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Getting ready...
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Facebook Autism Awareness Month: April
CASE is a part of the IDEA Partnership, a community of 50+ national organizations that work together on the issues they share. CASE under the leadership of President Laurie VanderPloeg has agreed to be a part of the "Collective Impact" project which means we want to encourage all of our members to use the Partnership materials on Autism during April — Autism Awareness Month. These materials may be found on the IDEA Partnership's website www.ideapartnership.org or click here.

Have you submitted a proposal for a session at the 24th Annual CASE Fall Conference?
Go to the CASE website or click here to submit a proposal for the 24th Annual CASE Conference. Time is of the essence...

And don't forget to get ready for CEC in San Antonio ... see below for more details. We have lots going on at CASE — be sure you take advantage of as many of these opportunities as possible. And may the luck of the Irish follow you all year long!

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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 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 breakfast sponsored by Stetson and Associates. 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 — If you are a CASE member, you should have received your electronic ballot on Monday, March 4 or your mailed ballot if you are one of our 82 members without an email address at CEC on Wednesday or Thursday, last week. Candidate information can be found on the CASE website. In the afternoon section of our meeting, we will be announcing our Award winners. Our Awards are sponsored this year by Classworks!

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 few weeks.
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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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Ready-to-use materials for Autism Awareness Month — April 2013
IDEA via CASE
We know that progress in practice demands knowledge, skill and a willingness to act on what we learn. When we think about serving individuals on the autism spectrum, we know that we have many gaps.

Hoping to lessen some of the gaps, the organizations in the IDEA Partnership are sharing the tools for your use during Autism Awareness Month. These tools were developed with participation by a variety of stakeholders and vetted by the Office of Special Education Programs.

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CEC Policy Insider


Urge your Senators to vote yes on Harkin amendment to support IDEA funding
CEC Policy Insider
The Senate is now debating on Senator Harkin's amendment to support funding for IDEA. The Harkin amendment — which would increase IDEA grants to states for school aged children (Part B) by $125 million and increase IDEA's infants and toddlers with disabilities program by $9 million — would help mitigate the negative impact sequestration will have on the ability to provide special education services.
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TALENT Act charts new course for gifted, high-ability students
CEC Policy Insider
This CEC-endorsed bill focuses on teacher development, closing the "excellence gap." Did you know ... — In California, only 1 percent of African American and Hispanic students scored at the "advanced" level on the 8th grade math NAEP assessment, as compared to 11 percent of white students.
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US Deptartment of Education continues funding School Improvement Grants
CEC Policy Insider
The U.S. Dept. of Education announced another 11 states will receive funding to continue efforts to turn around their persistently lowest achieving schools through the department's School Improvement Grants program. The states that will receive continuation awards are: Connecticut — $3.6 million; Kentucky — $7.7 million; Maryland — $6.8 million; Minnesota — $5.5 million; Mississippi —$6.1 million; New Mexico — $4.1 million; Ohio — $20.2 million; South Carolina — $7.4 million; South Dakota — $1.5 million; Utah — $3.4 million; and West Virginia — $3.3 million.
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Comment today: PROMISE initiative now accepting comments on key program areas
CEC Policy Insider
PROMISE, or Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income, is a joint initiative of the Departments of Education, Labor and Health and Human Services along with the Social Security Administration. Its purpose is to better coordinate and increase use of services such as those provided under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Vocational Rehabilitation State Grants program, Medicaid health and home and community based services, Job Corps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Workforce Investment Act programs.
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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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Childhood asthma, BPA exposure linked in new study
Environmental Health News
Kids exposed to a commonplace chemical early in life are more likely to have asthma, according to a study published today. The study, which tested 568 children and their mothers in New York City, is the first to link early childhood exposure to bisphenol A with asthma.

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PARCC releases tool to prepare schools and districts for rigorous 21st century assessments
PARCC
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers announced a new planning tool and guidance for schools and districts that will help them get ready for new, 21st century assessments in the 2014-2015 school year.

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Video games may sharpen focusing skills in kids with dyslexia
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Here's one possible treatment for dyslexia that kids won't complain about: video games. Italian researchers report that they found that children with the reading disability scored better on tests after they played an action video game for hours, possibly because their minds temporarily became more focused.

