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Do you know an up and coming SPED Administrator ... or an educator who is about to or has just recently started on the "career ladder" for SPED ADMIN? Do you have your eyes on someone who should be entering SPED ADMIN? Do you know parents or community leaders who need to know more about Common Core or who you want to get more involved in the support of public education? These are the folks we want to target for the 3rd Annual CASE Hybrid Conference. There are many events going on in February but they really don't conflict with the Hybrid — not if you look at it as an opportunity to involve the very folks who do not get to attend those events. What we are really hoping is for our members to Facilitate these "virtual sites" so we can expose more educators and potential SPED ADMIN folks to the cutting edge issues and the experts in the fields.

Here is the "low down" from a couple of previous virtual site coordinators:

Being able to attend a national CASE conference virtually works so well for us here in rural Alaska. While it is prohibitively expensive to travel all the way to Florida, I can invite my whole staff to attend some or all of the sessions without having to leave town. And CASE has gone out of its way to make the time differences very workable for us.
Laural Jackson, Assistant Superintendent
Delta/Greely School District (AK)

Last year we hosted this Virtual Conference for districts within our ISD. It was an incredible opportunity to receive this level of high quality information..without ever leaving the county and we were able to have great conversations about what we were learning, right then and there, as we were all hearing it together in real time. Kathy Fortino
Associate Superintendent for Special Education and Early Childhood
Muskegon Area ISD (MI)

It is definitely not too late to sign up for the Hybrid conference. We will provide you with a flyer you can edit to send out as an invitation to potential attendees. We have compiled a list of hints that our previous virtual sites have suggested to us. We have pretty much done all the "work" and now you can offer a great service to others and look really good! Click here for the flyer. Click here for the Agenda. To register, click here!

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If you have been a member of CASE for more than 3 years, you most likely know about CASE Night! What is CASE Night? It is a great opportunity to network with your colleagues and have a wonderful evening out when you are attending the CEC Convention. How many times do you go to a great city for a convention and then miss out on all the "tourist" activities because you are so busy attending the conference! We always select something that is fun to do, feed you dinner, connect you with 170 great colleagues, entertain you, and all for a very reasonable amount! We can sell the CASE Night tickets for $65 because the actual cost is supplemented by a sponsor. This year our sponsor is C8 Sciences!

This year we are taking you out to the ballpark on Thursday, April 10 when CEC will be in Philadelphia! We will have appetizers, dinner and lots of fun at a pregame tent party at the Citizens' Bank Park and then we will be sitting together for the Phillies vs. Brewers game! Click here for the flyer and go to the CASE website to purchase your tickets! CASE Night sells out almost every year ... don't delay on getting your ticket! See you in Philadelphia!

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CASE Third Annual
2014 Winter Hybrid Conference
KEEPING UP IN CHANGING TIMES!
Feb. 24-26
Orlando, Fla.
Rosen Plaza Hotel or Virtual

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Each Day will be a self contained workshop
  • Focus on Measuring and Evaluating Teacher/Staff Effectiveness
  • Impact of Common Core, Essential Elements and New Assessments
  • Public Education: How Will It Survive
Presenters will be Cutting Edge
    Dr. Mary Brownell, CEEDAR Center, University of Florida; Dr. Stevan Kukic, NCLD; Dr. Rick Melmer, CCSSO/SDBOR/MCEC; Audra Ahumada, Alternate Assessment Director, AZ DOE; Dr. Lynn Holdheide, CEEDAR/AIR; Dr. Joanne Cashman, Director IDEA Partnership; Lindsay Jones, NCLD; Matt Clifford, AIR; Katie Hornung, AIR ; Others to be added as confirmed.
This will be a HYBRID Conference
  • Attend in person OR link up for a virtual conference from your location
  • Price is per site so invite as many others to join you as you wish for the same price
  • Purchase the CD-ROM and it is for your use as often as you wish!
  • Practical Help & Resources provided to all Virtual Sites
  • Special Communication Links between Virtual Sites and On Site participants/speakers
To Register: go to www.casecec.org or http://casecec.peachnewmedia.com

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Conference Hotel:
Rosen Plaza, 9700 International Drive
Orlando, Florida 32819
Group Rate- $119          www.rosenplaza.com
To get the group rate click here.

