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Planning Time!
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Planning is a 12 month a year job, isn't it! The CASE Executive Committee just had a conference call to continue our planning as we get ready to head to San Diego for the CEC Convention and Expo, April 8-12. The Executive Committee will meet there on Tuesday, April 7 and the CASE joint membership and board of directors will meet on Wednesday, April 8, starting with a full breakfast and going until about 4:00 that day. We need as many CASE members as possible to be at that meeting where you will hear updates but even more importantly, you can voice your opinions of future plans! This week's poll is asking you what are your most pressing topics in professional learning for your staff. Why would we ask that question? Just like you, we have to plan year around, too! Our Fall conference (October 29-31) call for proposals will be coming up in the next few weeks but we are already working on next year's Winter Hybrid and our other meetings in 2016 and beyond! CASE wants to be able to assist you as you meet your own professional learning needs and as you plan to meet the needs of your staff, parents, and community! Some of the driving momentum for the Hybrid is to provide you an affordable option to provide that day long learning opportunity. Could you put on a full day of professional learning for less than $400, much less two full days? So, wouldn't it make sense to use the CASE Hybrid and be a virtual site? A few weeks ago we asked the question why you didn't sign up to be a virtual site. I was a bit surprised that the number one reason was cost. Even for an individual registration, $350 is not out of line for a national conference and in fact is low. But for a 2 day conference that you could invite as many people as you wanted to attend, that doesn't seem unreasonable at all. We would love to hear from you either via email or Facebook, what you think would be a reasonable cost for such a site license and remember for just $25 more, you could also receive a DVD to use as often as you wanted for as long as you wanted. The Hybrid is not a money maker for CASE and our long range goal is not that it would make us money but that it would break even. We do the Hybrid as a service to our many members who have professional learning needs but cannot afford or are not allowed to send staff to state and national conferences. What ideas do you have to help CASE better meet your professional learning needs? We want to be of service to our members and to the field—help us help you! We need you as our "planning partners!"

Thank you so much for those of you who participated in our election for CASE Secretary! We also want to thank both of our candidates, Julie Bost (NC) and Laural Jackson (AK), who put themselves out there for consideration! We will be announcing the 2015-18 CASE Secretary at the CASE Membership/BOD meeting in San Diego, April 8. While it was not a general election, our Board of Directors also just completed a vote for their representative on the Executive Committee, the Unit Representative. The results of that election will also be announced at the meeting in San Diego. Special thanks to all who voted in that election and to the two candidates, Emilie Maule (IA) and Tracey Shriver (IN)!

Last Week's Poll was on what is your favorite rite of spring. Isn't it great to at least dream of spring! The first place answer was to pull out the warm weather clothes from the closet at 43%. Second place was a tie at 21% between attending international CEC Expo and Convention and going somewhere warm. Of course this year, since CEC is in San Diego, you could go to the Convention AND go somewhere warm! There was another tie at 7% between digging in the dirt and dieting to get ready for the warm weather clothes! While I know many of you are still covered with snow and ice, there is at least a hint of spring in the air! I have to admit I am currently on "spring break" as I write this article and am in the sun feeling warm ocean breezes. But, as you can see, just as many of you do, I am doing some work, though not as much as I would if back in the office. I do have to say, the scenery is much better!

Wishing you all better weather, soon!

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Luann Purcell
Executive Director
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Did you missed the 4th annual Hybrid?
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If you missed the 4th annual Hybrid, you can still get the great content by purchasing the DVD! They will be delivered to you within 4 weeks of the end of the conference. Click here for the Schedule-in Eastern Time, click here for a flyer, and click here to purchase the DVD!
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Better hurry, CASE Night tickets are on the move!
CASE
CASE Night has always been one of the highlights of the CEC convention every year. The idea behind CASE night is to find a "tourist attraction" and plan an intimate party for your closest 200 friends! The problem with conventions is you go to this wonderful location and you are so busy you never get to do the tourist fun stuff! CASE night is a time when you get to do something along the lines of a tourist attraction and you get to eat a great dinner AND you get to network with your fellow CASE members! The tickets cost $65 but you are actually getting a $120 evening! This year it is going to be amazing! A dinner and animal event at the world famous San Diego Zoo! The ticket includes transportation to the zoo and back to the convention center area, admission to the zoo, dinner at the Sabertooth Grill, an animal presentation, and the Elephant Odyssey CASE night does sell out and this year looks to be one of those years! Go to the CASE website for the flyer and to purchase your ticket! Additional information will be sent to the registrants! Sponsors for this evening at the zoo are Star Autism, VizZle and C8 Sciences. CASE Night will be on Thursday evening, April 9. Click here to download the CASE Night Flyer!
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50 Ways to Test: A look at state summative assessments for 2014-2015
Education Commission of the States
Has the frenzy around Common Core State Standards impacted decisions on which state summative assessments are being administered this year? That's the question on many minds as we approach spring testing time. As many states began adopting college and career ready standards, such as the Common Core State Standards, there became a subsequent need to develop new summative assessments — tests that measure the new skills and knowledge outlined in the new standards.
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CEC Policy Insider


