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Together We Can Make a Difference!
APRIL is AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH!

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Our knowledge has grown over the last 10 years BUT there is still much more progress needed as we work together to meet the needs of students with Autism! CASE is an active member of the IDEA Partnership and we hope ALL of our members are utilizing the GREAT resources on the IDEA Partnership website!

CASE leadership agreed to be a part of the COLLECTIVE IMPACT project and encourage our members to use the AUTISM AWARNESS materials on the website. CLICK HERE to view these ready to use materials!
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Advocacy = student success!
CASE
If you REALLY want to make a difference, then you need to Register now for the 11th Annual CASE Legislative Leadership Seminar, July 14-17. This annual seminar will reinforce the importance of one added to a strong voice! Last year 78 CASE members from 25 different states met with their senators and representatives to discuss the issues concerning students with disabilities. We need your voice! We will be at a different hotel this year — the Hilton Alexandria Old Town — just across the street from the King Street Metro Station! For more information and links to both the hotel and seminar registration, go to the CASE website.
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Apology ...
Last week, we misspelled our Harrie Selznick award winner's name, Betty Muntz! Our apologies to both Betty and her husband, Charlie Muntz!


PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  System 44

System 44 Next Generation is the new foundational reading program for your most challenged readers in Grades 3–12+. System 44 Next Generation is proven to help students master the foundational reading skills required for success with the Common Core through explicit instruction in comprehension and writing and a personalized learning progression driven by technology. System 44 was developed to ensure that students with unique learning challenges have the necessary support and scaffolds to address their specific needs. Learn More.
 


NCIPP Webinar: Evaluating Mentoring and Induction Programs
CASE
Presented by: National Center to Inform Policy and Practice in Special Education Professional Development (NCIPP)
This webinar provides information about evaluating mentoring and induction programs, specifically:
• Best practices for evaluating programs
• Examples of mentoring and induction evaluation
• How states and districts can get started in evaluation and useful tools
When: April 24, 1 p.m. EDT
Duration: Approximately one hour
Presenters:
Dr. Meg Kamman, NCIPP
Dr. Ann Sebald, University of Northern Colorado
Claire Sabochik and David Craven, Cherry Creek School District
John McLaughlin, Evaluator
Register Now:
Click this link to register: http://ncipp.education.ufl.edu/signupwebinar.php
Questions: Email ncipp@coe.ufl.edu

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CEC Policy Insider


President's budget proposal includes few increases for special education; expands investment in preschool, overall education budget
CEC Policy Insider
President Barack Obama released his fiscal year 2014 budget, which proposes to increase spending on education programs by 4.5 percent and repeals the devastating, automatic across-the-board cuts known as sequestration, which stripped over $600 million from special education programs. While the president's proposal increases the overall investment in education, funding levels for special education programs would largely remain the same as pre-sequestration funding amounts with a few important exceptions.
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Report: African-American males with disabilities suspended at far greater rates than peers
CEC Policy Insider
A new report from the University of California Los Angeles Civil Rights Project has found that 1 in 3 African-American males with disabilities in secondary schools were suspended at least once in 2009-2010. Using data collected from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights, "Out of School & Off Track: The Overuse of Suspensions in American Middle and High Schools" calls into question civil rights issues that address the fairness and effectiveness of discipline practices implemented in every school across the nation.
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Hot Topics


Lead poisoning toll revised to 1 in 38 young kids
USA Today
An estimated 535,000 young children in the United States have harmful levels of lead in their bodies, putting them at risk of lost intelligence, attention disorders and other life-long health problems, according to a new estimate by federal health officials. The new number shows lead poisoning affects 1 in 38 children ages 1 to 5, according to the report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Response to intervention policy and practice inconsistent across states
Education Week
Currently, 14 states mandate that response to intervention be used as a method to determine if students have a specific learning disability. The rest of the states, following federal special education law, must permit RTI to be used for that purpose. Part of the goal, RTI advocates contend, is that the instructional method's focus on effective teaching can cut down on the number of children who need special education services.
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Minorities in special education: Are they underrepresented?
Education Week
Among special education advocates, it's an article of faith that minority students are enrolled in special education in greater proportion than their white peers, and that this is a problem that needs fixing. But what if minorities are actually underenrolled in special education? What if minority students, even those who show characteristics similar to their white peers, aren't getting the services they need? That would mean a major shift in the way the federal government and special educators look at this issue.
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Engaging learners through games: Help or hype?
eSchool News
"Engagement" has become a popular buzzword, as educators increasingly cite disengaged students as a problem that needs to be fixed. In this context, games are often trumpeted as the perfect tool for creating student engagement. But what do we really know about how engagement works?

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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.

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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.

