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The IDEAPartnership has been the focus of several of my weekly updates! As you read this article, I will already be in Alexandria, Virginia, working with other Activity Leaders from various national professional organizations, Parent TI Centers, State departments and local districts finishing the last minute details for the final IDEAPartnership national meeting. The meeting will start with a Retrospective time on Tuesday evening when we look back to what has been accomplished through the hard work of engaging cross stakeholders on key issues over the last 16 years! The evolution from separate groups to one unified partnership to Communities of Practice to the "partnership way" culminated in the book Leading by Convening: A Blueprint for Authentic Engagement. Wednesday and Thursday of the last official meeting of the Partnership will be full of again working together to produce the bridging tools from the partnership to the new National Center of Systemic Improvement which has adopted the Leading By Convening framework for their model for cross stakeholder engagement. CASE Past President Laurie VanderPloeg will be attending as the CASE representative along with over 108 other representatives from the 55 partner organizations. The Office of Special Education Programs will be very involved in the meeting as will staff from NCSI. As a refresher to you, the Regional Resource Centers are pretty much gone now. They have transitioned their work to the new recently funded National Center For Systemic Improvement. The NCSI led by WestEd, is a partnership composed of several nationally respected organizations that include: (1) American Institutes for Research; (2) National Association of State Directors of Special Education; (3) Council of Chief State School Officers; (4) Stanford Research Institute International; (5) Statewide Parent Advocacy Network; and (6) Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk. The mission of the NCSI, functioning as a single center, is to provide strategic, innovative, research-based TA and support that builds State capacity to support LEAs and local programs in improving results and functional outcomes for children with disabilities, while continuing to ensure compliance with IDEA requirements. The expected outcomes of the NCSI are: (1) increased State capacity to develop, implement, and evaluate State Systemic Improvement Plans; (2) increased State agency knowledge and use of evidence-based practices (EBPs); (3) improved State agency infrastructures and coordination; (4) increased use of effective dissemination strategies; (5) increased involvement of stakeholders in all components of the SSIP; (6) increased utilization of TA resources; and (7) increased State agency capacity to implement effective systems of general supervision. The NCSI will provide TA and support to all States and U.S. Territories for Part B and C programs and is working closely with the RRCs to ensure that all States are supported during this transition phase. As with any phase out, transition, or new program, the transition may not be quite as smooth as one might have wished but I believe this IDEAPartnership meeting will be a great bridging from one program to another and will be another way to continue to promote Leading by Convening as an amazing resource for creating collaborative teams which through authentic engagement can make sustainable change that will create better results for students with disabilities! If you want to learn more about Leading by Convening or about the amazing tools available through the Collections, go to the IDEAPartnershp website or click on the above hotlinks! And you might want to make sure you register for the 4th Annual CASE Hybrid conference where the second day is all about RDA and Leading by Convening — click here for the Schedule-in Eastern Time, click here for a flyer and click here to register! See the article below for more information.

Last week's poll was one of the most answered ones in a while! This past week the poll question was, "What gives you a headache?" The number one cause of headaches for those who answered the poll was Personnel at 31 percent; the second highest at 15 percent was Budget and tied at 12 percent each was federal regulations and parents. There was a three way tie at 8 percent between state/provincial regulations, district issues, and legal issues. At the bottom, there was a tie at 4 percent for certification and "other." Two of the comments we got in the "other" category were:
  • No matter what the topic or headache producer, the human factor is involved, complicating solutions and challenging us to lead by convening and lead with heart!
  • Advocates who creatively interpret the laws and regulations to meet their desires and then active create roadblocks to team problem solving, effectively displacing the role of the parent in the process.
The headache producers: Legal, Federal, state/provincial, parents and advocates will all be part of the topics at our 4th Annual Hybrid conference. Seems like many of us could benefit by making plans to participate in this conference either in Phoenix or as a virtual site! For more information, go to the CASE website or look at the article below!

