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2013 CASE election...

Facebook This will be our fifth year for electronic voting. Last year we had an very poor return rate — We sent a total of 4703 ballots but received only 413 votes for a total return rate of 8.78 percent. However, in 2011 we had an electronic return rate of 21.49 percent and a return rate of 5.41 percent for those 573 members CEC did not have an email address resulting in a combined return rate of 19.4 percent. That is compared to the last year (2008) of completely mailed ballots of 9.03 percent. We are not sure why we slipped below the low mailed rate of 2008 but we hope to improve our return rate this year. Please help us by voting.

If you are a CASE member, you will receive your ballot link (or mailed ballot if you are one of the 82 members who do not have an email address on file with CEC) sometime this week — if you do not, contact the CASE office ASAP. Please vote and encourage all your CASE colleagues to vote.

This year CASE is electing the Secretary position. The Secretary position is a 2 year office with the officer able to hold the position for two terms. The term for this office is July 1-June 30, 2015.

There are two candidates for Secretary: Julie Bost (NC) incumbent and Butch Stevens (MS).

You can view the bios and campaign materials developed by the candidates on the CASE website at http://www.casecec.org/elections. Ballots will be mailed out March 4 by US mail to those without email addresses on file with CEC as of Feb. 28. Electronic ballots will also be sent on March 4. If you have not received a ballot by March 9, please contact the CASE office by calling 1-800-585-1753 or email rsmith@casecec.org Electronic voting will end on March 15 and all post card ballots must be postmarked by March 15. Results will be announced at the Annual CASE Member/Board of Director meeting, April 3 at the Grand Hyatt, San Antonio. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the CASE office or Past President Dr. Mary Kealy at mary.kealy@lcps.org. Be sure you vote!

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Speaking of CEC...
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Be sure you plan to arrive in San Antonio in time to come to the Annual CASE Member/BOD meeting starting with breakfast on Wednesday, April 3 at 7:30 a.m. We will be voting on constitutional changes during the membership meeting. You can view these changes in the member only section of the CASE website — http://www.casecec.org/members/.

It is also important for you to purchase your CASE Night ticket ASAP by going to the CASE website or going directly to http://www.casecec.org/registration/registration.asp?event=19. Tickets are $65 and include the afterhours tour of the Alamo as well as dinner and line dancing at the St Anthony's Hotel. Click here for a flyer on CASE Night. See you in San Antonio!

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San Antonio, here we come
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Have you made your reservations to attend the CEC Convention in San Antonio, TX April 3-6? CASE, as always, will be very busy at the convention. Our annual combined member and Board of Director meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 3 — starting with a sponsored breakfast. We will be voting on some constitutional changes (click here for a summary) that are now posted on our CASE website in the members only section. Be sure to check them out. We will also be announcing the results of the CASE election for secretary — See the information above on the voting process and please vote! In the afternoon section of our meeting, we will be announcing our Award winners. Our Awards are sponsored by Classworks.com

Our SHOWCASE Session, sponsored this year by ST4 Learning and WordQ, will be on Thursday, April 4 and will once again feature Julie Weatherly, Esq. CASE Night will be a San Antonio Adventure, sponsored by Cambium Learning Group and will include an afterhours tour of the Alamo, appetizers and dinner at the historic St. Anthony's Hotel and ending the evening with a DJ and experienced line dancing instructor. CASE Night tickets are on sale NOW at the www.casecec.org As always, we will have a great giveaway at the CASE booth — the place to hang out in the convention exhibit hall. On Friday, April 5, an annual CASE tradition, the Aspiring Administrators Panel, will be another great session you will not want to miss and you will want to encourage the teachers who are attending to mark this as a must be in session. See you on the River Walk.

