmental disabilities and in the field of early childhood education.  A former President of CEC, The Association for the Education of Gifted, and active leader in many professional organizations, Dr. Gallagher was a model for leadership in the field.  He taught for over 40 years, mentoring undergraduate students and serving as a role model in the development of research and educational policy.  He also served as the US Associate Commissioner for Education and Chief of the Bureau of Education for the Handicapped in the US Office of Education.  He was instrumental in overseeing a wide range of new legislation representing the first major efforts to enable the education of children with disabilities on a national level.  He also served as the Department Assistant Secretary for Planning, Research and Evaluation for the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare where he introduced the concept of the IEP for all students with special education needs.  Dr. Gallagher became  Professor of Education and the Director of the University of North Carolina's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, which under his leadership, became one of the nation's leading research institutions.  He has been the recipient of many awards and published numerous articles and books.  He is recognized as the nation's premier scholar in the fields of giftedness and developmental disabilities.  Throughout his 60 year career, he sparked, shepherded, and inspired an era of transformation as a pioneer in the discipline of child development and social policy.  He will be missed dearly by all who had the wonderful opportunity to know him.

 Frederick Weintraub, husband, father, grandfather, friend and educational leader, passed away at his home on May 2, 2014 after a brief illness. The son of the late Barbara and Israel Weintraub, he was born on August 28, 1942 in New York City. Fred transformed the spectrum of educational opportunities and services for children with exceptionalities in the United States. For over 20 years, he directed state and Federal legislative and judicial advocacy activities for the international Council for Exceptional Children. He is recognized as an author of what is now known as The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the federal law that guides all U.S. special education practices, and he played a significant role in the design and passage of other landmark legislation that improved education and life opportunities for children and youth with exceptionalities. In 1997, Fred moved to Los Angeles where he was a policy consultant to school districts in California and served as Monitor and Special Advisor to the Superintendent of Schools in San Diego, overseeing the implementation of a corrective action plan requiring extensive improvements in services to students with disabilities. Beginning in 2005, his vision and leadership for improving the education of such students was next demonstrated when he became the Independent Monitor of Los Angeles Unified School District's Modified Consent Decree. The lives of millions of children and youth with disabilities and their families have been improved because of Fred's diligent efforts and remarkably astute guidance. Fred lived life to the fullest. He loved and embraced time with his family and friends, visits to farmers market, and quiet time in his garden. Fred was known for his vigorous advocacy and insightful, ever-so candid interactions in the policy arena and highly respected for his integrity and profound dedication to educational equity. He leaves behind a legacy and example we all will strive to follow. He is survived by his loving wife, Lynne Cook, daughters Marya Long and Heather Moore, sister Norma Meyer, and their families. A memorial service will be held July 18 at the California Yacht Club, 4469 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey. Donations to the Frederick Weintraub Educational Leadership Scholarship at California State University, Northridge can be made to CSUN Foundation, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91330.

Published in the Los Angeles Times on May 18, 2014