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CASE = Encouragement
Valentines This Friday is Valentine's Day. Wouldn't this be a great week to let someone know what a terrific job they are doing. Or maybe it would be an appropriate time to tell someone how much he or she has inspired or taught you over the years! I bet you already have at least 2 names in your head right now. The trick is to jot down a note of encouragement to those two folks right now and send it! If you are like me, I think of things I should do all day long but at the end of the day, I realize I composed that note in my head but never sent it off.

Valentines has always been a special day for me. My first date with my now husband of 41 years was to a church youth Valentine's party; several years later while we were still dating, he gave me a valentine's gift that at first look might seem unromantic — but if you understood the motive was very romantic. He gave me a set of electric curlers-you have to remember I am really old! I thought it was so romantic: I would cut our date short each Saturday night because I needed to go home to "do my hair" for Sunday morning church. With the electric curlers, we could stay out later — wasn't that romantic?! Another couple of years later, he proposed on Valentine's day. This Valentine's week, think not just of the "romantic" side of the day but rather think of the encouraging side of it. Make a commitment to send an encouraging email, note, letter, card, or text to someone who is doing a great job, has made a difference in your life, or just might need a note! Pick up the phone and call someone just to say you are thinking about them. Think of at least one person who you would like to see in SPED ADMIN in the next 5 years and let them know you see a lot of potential in them! Let this Valentine's week be a time to encourage others!

One more way to "encourage" others would be to invite those up-and-coming SPED Administrators and educators who have just recently started on the "career ladder" for SPED ADMIN to be a part of your virtual site for the 3rd Annual CASE Hybrid Conference, Feb. 24-26! 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!

We have seen a brisk sale of CASE NIGHT tickets this week. This year we are taking you out to the ballpark on Thursday, April 10, 2014 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 Click here to purchase your tickets! CASE NIGHT sells out almost every year ... don't delay on getting your ticket! See you in Philadelphia!


Luann Purcell
Executive Director
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CASE Third Annual
2014 Winter Hybrid Conference
Feb. 24-26
Orlando, Fla.
Rosen Plaza Hotel or Virtual

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 or

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Conference Hotel:
Rosen Plaza, 9700 International Drive
Orlando, Florida 32819
Group Rate- $119
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 or visit our website at:
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IEP Meeting Facilitation Conference
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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Fourth Annual Elmer'sÒ Teacher Grant Program
Kids In Need Foundation
The Kids In Need Foundation, a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free school supplies to economically disadvantaged school children and under-funded teachers, is launching its fourth annual teacher grants program sponsored by Elmer'sÒ Products Inc., an industry leader in adhesives, arts and crafts, office and educational products. Beginning Feb. 14, teachers nationwide can visit the Kids In Need Foundation website to apply for an Elmer's Teacher Tool Kit grant that can range from $100 to $500.
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  A New Solution for Creating Effective Behavior Interventions

Using the tool’s guided-process, quickly create accurate, effective Proactive Strategies, Replacement Behaviors, and Reactive Strategies to help meet IEP goals.

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    PowerUp WHAT WORKS
    Center for Technology Implementation
    We're excited to share our news about PowerUp WHAT WORKS (, 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
    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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    Teacher Educators and Accomplished teachers
    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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    Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

        Are gifted students slighted in schools? (District Administration Magazine)
    PARCC releases fully functional sample test questions for Common Core (THE Journal)
    New Common Core resource aids students with special needs (eSchool News)

    Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.

    Job Posting

    Let CASE post your job positions
    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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    Spokane Public Schools

    The Director, Special Education & English Language Development provides leadership and support of the implementation of the instructional programs and related services for all students with disabilities and students needing language development support to reach K-12 standards. This position will work closely with and in support of building educational teams.

    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.

    Click here for more information.

    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

    For more information click here.

    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: 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 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

    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

    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.

    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,

    CEC Policy Insider

    CEC opposes legislative proposals to Siphon Public Education funding to private schools; funding 'follows child' but special education protections do not
    CEC Policy Insider
    CEC is calling on Congress to reject two legislative proposals that, if enacted into law, would divert public education funding to private schools, which are not required to implement the same Federal legal protections for children and youth with disabilities as public schools.
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    How much IDEA funding is going to your state?
    CEC Policy Insider
    Education-1The U.S. Department of Education has released detailed funding tables highlighting each state's allocation for IDEA and other federally funded education programs for fiscal years 2012-2014.
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    Rep. Bobby Scott makes play for top Democrat on House Education Committee
    CEC Policy Insider
    Recently, Congressman Bobby Scott, D-Va., — a longtime supporter of programs for children with disabilities — announced his interest in becoming the top Democrat on the Education and the Workforce Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives for the 114th Congress, which begins next January.
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    Recent polls: Do educators support the Common Core?
    There is a lot of misinformation being spread about the Common Core. And some of it the public believes.

