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Have you completed your CASE products survey? All CASE members should have received an email last Wednesday, March 26 with a link to a short survey on CASE product endorsement. The CASE endorsement process is very stringent and our Products and Publications Review committee works very hard with vendors to ensure the CASE endorsement has meaning. We believe the process is a member benefit but we are not sure if you know or use it. Please take a few minutes to take this survey. If you cannot find the email, you can find the survey on our CASE website or you may click here to take it.

If you know of CASE members who have passed away since April 2013, please send their names, state/provincial affiliation, and a short note so we can recognize their service and lives during the Necrology/Memorial during our annual meeting on Wednesday, April 9. Please send the details to me by clicking here.

The Winter issue of the CASE In CASE Newsletter went out on Friday, March 28. Be sure to download your copy as it is packed full of great information, including an article on Leading by Convening by CASE President Laurie VanderPloeg; an Analysis of President Barack Obama's budget by CASE Legislative Consultant Mandlawitz; the first article in our new series on What Principals should know about Special Education by Dr. David Bateman; very critical information on CASE activities at CEC including CASE Night; a terrific article by Julie Weatherly, Esq on Quick Tips on Service Animal; and many other important articles to keep you informed, involved and on top!

The CALL FOR PROPOSALS for the 25th Annual Fall CASE Conference is now on the CASE website — click here for more information and to submit your proposal on line. The drop dead date for submission is April 27 so don't let it slip up on you! Every year we have people contact us a week after the deadline and we are not able to accommodate them. The conference will be in San Antonio this year November 13-15 at the Hyatt Regency. This will also be the 25th anniversary of the CASE Fall Conference so we are looking to make it a stellar experience. To do that we need lots of great, evidence based, practical sessions!

The CEC convention is just a week away! Have you made your plans to attend CEC and all of the CASE events! Make sure your plans include you arriving so you can attend the CASE member/board meeting on Wednesday, April 9. We will begin with a great, full breakfast buffet, sponsored by eSped at 7:30-8:30 and then the meeting starting at 8:30 and going until about 4:00. Awards will be sponsored by Stetson & Associates. We always have an awesome break in the afternoon and this year it is sponsored by Scholastic, Inc. During the annual member meeting we will be having an update on policy issues by the CEC Policy and Advocacy unit, hearing about the upcoming membership changes from the CEC Membership unit, hearing the results of the CASE election, and providing input to the CASE leadership on the upcoming projects and possible projects. Once again, this year our Showcase session will be on Thursday morning and will be Julie Weather, Esq with her great legal update! The Showcase will be sponsored by Scholastic, Inc. If you have attended this session in the past, you know we ALWAYS run out of room. I don't think we will this year — CEC has scheduled us in a great lecture hall that seats 600 people so invite everyone to come hear this great speaker. Her handout alone will be worth the effort! CASE Night, co-sponsored by C8Science and Star Autism Support, is going to be a great event as always this year! Just think, heading out to the ballpark with 174 of your colleagues on Thursday, April 10, 2014 for food and a great ballgame! We will have appetizers, dinner, cash bar and lots of fun at a pregame tent party at the Citizens' Bank Park and then we will be sitting together for the Phillies vs. Brewers game! Click here for the flyer and click here to purchase your tickets! CASE NIGHT sells out almost every year ... don't delay on getting your ticket! Did you know that CASE has been presenting a great session for the last 5 years on What Every Aspiring SPED ADMIN Needs to Know at the CEC Convention? Goal 3 of the CASE strategic plan states, "CASE will be active in the development and mentorship of special education administrators. The CASE leadership realized that what better opportunity to "expose" teachers to the joys and "how to" of the special education administration career ladder than at the CEC convention. So, if you have teachers attending CEC who would benefit from this great session, please encourage them to attend and if you are available at that time (Friday, April 11 10:30-11:30 room 204C in the convention center) come join us. It is always a well attended, exciting session filled with encouragement as we see ourselves as we were a "few" years ago! Lots of exciting things going on at CEC — See you in Philadelphia!

On April 1, 2014 the CASE Career Center will be officially open for business! Click here to go to the main site to either learn of new jobs, post your resume', or post your positions. There is a modest fee for posting positions on the site but we believe you will have a greater reach with this dedicated career center on our website — click here to become a job poster.