Yesterday marked the first day of registration for the famous CASE Night tickets! CASE Night has always been one of the highlights of the CEC convention every year. The idea behind CASE night is to find a "tourist attraction" and plan an intimate party for your closest 200 friends! The problem with conventions is you go to this wonderful location and you are so busy you never get to do the tourist fun stuff! CASE night is a time when you get to do something along the lines of a tourist attraction and you get to eat a great dinner and you get to network with your fellow CASE members! The tickets cost $65 but you are actually getting a $120 evening! This year it is going to be amazing! A dinner and animal event at the world famous San Diego Zoo! The ticket includes transportation to the zoo and back to the convention center area, admission to the zoo, dinner at the Sabertooth Grill, an animal presentation, and the Elephant Odyssey. CASE night does sell out and this year looks to be one of those years! Go to the CASE website for the flyer and to purchase your ticket! Additional information will be sent to the registrants! Sponsors for this evening at the Zoo are Star Autism, VizZle and C8 Sciences. CASE Night will be on Thursday evening, April 9. Click here to download the CASE Night Flyer!

Be sure to plan to arrive in San Diego Tuesday so you can attend the full hot breakfast, sponsored by Scholastic, and the CASE annual member/BOD meeting on Wednesday, April 8. Once again this year, Julie Weatherly will be doing our spotlight session. Watch for all the great CASE events at CEC in the weeks ahead!

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Legal Issues, RDA and Leading by Convening ... Who wants to go to Phoenix, Arizona, in mid-February?! With the brutally cold temperatures so many of you are experiencing — and even those of us in the south are having cold days we aren't used to for even this time of year — Phoenix is sounding pretty good! The 4th Annual CASE Hybrid Conference, Feb. 19-20 will be held in Phoenix this year! The theme is RESULTS DRIVEN ACCOUNTABILITY: Actualizing the Promise through Practice with the daily themes being:
    Legal Issues: Actualizing the Promise — Thursday Feb.19
    Leading by Convening: Actualizing the Practice — Friday Feb. 20
The two main speakers are long time CASE friends, Julie Weatherly, Esq. and Dr. Joanne Cashman. There will be other great speakers including Denise Lowell-Britt, Esq, Ruth Ryder, Deputy Director, OSEP; State Special Education Directors, Angela Denning (AZ) and Debbie Gay (GA) as well as others. It is critical that we get the information presented out to general education — especially principals and assistant principals — special education administrators, teachers — especial those just starting on their career ladder — as well as to community/business people and parents! Click here for a flyer on the conference. For more information and to register, go to the CASE website or the registration website. Remember, for just $25 more on your full registration, you can have the DVD of the complete conference to use over and over and over!

But, wait ... If you can't travel, why not have your own mini conference. You pay one registration fee and then have as many people as you wish to participate with you — what a really great way to connect face to face and build teams for sustainable change?! We have even made up a set of HINTS for you to use to get you started. Click here for a tentative schedule but remember this one is in Eastern Time, if you are in other time zones, change the times accordingly. We will be providing schedules by time zones on the website in the next week to make it easier for you. We will also provide a flyer for you to customize to publicize your event. As part of the CASE strategic plan, our goal is to get the best information out to the most people. Go to the CASE website for more information, or contact Will Gordillo, CASE Professional Development chair at wjgordillo@aol.com.



