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We need to know what you think
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Facebook The CASE Research Committee is conducting a survey to better understand how social media is being used by special education leaders. The survey is designed to collect information regarding 1) Social Media and Leadership, 2) Social Media and Personnel, and 3) Social Media and Policy. The survey will only take about 10 minutes to complete. We appreciate your time to complete the survey and contribute to this research. The survey can be found at by clicking here.

Attending CEC?
If you will be at CEC in San Antonio on April 3-6 be sure to attend the CASE member breakfast on Wednesday, April 3 at 7:30-8:00 a.m. sponsored by Stetsons and Associates at the Grand Hyatt-Lone Star Ballroom Level 2. The annual joint member and board of directors meeting will follow from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. all members and interested persons are encouraged to attend. Click here for a one page summary of CASE Activities at CEC.

Something new
Be sure you look at the entire brief — at the very end we are adding a "Job Posting" section. There are two positions in this issue and directions for you to add your postings in future publications ... be sure you check it out.

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San Antonio, here we come
CASE
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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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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Center on Online Learning
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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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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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Berkshire Hills Music Academy searching for new executive director
CASE
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.

Send cover, resume and salary history to Susan Egmont, Egmont Associates.

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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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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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Elmer's and Kids In Need Foundation teacher grant applications are still open
The Kids In Need Foundation
Teachers still have six weeks to apply for an Elmer's teacher's grant through the Kids In Need Foundation. Applications close on April 30. Applications can be found at http://www.kinf.org/.
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CEC Policy Insider


Budget battle continues — Where will we end up this year and next?
CEC Policy Insider
Congress is busy. Right now, it is debating two budget measures. First, it has to decide how to fund the government through the end of this federal fiscal year called the continuing resolution. Next, and at the same time, Congress has to decide how to fund the government in the next fiscal year — 2014.
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House hearing focuses on mental health of children; highlights role of schools and PBIS
CEC Policy Insider
Recently, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Education held a hearing to discuss addressing the mental health needs of children, an issue that is often an afterthought in communities throughout the country.
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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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Doctors: Be cautious of mind-altering drugs for kids
Reuters
Doctors warn about the ethical and medical implications of prescribing attention-boosting and mood-altering medications to healthy kids and teens, in a new statement from the American Academy of Neurology.

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To read better, dyslexics may need to speed things up
Discover Magazine
"Slow down. Sound it out." This is the mantra for most dyslexic students learning to read.

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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.

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Hot Topics


Dyslexia linked to brain's inconsistency with encoding sound
Northwestern University via Psych Central
Researchers from Northwestern University report that they have found a biological mechanism that appears to play a vital role in learning to read. This finding provides significant clues into the workings behind dyslexia — a collection of impairments unrelated to intelligence, hearing or vision that makes learning to read a struggle. As many as 1 in 10 children is estimated to suffer from this disorder.
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Aggression a struggle for 1 in 2 with autism
Disability Scoop
More than half of kids and adolescents with autism are physically aggressive and new research suggests that sleep, sensory and other underlying issues may be responsible for the behaviors. In a study of 1,584 children with autism ages 2 to 17, researchers report this month in the journal Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders that about 53 percent were aggressive.
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Newtown, Conn., children remain scared as school tries to move on from Sandy Hook shooting
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
They relocated the entire student body to a new school unstained by blood. They brought in counselors to soothe shattered nerves, and parents to comfort the distraught. But authorities know they cannot erase the lingering effects of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School — students and faculty members still on edge, still traumatized by the sounds of gunshots and by the horrors they survived. In the new school building in the neighboring town of Monroe, Conn., police remain a presence. Signs ask people to close doors softly and not to drag objects across the floor.
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Doctors: Be cautious of mind-altering drugs for kids
Reuters
Doctors warn about the ethical and medical implications of prescribing attention-boosting and mood-altering medications to healthy kids and teens, in a new statement from the American Academy of Neurology. Focusing on stimulants typically used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, researchers said the number of diagnoses and prescriptions have risen dramatically over the past two decades. Young people with the disorder clearly benefit from treatment, lead author Dr. William Graf emphasized, but the medicines are increasingly being used by healthy youth who believe they will enhance their concentration and performance in school.
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Overcoming reading problems: How can we stlil raed words wehn teh lettres are jmbuled up?
Medical News Today
Researchers in the U.K. have taken an important step towards understanding how the human brain 'decodes' letters on a page to read a word. The work, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, will help psychologists unravel the subtle thinking mechanisms involved in reading, and could provide solutions for helping people who find it difficult to read, for example in conditions such as dyslexia.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    How hearing skills could be key to treating dyslexia (The Globe and Mail)
Are grading trends hurting socially awkward kids? (The Atlantic)
Closer personal relationships could help teens overcome learning disabilities (Science Daily)
'Sequester' adds to districts' budget uncertainties (Education Week)
State and district NCLB waivers: Good news and bad news (THE Journal)

