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The ballots went out on Monday, Feb. 24 and as of the writing of this article only 5.54 percent of CASE members have voted! We really want to beat our high which is 21 percent. If you cannot find your ballot email, please contact me and we can check. It may be a function of you having a different email from what CEC has on their records or it may mean your membership has lapsed. We get our member list from CEC. If you didn't get your ballot, you may be missing other very important information! Just because you are receiving this email does not mean CEC has your correct email address. You can find the candidate information now on the CASE website but remember, you can only vote from your link in your email. If you know of CASE members who do not get emails, they can contact the CASE office and receive a paper ballot. The election will only be open through Saturday March 15 so don't put it off. Take your turn and be an engaged and informed member! The election results will be announced at the Annual CASE Member/Board meeting at the CEC convention, Wednesday April 9. I hope you are making your plans to attend the CEC Convention and if so, that you are planning to arrive early enough to have breakfast and attend the CASE meeting. Watch for more details in the coming weeks — see below for the CASE Night tickets!
What an amazing 3rd Annual CASE Hybrid conference we had last week! Special thanks to our virtual sites who sent in comments and questions! All three days were filled with information and insight. You can still purchase the CD ROM (should arrive in about 3 weeks) and use any of the sessions as often as you like. The handouts and additional information will all be a part of the CD ROM — the only difference is you won't be able to be a part of the discussion. You can go to the CASE Facebook page and/or on Twitter @casecec #2014case and see pictures and discussion streams. Another special thanks to our sponsors and exhibitors for the Hybrid: Sponsors- eSped/eStar; Classworks, and KU Online; Exhibitors: Classworks, Master Teacher and VizZle; what a group of great, dedicated folks! The POLL this week asks for your input on what the topics for the 4th Annual Hybrid should be — no, it is not too early to begin planning for next year!
Speaking of planning, I hope you are planning to attend CEC and all of the CASE events! Make sure your plans include you arriving so you can attend the CASE member/board meeting on Wednesday, April 9. We will begin with a great, full breakfast buffet, sponsored by eSped at 7:30-8:30 and then the meeting starting at 8:30 and going until about 4:30. Awards will be sponsored by Stetson & Associates. Once again, this year our Showcase session, sponsored by Scholastic, will be Julie Weather, Esq with her great legal update! CASE Night, co-sponsored by C8Science and Star Autism Support, is going to be a great event as always this year! Just think, heading out to the ballpark with 174 of your colleagues on Thursday, April 10, 2014 for food and a great ballgame! 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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Special discount offer to CASE members!
CASE is a national outreach partner on the Who Cares About Kelsey? film and education project. CASE members can receive a 50 percent discount on the Who Cares About Kelsey? Education DVD Kit, which contains the film, 11 mini-films and extensive educational materials. Who Cares About Kelsey? documents the lives of students with emotional/behavioral challenges, and shows innovative educational approaches that help these students to succeed — while improving the overall school culture and climate. All films included in the Project are directed by Dan Habib (creator of Including Samuel). To learn more and to purchase the Kit, go to www.whocaresaboutkelsey.com/dvd. To receive your 50 percent discount, please use the coupon code: Fledgling50. This opportunity is made possible by a grant to the Who Cares About Kelsey? project from the Fledgling Foundation, and will last only until the first 200 discount coupons are utilized.
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.
Don't miss out on getting your CASE Night ticket
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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Yale School of Medicine
Activate was developed the Yale School of Medicine in a NIH (National Institute of Health) funded project designed to target Executive Function skills in children with ADHD and Autism. We currently have pilot programs deployed in over 100 districts across the U.S. and Canada and the results so far have been very good. Over the last few years the program has proven exceptionally successful in the SPED classroom. The results have been so promising that last year the NIH gave the program the NIH Directors Award and $4 million to continue research and development. As part of the research program they have also required us to set up additional pilots in schools in every state.
