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CASE = Keeping You Informed
Did you know that CASE is an advisory partner on several national grants from OSEP? For most of the grants, we participate on conference calls, disseminate information, and occasionally meet face to face. One of those groups is the National Center on Intensive Intervention. I attended the yearly face to face meeting last Monday — and some of you are aware I got "stuck" in D.C. between the Atlanta snow storm and the D.C. snow storm! I spent some of my delay at the CEC headquarters and got caught up with several of the units there and spent some quality time with the new CEC Executive Director Alex Graham. CEC is definitely on the move and I believe you will see even greater things coming out for you our members in the future — but more on that below.

While preparing for the meeting and then at the NCII meeting, I discovered some amazing resources for our schools, teachers, administrators and parents. If you haven't been to the NCII website, let me suggest a couple of links. Click on the various Links to Tool Charts that look at a comparison of various programs that are used for Academic Progress Monitoring, Academic Intervention and Behavior Progress Monitoring. To get some quality information on Data Based Individualization in the MTSS/RTI Intensive Intervention click here book mark the website because they are adding additional tools all the time. What a great, ready to use set of resources.

Speaking of resources, I cannot stress to you enough how many resources you will get and how much practical information you will receive if you participate in the 3rd Annual CASE virtual site. The first day (Feb. 24) on Teacher/Staff evaluation is a critical discussion in which we all need to participate. Tuesday, Feb. 25, we will be exploring the Common Core State Standards and Assessments as it applies to the school, classroom, district and state. We have pulled together the most knowledgeable practitioners and developers on this topic. The discussion on Wednesday, Feb. 26 on How Public Education Will survive is one you might have wanted to avoid but one we must have! We need to hear your voice on this topic. Be a virtual site and invite the community, parents, new administrators, veteran educators and others to participate in these discussions! Click here for the flyer. Click here for the agenda. To register, click here!

Speaking of discussion ... while I was at CEC headquarters, I talked with Diann Shinn who reminded me about CEC's new all member forum. As a member of CASE, you can now connect to the expertise of all CEC members through the new All-Member Forum.
  • Find members who share your professional interests.
  • Seek ideas or advice from experienced colleagues.
  • Share your expertise with other CEC members.
Visit the new All-Member Forum today and you'll see that a great benefit of being a member of CEC is having access to the collective knowledge of the members of CEC. The All-Member Forum is an excellent venue for topic-specific discussions that are critical to you. Check these discussions out, add comments, start discussions of your own!

It is my goal for you to get something you can use each week when you open up your CASE Weekly update. I know every minute of your day is already taken and we count it an honor you spend a few of those minutes with CASE each week!


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
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Group Rate- $119
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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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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 when CEC will be in Philadelphia! We will have appetizers, dinner, cash bar 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!
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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.
Click here for more information.

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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.

        Individuals with ADHD have communicative difficulty, study finds (Science Daily)
    Some states rebrand controversial Common Core education standards (The Washington Post)
    Make dyslexia a national priority (The Hill)

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    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

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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: 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

    Physical restraint and seclusion should be limited to emergencies, special educators Say
    CEC Policy Insider
    Senator Harkin, D-Ia., introduced the Keeping All Students Safe Act, legislation that bans seclusion and limits restraint procedures to emergency situations only. This legislation was introduced after an investigative report conducted by the Senate Education Committee concluded that the use of restraint and seclusion procedures in schools has led to injury, trauma, even death of children.
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    Receiving testing accommodations for learning disabilities
    The Huffington Post
    Many talented, bright high school students have diagnosed — or undiagnosed — learning disabilities. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately one in seven Americans has some type of disability, including dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and many others.

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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

    What musicians can tell us about dyslexia and the brain
    Dyslexia is a frustrating disorder that gives otherwise smart people trouble with reading. Nobody knows exactly what causes it, but one popular hypothesis is that the root of the problem is a deficit in the brain’s ability to process sounds, especially during childhood. Kids who have a hard time parsing all those talky sounds that grownups make also struggle to learn the connections between speech sounds and words on a page. And that's what causes the reading difficulties, or so the thinking goes.
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    Fine motor skills and academic achievement
    Psychology Today
    When it comes to achievement, many people are surprised to learn that a robust predictor is fine motor skills. This is an association that was first popularized by Grissmer, Grimm, Ayer, Murrah, and Steele (2010), who found early fine motor skills in kindergarten were a predictor for reading and math achievement during elementary school. Other fields (e.g., optometry, special education) have noted a motor-achievement association as well. This association has been found with samples that extend beyond elementary school, to eighth grade (Carlson, 2013) and beyond (Carlson, Row, & Curby, 2013) and for students with developmental disabilities (Kim, Carlson, Curby, & Winsler, 2014). The benefit of fine motor skills has also been seen as early as preschool (Kim et al., 2014).
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    Battling bullies: Safety experts offer advice on dealing with bullying, cyberbullying
    Gaston Gazette
    School is a place for young people to learn, grown and acquire skills for their future. But, what happens when that place is no longer one of comfort, safety and assurance? In addition to physical bullying, students today may also face cyberbullying, making safety awareness more important than ever. Tracy and Charley Vega, personal safety experts and founders of Simple Self Defense for Women & Children, offered their knowledge on these hot-button issues recently.
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    America's school funding problems, state by state
    The Washington Post
    A new report on school funding reveals how uneven and unfair public school funding is in states across the country. The report, titled "Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card," looks at funding data from 2007 through 2011, analyzing the condition of state school finance systems with a focus on the fair distribution of resources to the neediest students. It covers the period before the big 2008 recession and through the start of the recovery.
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    High cost of Common Core has states rethinking the national education standards
    Fox News
    States are learning the cost of Common Core is uncommonly high. The federally-backed standards initiative, first proposed by the nation's governors and an educators' association, seeks to impose a national standard for achievement among K-12 students. So far, 45 states plus the District of Columbia have signed on, with some implementing curriculum designed for the Common Core Standards Initiative during the current school year and the rest set to take part in the next school year. But several states are reconsidering their participation, and one big reason is the cost.
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    Vouchers get fresh attention from state policymakers
    Education Week
    Policymakers around the country are embroiled in debates over private school vouchers, with school choice-related legislation bidding for attention in multiple statehouses, as well as in the U.S. Senate. Proposals to create programs that provide public funds for private school tuition have been introduced in Alaska, Indiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Wisconsin. And in North Carolina, a lawsuit aimed at curtailing a new voucher program has been gaining support from school districts.
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    Receiving testing accommodations for learning disabilities
    The Huffington Post
    Many talented, bright high school students have diagnosed — or undiagnosed — learning disabilities. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately one in seven Americans has some type of disability, including dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and many others.
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    Schools' citizenship courses failing in their civic mission, experts say
    Service-learning projects have become popular in U.S. public schools for teaching citizenship values. However, these curricula may be failing at their civic mission by promoting narrow views of civic engagement and marginalizing people with disabilities, say experts in special education at the University of Illinois and the University of Maine.
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    Study: Districts vary widely in the amount of time they spend on testing
    Education Week
    Students in some school districts spend 20 more hours annually on district- and state-mandated math and English/language arts tests than do their peers in other districts, a new study has found. "The Student & the Stopwatch," released Wednesday by TeachPlus, examines the wide variations in the time spent on testing. Nationwide, it found that some districts spend five times more time on tests than others. Urban schoolchildren tend to spend more time in testing than those in the suburbs. And teachers say that testing costs them twice as much instructional time as their students actually spend taking the tests.
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