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URGENT CASE ITEMS!
April 7 deadline approaching fast for fall conference proposals

CASE
Facebook The call for proposals for the 24th Annual CASE Conference being held Sept. 26-28 at the Indianapolis Hyatt Regency is up on the CASE website. Please complete the call for proposals no later than Sunday, April 7. You will be notified by May 28 whether or not your proposal has been selected. We are looking for topics focusing on:
  • strategies for successful educational system transformation;
  • dynamic research on improved delivery of services;
  • innovative programming for students with disabilities.
TOPICS of interest include: Common Core State Standards and special education(including Standards-Based IEPs); Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning; Scientifically Based and/or Evidence Based Curriculum Supports; effective Multi-tier Systems of Support; Effective Educator Evaluations designed for special education and support staff; and models of successful school accountability.

Preference will be given to proposals including teams (e.g. a general education teacher or administrator and a special education teacher or administrator co-presenting).

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Don't forget the Research Committee survey request
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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. Click here to take the survey now.
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CASE has arrived in San Antonio
CASE
Both Robin Smith, CASE administrative assistant and I are in San Antonio all week for the CEC Convention so the CASE office is closed. 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. In the afternoon section of our meeting, we will be announcing our Award winners. Our Awards are sponsored this year by Classworks. For All the other CASE activities, click here for a one page summary. If you purchased a CASE Night ticket, you can pick them up at our Membership meeting on Wednesday in Lone Star B & C at the Grand Hyatt or at the CASE Booth (743) on Thursday, April 4 before noon.
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Special Education Law Symposium
CASE
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
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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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, DEC call on president to address young children with disabilities in early learning proposals
CEC Policy Insider
In a letter to President Barack Obama, CEC, together with its Division on Early Childhood, have called on the Administration to support meaningful partnerships between pre-kindergarten and other early learning proposals and programs that serve young children with disabilities, namely IDEA's early intervention and preschool programs.
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Special education teachers participate in NBC's Education Nation in Detroit
CEC Policy Insider
In Detroit, several CEC members including Ben White, student member of CEC's Board of Directors, Joe DeMarsh, president-elect of Michigan CEC, and Erin King, Kellie Taylor and Lela Davis, special education teachers in Detroit Public Schools, attended at teacher town hall at the first of three education summits held by NBC's Education Nation.
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Reps. Chu and Hinojosa introduce CEC supported 'Equal Access to Quality Education Act' in the US House of Representatives
CEC Policy Insider
CEC is applauding Representatives Judy Chu, D-Calif.-27, and Rubén Hinojosa, D-Texas-15, for introducing the Equal Access to Quality Education Act, legislation that ensures schools facing the greatest challenges are also staffed by the highest quality teachers.
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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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Will funding flexibility for schools come with sequestration cuts?
Education Week
So now that school districts are coping with a 5 percent across-the-board cut to all federal programs, thanks to sequestration, many advocates are asking the department for what they see as the next best thing to more money: Greater flexibility with the funds they actually have.

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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.

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Bullying takes toll on kids with autism
Disability Scoop
Children with autism are experiencing high rates of bullying and face significant emotional consequences as a result, a new study finds.

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Hot Topics


In twist, school practices 'reverse inclusion'
Disability Scoop
A unique approach at one Ohio school has typically developing teens entering the world of special education for an eye-opening experience. Through a semester-long elective at Kenston High School in Bainbridge, Ohio, high school juniors and seniors work side-by-side in a special education classroom with their peers who have special needs. An outgrowth of a club, the course focuses on the history and experiences of individuals with disabilities. Typically developing students act as role models and are asked to do a series of creative, independent projects like organizing a dance or a talent show.
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Car exhaust hurts children as much as 2nd-hand smoke
The Atlantic Cities
Having your children live near a busy highway is kind of like keeping them penned in the smoking area of a Greyhound bus station, according to a new study. European researchers applied a statistical technique known as "population-attributable fractions" to existing data to root out how much childhood asthma can be blamed on heavy traffic. Their conclusion: 14 percent of chronic asthma in kids is caused by car exhaust, which falls into the 4 to 18 percent bracket of childhood asthma cases resulting from exposure to second-hand smoke, as per World Health Organization estimates.
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Survey: 1 in 50 US school kids has autism
The Associated Press via CBS News
A government survey of parents says 1 in 50 U.S. schoolchildren has autism, surpassing another federal estimate for the disorder. Health officials say the new number doesn't mean autism is occurring more often. But it does suggest that doctors are diagnosing autism more frequently, especially in children with milder problems. The earlier government estimate of 1 in 88 comes from a study that many consider more rigorous. It looks at medical and school records instead of relying on parents.
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How would mental-health screening for kids at school work?
Palm Beach Post
Children routinely have their vision, hearing and sometimes even the curve of their spines checked at school. For more than a decade, everyone from the American Academy of Pediatrics to the U.S. surgeon general has urged that all children also be screened for mental health — but it's not happened. No state in this country and only one country in the world — Chile — systematically screens all of its children for mental health in schools. Now in the wake of several high-profile shootings — many with troubled young adults behind the trigger — everyone is rehashing the conversation.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Dyslexia linked to brain's inconsistency with encoding sound (Northwestern University via Psych Central)
Aggression a struggle for 1 in 2 with autism (Disability Scoop)
Newtown, Conn., children remain scared as school tries to move on from Sandy Hook shooting (The Associated Press via The Huffington Post)
Doctors: Be cautious of mind-altering drugs for kids (Reuters)
Overcoming reading problems: How can we stlil raed words wehn teh lettres are jmbuled up? (Medical News Today)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.


