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There are so many of our members who are doing amazing things every week! We have a real tendency to downplay the great accomplishments we have done and are doing on a weekly, and indeed daily, basis. At the upcoming CASE annual joint member/board of directors meeting to be held in San Diego, CA on April 8 we will be honoring some of our members. These members were nominated by their state and provincial units. We will also be honoring many of our units for their outstanding work this past year. Another thing we do at our annual meeting is to acknowledge and honor those members who have passed on during the year in a touching Necrology ceremony. Please take a moment to drop me an email with the person's name, location, subdivision, and any offices/committees they were on over the years. We need to honor those who have served so well.

Speaking about sharing... So many of you do amazing programs and projects every year. Have you thought about presenting those practices at the CASE annual conference so you can share this great knowledge? This year we have gone with a totally electronic format and we believe it will be even easier for submitting proposals and follow up on acceptance all the way through submitting bio and handouts! See the article below and follow the directions and links for submission! Click here for a one page intro on the RFP process with directions.

Speaking of CASE at CEC... For a quick reference to the CASE Activities at CEC, click here. We are so excited about the CASE activities at CEC! The CASE Executive Committee will meet there on Tuesday, April 7 and the CASE joint membership and board of directors will meet on Wednesday starting with a full breakfast sponsored by SCHOLASTIC, Inc. and going until about 4:00 that day. During the meeting we will have a wonderful afternoon break sponsored by CATHY SARTAIN INDUSTRIES. We will also be honoring both units and individuals during our Awards time, sponsored by MASTER TEACHER. We want to have all the CASE members who are attending the Convention to come be a part of this informative and purposeful meeting! This week's poll is asking you what legal question would you like to see addressed at the CASE Spotlight session at the CEC Convention. Once again Julie Weatherly, Esq. will be doing 90 Tips in 120 Minutes! This year our very popular spotlight session will be sponsored by SCHOLASTIC, Inc.! We want to give them a very big THANK YOU for sponsoring both the member breakfast AND the Spotlight session! They are great supporters of CASE! We also want to give an especially big thank you to Star Autism, VizZle, and C8Sciences for their sponsorship of CASE NIGHT. Have you gotten your tickets, yet? As of Friday, we only had 25 left so if you are wanting to go, better go to the CASE website and get your ticket now! For a quick reference to the CASE Activities, download this "cheat sheet."

CASE has now joined the Committee for Education Funding. CASE has been involved with the CEF on several levels, first, CEC is a member and as a division of CEC we had access to the information. Secondly, CASE legislative consultant, Myrna Mandlawitz has been very involved with CEF, and is the immediate past president of the organization. You may remember how CASE encouraged all of our units to sign on to the NDD letter to oppose Sequestration and then to repeal Sequestration — our involvement in the NDD coalition was a result of our involvement with CEF. The current budget talks are all sounding very bad for education. We need to stay as aware as possible and we need to be ready to answer Call to Actions from either CEC and/or CEF! Best way to stay up on these Call to Actions is to follow CASE on Facebook and be sure you continue to get the weekly update! The weekly update goes out every Monday morning so if you don't receive it, contact us!

Last Week's Poll asked "What is a question you would like Julie Weatherly to answer at the CASE Spotlight session in San Diego?" The first place answer was personnel shortage at 31 percent. In second place at 23 percent of those answering the poll was RTI/MTSS. There was a tie at 15 percent for Eligibility and Facilitated IEPS. Last place was a tie between IEP and Service animals at 8 percent. We have already passed this information along to Julie and I know she will be addressing all these issues! Thank you so much to those of you how take the time to answer the poll. I would love YOUR input on possible questions each week!

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Announcing the Call for Proposals for the 26th Annual Fall Case Conference on Oct. 29-31at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta
CASE
Please mark your calendars and plan to join us at the 26th Annual Fall Case Conference on Oct. 29-31 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta. The theme will be, "Continuing to Take Care of Business." There will be motivating keynote speakers and presentations aligned to the theme focusing on innovative programming for students with disabilities or procedures for developing successful transformational change. As districts continue to evolve with common core standards, improved statewide assessments, and refined measures of teacher effectiveness, we are looking forward to highlighting successes from the field in these areas.
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How safe is the schoolhouse?
Autism National Committee
The updated 2015 edition of How Safe Is the Schoolhouse? An Analysis of State Seclusion and Restraint Laws and Policies, written by Jessica Butler, has been published by the Autism National Committee. The report describes and examines state restraint and seclusion statutes, regulations, rules, and policies/guidelines in effect as of March 2015.
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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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Did you missed the 4th annual Hybrid?
CASE
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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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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Connecting Kids to Coverage
National Alliance for Medicaid in Education
The National Alliance for Medicaid in Education Governmental Affairs & Public Relations Committee, in collaboration with CMS Connecting Kids to Coverage Initiative, is sponsoring a national webinar on Monday, March 30 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The purpose is to discuss ways NAME members and other interested parties can engage in the Campaign and remind families that enrollment in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program is open year-round.
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CEC Policy Insider


Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program FY 2015 Competition
CEC Policy Insider
The Department of Education has recently published in the Federal Register applications for new awards for the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program. The purpose of this competition under the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program is to provide grants to State educational agencies to allow them to carry out an organized program of scientifically based research, demonstration projects, innovative strategies, and similar activities designed to strengthen and improve the ability of elementary and secondary schools nationwide to meet the special educational needs of gifted and talented students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds or underrepresented groups.
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The 2020 Federal Youth Transition Plan: A Federal Interagency Strategy
CEC Policy Insider
The Federal Partners in Transition is a workgroup with representatives of several federal agencies, including the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Labor, and the Social Security Administration, which was formed in 2005 to support all youth, including youth with disabilities, in successfully transitioning from school to adulthood. Working together, these agencies strive to achieve their vision: to promote the full inclusion, integration, and participation of youth and adults with disabilities in the workforce and beyond.
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$4.1 million awarded through Charter School Program by U.S. Department of Education
CEC Policy Insider
Recently, the U.S. Department of Education announced six new grant awards which totaled to $4.1 million through the Charter Schools Program National Leadership Activities program. These grants were created to help strengthen charter schools and charter school authorizers, while aiding to serve students with disabilities and English learners. The Department has made these key issues a priority for helping charter schools.
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It's not your imagination: Special education lingo getting harder to grasp
Education Week
Special education has many rules. One rule is that parents should work with teachers. But sometimes special education language is too hard for parents. They may not understand their rights. They also may not understand their responsibilities. That means they cannot work well with their child's school.
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Bill would limit use of student data
The New York Times
Is the digital revolution in the classroom giving the education technology industry carte blanche to exploit student data? That was the question some teacher and parents groups have posed in their public responses to the news that Pearson, the education publisher, had been covertly monitoring social media sites to identify students who might have disclosed questions from its assessment tests. In an effort to ease parent and teacher concerns, two congressmen are planning to introduce a bill that would place limits on how education technology companies can use information about kindergarten through 12th-grade students.
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Learned helplessness: A daily tug of war
By: Pamela Hill
Teachers and parents do not set out to teach a child to have learned helplessness. However, the components of learned helplessness are often better understood by teachers and parents than the child. The child may be experiencing many emotions that she cannot sort out on her own. She may really want to attempt what is being asked of her, but she does not know where to begin. She may have had negative experiences in the past that are flashing into her memory. But many of the behaviors demonstrated by the child can be recognized and changed with guidance.
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ADHD classroom accommodations: Guide to getting special services
ADDitude Magazine
The process of securing academic accommodations for your child with attention deficit disorder can be confusing — and intimidating. Follow these eight steps to take the hassle out of establishing an IEP or 504 Plan. No.1 — get an accurate evaluation. Write a letter requesting an evaluation to see if your ADHD child might benefit from academic accommodations. Address it to the chairperson of the Committee on Special Education Services — aka the Director of Special Education Services. (It's often a waste of time to send the letter to the child's teachers, guidance counselor or principal.)
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    School teaches students real life skills
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    Infighting accomplishes nothing, except cause more dissension in the ranks, according to Matthew. And Charlie knows following instructions can make a big difference in the outcome. The two fifth-graders were among nearly 70 elementary third- through fifth-graders in a gifted program to learn the importance of teamwork, problem solving and other life skills during a HOPS — Hands-on Problem Solving — program at the school. The brainchild of late gifted teacher Lynne Locke, the 2 1/2-hour program took students through four different activities that required them to work together on competitive teams to solve puzzles and problems.
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    What are the most challenging Common Core standards?
    eSchool News
    A new look into how students handle some of the toughest reading and math Common Core standards could help educators identify where they need to spend more time. Curriculum Associates recently conducted research using data from more than 750,000 students to identify the reading and math Common Core State Standards that students find the most challenging.
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    What role does your building have in securing students?
    By: Charlie Howell
    The four guiding principles of security are deter, detect, delay and respond. Law enforcement, military and security teams have created other versions of these principles, but these are the core of providing security for any type of organization, entity or people. Therefore, when securing students in schools, we have to examine our efforts toward these basic core principles. A mix of technology, staffing, organizational structure and equipment comprises the actual security plan, but for now let's take a look at the role that school buildings play in securing schools.
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    Common Core tests were supposed to be immune to test prep. So why are kids spending weeks prepping anyway?
    The Hechinger Report
    Five weeks before the start of March testing, with excitement bubbling over for Mardi Gras, it was practice-test week at New Orleans’ John Dibert Community School at Phillis Wheatley. Instead of thinking about parades, beads and king cakes, fourth-graders were intent on the test papers before them and a large digital clock counting down on the whiteboard. Signs posted outside the classroom door cautioned "quiet, testing in progress."
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    Special education program helps students pursue their passions
    Las Vegas Review-Journal
    Clayton Rhodes attends classes and works with the UNLV women's volleyball team as part of the work study program and is a big fan and booster of the school's athletic programs. Rhodes is also the first and only student in a UNLV program called F.O.C.U.S., which stands for Forming Occupational and Community Understanding for Success. The young athlete, who has Down Syndrome, was on the football and basketball teams in high school, dreamed of attending UNLV, but he didn't think college was in his future until Joshua Baker, an assistant professor in special education at UNLV, launched the pilot program.
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    How much academic homework is too much?
    Psychology Today (commentary)
    Harris Cooper, professor of psychology at Duke, reviewed more than 60 studies regarding the amount of time a child might do homework to achieve the optimal results. In a paper, published in 2006, he recommended that this time was 10 to 20 minutes per grade in school. In theory, a second grader would be expected to sit, distraction free, for 20 minutes, while a sixth grader would have approximately 60 minutes allocated for homework.
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