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CASE at CEC
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CASE had a very successful week at CEC this past week in San Antonio. Over 65 CASE members attended the annual joint CASE member and board of directors meeting Wednesday, April 3. Some of the topics discussed by the members included sequestration, vouchers and reinventing SPED.

Congratulations to Harrie Selznick award winner Betty Munce, Kentucky, and Special Education Administrator of the Year award winner Ellen Stokebrand, Nebraska.

MO-CASE was honored as the Exemplary Unit, and other unit awards were as follows: Professional Development — Virginia (V-CASE), Legislative — Michigan (MAASE), Communication — Illinois (IAASE), Award — Georgia (G-CASE), Membership — Vermont (VCSEA). In the area of membership, New York (CNYSEA) had the highest number of new members, Kansas (KASEA) had the highest percent of increase and New Mexico was recognized for their strong growth in membership during the 2012 year. Julie Weatherly's Spotlight session was a big hit with everyone who was able to fit into the room — 237 — over 75 attendees were turned away. As always, CASE Night was a huge success. The group enjoyed the wonderful private tour of the Alamo and the great history and ambiance of the St. Anthony Hotel. Pictures may be viewed on the CASE Facebook page.

CASE thanks our sponsors: Stetson and Associates (breakfast), Scholastic, Inc. (break), Classworks (awards), ST4 Learning (showcase session) and Cambium Learning Group (CASE Night) for all they did to make this week so special for our members!
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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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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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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. Registration is on the CASE website.
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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


CEC releases 2 new documents on special education teacher evaluation
CEC Policy Insider
At CEC's Annual Convention in San Antonio, CEC is releasing two new documents to help members understand and use CEC's Position on Special Education Teacher Evaluation. The first is Teachers! It's CEC's Top 10 Innovative Ways to Use and Share the Position on Special Education Teacher Evaluation. This identifies the ways you can use the position to advocate in your own evaluation, school, district and state. It has ideas about how to speak out and where. Check this out and make your voice heard.
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Improving outcomes for students with disabilities becomes new priority for federal innovation program
CEC Policy Insider
The U.S. Department of Education announced that the $150 million Investing in Innovation program — grants which fund the development of innovative ideas — will prioritize proposals that focus on improving outcomes for students with disabilities, among other areas. CEC is applauding the department's efforts to use i3 to support students with disabilities.
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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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ADHD seen in 11 percent of US children as diagnoses rise
The New York Times
Nearly 1-in-5 high school age boys in the United States and 11 percent of school-age children over all have received a medical diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to new data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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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.

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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.

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ADHD seen in 11 percent of US children as diagnoses rise
The New York Times
Nearly 1-in-5 high school age boys in the United States and 11 percent of school-age children over all have received a medical diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to new data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These rates reflect a marked rise over the last decade and could fuel growing concern among many doctors that the ADHD diagnosis and its medication are overused in American children.
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Athletics for all
District Administration Magazine
The glory days of high school sports are no longer reserved for dream team athletes, as athletic directors are increasingly opening up sports to all students, regardless of ability, and seeing winning results on the field and off. This push is reflected in the most recent National Federation of State High School Associations survey, which shows that in 2011-2012, participation in high school sports had grown for the 23rd consecutive year. The annual High School Athletics Participation Survey, which includes the association's 51 member states and the District of Columbia, shows an all-time high participation of 7.7 million students, more than 55 percent of enrolled high schoolers. This is up nearly 14 percent from 2001-2002.
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Gym-classroom hybrid helping kids with learning problems
WFAA-TV
For every finger tap, leg cross and persistent wiggle, doctors have prescribed a pill for 16-year-old Sophia Rodriguez. "I really cannot sit still," she mumbled. "I don't like saying I have to take meds because it makes me feel weak in my own eyes." Since birth, Sophia has struggled to focus, and her grades have suffered as well. "Sometimes I don't understand why I can't do it without," Rodriguez wondered out loud.
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Meditation technique enhances children's mental health
Medical Xpress
Educators in schools across the globe are turning to a new philosophy to help improve the behavior and well-being of students. Mindfulness, a form of meditation, has been shown to help with a wide range of mental health conditions and improve well-being in adults. However, few trials have evaluated its effectiveness in children. Professor Willem Kuyken from the Mood Disorders Centre at the University of Exeter is presenting new research findings from a feasibility trial which show how the mindfulness technique is also effective in improving well-being in young people.
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Legislation


