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Thank You...
CASE
So did you get appreciated last week? Last week was national Teacher Appreciation Week. I know most if not all of our readers are administrators but don't we all consider ourselves teachers first and foremost? I hope someone told you "Thank You" for all you do for so many ... and if no one did, I am telling you now! Thank you for the extra hours you put in no one sees. Thank you for the tears you shed when a student or staff gets very ill or even dies. Thank you for all the advocacy you do for your students, parents, teachers and district. Thank you for all the many times when half of those outside think you do too much and the other half think you do too little! Thank you for the extra money you spend out of your own pocket for donuts, coffee, classroom resources, professional membership, etc that everyone takes for granted but that you know is necessary. Thank you for stepping up to the plate and staying informed, engaged and enthusiastic in a time of rapid change! Thank you for being the backbone of so many services students with disabilities wouldn't have without you! You ARE appreciated!

Have you "thanked" someone this week? I know it is early in the week, but I hope you will consider thanking someone for their extra effort today or at least this week. One way to do that is to nominate them for one of the CASE awards. While most of the awards' nominations are not due until Dec, there is one CASE award that is coming up really soon. The "G" award is only one year old and the deadline is June 15. See below to get more information or go to the CASE website! Thank one of the "new" administrators by nominating them for this award especially designed for those administrators with 3 or less years of experience. We need to encourage them to stay in the field and maybe inspire others to jump into our field!

Today is the LAST day for putting in a proposal for the CASE Fall 2015 Conference! Just go to the CASE website or click here for more information!

Last Week's Poll asked "If you have had to make budget cuts for the coming year, where have you made these cuts?" This week the answers were more evenly divided than in any question we have asked in a long time. First place was tied at 23 percent with two related items, cutting professional development opportunities and staff travel. There was a three way tie for second place at 15 percent with cuts being made in direct services to students staff, support to teachers and schools staff, and student travel (field trips, etc). Last place, at 8 percent, was cutting the budget by combining classes to make a large student loads. Budget cuts are a reality of life but we cannot give up on telling the story of how these budget cuts impact our students and ultimately their achievement outcomes! We hope you will make every effort possible to join your CASE and CEC colleagues in D.C. this July so you too can make personal visits to your congressional delegates and help us tell the story!

Thanks for all you do all the time to make sure ALL students succeed!

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Luann Purcell
Executive Director
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The CASE 'G' Award for Rising Special Education Administrators
CASE
Do you know a new special education administrator who has routinely "stuck their neck out" for teachers and students during this past school year? Last year was the first year for the new CASE award called the "G"AWARD for Rising Special Education Administrators. It was instituted for a member of CASE who is early in his/her career as an administrator. This individual may be nominated within their first 3 years of administrating special education programs/services and the award will be accompanied by a night on the town in their home area (limo, dinner, movie, child care, etc.) with a $1000 value. This award is acknowledgement of the administrator for sticking his/her neck out to better support their teachers to enable them to make a difference in the lives of the students they serve. The deadline for the award nomination is June 15. Nominations should be sent to Membership Chair Emilie Maule.

The award will be given at the Fall CASE Conference and the recipient will receive up to $1000 to be spent totally on a special night on the town and NOT for anything that could be used in classrooms or schools — this is a pamper yourself award! The person being nominated for the award must exemplify the following 5 values:
    VALUES
  1. "Heart" is at the core of what we do
  2. Lead by example
  3. Be honest
  4. Think outside the box
  5. Always use a collaborative approach
You can go to the CASE website to get additional information or you can click here.

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This year, CASE will be joining forces with CEC to make an even bigger impression up on the Hill!

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This four-day legislative summit is for teachers, administrators, teacher educators, teachers in training – anyone who passionately supports national special education issues that improve educational outcomes for students with exceptionalities and the professionals who work on their behalf.

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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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Special Education Law Symposium
The 40th Anniversary of the IDEA: The Past is Prologue
June 21-26

Lehigh University
Lehigh University’s intensive one-week institute provides a practical analysis of legislation, regulations, and case law relating to the education of students with disabilities. The symposium is designed for special education coordinators and teachers, principals, psychologists, parent advocates, attorneys (on both sides), hearing officers, state officials, and other individuals interested in legal literacy concerning the education of students with disabilities.