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Special discount offer to CASE members!
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CASE is a national outreach partner on the Who Cares About Kelsey? film and education project. CASE members can receive a 50 percent discount on the Who Cares About Kelsey? Education DVD Kit, which contains the film, 11 mini-films and extensive educational materials. Who Cares About Kelsey? documents the lives of students with emotional/behavioral challenges, and shows innovative educational approaches that help these students to succeed — while improving the overall school culture and climate. All films included in the Project are directed by Dan Habib (creator of Including Samuel). To learn more and to purchase the Kit, go to www.whocaresaboutkelsey.com/dvd. To receive your 50 percent discount, please use the coupon code: Fledgling50. This opportunity is made possible by a grant to the Who Cares About Kelsey? project from the Fledgling Foundation, and will last only until the first 200 discount coupons are utilized.
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Special Education Symposium — July 21-25
The Bresnahan-Halstead Center
The Bresnahan-Halstead Center at the University of Northern Colorado is sponsoring a week long Special Education Symposium the week of July 21-25 at the Lion Square Lodge in beautiful Vail, Colorado. Participants in the Symposium will have the opportunity to hear and interact with Don Deshler, Steve Kukic, Beth Harry, Michael Epstein, and Harvey Rude who address the topic of: "Instructional Excellence for Improving Learner Outcomes." Session attendees will walk away with an action plan to apply innovative strategies that work, and produce the outcomes of results and learning for individual learners, including those with disabilities. To receive additional information, please contact Bresnahan-Halstead Center Business Manager, Lorae Blum at Lorae.Blum@unco.edu or visit our website at: http://www.unco.edu/bresnahan-halstead.
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Don't miss out on getting your CASE Night ticket
CASE
This year we are taking you out to the ballpark on Thursday, April 10 when CEC will be in Philadelphia! We will have appetizers, dinner, cash bar and lots of fun at a pregame tent party at the Citizens' Bank Park and then we will be sitting together for the Phillies vs. Brewers game! Click here for the flyer and click here to purchase your tickets! CASE NIGHT sells out almost every year ... don't delay on getting your ticket! See you in Philadelphia!
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Bookshare has just launched a social media blog on staying connected
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In this blog, you'll get the scoop on all your favorite online hotspots like the Bookshare blog, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest so that you can quickly reach our staff, get timely answers to your questions, learn about Bookshare products, trainings and events and connect with the broader community that supports people with print disabilities. Are you fully connected? If not, join us now!
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Texas City ISD uses cognitive cross-training program to help struggling students in both the general and special education population
C8 Sciences
Special Education Director, Cynthia Peltier, believes in using cognitive cross-training with all students not just those within the special education population. Texas City ISD students both within the special education population and mainstream are using an innovative cognitive cross-training program to enhance critical executive function skills in the classroom. The program was created by one of the leading neuroscientists at the Yale School of Medicine and won the NIH Director's Award for "high impact, high innovation, and paradigm changing research." It is designed to target the eight critical areas of executive function including: Sustained Attention, Working Memory, Speed of Processing, Response Inhibition, Cognitive Flexibility, Category Formation, Pattern Recognition and Multiple Simultaneous Attention.

Instead of deciding which areas of executive function to focus on, TX City ISD can let the neuroscience technology do the work. The cognitive training program turns each child's computer session into a data goldmine that accurately pinpoints the exact area of executive function that needs to be developed.