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Upcoming webinar
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On Jan. 29 from 3:00-4:15 p.m. ET, the National Center on Intensive Intervention in collaboration with the National Center on Systemic Improvement will host a free webinar, Making Fractions Make Sense: Considerations for Secondary and Intensive Intervention. This webinar presented by Drs. Russell Gersten, Sarah Powell and Robin Finelli Schumacher, will discuss the importance of fractions instruction and typical challenges faced by students, share recommendations for fractions instruction, and provide considerations for supporting students within secondary or Tier 2 and intensive intervention. Content for this webinar will draw on the Institute of Education Sciences practice guide, Developing Effective Fractions Instruction for K-8, research on Tier 2 fractions instruction from the IES funded Center for Improving Learning of Fractions, and the National Center on Intensive Intervention's data-based individualization approach. Click here to register for the upcoming webinar. If you are unable to attend the live event, an archived version of the webinar will be posted on our website following the event.
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50 Ways to Test: A look at state summative assessments for 2014-2015
Education Commission of the States
Has the frenzy around Common Core State Standards impacted decisions on which state summative assessments are being administered this year? That's the question on many minds as we approach spring testing time. As many states began adopting college and career ready standards, such as the Common Core State Standards, there became a subsequent need to develop new summative assessments — tests that measure the new skills and knowledge outlined in the new standards.
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Teacher Educators and Accomplished teachers
Pearson
Pearson is in need of educators to score edTPA! edTPA is designed for the profession by the profession, edTPA was developed by teachers and teacher educators from across the nation, in collaboration with faculty and staff from Stanford University, to support candidate learning and preparation program growth and renewal. Aligned with the Common Core State Standards and InTASC Standards, edTPA assesses teaching that promotes student learning in diverse contexts.
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Request for proposals: 20th Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Proposals are now being accepted for the 20th Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health to be held Nov. 5-7 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. The theme of the conference is Getting Jazzed about School Mental Health — Celebrating 20 Years of Advancing School Mental Health. The annual conference will offer attendees numerous opportunities to advance knowledge and skills related to school mental health practice, research, training and policy. The conference emphasizes a shared school-family-community agenda to bring high quality and evidence-based mental health promotion, prevention, and intervention to students and families. The intended audience for the conference includes clinicians, educators, administrators, youth and family members, researchers, primary care providers, advocates and other youth-serving professionals. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 20 — all proposals must be submitted online, https://cf.umaryland.edu/csmha/.

The conference is hosted by the Center for School Mental Health and the IDEA Partnership (funded by the Office of Special Education Programs, sponsored by the National Association of State Directors of Special Education).

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Midwest Symposium Conference
Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders
On Feb, 26-28 the 33rd annual Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders will be held at the Sheraton Crown Center, in Kansas City, MO. The keynote will be Dr. John W. Maag who will speak on "Resistance to change: Overcoming limitations toward addressing student's challenging behaviors." There will also be 45 other workshops and session on topics including: Tantrums and meltdowns; Escape and avoidance behavior; Trauma informed intervention; Preschool for young children with behavioral needs; Culture, behavior and disproportionality; Violence against teachers; bullying prevention and intervention; Legal issues related to behavior; and many others. Detailed information and registration is available at: www.mslbd.org.
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A Principal's Guide to Special Education, Third Edition now available
Council for Exceptional Children
A Principal's Guide to Special Education has provided guidance to school administrators seeking to meet the needs of students with disabilities. The third edition of this invaluable reference, incorporating the perspectives of both teachers and principals, addresses such current issues as teacher accountability and evaluation, instructional leadership, collaborative teaching and learning communities, discipline procedures for students with disabilities and responding to students' special education needs within a standards-based environment. Get your copy today! Enter code PRCASE at checkout.
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Have you filled all your vacancies yet?
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If you haven't visited the CASE interactive job board at the CASE Career Center, now is a good time to do so! With its focus on special education administrators and professionals, the CASE Career Center offers members, and school districts, a highly targeted resource for online recruitment. Both members and nonmembers can use the CASE Career Center to reach qualified candidates. Employers can post jobs online, search for qualified candidates based on specific job criteria, and create an online resume agent to email qualified candidates daily. They also benefit from online reporting providing job activity statistics to track each job posting's return on investment.

For job seekers, CASE Career Center is a free service providing access to employers and jobs in education. In addition to posting their resumes, job seekers can browse or view jobs based on the criteria they find matches their goals best. Job seekers can also post confidentially with confidence or search anonymously by creating a Job Agent. Job Agents notify job seekers via email when jobs matching their criteria are posted eliminating the need to visit their online accounts daily to track new postings. Click here to go to the main site to either learn of new jobs, post your resume, or post your positions. There is a modest fee for posting positions on the site but we believe you will have a greater reach with this dedicated career center on our website — click here to become a job poster.