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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

    Individuals with ADHD have communicative difficulty, study finds
    Science Daily
    People with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are less able to consider the perspective of their conversational partner, says research from the University of Waterloo. The findings may lead to new remediation that can improve the way individuals with the disorder interact and communicate with others. The research appears in two published studies, one in the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research is focused on children, the other addresses adults and appears in the Journal of Attention Disorders.
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    How do you learn best? Hands-on style tops survey results
    Education Week
    Score one for a hands-on style of learning, especially among young people. A new survey finds that getting physically involved in learning something trumps reading about it. The results paint a picture of a very different kind of learning than what is typically found in most classrooms.
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    Dyslexic students may get help from Tennessee legislature
    The Tennessean
    When Melissa Tackett's daughter started first grade at Crockett Elementary School, it quickly became clear she was struggling to learn how to read. Despite a head for math and science, she had trouble memorizing the order of the alphabet, rhyming words and keeping track of phonetic sounds. She struggled remembering which direction each letter and number faced. An extra in-school reading program helped but wasn't enough to catch her up to others. It turned out that Tackett's daughter had dyslexia, something the family found out after expensive testing outside the public school system.
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    Some states rebrand controversial Common Core education standards
    The Washington Post
    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer used an executive order to strip the name "Common Core" from the state's new math and reading standards for public schools. In the Hawkeye State, the same standards are now called "The Iowa Core." And in Florida, lawmakers want to delete "Common Core" from official documents and replace it with the cheerier-sounding "Next Generation Sunshine State Standards." In the face of growing opposition to the Common Core State Standards — a set of K-12 educational guidelines adopted by most of the country — officials in a handful of states are worried that the brand is already tainted. They're keeping the standards but slapping on fresh names they hope will have greater public appeal.
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    Education Department official reaffirms commitment to grade-level testing
    Education Week
    Students with disabilities should be taught to rigorous academic standards, said Deborah S. Delisle, the education department's assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education, in a press conference with reporters on Thursday. Delisle's comments came in response to a question from Joy Resmovits of the Huffington Post, who asked department officials about a proposal in New York to test certain students with disabilities up to two grades below their chronological grade level. This request is part of the state's renewal of its waiver from No Child Left Behind standards.
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    Recent polls: Do educators support the Common Core?
    There is a lot of misinformation being spread about the Common Core. And some of it the public believes. The 2013 PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Towards the Public Schools found that of those who had heard of the Common Core, 49 percent of respondents agree with the false statement that the initiative will create standards in all subjects, and 39 percent agree with the false statement that the Common Core was developed based on a blend of state standards.
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    In the News

    For special education students, diplomas, jobs increasingly elusive
    The Hechinger Report
    Four weeks into a medical assistant program at Antonelli College, Nikki Mclendon eagerly took her parents to the college's student appreciation day. The 20-year-old looked forward to discussing her progress and pre-registering for the next term, but instead received devastating news. School officials told the Mclendons their daughter was ineligible to continue. Without warning, the career technical college that accepted Mclendon a year after she finished high school said the "occupational diploma" she'd received from Forrest County Agricultural High School disqualified her.
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    Math and inquiry: The importance of letting students stumble
    For subjects like math and foreign language, which are traditionally taught in a linear and highly structured context, using more open-ended inquiry-based models can be challenging. Teachers of these subjects may find it hard to break out of linear teaching style because the assumption is that students can't move to more complicated skills before mastering basic ones. But inquiry learning is based on the premise that, with a little bit of structure and guidance, teachers can support students to ask questions that lead them to learn those same important skills — in ways that are meaningful to them.
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    News literacy: Critical thinking skills for the 21st century
    Edutopia (commentary)
    Peter Adams, senior vice president for educational programs at The News Literacy Project, writes: "Every teacher I've worked with over the last five years recalls two kinds of digital experiences with students. The first I think of as digital native moments, when a student uses a piece of technology with almost eerie intuitiveness. As digital natives, today's teens have grown up with these tools and have assimilated their logic. The second I call digital naiveté moments, when a student trusts a source of information that is obviously unreliable"
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    How do we help children identify as readers?
    Psychology Today (commentary)
    Jamie Zibulsky, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University, writes: "When I was a child, reading was my favorite pasttime. My parents, who are early risers, often reminisce about coming down the stairs of our house before the sun was up, tiptoeing because they thought no one else was awake, and finding me sitting on the floor of my room, reading stories to my stuffed animals. Each day, I read before school and in the evening. When a book was particularly gripping, I could be found reading in the hallways of my school, in the car while being coerced into doing errands, and under my covers with a flashlight. Clearly, I read for my own satisfaction."
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