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NAME selects first-ever executive director
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The Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Medicaid in Education, at its January 2014 meeting, approved a contract to obtain Executive Director services with one of its Past Presidents, John Hill, effective April 1. Hill is a founding member of NAME and has served as the Chair of its Governmental Affairs & Public Relations Committee since 2006.
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    The Viscardi Center announces call for nominations to honor distinguished leaders of the disability community
    The Viscardi Center via CASE
    The Viscardi Center issued a Call for Nominations for the Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards, which pay tribute to exemplary leaders in the disability community who have had a profound impact on shaping attitudes, raising awareness and improving the quality of life of people with disabilities. The Award recipients will be announced on Monday, May 5, 2014.
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    Fourth Annual Elmer's Teacher Grant Program
    Kids In Need Foundation
    The Kids In Need Foundation, a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free school supplies to economically disadvantaged school children and under-funded teachers, is launching its fourth annual teacher grants program sponsored by Elmer's Products Inc., an industry leader in adhesives, arts and crafts, office and educational products. Beginning Feb. 14, teachers nationwide can visit the Kids In Need Foundation website to apply for an Elmer's Teacher Tool Kit grant that can range from $100 to $500.
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    PowerUp WHAT WORKS
    Center for Technology Implementation
    We're excited to share our news about PowerUp WHAT WORKS (www.PowerUpWhatWorks.org), developed by the Center for Technology Implementation at the American Institutes for Research. PowerUp WHAT WORKS is a free professional learning website that offers teachers, PD facilitators, and administrators' resources for helping struggling students, especially those with disabilities, meet the Common Core State Standards. The focus is on linking evidence-based practices and technology in English language arts and math.
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        Some disappointed with White House special education funding proposal (Education Week)
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    Join CEC, lawmakers in urging Obama to invest in IDEA
    CEC
    Does your Representative in Congress support increasing funding for IDEA?

    Now's the time to find out!

    Use CEC's Legislative Action Center to ask your Representative to join a bi-partisan group of lawmakers in urging President Obama to increase funding for IDEA in his FY 2015 budget proposal, which is expected next month.

    Led by Congressmen Huffman, D-Calif., Polis, D-Colo., McKinley, R-W.Va., and Harper R-Miss., this letter to President Barack Obama recognizes that Congress has failed to fulfill its pledge to fully fund IDEA and presses the President to get IDEA on a path to reaching full funding in ten years.

    Please join CEC in advocating for increased IDEA funding by asking your lawmakers to sign this letter — it only takes a minute using CEC's Legislative Action Center!

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    Teacher Educators and Accomplished teachers
    Pearson
    Pearson is in need of educators to score edTPA! edTPA is designed for the profession by the profession, edTPA was developed by teachers and teacher educators from across the nation, in collaboration with faculty and staff from Stanford University, to support candidate learning and preparation program growth and renewal. Aligned with the Common Core State Standards and InTASC Standards, edTPA assesses teaching that promotes student learning in diverse contexts.
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    Journal: East African Journal of Disability and Rehabilitation: Pwani University: Kenya: Editor Professor Richard Zigler: Department of Educational Psychology/Special Needs
    Pwani University
    Peer Reviewed, International Editorial Board
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    First Edition May 15th. 2014

    Call for papers: Categories
    1. Academic Staff Articles: Practices, Community Based Rehabilitation and Research
    2. Post -graduate Research Articles
    3. Topical Announcements: Projects, Collaborations, Conferences in East Africa

    Article Length (MAX): 30 double spaced pages
    Abstract: One single spaced page
    Current abbreviated CV

    Format: APA style

    Send as an attachment to richardzigler@gmail.com

    Please pass this information on to those who may have interest in contributing

    Note: The EAJDR will accept continuous submissions, however the review process takes time

    Kila la kheri (all the best)

    Note: This is from long time CEC/CASE member Dr. Richard Zigler, former CASE Canadian Rep, who in his retirement is now a professor of Special Education at Pwnai University, Kenya.

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    Job Posting


    Positions
    Osceola School District

    The Osceola School District is accepting applications for a full time School Psychologist starting with the 2014-2015 school year. The School Psychologist will play an integral role in Response to Intervention and special education evaluations/support. This is a 192 day position. The Osceola School District is located approximately 50 miles northeast of the Twin Cities Metro Area, in the beautiful St. Croix River Valley.


    Spokane Public Schools

    The Director, Special Education & English Language Development provides leadership and support of the implementation of the instructional programs and related services for all students with disabilities and students needing language development support to reach K-12 standards. This position will work closely with and in support of building educational teams.


    The American School For The Deaf Announces an opening for Executive Director

    The American School for the Deaf is located in West Hartford, Connecticut. Established in 1817 as the first permanent school for the deaf in America, the current school is a comprehensive center-based and community-based educational institution serving deaf and hard-of-hearing students from preschool through high school, and providing an adult service program, utilizing a total communication philosophy. The American School for the Deaf is approved by the Departments of Education in ten states including Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York and serves students from ten states as well as international students.