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Recruiting nominations for DLD Fleischner & Outstanding Educator awards at CEC
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It's that time of year again! The Division for Learning Disabilities is recruiting nominees for the Jeannette E. Fleischner Career Leadership Award and for the Outstanding Educator of the Year award. Please see below for descriptions of each award and note that both include a travel stipend to help ensure the winners can attend the DLD business meeting at CEC to receive their award in person. We have extended the deadline for these nominations to Feb. 10.

Jeannette E. Fleischner Career Leadership Award
The Jeannette E. Fleischner Career Leadership Award honors those who have advanced the field of learning disabilities through direct services, policy development, community service, research or organizational leadership throughout their career. Up to three awards may be given annually to recognize a variety of contributions. The award consists of (a) a $500 stipend, (b) up to $500 in travel expenses for presentation of the award at the DLD business meeting held during CEC's annual convention, and (c) a commemorative plaque. Nominations for this award are due 25 January annually. Extended to Feb. 10.

Outstanding Educator of the Year Award
Outstanding Educator-of-the-Year Awards are designed to recognize outstanding professionals who serve students with learning disabilities. Nominees may be special educators, general educators, administrators, or other educators who have spent at least 5 years serving students with learning disabilities at any grade level. The award consists of, (a) a $200 stipend, (b) up to $500 in travel expenses for presentation of the award at the DLD business meeting, held during CEC's annual convention, and (c) a commemorative plaque. Nominations are due 25 January annually. Extended to Feb. 10.

Please visit http://teachingld.org/awards to download the application and feel free to contact Dr. Rebecca Zumeta (rzumeta@air.org) if you have any questions.

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Recently, CEC's leadership team met with U.S. Department of Education leaders Melody Musgrove, Director of the Office of Special Education Programs, and Michael Yudin, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, to discuss, among other things, the Department's Results Driven Accountability initiative and the supports needed to improve results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities, and their families.
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Southern Education Foundation Research shows low income students are a majority in the nation's public schools
CEC Policy Insider
Newly compiled data displayed in a research bulletin by the Southern Education Foundation shows that low income students are now a majority of the schoolchildren attending the nation's public schools in the year 2013. With data collected by the National Center for Education Statistics, it shows a shocking 51 percent of these students across the nation's public schools were low income during the year.
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    A fair shot for workers with disabilities
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    Disability can be both a cause and consequence of economic insecurity. It is a cause because disability or illness can lead to job loss and reduced earnings, barriers to education and skills development, significant additional expenses, and many other challenges that can lead to economic hardship. It can also be a consequence because poverty and economic insecurity can limit access to health care and preventive services and increase the likelihood that a person lives and works in an environment that may adversely affect health. As a result, poverty and disability go hand in hand.
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    Time to teach: Supporting technology for science education in special education classrooms
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    DNLee, a biologist and studies animal behavior, mammalogy and ecology, writes: "As regular readers of this blog are aware, I am deep proponent of science outreach to the under-served. However, I acknowledge one of the areas that I am weak and that's in my science outreach to individuals with special education needs. I have attended teaching workshops designed to assist educators in revamping courses for students with sensory impairments and learning hacks for reaching students with developmental learning issues, but the truth is, working with individuals with special needs has never been a big part of my own science outreach activities."
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    Legislation