CEC and the friends of IES advocate for research funding
CEC Policy Insider
Recently, the Friends of the Institute of Education Sciences urged the Congress to build upon the President's request of $675.8 million and restore, as a bare minimum, $11.2 million to Regional Education Laboratories and $16.6 million to the National Center for Special Education Research, matching the 2008 funding level. They also encouraged the Congress to provide $703.6 million for the education sciences in the FY 2016 Labor, Health & Human Services, Education, & Related Agencies appropriations bill. The Council for Exceptional Children is a member of the Friends of IES.
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NCER and NCSER releases working group summaries on education research
CEC Policy Insider
Recently, the National Center for Education Research and the National Center for Special Education Research released documentation on two Technical work group meetings in 2014 to discuss critical research needs and ways to strengthen IES research and training programs.
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2013 4th quarter interpretations of IDEA from US Department of Education
CEC Policy Insider
On Monday, March 2, 2015, the Federal Register published a list of correspondence from the U.S. Department of Education to individuals during the previous quarter. Section 607 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act amendments of 1997 requires that the Secretary of Education, on a quarterly basis, publish this list. This is correspondence from the Department of Education received by individuals during the previous quarter and describes the interpretations of IDEA or the regulations that implement IDEA.
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Skill-building approaches to anxiety-fueled work avoidance
The Huffington Post
Teachers have always been concerned with students' low work production and work avoidance. Today, with standardized tests looming in our academically-pressured classroom environments, work avoidance is a chronic and growing problem. This behavior can become entrenched in elementary school and exacerbate through the grades as academic demands rise. Students with anxiety may be particularly at risk for avoidant behavior. In this era where low student performance has dire consequences, like reduced funding and state penalties, teachers need a new approach to steering students toward achievement.
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Where have all the teachers gone?
NPR
VideoBriefThis is the canary in the coal mine. Several big states have seen alarming drops in enrollment at teacher training programs. The numbers are grim among some of the nation's largest producers of new teachers: In California, enrollment is down 53 percent over the past five years. It's down sharply in New York and Texas as well.
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Playtime isn't just for preschoolers — teenagers need it, too
Time
Helicopter parents and teachers, stand down. Kids of all ages need time to learn through play in school. In classrooms across the country, the countdown to summer vacation has begun. The winter doldrums have always taken a toll, but in the era of test-dominated schooling and the controversial Common Core, it seems increasingly that it's not until summer that teenagers have any prospect for having fun any more.
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No Child Left Behind: What standardized test scores reveal about its legacy
The Washington Post
With Congress now attempting to rewrite the No Child Left Behind law (the current version of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary School Act), it's a good time to look at what NCLB accomplished and did not accomplish. Here's one attempt to answer that question.
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In the News


Is the biggest learning disability an emotional one?
The Hechinger Report
Neuropsychologist David Rose spent years helping kids with learning disabilities participate in school by creating digital textbooks with pop-up graphics, text-to-speech, flexible fonts and other customizable features to fit individual needs. The books were so engaging that traditional books started to look relatively drab by comparison, says Rose, co-founder and chief education officer of CAST (Center for Applied Technology) outside Boston. CAST didn't just focus on textbooks. The crew at CAST felt that traditional lesson plans built around print were leaving too many kids out, frustrating some students while boring others.
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    Neuropsychologist David Rose spent years helping kids with learning disabilities participate in school by creating digital textbooks with pop-up graphics, text to speech, flexible fonts and other customizable features to fit individual needs. The books were so engaging "that traditional books started to look relatively disabled by comparison," says Rose, co-founder and chief education officer of the Center for Applied Special Technology outside Boston.
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    How a robot-pupil helps children with learning difficulties
    West
    Can a robot teach children with learning disabilities and help improve their performance? The answer is yes — however, the robot isn't the teacher, but the student. The project, called CoWriter, is based on a simple principle: learning to write takes time and often feelings of mortification in class can undermine self-esteem and the progress of students with special needs. The students themselves are teaching, and they are learning as they help their robot student to learn.
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    Slowdown expected in K-12 mobile device growth for 2015
    T.H.E. Journal
    The market for mobile computing devices in K-12 worldwide has grown by 18 percent, according to new analysis by Futuresource Consulting. That equates to 5.7 million devices being shipped in the fourth quarter of 2014. But that growth pales in comparison to numbers in the United States, where the market grew by 40.5 percent in 2014, driven, according to the research firm, by Common Core and the broad adoption of online assessments.
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    Federal Announcements


    Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

    The following Notice of Applications for New Awards; Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals With Disabilities — Television Access was published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, Jan. 14.

    Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2015. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.327C.

    Dates:
    Applications Available: Jan. 14.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: March 16.


    The following Notice of Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Annual Report on Appeals Process RSA-722 was published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

    Summary: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing a revision of an existing information collection.

    Dates: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before March 27.
    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-25/html/2015-03796.htm


    The following Notice of Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Quarterly Cumulative Caseload Report was published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

    Summary: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing a revision of an existing information collection.

    Dates: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before March 27.
    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-25/html/2015-03794.htm
     

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