    South Central Community Services Inc.
    Under the direct supervision of the Day Treatment Site Supervisor, the Teacher adopts the major responsibility for the academic learning, social and emotional growth of students. This includes the use of teaching techniques and tools which stimulate an interest in learning and covering the basic academic

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    The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Education Division, Office of VSA and Accessibility, seeks a special education professional to be a catalyst for improving arts education for students with disabilities and students in special education. The person in this position will be expected to have and maintain an expertise and in-depth knowledge of education and special education policy and practice; the field of disability; and arts education, special education, inclusion, differentiated learning and universal design for learning. They will be responsible for executing VSA's 2014 Intersections: Arts and Special Education conference.

    For more information, as well as instructions on how to apply please go to: http://www.kennedy-center.org/jobs/. The position opened on September 14, 2013 and will remain open until filled.


    Council for Exceptional Children
    The Council for Exceptional Children invites applications for the editor of its peer reviewed, practitioner-oriented journal, TEACHING Exceptional Children. Applications from co-editors also will be accepted. Designed for special education professionals, TEC links research and practice, showing the application of research to special education classroom and administrative activities and decisions.

    To receive application instructions: Send an email to teceditorapplications@cec.sped.org. Please include your full name, current position and preferred phone number.


    Corning-Painted Post Area School District
    Position description: Supervises and coordinates programs that serve children with special needs; including special education, tutorial and enrichment programs. Coordinates the district health services and student screening programs. Implements the district guidance plan. Shares supervision with building administrators of district special education teachers, speech therapists, school-nurse teachers, guidance counselors, school psychologists and teachers in the enrichment programs.

    For more information click here.


    C8 Sciences, one of the fastest-growing brain research companies in the world, is seeking an inside sales consultant to help implement our researched based programs into the education and healthcare markets. This position has six-figure earnings potential, full benefit package, extensive training program and great working culture for the right candidate.

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    The Mico University College Child Assessment and Research in Education Centre, established since 1981 to meet the needs of children requiring special education in Jamaica and the English speaking Caribbean seeks School Psychologist, and Special Educators at the graduate or doctoral level. Candidates must be able to diagnose and apply prescriptive remediation for children with learning disabilities and behavioral disorders, should have strong leadership skills with the ability to organize, train and develop and guide a clinical team. Strong research and analytical skills are also required.

    For further information you may email us at childassessmentpersonnel@cwjamaica.com.


    The Association of University Centers on Disabilities, a national not-for-profit organization, seeks an executive director to lead and guide activities that fulfill its mission to advance policies and practices that improve the health, education, social and economic well-being of people with developmental and other disabilities, their families and their communities by supporting its members in research, education, health and service activities. AUCD is governed by a 19-member Board of Directors that includes professionals, individuals with disabilities and family members. It has an annual budget of approximately $5 million and employs a staff of 21. For additional detailed information, click here and visit www.aucd.org.


    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.



    CEC Policy Insider


    Do your members of Congress support IDEA/gifted funding? Now's the time to ask!
    CEC Policy Insider
    It's that time of year again. Yes, it's spring and flowers are beginning to bloom but in Washington, March/April is when the Appropriations — federal funding — process kicks into high gear. Between federal, state, and local budget cuts, education budgets have been squeezed thin across the nation. We know that 83 percent of special educators have already reported budget cuts impacting special education services.
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    US Department of Education releases Race to the Top state progress reports
    CEC Policy Insider
    On March 19, the year three Race to the Top state progress reports for the District of Columbia and the 11 states that received grants in the first two rounds of the program: Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Tennessee were released by the U.S. Department of Education. They reflect reporting done for the school year of 2012/2013.
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    Girls and ADHD: Are you missing the signs?
    Scholastic
    When you think ADHD, do you think boy? You're not alone. Boys are three times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD, even though they're no more likely to have it. Too many young girls are not getting the help they need.

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    Common Core's promise collides with IEP realities
    Education Week
    One of the most promising elements of common academic standards for students with disabilities, say experts in special education, is that they offer explicit connections from one set of skills to another.

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    'Mainstreaming' special education students needs debate
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    Americans tend to be a vocal people, sharing their views about almost any issue in the public sphere loudly and frequently.

