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Latest OSERS Newsletters, Recent OSERS Blogs, Mental Health Webinar, and Advancing Digital Equity | October 12, 2022
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Latest OSERS Newsletters

Newsletters OSEP Update October 2022: In this issue: National Disability Employment Awareness Month, resources to help stakeholders reduce discipline disparities, IDEA personnel qualifications memo, IDEA in Head Start programs, and more!
RSA NCRTM Newsletter September 2022: In this issue: Informational briefs on self-employment, updates from RSA, a new NCRTM website, and more.
Early Learning October 2022: In this issue: Supporting dual language learners, joint letter and guidance on Individuals with Disabilities Education Act services in HeadStart, mental health series, and more.

Recent OSERS Blogs

Kelsey Leyton Holding Special Olympics Medals

What Will Her Life Be Like?

“What will her life be like?” 17.5 years ago, Terri asked herself that question when her daughter, Kelsey, was born with Down syndrome. So far, it’s been an eventful 17.5 years for Kelsey and her family.

Read in OSERS Blog.

Montserrat Garibay

Voices From the Field: "Working with Dual Language Learners"

ED's Montserrat Garibay shares her experiences as a bilingual pre-kindergarten teacher and on the importance and effectiveness of quality bilingual full day Pre-K programs.

Read in OSERS Blog.

Athena Hallberg

Anxiety and Learning Disabilities: The Worst Kept Secret

Meet Athena, a young adult with learning disabilities and anxiety. Athena shares her struggles with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and an auditory processing delay. She also writes about her anxiety disorder that went undiagnosed for years.

Read in OSERS Blog.

New RSA 2022 Discretionary Grant Awards

New RSA 2022 Discretionary Grant Awards

In 2022, OSERS Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) provided over $182 million to fund programs that help to assist state and other agencies in providing vocational rehabilitation and other services to individuals with disabilities to maximize their employment, independence and integration into the community and the competitive labor market.

Read in OSERS Blog.

New 2022 OSEP Discretionary Grant Awards

New OSEP 2022 Discretionary Grant Awards

In fiscal year 2022, OSERS’ Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) provided over $101 million to fund new grant programs that assist states, local districts, and organizations to improve results for infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21.

Read in OSERS Blog.

Mia Rutherford

Voices From the Field: Preparing for the New School Year

Meet Mia Rutherford, a pre-K to 4th grade teacher at Excel Academy, a public school in Washington, D.C. This school year marks her eighth year of teaching, and she’s the lead teacher on the early childhood education team.

Read in OSERS Blog.

Don't Forget! Final October 2022 Mental Health Learning Webinar

Join the U.S. Department of Education for the final of a 3-part webinar series on promoting promising practices, resources and understanding existing barriers to mental health services for students. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at 4:00pm:
Reducing Stigma and Improving Access to Mental Health Services
Register here:

ICYMI: Advancing Digital Equity for All

Cover: Advancing Digital Equity for All

Community-Based Recommendations for Developing Effective Digital Equity Plans to Close the Digital Divide and Enable Technology-Empowered Learning.

In spring 2022, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology (OET) committed to advancing digital equity through the Digital Equity Education Roundtables (DEER) Initiative. Through DEER, OET hosted a series of national conversations with leaders from community-based organizations, as well as families and learners furthest from digital opportunities. The “Advancing Digital Equity All” resource illuminates insights from these conversation to highlight the barriers faced by learner communities and promising solutions for increasing access to technology for learning.

About the Author

The U.S. Department of Education is the agency of the federal government that establishes policy for, administers and coordinates most federal assistance to education. It assists the president in executing his education policies for the nation and in implementing laws enacted by Congress. The Department's mission is to serve America's students-to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.