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Getting the best people into the toughest jobs
Center for American Progress
The nation is engaged in multiple activities to get effective teachers into all classrooms and effective principals into all schools through more "strategic management" of education talent. Strategic talent management is an approach that manages all human resource programs — recruitment, selection, placement, development, evaluation, tenure, promotion, dismissal and compensation — around a set of effectiveness metrics that capture instructional practice and student-learning growth.
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Legislation


Sequestration hits Impact Aid districts
District administration Magazine
Most districts won't feel the impact of sequester cuts for another year. But Silver Valley, Calif., USD is already facing the harsh reality of nearly $500,000 in funding cuts this year alone. Located on the National Training Center at Fort Irwin in the middle of the Mojave Desert, Silver Valley is a district of 2,500 students, 61 percent of whom are from military families. It is one of approximately 1,350 school districts located on tax-exempt property, such as military bases or Indian reservations, that are heavily reliant on federal Impact Aid, which the government provides to help fund the schools. Today, these districts are facing immediate and often severe cuts at the hands of sequestration.
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In the News


Bill Gates: A fairer way to evaluate teachers
The Washington Post
Tom Brady may be the best quarterback in football, but he is also infamously, hilariously slow. YouTube videos of his 40-yard dash have gotten many thousands of hits from sports fans looking for a good laugh. If the New England Patriots had chosen a quarterback based only on foot speed, they would have missed out on three Super Bowl victories. In much the same way that sports teams identify and nurture talent, there is a window of opportunity in public education to create systems that encourage and develop fantastic teachers, leading to better results for students.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Gains with Special Education Students

Special Education students at Ridgegate Elementary School, Texas, are making gains in proficiency after using Academy of READING and Academy of MATH online intervention programs. Hear why these CASE-endorsed programs are so effective with Special Education students. View video.
 


A gifted student learns to thrive with dyslexia
The Wall Street Journal
Skye Lucas tested in the gifted range in preschool. But she fell behind her kindergarten classmates when they started reading. Then, like many other dyslexic children in Manhattan, N.Y., private schools, she was subtly asked to leave. Getting "kicked out," as Lucas puts it, was a blessing in disguise. She spent the next two years at the Windward School in nearby White Plains, N.Y., one of several schools that specialize in helping students with language-based learning disabilities return to the mainstream.
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Engaging learners through games: Help or hype?
eSchool News
"Engagement" has become a popular buzzword, as educators increasingly cite disengaged students as a problem that needs to be fixed. In this context, games are often trumpeted as the perfect tool for creating student engagement. But what do we really know about how engagement works? What opportunities and risks do games present as tools for increasing engagement? And how can educators judge whether a game product truly helps drive student engagement or is merely hype?
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What is the quality of life for children with learning disabilities and ADHD?
GoodTherapy.org
Learning difficulties can present challenges for school-aged children. They may have difficulty with reading, math, problem solving and general academic tasks. Additionally, these difficulties may contribute to low self-esteem. Children with specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia may be viewed differently than their peers. They may feel isolated, ostracized or even ridiculed as a result. Many children with SpLD also have psychological issues, the most common being attention deficit hyperactivity.
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How to stimulate curiosity
KQED
Curiosity is the engine of intellectual achievement — it's what drives us to keep learning, keep trying, keep pushing forward. But how does one generate curiosity, in oneself or others? George Loewenstein, a professor of economics and psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, proposed an answer in a classic 1994 paper, "The Psychology of Curiosity."
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Ready-to-use materials for Autism Awareness Month — April 2013 (IDEA via CASE)
Special Education Law Symposium (CASE)
Improving outcomes for students with disabilities becomes new priority for federal innovation program (CEC Policy Insider)
New handbook helps youth with disabilities transition to adult life (Vanderbilt University)
Congress rewrites IDEA funding rule (Disability Scoop)

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Closing the disabilities gap
MiddleWeb
There are many variables reported to contribute to the achievement gap. Race, cultural differences, poverty, school structures, family structures and inequitable funding are all in the mix of conversations that place blame on why some students are academically behind where they should be. This post examines yet another often-discussed variable: students with disabilities. What can be done to help these students close the academic gap between themselves and their non-disabled peers?
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Shoe design offers a Trojan horse for problem solving with design thinking
Edutopia
"Design your own shoe." That's what high school students thought they were signing up to do when they volunteered for an immersive experience in design thinking. Truth be told, the course description was not quite accurate. Shoe design "is really a Trojan horse for solving problems in a new way," acknowledged Chad Faber, director of the Knight Family Scholars Program at Catlin Gabel School, an independent K-12 school in Portland, Ore.
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When kids are afraid to tell teachers about bullying — That is a problem
TakePart
Courtney Fox, a first-grade teacher, shares why teachers must create environments where kids aren't afraid to report bullying. She writes: "When I first started teaching, I wasn't exactly sure how I should respond to tattling. I wanted children to tell me what was going on, but I didn't want to hear everything, did I?"
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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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