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Not too early to be saving the dates
CASE
Speaking of dates ... the July Educational Legislative Leadership Seminar is just around the corner on July 14-17, 2013 at the Old Town Hilton, Alexandria, Va. Watch for more details in the next week.
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CASE Night
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CASE Night April 4 in San Antonio ... Tickets ($65) are now on sale on the CASE Website, www.casecec.org. If you are going to CEC be sure to get your ticket for this wonderful evening of Texas Adventures. We will be doing an afterhours tour of the Alamo — and then move over to the historic St. Anthony's Hotel to have appetizers, hear a Jazz band and have dinner. After dinner we will have a DJ and a Line Dance Instructor help us dance the night away. Remember, CASE Night typically sells out so get your tickets now.
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Center on Online Learning
CASE
Online learning programs for K-12 students are enjoying rapid growth nationwide, but there is little understanding of the effectiveness of these programs for students with disabilities. Recognizing the need for research in this area, the Office of Special Education Programs within the U.S. Department of Education created the Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities one year ago. The Center aims to improve the accessibility and engagement of K-12 online learning for students with disabilities through a focus on learner variability.
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Special Education Law Symposium
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Designed for a national audience, this intensive one-week, well-balanced program is available on both a noncredit and graduate-credit basis and provides a thorough analysis of the leading issues under the IDEA and Section 504. Among the 19 symposium sessions are the following "hot topics": RTI; discipline, including a mock manifestation determination hearing;child find; transitional services; tuition reimbursement and other remedies; disability-­related bullying; and autism.
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CEC Policy Insider


CEC announces public policy sgenda for the 113th Congress
CEC Policy Insider
CEC has released its agenda of policy initiatives for the 113th Congress. This agenda was created in collaboration with CEC's Children and Youth Action Network and approved by the CEC Board of Directors. The agenda details priority issues for CEC's advocacy in the next two years and CEC's continued dedication to legislative issues which are vital for children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts and talents, their families and the professionals who work with them.
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CEC/CCBD congressional testimony proposes 4-point plan to address school safety
CEC Policy Insider
The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce held the chamber's first hearing on school safety since the tragic events in Newtown, Conn., in which 26 young students and educators were killed by gunfire.
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Speak out on behalf of special and gifted education — Share your story with CEC
CEC Policy Insider
Every year, CEC publishes the Federal Outlook for Exceptional Children, providing an overview of federally-funded programs — IDEA and Javits grants — that impact the lives of children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. The Outlook is distributed to members of Congress, federal agencies and other leaders in the education community with the hope that a better understanding of such programs will lead to increased federal funding for special/gifted education programs.
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Researchers find a biological marker for dyslexia in kids
TIME
Detecting the reading disorder as early as possible may help more children to overcome reading and learning problems. About 1 in 10 people suffer from dyslexia, the reading disability that does not impair thinking processes or overall intelligence, but hampers the ability to process written language, often making it difficult to rhyme, determine the meaning of a sentence and recognize words.

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States get millions to train special educators
Disability Scoop
Nearly two dozen states will benefit from millions in new federal funding to improve training for those working with special education students in the nation's schools. The U.S. Department of Education says it is sending more than $24 million to 22 states. The funding is intended to help recruit and retain highly-qualified special educators, support teachers in blending the needs of those with disabilities and the new common core standards and train educators to utilize positive behavioral interventions and supports, among other initiatives.

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The other achievement gap: Children with learning disabilities
Education Week
Just in time for Learning Disabilities Awareness Month, a new report is out that discusses how to help more children with dyslexia become proficient readers. Without these students — who combined with other students with learning disabilities make up about 5 percent of the school-age population — schools can't overcome the achievement gap, the report notes.

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Girls may be naturally resistant to autism
Disability Scoop
In what may help explain why autism is far less common in girls than boys, new research suggests that females have a "protective effect" against the developmental disorder. Statistics show that autism is nearly five times more common in boys than girls, but it's long been unclear why the gender disparity exists. In a study published this week, researchers found evidence to suggest that there is something about girls that's warding off the development of autism, though it remains uncertain exactly what factors are providing that protection.
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Victims of bullying at increased risk of anxiety disorders and depression later on
Medical News Today
Children who are bullied are at an increased risk of developing anxiety disorders and depression when they become adults, according to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry. The study identified that bullying is not simply a "harmless rite of passage," as it can also cause serious adverse health outcomes in the victims and perpetrators, in the form of depression, physical health problems and behavior and emotional problems, psychotic symptoms and loss of motivation.
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High fat diets maybe linked to ADHD and learning problems
Medical News Today
Diets that are high in fat are possibly linked to childhood brain-based conditions, such as memory-dependent learning disabilities and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, researchers from the University of Illinois College of Medicine reported in Psychoneuroendocrinology. Altered dopamine signaling is common in both obese/overweight children as well as those with ADHD, Freund explained. When the number of dopamine metabolites is higher, anxiety behaviors in children are more prevalent, he added.
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Researchers find a biological marker for dyslexia in kids
TIME
Detecting the reading disorder as early as possible may help more children to overcome reading and learning problems. About 1 in 10 people suffer from dyslexia, the reading disability that does not impair thinking processes or overall intelligence, but hampers the ability to process written language, often making it difficult to rhyme, determine the meaning of a sentence and recognize words.
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ADHD treatments not working for most young children (HealthDay News)
New online assessments to include accommodations for students with disabilities (eClassroom News)
Urban school-based asthma treatment cost-effective (HealthDay News via Doctor's Lounge)