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Special Education Symposium — July 21-25
The Bresnahan-Halstead Center
The Bresnahan-Halstead Center at the University of Northern Colorado is sponsoring a week long Special Education Symposium the week of July 21-25 at the Lion Square Lodge in beautiful Vail, Colorado. Participants in the Symposium will have the opportunity to hear and interact with Don Deshler, Steve Kukic, Beth Harry, Michael Epstein, and Harvey Rude who address the topic of: "Instructional Excellence for Improving Learner Outcomes." Session attendees will walk away with an action plan to apply innovative strategies that work, and produce the outcomes of results and learning for individual learners, including those with disabilities. To receive additional information, please contact Bresnahan-Halstead Center Business Manager, Lorae Blum at Lorae.Blum@unco.edu or visit our website at: http://www.unco.edu/bresnahan-halstead.
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IEP Meeting Facilitation Conference
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Drexel University's School of Education Special Education Program presents a professional development opportunity for comprehensive and intensive training in the mechanics and legal benefits of IEP Meeting Facilitation and Conflict Resolution.

This conference will provide participants with training to effectively facilitate IEP Team meetings including:
  • Managing strong emotions and preventing conflict at IEP meetings.
  • Assuring productive and meaningful student-centered dialogue.
  • Implementing a legally compliant IEP Meeting Agenda, while focusing team members on IEP content.
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The Viscardi Center announces call for nominations to honor distinguished leaders of the disability community
The Viscardi Center via CASE
The Viscardi Center issued a Call for Nominations for the Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards, which pay tribute to exemplary leaders in the disability community who have had a profound impact on shaping attitudes, raising awareness and improving the quality of life of people with disabilities. The Award recipients will be announced on Monday, May 5, 2014.
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    PowerUp WHAT WORKS
    Center for Technology Implementation
    We're excited to share our news about PowerUp WHAT WORKS (www.PowerUpWhatWorks.org), developed by the Center for Technology Implementation at the American Institutes for Research. PowerUp WHAT WORKS is a free professional learning website that offers teachers, PD facilitators, and administrators' resources for helping struggling students, especially those with disabilities, meet the Common Core State Standards. The focus is on linking evidence-based practices and technology in English language arts and math.
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    Join CEC, lawmakers in urging Obama to invest in IDEA
    CEC
    Does your Representative in Congress support increasing funding for IDEA?

    Now's the time to find out!

    Use CEC's Legislative Action Center to ask your Representative to join a bi-partisan group of lawmakers in urging President Obama to increase funding for IDEA in his FY 2015 budget proposal, which is expected next month.

    Led by Congressmen Huffman, D-Calif., Polis, D-Colo., McKinley, R-W.Va., and Harper R-Miss., this letter to President Barack Obama recognizes that Congress has failed to fulfill its pledge to fully fund IDEA and presses the President to get IDEA on a path to reaching full funding in ten years.

    Please join CEC in advocating for increased IDEA funding by asking your lawmakers to sign this letter — it only takes a minute using CEC's Legislative Action Center!

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    Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

        Is the Education Department nitpicking states over NCLB waivers? (Education Week)
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    Job Posting


    Let CASE post your job positions
    CASE
    CASE will be glad to post job positions each week — Please send to Luann Purcell, executive director by Tuesday of each week for posting the next week. It should be about a paragraph in length, but you can attach a PDF document that interested persons can then click through to for more information or you can provide a URL link for the same purpose. Please indicate at what date the post should be pulled not to exceed six weeks.
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    Positions
    Special Education Alternate Assessment Coordinator
    North Dakota Department of Public Instruction


    Primary responsibility is in special education administrative management using a team process. The office of Special Education provides a stimulating work environment with a great variety. Plentiful professional development opportunities for leadership on disability related issues, plus interaction with state and national experts make this position both rewarding and professionally challenging.

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    The American School For The Deaf Announces an opening for Executive Director

    The American School for the Deaf is located in West Hartford, Connecticut. Established in 1817 as the first permanent school for the deaf in America, the current school is a comprehensive center-based and community-based educational institution serving deaf and hard-of-hearing students from preschool through high school, and providing an adult service program, utilizing a total communication philosophy. The American School for the Deaf is approved by the Departments of Education in ten states including Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York and serves students from ten states as well as international students.


    South Central Community Services Inc.
    Under the direct supervision of the Day Treatment Site Supervisor, the Teacher adopts the major responsibility for the academic learning, social and emotional growth of students. This includes the use of teaching techniques and tools which stimulate an interest in learning and covering the basic academic

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    The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Education Division, Office of VSA and Accessibility, seeks a special education professional to be a catalyst for improving arts education for students with disabilities and students in special education. The person in this position will be expected to have and maintain an expertise and in-depth knowledge of education and special education policy and practice; the field of disability; and arts education, special education, inclusion, differentiated learning and universal design for learning. They will be responsible for executing VSA's 2014 Intersections: Arts and Special Education conference.