The program offers two parallel tracks, one for basic that offers in-depth foundation knowledge about the IDEA and Section 504: Eligibility, FAPE, LRE, Student Discipline, and Remedies. The other track is for advanced participants, offering brand new "hot topics": Settlement Process, Exiting Special Education, "Meaningful" Parental Participation, Inadequate IEP Implementation as a FAPE Denial, Transition Services, Parental Private Placements, and State Complaint Resolution Process.

The experienced program faculty features attorneys Laura Anthony (Ohio), Edward Bauer (Florida), Maria Blaeuer (Washington, DC), Esther Canty-Barnes (New Jersey), Andrew Cuddy (New York), Laura Gillis (Massachusetts), Zvi Greisman (Maryland), Dana Jonson (Connecticut), Michael Joyce (Massachusetts), Isabel Machado (New Jersey), Deborah Mattison (Alabama), Kevin McDowell (Indiana), Michael Stafford (Delaware), and — from Pennsylvania — Andrew Faust, Joshua Kershenbaum, Dennis McAndrews, Gabrielle Sereni, and Dr. Perry Zirkel.

The symposium begins on Sunday evening with a dinner and keynote lecture by Dr. Melody Musgrove, Director, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), U.S. Department of Education.

The workshop is offered for graduate and continuing education credit. Weekly and daily options are available. Full information is available on our website: coe.lehigh.edu/law. For any questions, email or call Shannon Weber or Donna Johnson at specialedlaw@lehigh.edu or (610) 758-5557.

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A matter of equity: Preschool in America
OSERS
All parents hope their child will start school ready for success. Unfortunately, not every parent can find the high-quality early learning opportunity that sets their child up for success.

Earlier today the U.S. Department of Education released a new report outlining the unmet need for high-quality early learning programs in America. Roughly 6 in 10 4-year-olds are not enrolled in publicly funded preschool programs, and even fewer are enrolled in the highest quality programs.

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Bipartisan ESEA Bill Developed in Senate Committee
Myrna Mandlawitz, CASE Legislative Consultant
In January 2015 Senator Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, issued a discussion draft for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, currently known as No Child Left Behind. He solicited comments from the public, with the intention of eventually releasing a bipartisan bill. After several months of serious negotiations led by Alexander and Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., ranking Democrat on the committee, the Every Child Achieves Act was released. As this article was being written, the Committee was set to take up the bill beginning on April 14. While both Alexander and Murray acknowledge the bill does not comport completely with what either would have wanted, they agree this is a solid effort that moves the process forward.
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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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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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Special Education Legislative Summit
CEC Policy Insider
Want to enhance your advocacy skills, learn about important special/gifted issues, and take CEC's messages to Capitol Hill? Then come to the Special Education Legislative Summit July 12-15 in Alexandria, VA. Registration is easy, simply visit the Special Education Legislative Summit website, click the registration tab, and either register online or download a form. We will be updating the website regularly. Join us in July!
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The Office of Civil Rights Releases Reporting on FY Years 2013 and 2014
CEC Policy Insider
The Office of Civil Rights released a report to the President, Secretary of Education, and Congress detailing the office's activities in fiscal years (FY) 2013 and 2014.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    Inclusive curriculum may not help kindergartners with disabilities make friends (Psych Central)
Schools warned on pushing families into due process (Disability Scoop)
Disabilities, illnesses mean teachers must adap (The Des Moines Register)
Just do it: Fighting ADHD procrastination at school (ADDitude)
Kids losing autism diagnosis may still need educational support (Medical News Today)

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School organization tips for students with ADHD or learning disabilities
ADDitude
ADHD or no ADHD, organization isn't easy for kids. But for children with attention deficit disorder, organizing, prioritizing and managing time are especially challenging. Become your child's organization coach, and engage her in setting up a process to stay organized. Help your child practice her skills on a regular basis, and stick with the systems you create together. Get started with these nine rules for better ADHD organization at school
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    Legislation