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Legislation


District NCLB waivers: Do risks outweigh rewards?
Education Week
During a Senate hearing on the U.S. Department of Education's state waiver program under the No Child Left Behind Act, Education Secretary Arne Duncan was asked point-blank if he was considering offering similar flexibility for school districts. Duncan gave the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee the strong impression that he was not considering this, despite his own earlier comments that district-level NCLB waivers are very much on the table.
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States size up Obama pre-K proposal
Education Week
Well before President Barack Obama vaulted early-childhood learning to the top of the education agenda in his recent State of the Union address, states were taking steps to bolster their own preschool programs. More than a dozen states — including some, such as Hawaii and Mississippi, that have had no state-financed preschool programs in the past — are currently eyeing proposals to launch or expand early education.
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Education department considering district-by-district NCLB waivers
eSchool News
Education Secretary Arne Duncan is talking with individual school districts about how to free them from unworkable parts of the federal No Child Left Behind law, signaling he is open to an approach he long tried to avoid. The education department has given 34 states and the District of Columbia permission to ignore parts of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law, and eight others have waiver applications pending ahead of the application deadline.
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In the News


Teachers say they are unprepared for Common Core
Education Week
Even as the Common Core State Standards are being put into practice across most of the country, nearly half of teachers feel unprepared to teach them, especially to disadvantaged students, according to a new survey. The study by the EPE Research Center, an arm of Editorial Projects in Education, the publisher of Education Week, found deep wells of concern among teachers about their readiness to meet the challenges posed by the common core in English/language arts and mathematics.
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States struggle to keep online schools accountable
Government Technology
Online classes have exploded in popularity, with more than six times as many students enrolled in electronic K-12 courses now as compared to a decade ago, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Advocates say online classes offer a more flexible and personalized form of education, allowing students to progress at their own pace and on their own time. Supporters also tout online education as a way to dramatically expand course offerings, particularly at rural schools.
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How educators and technology can let students take control
MindShift
For many educators, helping students direct their own learning is a priority. Educator and author Alan November, who has been talking about ways to get students to own their learning for years, draws on his experiences as a teacher, principal and education consultant to tell stories about some of the ideas he sees as integral to education.
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Kids being bullied via calls and text messages? There's an app for that
The Miami Herald
As you know, bullying and the prevention of it has become a major focus in our schools. But bullies are no longer limited to just verbal or physical bullying. Text bullying has become a serious problem among adolescents and teens. Almost 9 out of 10 teens have a cell phone and about 1 in 5 will be victims of a text bully. About 1 in 10 teens engage in text bullying. Many of you have emailed me or called our office asking how you can control what happens with your child's phone.
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Can repetitive exercises actually feed the creative process?
MindShift
In Sherri Scott's first grade class, the daily "main lesson" pages students work on — essentially their handmade textbooks made up of words, numbers and artwork — are copied straight from the old-fashioned blackboard, not created. And that's the point. "It's what we do in Waldorf schools," Scott says. "In the lower grades, those initial main lesson pages are copied as closely as possible, to allow practice and more practice with shading, perspective, accuracy, spatial awareness. All that practice copying turns into a keen eye and skilled hand when given free rein in the upper grades.
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Cyberbullying law shields teachers from student tormentors
NPR
Ganging up on classmates online can get students suspended. But sometimes teachers are the target of cyberbullying, and in North Carolina, educators have said enough is enough. State officials have now made it a crime to "intimidate or torment" teachers online. Chip Douglas knew something was up with his 10th-grade English class. When he was teaching, sometimes he'd get a strange question and the kids would laugh. It started to make sense when he learned a student had created a fake Twitter account using his name.
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UPCOMING EVENTS





Event       Location     Dates Notes

CASE EC       San Antonio     April 2 More information to come.

CASE Member/BOD Meeting       San Antonio     April 3 More information to come.

CASE Night       San Antonio     April 4 More information to come.



 

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