    Disability advocates sharply critical of plan to ease testing
    Disability Scoop
    As Congress looks to reauthorize the nation’s primary education law, advocates are blasting proposed changes they say would lead to lower expectations for students with disabilities. At a U.S. Senate hearing, lawmakers began the process of updating the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, now known as No Child Left Behind. Among the biggest changes under consideration are a shift in testing requirements. Current regulations allow students with the severe cognitive disabilities to take alternate assessments as opposed to the general, grade-level tests required of most students.
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    House education panel head endorses annual student testing
    The Associated Press
    The chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee endorsed continuing the federally required annual testing of students under the No Child Left Behind education law. With Congress trying to update the President George W. Bush-era law, debate has centered on the requirement that states test students in reading and math in grades three to eight and again in high school. Some educators and parents say that has created a high-stakes testing environment, and that states and districts should determine testing policy. The House committee chairman, Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., said he believes the annual results help parents and policymakers know where students stand.
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    How much political juice does the Education Department have in NCLB waiver renewals?
    Education Week
    Congress is moving full steam ahead on a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act that could undo nearly of the Obama administration's K-12 policy priorities, including state goals for student achievement, dramatic school turnarounds, and evaluating teachers through test scores — and maybe even the tests themselves. But, even the most optimistic prognosticators don't expect the final legislation to make it across the finish line until the summer.
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    Advocacy groups oppose removal of special education testing caps
    Education Week
    Lawmakers are wading into the complicated issue of accountability tests as they ponder changes to the law currently known as No Child Left Behind, but a group of disability advocacy organizations are already saying they don't want to see one change that has been floated — an elimination of the cap on students who can be tested to "alternate achievement standards."
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    Bridging the ADHD gap
    Edutopia
    According to the National Education Association, educational equity means that education should be accessible and fair to any child who wants it. In principle, it's based on the 14th Amendment and the 1954 school desegregation case, Brown v. Board of Education. The aim of that court decision was to fix the ills of an educational system based on segregation and inequity in the funding of schools as it pertained to minority students.
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    Concentrating on word sounds helps reading instruction and intervention
    Medical Xpress
    A neuroimaging study by a University at Buffalo psychologist suggests that phonics, a method of learning to read using knowledge of word sounds, shouldn't be overlooked in favor of a whole-language technique that focuses on visually memorizing word patterns, a finding that could help improve treatment and diagnosis of common reading disorders such as dyslexia.
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    7 things you should know about PARCC standardized tests
    NJ.com
    New Jersey is preparing to administer a new standardized test this spring called the PARCC. Opposition to the test is growing in some circles, causing schools to consider how they will handle students who refuse to take the tests. For those who don't have kids in school or haven't heard much buzz about PARCC, here are seven basic things you should know about the tests. What is PARCC? PARCC stands for The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. In short, it's a group of states partnered together to develop a set of common assessments for students.
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    Federal Announcements


    Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP):

    The following Notice of Applications for New Awards; Training and Information for Parents of Children with Disabilities — Parent Training and Information Centers was published in the Federal Register on Thursday, Dec. 11.

    Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2015. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.328M.

    Dates:
    Applications Available: Dec. 11.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: Feb. 9.
    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-11/html/2014-29133.htm

    The following Notice of Applications for New Awards; State Personnel Development Grants (SPDG) Program was published in the Federal Register on Monday, December 15, 2014.

    Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2015. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.323A.

    Dates:
    Applications Available: Dec. 15.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: Jan. 29.
    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-15/html/2014-29358.htm


    Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP): (2 notices)

    The following Notice of Applications for New Awards; Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals With Disabilities — Television Access was published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, Jan. 14.

    Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2015. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.327C.

    Dates:
    Applications Available: Jan. 14.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: March 16.


    The following Notice of Applications for New Awards

    State Personnel Development Grants (SPDG) Program was published in the Federal Register on Friday, January 16, 2015.

    Action:
    Applications for New Awards; extension of the application period. Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.323A.

    Summary:
    On Dec. 15, 2014, we published in the Federal Register a notice inviting applications for new awards under the SPDG competition. That notice established a Jan. 29 deadline for the submission of applications, and a deadline of March 30 for intergovernmental review. We are extending both deadlines by fifteen (15) days.

    Dates: Applications Available: Dec. 15, 2014.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: Feb. 13.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: April 14
     

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