Loudoun County Public Schools, a large district in Northern Virginia/DC metro area, is piloting the C8 Sciences program "Activate" in one elementary school this year. After a site visit and presentation on the program that included related case study research from Ken Coleman, President, and Dr. Bruce Wexler, Yale Neuroscientist and Researcher, key leadership of the Department of Pupil Services were optimistic regarding the potential benefits for our students. Based on principal and staff interest, technology access and school based and pupil services staff support, LCPS agreed to pilot the program for 50 selected general and special education students identified with attention deficit disorder and/or challenges with executive functioning skills. School staff also decided to add the physical activity component to the program with the support of their physical education teacher to maximize benefit. At this time data is not available since participation for the prescribed number of weeks has not yet been completed but school staff are excited and optimistic about the prospect of positive results and students are enjoying their participation in the activities.
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For more information about becoming one of the Pilot Districts, contact Donna Ellis, Ed.D or telephone 904-647-8607 and mention you found out about this opportunity from CASE!
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
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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Senate, House Education Committees address early education
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Recently, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions and House Education and Workforce Committee both held hearings focusing on high-quality early education, a priority of the Obama administration which the president highlighted in his last two State of the Union speeches.
Department of Education 2014 summer internships, apply by March 15
CEC Policy Insider
Interning with the Department of Education is a great way to explore your interests in education policy research and analysis, intergovernmental relations and public affairs, and even work with social media while learning about the role federal government plays in education.
Summer programs for K-12 teachers at the Library of Congress, apply by March 24
CEC Policy Insider
The Library of Congress is accepting applications for its week-long summer programs for K-12 educators through March 24. Selected participants join colleagues from across the country for five days of high quality professional development in Washington, D.C. Educators across subject areas and grade levels work side by side with Library education specialists and collections experts to develop lessons for use in their classrooms. At the program’s end, participants will return to their school settings armed with multiple strategies for developing, refining, and implementing lessons with primary source analysis at the center.
Dyslexia lab to help students
Mississippi's Petal Primary School students who struggle with learning to read are getting the help they need in the school's dyslexia lab. Principal Kim Raulston installed the lab this school year, in response to the 2012 passage of House Bill 1031, which requires schools to screen kindergartners and first-graders for dyslexia. "For several years, we have been concerned about the needs of students who are learning to read," she said. "Kindergarten students are screened in the spring and first-graders are screened in the fall."
Expand pre-K, not ADHD
The New York Times
The writing is on the chalkboard. Over the next few years, America can count on a major expansion of early childhood education. We embrace this trend, but as health policy researchers, we want to raise a major caveat: Unless we’re careful, today’s preschool bandwagon could lead straight to an epidemic of 4- and 5-year-olds wrongfully being told that they have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Introducing millions of 3- to 5-year-olds to classrooms and preacademic demands means that many more distracted kids will undoubtedly catch the attention of their teachers. Sure, many children this age are already in preschool, but making the movement universal and embedding transitional-K programs in public schools is bound to increase the pressure. We're all for high standards, but danger lurks.
10 guidelines for stopping cyberbullying
It's a fact of life in the 21st century that kids are connected to each other 24/7. A generation ago, young people who were bullied in school could count on hours spent at home as a respite from ridicule. Today, kids are ever-connected through texting, instant messaging, and social media sites; sadly, there is little rest for the bully-weary. While many parents consider themselves digital immigrants in their child's native cyber-lands, even a tech-novice can help a young person navigate their way safely through the choppy waters of online aggression.
White House urged to fully fund IDEA
A federal agency and more than 130 members of Congress are calling on President Barack Obama to allocate more funding for special education in his upcoming budget proposal. In separate letters to Obama, the National Council on Disability and a group including both Democrats and Republicans in Congress are asking the federal government to increase special education spending for the coming year and to establish a 10-year plan to fully fund the program.