Legislation


Report: ESEA reauthorization could be trouble for waiver states
eSchool News
A new report surveying states that have applied for and received No Child Left Behind waivers finds they are worried that reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act could hinder progress painstakingly made in school reform over the past year. The report, released by the Center on Education Policy, notes that last year Education Secretary Arne Duncan began to grant states waivers on key NCLB accountability requirements. The waiver guidelines let states depart from some of NCLB's more strict requirements, such as judging school performance against a goal of 100 percent of students reaching reading and math "proficiency" by 2014, and implementing specific interventions in schools that fall short of performance targets.
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Sequester could hit special education, poor Texas students
The Texas Tribune
Aurora Ramirez-Ford, a fifth-grader with Down syndrome, needs speech classes and occupational therapy, services that are guaranteed under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. But looming federal financing cuts could affect Aurora and her peers, because they may mean bigger classes and fewer teachers next year. "If you take away staff, it's a given that the quality of education will decrease," said Stacy Ford, Aurora's mother and a special education advocate in Leander. "It doesn't take a Ph.D. to figure that out."
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Will funding flexibility for schools come with sequestration cuts?
Education Week
So now that school districts are coping with a 5 percent across-the-board cut to all federal programs, thanks to sequestration, many advocates are asking the department for what they see as the next best thing to more money: Greater flexibility with the funds they actually have. For instance, advocates are wondering how the cuts will affect maintenance of effort, which requires states and districts to keep their own spending up at a certain level in order to tap federal funds. Do they get a break because they're getting less Title I and special education money?
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In the News


Robots show promise for social skills development
Disability Scoop
New research suggests that robots could offer a remarkable tool to help children with disabilities master social skills. Using a modified version of a so-called humanoid robot, researchers at Vanderbilt University say they've found that children with autism respond positively to the two-foot-tall device, which could one day supplement time spent with a human therapist. For the study, autism researchers and mechanical engineers augmented an existing robot with webcams to track a child's movement and create an "intelligent environment" allowing the device to respond to the scenario. Programmed with prompts like "look over here," the robot is able to make head and hand gestures and, much like a therapist, it instructs a user to do certain tasks and praises a job well done.
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South Carolina's special education penalty won't continue
The Associated Press via SCNow
South Carolina schools chief Mick Zais says congressional action averted the continuation of a $36 million federal punishment over special education spending. A clause inserted in a stopgap spending bill given final approval by the U.S. House repeals the penalty slated to continue perpetually. Zais praised Congress, particularly South Carolina's delegation, as hearing his plea for common sense. The action "repeals the absurd perpetual penalty," he said. "This is a victory for students with disabilities."
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More teachers are grouping kids by ability
USA Today
New findings based on more than 20 years of research suggest that despite decades of controversy, elementary school teachers now feel fine placing students in "ability groups." The research, out Monday from the centrist Brookings Institution's Brown Center on American Education, finds that between 1998 and 2009, the percentage of fourth-grade teachers who said they created ability-based reading groups skyrocketed from 28 percent to 71 percent. In math, between 1996 and 2011, the practice rose from 40 percent to 61 percent. The practice remained fairly constant in eighth-grade math, rising from 71 percent to 76 percent. Data for other eighth-grade subjects was incomplete or inconclusive.
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Teaching emotions: A different approach to ending school violence
The Huffington Post (Commentary)
In the wake of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, the media has trumpeted the predictable calls for tighter gun controls and widespread speculation about the shooter's mental health. But those calling for change have done remarkably little soul-searching about the education system that allowed such a disturbed individual to wander through its hallways speaking little and avoiding eye contact, apparently completely ignored.
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Building a more inclusive digital media and learning movement
Education Week
The good news is that digital tools are letting kids hack their learning, communities, and world in all kinds of awesome new ways. The bad news is that these opportunities are not evenly distributed, and they may be accelerating inequalities between more and less affluent youth. Expanding opportunity is a necessary but not sufficient condition for reducing inequality. To make the aforementioned good news better than just good news, to make it awesome news, we need to build the digital media and learning movement to be as inclusive as possible, perhaps even to be more than inclusive, to disproportionately benefit those learners who start life a step behind the privileged.
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Parents of students with special needs want law on seclusion and restraint policies
StateImpact Indiana
Indiana schools aren't required to have formal policies on seclusion and restraint, but the families of students with special needs are urging state lawmakers to reconsider. In January, a representative for Glenda Ritz's office who testified in favor of the bill when it was before the Senate Education Committee said the state superintendent wants to ensure districts retain local control over teacher training.
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Which path for the Common Core?
Education Week (Commentary)
As educators across the country implement the Common Core State Standards, we see two paths emerging ... and diverging. The first path treats the common core as just another set of standards to implement and assess. Educators jump straight to the grade-level requirements and map them to their curricula in a compliance-driven exercise. It starts to look a lot like what we've been doing with the No Child Left Behind Act for the last 10 years — a narrowed curriculum focused more on test scores than on college and career readiness.
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School professionals turn to self-defense training
USA Today
As school professionals nationwide re-evaluate plans for keeping schoolchildren safe, more teachers, staff and parents turn to self-defense training, defense instructors across the country say. Pelting rain blurred Celenea Mitchell's windshield as she drove through Battle Ground, Wash. A few weeks had passed since the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, and Mitchell, a mother of two and a PTA volunteer, was determined to help get Battle Ground teachers trained in self-defense.
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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
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





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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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