Congress rewrites IDEA funding rule
Disability Scoop
A small change tucked inside a government spending bill may have big implications for special education. Lawmakers included language clarifying the penalties that states may face if they fail to adequately fund education programs for students with disabilities. The issue has become significant in recent years as states struggled financially in the recession and some sought to cut education spending. Under federal law, special education funding must be maintained or increased from one year to the next. If states fail to meet what's known as "maintenance of effort" without obtaining a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education, they can lose out on future federal dollars.
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With GOP advocate, education issues could gain steam in Congress
Education Week
Education issues — which haven't gotten a lot of attention from Congress over the past four years — may have picked up an unlikely but powerful advocate: U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor. As the majority leader in the House of Representatives, the Virginia Republican has a major role in setting the agenda for the chamber. Throughout President Barack Obama's first term, Cantor served as a key counterweight to the administration's agenda on a broad swath of domestic issues, largely aligning himself with more conservative House Republicans on everything from health care to deficit reduction.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Newtown, Conn., children remain scared as school tries to move on from Sandy Hook shooting (The Associated Press via The Huffington Post)
Resources for special education and the Common Core (Education Week)
In twist, school practices 'reverse inclusion' (Disability Scoop)
Survey: 1 in 50 US school kids has autism (The Associated Press via CBS News)
How would mental-health screening for kids at school work? (Palm Beach Post)

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With vouchers, states shift aid for schools to families
The New York Times
A growing number of lawmakers across the country are taking steps to redefine public education, shifting the debate from the classroom to the pocketbook. Instead of simply financing a traditional system of neighborhood schools, legislators and some governors are headed toward funneling public money directly to families, who would be free to choose the kind of schooling they believe is best for their children, be it public, charter, private, religious, online or at home.
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Congress tweaks state special education spending mandates
Education Week
States that run afoul of federal rules for special education funding will be punished — though not forever — under a technical, but important tweak to state maintenance of effort under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The change, which was crafted with the help of the U.S. Department of Education, was included in the giant spending bill for the rest of this fiscal year (better known in Inside the Beltway as a continuing resolution, or CR) that Congress passed.
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In the News


New handbook helps youth with disabilities transition to adult life
Vanderbilt University
Entering adult life can seem daunting for any high school student. Still, most graduates can expect further education, satisfying careers, networks of friends, comfortable homes and sufficient leisure time. But for some young people with developmental, intellectual and physical disabilities, that dream may seem out of reach. For them, life after school often means little or no work, disengagement and poverty. To ease their passage to adult life, Vanderbilt University Professor Erik Carter and Professor Emerita Carolyn Hughes have developed a transition model that combines skill development with support, including strategies they outline in The New Transition Handbook.
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Number of early childhood vaccines not linked to autism
NPR
A large new government study should reassure parents who are afraid that kids are getting autism because they receive too many vaccines too early in life. The study, by researchers at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, found no connection between the number of vaccines a child received and his or her risk of autism spectrum disorder. It also found that even though kids are getting more vaccines these days, those vaccines contain many fewer of the substances that provoke an immune response.
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1-in-5 New York City preteens have mental woes
New York Post
More than 145,000 city children — roughly 1-in-5 — between 6 and 12 struggle with mental illness or other emotional woes, a new study has found. The city Health Department's analysis shows that 6 percent of kids in that age range have been diagnosed with ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and other behavioral problems. That's 44,000 children. A survey of parents also reveals that 14 percent of undiagnosed kids — about 101,000 children in that age group — "have difficulties with emotions, concentration, behavior or getting along with others."
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Sunshine, lower rates of ADHD correlated
The Columbus Dispatch
In places where sunshine is plentiful, fewer children have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to new research. This is the first report of a statistically significant correlation between sunshine — measured as "solar intensity" — and the disorder, said L. Eugene Arnold, an ADHD expert who worked on the study and a professor emeritus of psychiatry at Ohio State University.
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Sleep disorder in children linked to learning complications
Counsel & Heal
Sleep apnea is a common and serious sleeping disorder in which breathing patterns, such as normal breathing, are disrupted during sleep. Extreme cases of sleep apnea that go untreated might result in consistently cutting of oxygen, which can dangerously affect the body. Sleep apnea afflicts one in four percent of children between the ages of two to eight and thus, it is vital in understanding how the disease can influence different aspects of a child's learning and growth. A new study done by researchers form the University of Arizona in Tucson revealed that sleep apnea might also be linked to increasing the chances for children in developing attention deficiency hyperactivity disorder, learning complications and other adaptive disorders.
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Parent-focused classes may help tots at risk for ADHD
HealthDay News via The Philadelphia Inquirer
Parent behavior training is an effective and well-studied intervention for preschoolers at risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, a new review shows. Such programs seek to promote a positive relationship between the parent and child, and to teach effective discipline strategies that rely on rewards and non-punitive consequences.
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Fort Worth, Texas, anti-bullying program may be going national
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Students around the country could be wearing anti-bullying buttons, lanyards and wristbands with a motto familiar to Fort Worth school students: It's Not Okay. That's the name of an initiative to promote respect, integrity and civility created by Fort Worth school district administrators that's in place on Fort Worth campuses. Trustees are scheduled to discuss a proposed licensing agreement with a New York-based company that would allow other districts to use the It's Not Okay phrase on items such as silicone bracelets, magnets and pencils. In return, Fort Worth schools would net royalty payments from the materials sold elsewhere, officials said.
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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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