    For more information, as well as instructions on how to apply please go to: http://www.kennedy-center.org/jobs/. The position opened on September 14, 2013 and will remain open until filled.


    Council for Exceptional Children
    The Council for Exceptional Children invites applications for the editor of its peer reviewed, practitioner-oriented journal, TEACHING Exceptional Children. Applications from co-editors also will be accepted. Designed for special education professionals, TEC links research and practice, showing the application of research to special education classroom and administrative activities and decisions.

    To receive application instructions: Send an email to teceditorapplications@cec.sped.org. Please include your full name, current position and preferred phone number.


    Corning-Painted Post Area School District
    Position description: Supervises and coordinates programs that serve children with special needs; including special education, tutorial and enrichment programs. Coordinates the district health services and student screening programs. Implements the district guidance plan. Shares supervision with building administrators of district special education teachers, speech therapists, school-nurse teachers, guidance counselors, school psychologists and teachers in the enrichment programs.

    For more information click here.


    C8 Sciences, one of the fastest-growing brain research companies in the world, is seeking an inside sales consultant to help implement our researched based programs into the education and healthcare markets. This position has six-figure earnings potential, full benefit package, extensive training program and great working culture for the right candidate.

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    The Mico University College Child Assessment and Research in Education Centre, established since 1981 to meet the needs of children requiring special education in Jamaica and the English speaking Caribbean seeks School Psychologist, and Special Educators at the graduate or doctoral level. Candidates must be able to diagnose and apply prescriptive remediation for children with learning disabilities and behavioral disorders, should have strong leadership skills with the ability to organize, train and develop and guide a clinical team. Strong research and analytical skills are also required.

    For further information you may email us at childassessmentpersonnel@cwjamaica.com.


    The Association of University Centers on Disabilities, a national not-for-profit organization, seeks an executive director to lead and guide activities that fulfill its mission to advance policies and practices that improve the health, education, social and economic well-being of people with developmental and other disabilities, their families and their communities by supporting its members in research, education, health and service activities. AUCD is governed by a 19-member Board of Directors that includes professionals, individuals with disabilities and family members. It has an annual budget of approximately $5 million and employs a staff of 21. For additional detailed information, click here and visit www.aucd.org.


    Berkshire Hills Music Academy, a private post-secondary residential school for young adults with a love of music who have learning, cognitive or developmental disabilities, is seeking a new executive director. Located in South Hadley, Mass., the academy uses a strength-based, music-infused curriculum to promote gains in self-efficacy as well as to cultivate performing arts abilities. www.berkshirehills.org.

    The executive director will lead the school, oversee staff and programs, and be responsible for fiscal health and fundraising. Requires experience working with individuals with disabilities, management and fundraising experience.

    For more details, click here. Send cover, resume and salary history to Susan Egmont, Egmont Associates, segmont@egmontassociates.com.



    CEC Policy Insider


    President's State of the Union Speech, Republican response highlight education
    CEC Policy Insider
    As the country tuned into the president's State of the Union speech and the response by House Republican Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, we are all reminded of the critical role education plays in achieving the American Dream. From the first sentence of the president's speech recounting the dedication of teachers who spend extra time with students to his renewed commitment of expanding preschool opportunities for every 4-year-old, CEC commends President Barack Obama for his continued emphasis of how education creates opportunity for all Americans.
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    CEC unveils new evidence-based practice standards
    CEC Policy Insider
    The Council for Exceptional Children has released its CEC Standards for Evidence-Based Practice in Special Education, a report commissioned by the CEC Board of Directors. For the past five years, a workgroup comprised of seven special education researchers developed, vetted, and piloted the new standards for determining evidence-based practices in special education. CEC's goal is that the standards will be applied to better understand the effectiveness of a range of practices for learners with disabilities.
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    US Department of Education names commissioner for special education research; new head answers 5 questions from CEC
    CEC Policy Insider
    Joan McLaughlin, Ph.D. was named Commissioner of the National Center for Special Education Research, one of four centers within the Institute for Education Sciences, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education. McLaughlin has been serving as the Acting Commissioner since July 2013.
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    Make dyslexia a national priority
    The Hill
    Rep. Bill Cassidy, R- La., has introduced a House Resolution on Dyslexia (H.Res. 456, 113th Congress), which, at long last, brings hope and recognition to the one out of five children who are dyslexic and who, with proper diagnosis and evidence-based interventions and accommodations, could learn to read, to spell and to achieve at their ability and go on to fulfilling futures.

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    Common Core's promise collides with IEP realities
    Education Week
    One of the most promising elements of common academic standards for students with disabilities, say experts in special education, is that they offer explicit connections from one set of skills to another.