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Hot Topics


How hearing skills could be key to treating dyslexia
The Globe and Mail
Reading may seem like a visual skill, but according to new research on dyslexia, children who excel at reading tend to be all ears. Their brains process the sounds of speech in a more consistent way than those who struggle to read, scientists at Northwestern University in Chicago have found.
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Are grading trends hurting socially awkward kids?
The Atlantic
Children have long been graded not just for academics, but also for elements of "character" — particularly behavior and emotional maturity. However, in the last few decades, socially eccentric children have seen their awkwardness or aloofness factored into their grades in math, language arts and social studies. Ironically, this trend has coincided with a rise in diagnoses of autistic spectrum disorders. For children on the autism spectrum, new social studies curricula pose a particular challenge. Once restricted to readings, worksheets and essays on history, government and politics, the subject increasingly requires students to reflect on their connections within their local communities.
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Closer personal relationships could help teens overcome learning disabilities
Science Daily
In addition to struggling in school, many learning disabled children are known to face social and emotional challenges including depression, anxiety and isolation. Often beginning early in childhood, they become more pronounced during adolescence, an emotionally turbulent time. For these youngsters, more positive relationships with the significant adults in their lives — including parents and teachers — can improve learning and "socioemotional" experiences, says Dr. Michal Al-Yagon of Tel Aviv University's Jaime and Joan Constantiner School of Education.
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School maintenance report shows need for $542 billion to update, modernize buildings
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
America's schools are in such disrepair that it would cost more than $270 billion just to get elementary and secondary buildings back to their original conditions and twice that to get them up to date, a report estimated. In a foreword to the report, former President Bill Clinton said "we are still struggling to provide equal opportunity" to children and urged the first federal study of school buildings in almost two decades. Clinton and the Center for Green Schools urged a Government Accountability Office assessment on what it would take to get school buildings up to date to help students learn, keep teachers healthy and put workers back on the jobs.
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Study: Childhood ADHD may lead to troubles later on (Reuters)
Can student-driven learning happen under Common Core? (MindShift)

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'Sequester' adds to districts' budget uncertainties
Education Week
Even as they seek to quantify the impact of across-the-board federal budget cuts on K-12 programs, some of the nation's neediest school districts are bracing for tough choices. The pinch from sequestration — or "the sequester," in Washington shorthand — is expected to be particularly painful for districts that depend the most on the federal government to supplement their bottom lines. They include districts serving high numbers of disadvantaged children, students in special education, and English learners, along with those near military bases and on Native American reservations.
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State and district NCLB waivers: Good news and bad news
THE Journal
When the No Child Left Behind Act became law in 2002, it provided large sums of money to states for education. The program also had very strict performance requirements, including a 2014 deadline for all students to be proficient in mathematics and language arts. During the past 10 years, concerns about NCLB requirements have mounted among educators, while reauthorization of the legislation has been awaiting congressional action since 2007.
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Advocacy group to monitor reform efforts in public schools
The New York Times
Diane Ravitch, the historian and former assistant education secretary who has become an outspoken critic of those who favor high-stakes testing, tenure reforms and other controversial measures aimed at the public schools, has joined with other education advocates to form a group that will grade and endorse political candidates.
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Details trickling out on latest NCLB waiver bids
Education Week
With the addition of three longtime holdouts to the list of states seeking flexibility under the No Child Left Behind Act, nearly every state has sought to design its own accountability system to replace the outdated federal law. But the waiver applications submitted by Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming are by no means a sure thing. Neither Pennsylvania nor Wyoming had released its submitted application to the public, despite a federal requirement that states collaborate with stakeholders on their new proposed accountability systems.
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Schools close doors to voters for safety
USA Today
Local election officials are moving polling places out of schools as the shootings in Newtown, Conn., have intensified concern about opening school doors on Election Day. In New York, Rockland County officials will relocate polls this year away from 10 schools at the request of the local school district in Clarkstown and Nyack. "In the wake of what happened in Connecticut, it's definitely taken on more urgency," says Kristen Stavisky, a county election commissioner. "Voters in these schools will have to move. They won't be going to the polling sites that they've been going to — for some of them, since they were eligible and registered to vote."
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Nurturing the next Van Gogh? Start with small steps
MindShift
If it's true that fostering creativity in learning is not just a nice notion, but an imperative, then educators must find a way to integrate it into a system that has not made this intangible, un-testable attribute a priority. More and more, teachers are becoming alerted to the idea that nurturing creative minds is necessary to raise a generation of innovators. Knowing that it's important is one thing, but integrating creativity into curriculum is harder than it sounds.
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Student writes book on struggles with dyslexia
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Though she is just 9 years old, Lillian Harris is about to become a published author. While coming out with a book before leaving elementary school is an accomplishment, Lillian's book is even more exceptional because writing is one of her biggest challenges. Lillian, a third-grader at Niedringhaus Elementary in Granite City, Ill., has dyslexia, a reading disability that makes it hard for her to spell words correctly and put together sentences. When Lillian sits down to write or read, "some of the words end up all over the place, some go up in the corner," she said, pointing to a page in her book "Dogs for Dyslexia."
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Childhood asthma, BPA exposure linked in new study
Environmental Health News
Kids exposed to a commonplace chemical early in life are more likely to have asthma, according to a study published today. The study, which tested 568 children and their mothers in New York City, is the first to link early childhood exposure to bisphenol A with asthma. A Columbia University research team reported that children with higher levels of BPA at ages 3, 5 and 7 had increased odds of developing the respiratory disease between the ages of 5 and 12.
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What's next for early childhood education in America?
Take Part
President Barack Obama is a believer in early childhood education. He often talked about it on the campaign trail in 2008 and 2012, and in his February State of the Union address, he said, "Tonight, I propose working with states to make high-quality preschool available to every child in America. Every dollar we invest in high-quality early education can save more than seven dollars later on by boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing violent crime." The president has yet to lay out a concrete plan on how to achieve this goal, but his message resonated. Congress and state legislatures have jumped onto the early education bandwagon by introducing legislation. A series of bills in Washington and around the country are, fortunately, aimed at educating children before they hit elementary school.
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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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