The Common Core is tough on kids with special needs
In a recent discussion board thread on reading comprehension challenges in autism, a special-education teacher commented that her students can't understand the assigned reading passages. "When I complained, I was told that I could add extra support, but not actually change the passages," she wrote. "It is truly sad to see my students' frustration." Why must this teacher's students contend with passages that are too complex for them to understand? She attributes this inflexibility to the Common Core, new standards — created in 2009 by a group of education professionals, none of them K-12 classroom teachers or special-education experts — that have been adopted by 45 states.
New NCLB waiver reports show more issues with struggling schools, new tests
The U.S. Department of Education released waiver monitoring reports for three more states Friday night that show continued struggles with low-performing schools and new tests aligned to the common core. Kansas is dinged because the interventions for its focus schools do not seem to line up with the reasons those schools were selected for this designation in the first place. (Focus schools are those with the largest achievement gaps in the state.) This is a common problem among many waiver states.
New dyslexia bill would help Tennessee students
Tennessee lawmakers will soon consider a bill designed to improve learning for children with dyslexia. Supporters plan to put the finishing touches on the "Dyslexia is Real" bill. It would formally recognize dyslexia as a learning disability. The bill has strong ties to East Tennessee. Emily Dempster of Knoxville has been involved with the bill since the idea started more than a year ago. State Rep. Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville, and State Sen. Becky Duncan Massey, R-Knoxville, filed versions of the bill earlier this month.
Are schools asking to drug kids for better test scores?
The Wall Street Journal
In the past two decades, the number of children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder has nearly doubled. One in five American boys receives a diagnosis by age 17. More than 70 percent of those who are diagnosed — millions of children &dmash; are prescribed drugs. A new book, "The ADHD Explosion" by Stephen Hinshaw and Richard Scheffler, looks at this extraordinary increase. What's the explanation? Some rise in environmental toxins? Worse parenting? Better detection?
Common Core tensions cause union heartburn
From the early days of the Common Core State Standards, the two national teachers' unions have been among the initiative's biggest boosters, helping to make the case to the nation's 3.5 million teachers for the tougher expectations and putting significant money into the development of aligned curricula and tools. But in some union quarters, that support is starting to waver — the product of flawed implementation in states, concerns about the fast timeline for new testing tied to the standards, and, in at least one instance, fallout from internal state-union politics.
How to become a socially inclusive school
Maurice Elias, a contributor for Edutopia, writes: "In its comprehensive case study report on socially inclusive schools, Special Olympics' Project UNIFY identified the common factors across schools that had created a bridge from social inclusion programs to a genuinely positive school climate. The case study findings are here, and I'm also going to share with you key lessons learned that reflect my own work in fostering inclusive settings."
One way to help solve America's major curriculum problem
The Washington Post (commentary)
Common Core State Standards, accountability, benchmarks, teacher quality, evaluation, test design and uses, value-added measurement, Race to the Top, international comparisons — all of these are at the center of fierce debates in the education world. Marion Brady argues in this post that they are all sideshows to the real problem in American schools — curriculum — and he offers a way out. Brady has worked as a teacher, administrator, college professor, contributor to academic journals, textbook and professional book author, consultant to publishers and foundations, newspaper columnist
How opening up classroom doors can push education forward
Transparency is not a word often associated with education. For many parents, the time between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. can feel like a mysterious part of their child's life. Questioning students about their school day often results in an unsatisfying answer and not every parent has the time to be in constant communication with their student's teacher. For teachers, transparency can have a distinctly negative connotation. In the political debate, the word is often used in connection to hot button issues like posting teacher salaries and benefits publicly or publishing test scores. And within the school walls, transparency can feel like judgement. Teachers can see principal visits as inspections, not respectful check-ins to offer encouragement and suggestions.
Class size matters a lot, research shows
The Washington Post
Every now and then someone in education policy (Arne Duncan) or education philanthropy (Bill Gates) or the media (Malcolm Gladwell) will say something about why class size isn't really very important because a great teacher can handle a boatload of kids. Not really. A new review of the major research that has been conducted on class size by Northwestern University Associate Professor Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach and published by the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado Boulder makes clear that class size matters, and it matters a lot.
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