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    'Mainstreaming' special education students needs debate
    The Wall Street Journal
    Americans tend to be a vocal people, sharing their views about almost any issue in the public sphere loudly and frequently.

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    Hot Topics


    Are gifted students slighted in schools?
    District Administration Magazine
    The American public school system's focus on struggling students leaves high-achievers without a challenging enough education — a detriment to the country in a time of concerns over international competitiveness, says a new guidebook. Policy support that has vacillated between gifted and struggling students for several decades is now firmly behind getting low-achievers up to speed, says Andy Smarick, a partner at the nonprofit Bellwether Education Partners and author of the September guidebook, "Closing America's High-achievement Gap."
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    PARCC releases fully functional sample test questions for Common Core
    THE Journal
    PARCC has made its sample test questions available for computer-based practice. Sample items for the upcoming assessments of Common Core State Standards have been released previously for testing on paper across all grade levels; now PARCC schools "will be able to engage with the sample items using computer-based tools such as drag-and-drop, multiple select, text highlighting, and an equation builder."
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    New Common Core resource aids students with special needs
    eSchool News
    This nonprofit concerned with the advancement of education technology has developed a new, free Common Core website for educators that offers customizable resources to improve teaching and learning for struggling students and those with disabilities. The website's — PowerUp WHAT WORKS — materials focus on four key areas, including evidence-based practices, Common Core State Standards, technology in schools and classrooms, and personalization of learning through Universal Design for Learning and differentiated instruction.
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    Make dyslexia a national priority
    The Hill
    Rep. Bill Cassidy, R- La., has introduced a House Resolution on Dyslexia (H.Res. 456, 113th Congress), which, at long last, brings hope and recognition to the one out of five children who are dyslexic and who, with proper diagnosis and evidence-based interventions and accommodations, could learn to read, to spell and to achieve at their ability and go on to fulfilling futures.
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    Education spending balloons, but students in some states get more money than others
    The Washington Post
    There is disagreement within education circles over whether spending more money per pupil leads to better results. But there is no disagreement that the amount of money states spend on education has erupted in recent years. In almost every state, the amount of money spent per pupil has more than doubled in the last 40 years, according to a new report. States spent an average of $4,221 per student in the 1969-1970 school year, in 2010 dollars. That number jumped to $10,643 in the 2009-2010 school year.
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    In the News


    7 instructional strategies for the Common Core
    eSchool News
    As significant numbers of educators, parents and politicians push back on the Common Core Standards now that implementation has begun, many teachers are left to navigate the shift with little or no direction about how to change their teaching practice to accommodate the new standards. Implementation challenges range from a lack of professional development and curriculum materials aligned with the Common Core, to inadequate technology infrastructure and changing assessment practices.
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    Students should be tested more, not less
    The Atlantic
    Testing is terrible for learning, destroys student and teacher morale, and impedes opportunities for productive, meaningful teaching. This oft-repeated axiom has become accepted as true without proof. Opposition to testing and all its associated ills has led to an over-generalization of the word "test" and an unwarranted reputation as the embodiment of all that is wrong with American education. One researcher believes we are throwing a very effective learning tool out with our educational bathwater, and asserts that we should be testing students more, not less.
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    Personalized progress: How tech model is driving achievement
    District Administration Magazine
    Personalized learning is beginning to produce positive results in student achievement as it becomes more established in districts nationwide. These success stories are encouraging more districts to adopt the tech-heavy learning model that's designed to customize education for each student. At FirstLine Schools, a New Orleans charter network where most students are low-income and many have special needs, the personalized learning approach has produced some of the highest scores on the Louisiana state assessment in the New Orleans area, says Chris Liang-Vergera, FirstLine's director of instructional technology for personalized learning.
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    Great English teachers improve students' math scores
    The Hechinger Report
    Better English teachers not only boost a student's reading and writing performance in the short-term, but they also raise their students math and English achievement in future years. That's according to a working paper, "Learning that Lasts: Unpacking Variation in Teachers' Effects on Students' Long-Term Knowledge," by a team of Stanford University and University of Virginia researchers presented at the 7th Annual Calder Research Conference on Jan. 23.
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    The importance of free play for learning
    MindShift (commentary)
    In an attempt to improve academic achievement, schools and districts are considering a variety of reforms including lengthening the school day, shortening vacation time and any and all interventions to improve test scores. But what is lost when a child's life becomes increasingly scheduled? Writing for The Independent, Dr. Peter Gray makes the case for free play, arguing that in those moments of fun and freedom kids are learning how to be creative, deal with fear and form emotional bonds.
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