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The worst victims of the education sequester: Special needs students and poor kids
The Atlantic
The sequester's guillotine has little regard for good or bad programs as it unselectively slices spending across the country, but perhaps nowhere does its indiscriminate blade fall more harshly than within education. The students who will lose out will be the ones we should be most careful to protect: children from poor families and special needs kids. Federal funding for education will be slashed by 5.1 percent, until Congress can agree on a new budget. Though the federal government only makes up about 10 percent of the total education spending, this share is significant in every town budget.
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Dancer bipartisan dyslexia bills clear New Jersey committee
Politicker NJ
A package of bipartisan bills sponsored by New Jersey Assemblyman Ron Dancer that would require professional development instruction and opportunities for public school teachers to assist students who have reading disabilities, such as dyslexia, has been released by the Assembly Education Committee. The committee also approved a resolution sponsored by Dancer that urges the New Jersey Board of Education to develop an endorsement to the instructional certificate for teachers of students with reading disabilities, including dyslexia.
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Kentucky schools preparing for new rules governing the restraint or seclusion of unruly students
Kentucky.com
Kentucky's public school districts are gearing up for a new state regulation that specifies how and when educators can restrain or isolate students who are unruly. The regulation, which went into effect Feb. 1, allows students to be physically restrained — preventing students from moving torso, arms, legs or head — or placed in a secluded area away from classmates only to protect them from hurting themselves or others. It also bans the use of physical restraint or seclusion as student punishment. Students can be restrained for intentionally destroying property.
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Resources for special education and the Common Core
Education Week
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, one of the two consortia tasked with creating tests for the Common Core State Standards, has released a list of resources for special educators who want to learn more about how the education standards may affect children with disabilities. The list is not comprehensive, but it offers a good general overview, with links to basic information on the common core as well as lesson ideas and other tools. The education standards have been adopted by all but four states.
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Pennsylvania House passes bill to overhaul special education funding formula
The Patriot News
The Pennsylvania House passed legislation that would establish a 15-member commission to develop a special education funding formula to replace the existing one that is decades old. The legislation, which passed 193-0, calls for the formula to factor in costs of providing services to students with special needs. It would separate the cost of services into three categories ranging from least intensive to most intensive.
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Stop the abuse: Rethinking the vending machine model of budget leadership
By Dr. Harris Sokoloff (Commentary)
Battles over school budgets have become increasingly vitriolic, with parents treating school administrators and boards like vending machines. Parents put their money in — pay their taxes — and when they don't get the program or service they want and the way they want it, they kick the machine, scream at it and then kick it again. If we are to maintain public support for our public schools, we need to find a way to cut through the acrimony.
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Industry Pulse: Is it a good idea to engage the community about budget cuts?
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Study presents new method of measuring avoidance behavior in young children
The Medical News
Children who avoid situations they find scary are likely to have anxiety a Mayo Clinic study of more than 800 children ages 7 to 18 found. The study published this month in Behavior Therapy presents a new method of measuring avoidance behavior in young children. The researchers developed two eight-question surveys: the Children's Avoidance Measure Parent Report and the Children's Avoidance Measure Self Report.
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Plastics chemical bisphenol A may harm brain development
Environmental News Service
Environmental exposure to bisphenol A, a chemical foastics and resins, may suppress a gene vital to nerve cell function and to the development of the central nervous system, finds new research led by scientists at Duke Medicine. Published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study investigated the effects of BPA on the cortical neurons of mice, rats and humans. Cortical neurons are the cells of the brain's largest region, the cerebral cortex. Most of the complex activity of the brain enabling thought, perception and voluntary movement is made possible by the activity of these neurons.
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Children with autism at greater risk for suicide
MyHealthNewsDaily
Children who have autism may be at greater risk for thinking about or attempting suicide than children without the condition, according to a new study. Researchers looked at data for about 1,000 children, including 791 kids with an autism spectrum disorder, 186 non-autistic children without a mental condition and 35 non-autistic children with depression. Parents gave numerical ratings describing whether and how frequently their children had contemplated or attempted suicide.
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Controlling pesticide exposure in children
Medical News Today
New research on household pesticide contamination emphasizes the need for less reliance on pesticides and more emphasis on neatness, blocking cracks where insects can enter and other so-called "integrated pest management" measures, scientists have concluded. Their study appears in the ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology. Chensheng Lu and colleagues cite previous studies showing that urban, low-income, multifamily, public housing dwellings are prone to severe pest infestation problems. Families in Boston public housing developments, for instance, rank pest infestation, pesticide use and pest allergies second only to crime as matters of concern.
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Teacher's 'reverse inclusion' club brings typical students into special needs classes
The Plain Dealer
A Kenston High School in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, teacher has designed a popular school club and class that has turned out to be anything but typical. It began last school year when special education teacher Amanda Englehart began the Creating Exceptional Character club, a local chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children, a national organization devoted to special education. The club brought typical students into classrooms after school to work with students with special needs.
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Job Posting


Let CASE post your job positions
CASE
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 6 weeks.
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Positions
Spokane Public Schools is seeking a director of Special Education & English Language Development. The director will provide leadership and support of the implementation of the instructional programs and related services for all student with disabilities and students needing language development support to reach K-12 standards.

Visit www.spokaneschools.org for additional information.

Posting will close on March 29 at 5:00 p.m.


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.

For more details, click here. Send cover, resume and salary history to Susan Egmont, Egmont Associates, segmont@egmontassociates.com.

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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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