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    ABCs of ADHD: Diagnosis on the rise
    Daily Herald
    Many childhood challenges may escape notice, but children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder often can be the subject of great concern to parents and teachers. There are many theories about the cause of ADHD — a term coined in the early '70s to describe the condition, according to experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Children with ADHD — one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood — may have trouble staying on task, often can't sit still, are easily distracted, daydream, forget or lose things, make careless mistakes or take unnecessary risks, have trouble taking turns, may be unable to pay attention, frequently jump from task to task, have a hard time resisting temptation, and can have difficulty getting along with others.
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    Schools coping with Common Core turbulence
    District Administration Magazine
    The rollout of the Common Core State Standards in classrooms nationwide this school year has been "bumpy" as states struggle to provide professional development for teachers, align curricular materials and create assessments that adequately measure the standards, according to the February report "Common Core in the Districts: An Early Look at Early Implementers" from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.
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    Reading expert discusses dyslexia
    Stratford Star
    "English is a great language, but it's part of the problem." Words of wisdom from Margie Gillis, project director at the Haskins Literacy Initiative at Yale University, delivered earlier this month to a room of parents and educators at Royle School. Gillis's visit was sponsored by the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee, and she spoke for roughly two hours about dyslexia being both a blessing and a curse. As with any learning disability, teachers make the biggest difference with students and their ability to learn, Gillis said.
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    Federal grant targets special education teachers, administrators
    EdSource
    As part of a national effort to improve instruction for children with learning, behavioral, physical and other disabilities, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing has been awarded a $200,000 federal grant for an intensive review of training for the state's teachers and administrators — in both general and special education settings. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the grant is part of a $25 million, five-year push by the federal Office for Special Education to roll out special education reforms in 20 states, including this newly announced effort in California.
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    Harsh discipline more common for students with disabilities
    Disability Scoop
    Federal officials say schools are restraining and secluding kids with disabilities far more often than other children and are disproportionately referring them to law enforcement. Statistics from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights reveal widespread disparities in discipline between students in special education and their typically-developing peers. Kids with disabilities represent three-quarters of children physically restrained and 58 percent of those placed in seclusion or some other form of involuntary confinement at school, the Education Department said. Such children are also more than twice as likely to receive an out-of-school suspension.
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    Critics question Common Core's effectiveness
    eSchool News
    Common Core State Standards are a set of rigorous academic standards in math and English. The Common Core has been adopted in 45 states and the District of Columbia. Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and developed by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, this academic initiative was intended to ensure that students graduate from high school with critical thinking skills to help them lead a successful life.
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    Girls and ADHD: Are you missing the signs?
    Scholastic
    When you think ADHD, do you think boy? You're not alone. Boys are three times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD, even though they're no more likely to have it. Too many young girls are not getting the help they need. That's why teachers are so important. When it comes to learning disabilities, teachers are right there on the front line. We're often the first to spot a child's difficulties and to bring it to the attention of parents and specialists. It's important that we know the different ways ADHD may manifest in our girl students and the reasons we may miss it.
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    Q-and-A: A crash course on Common Core
    NPR
    Confused about the Common Core State Standards? Join the club. That's not to say the new benchmarks in reading and math are good or bad, working smoothly or kicking up sparks as the wheels come off. It is simply an acknowledgement that, when the vast majority of U.S. states adopt a single set of educational standards all at roughly the same time, a little confusion is inevitable.
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    Small neonates at risk for future math difficulties
    PsychCentral
    Babies born small for their gestational age are at greater risk for having future problems in math, according to a new study by the University of Warwick and Ruhr-University Bochum. The study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, was designed to explore the link between preterm birth and dyscalculia — a learning disorder which involves problems in everyday math skills. It is diagnosed when children do worse than expected in math, based on their overall intelligence levels.
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    6 essential R's to reduce school-wide bullying
    Edutopia (commentary)
    Dr. Michele Borba, an educational consultant, social-emotional learning and bullying expert, writes: "The best way to reduce bullying is not with a one-time assembly or a poster campaign, but with homegrown, data-driven, sustained efforts by a caring, committed staff — a model I call the six R's, a blueprint for effective bullying prevention. I've shared this model with hundreds of educators worldwide, and on U.S. Army bases. Each 'R' is crucial in creating what our students deserve — a safe, caring learning environment that breeds acceptance and respect."
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