    Advocates for special education, gifted weigh in on ESEA rewrite
    Education Week
    The proposal to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that unanimously cleared the U.S. Senate education committee includes elements that please both advocates for students with disabilities and advocates for gifted students — including a cap on the number of students who can take lower-level state assessments and be counted as proficient, and an explicit focus on using federal funds to train teachers in best practices in gifted education.
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    IDEA applies to 'twice exceptional' students too
    Disability Scoop
    Students with disabilities are entitled to special education services, even if they are cognitively gifted, federal officials say. In a memorandum to state directors of special education, the U.S. Department of Education is reminding educators not to leave behind students considered "twice exceptional." This group includes individuals who have a disability who are also intellectually gifted.
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    Senate bill may provide big boost to competency education
    By: Brian Stack
    In a news release to its members, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning recently announced that it has been assisting in the reauthorization of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The bill, known as the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, calls for states to continue to conduct annual accountability assessments but opens the door for states to consider things like growth measures, adaptive measurements, multiple measures and assess when ready, innovative assessment flexibility, and state-led accountability.
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    Florida education department clarifies rules on student retention, teacher evaluations
    Tampa Bay Times
    The passage of HB 7069 into law changed the rules for evaluating Florida students and teachers. Exactly how has been the subject of much debate. There's been a healthy back and forth, for instance, over whether the Legislature's action gave school districts more flexibility on retaining third graders who score at the lowest levels of the state reading test. Here's what we recently wrote, suggesting that schools hold the final decision. The Florida Stop Common Core Coalition, for one, took issue, saying we got it wrong.
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    In the News


    Brain differences seen in children with dyslexia, dysgraphia
    University of Washington via Science Daily
    Structural brain differences between children with dyslexia and dysgraphia and children who are typical language learners have been observed by researchers in a recent study. Researchers say the findings prove that using a single category of learning disability to qualify for special education services is not scientifically supported.
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    How a collaborative mindset helps teachers reach all learners
    eSchool News
    The implementation of the Common Core State Standards has been met with anxiety from administrators and educators at every level, because, like any major change, it can seem scary and overwhelming. General education teachers have had to learn and apply new instructional strategies to address the new standards and the vision that the standards embody, particularly universal design for learning. Special education teachers have been required for the first time to become pseudo subject-area experts to help struggling students and those with learning disabilities meet the standards.
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    My child struggles with writing: Why typical evaluations don't do the job
    By: Howard Margolis
    Typical writing evaluations are often inadequate. Knowing this may help you convince school or private evaluators that your child needs a different kind of writing evaluation, one that might use but doesn't depend on standardized tests to compare him or her to other children. Instead, outside of standardized testing, it directly examines what he or she can and can't do well and tries to identify external barriers to progress. There are several important written requests you may need to send the school. If you're faced with resistance, there are possible actions to lessen or eliminate it.
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    Students with disabilities are not alone
    Crain's Cleveland Business
    Attending college, albeit fun, is challenging. Students manage plenty: deadlines, schedules, exams, finances, extracurriculars, commuting, residential life — even free time. Consider another layer of challenges for a student with disabilities: academic access. Campus offices of accessibility or disability services can be a critical resource, supporting the academic experience and working to ensure equal access to the academic environment for students with disabilities. These offices have the mission of providing accommodations to students with documented disabilities, making sure the university's environment is inclusive and welcoming, said Alsace Toure, director of disability services for students at Baldwin Wallace University.
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    Beating the Common Core
    Scholastic Administration Magazine
    The Common Core State Standards are designed to help students build a solid foundation of knowledge and skills in preparation for both college and career. To help students meet the expectations of these more rigorous standards, it is important for educators to focus on the standards that students struggle with most. Based on i-Ready diagnostic data from more than 750,000 students, Curriculum Associates has identified four standards as the most difficult in reading and math. These findings are shared below to help educators better plan and maximize their instructional time, accelerate student progress, and create learning environments in which all students can succeed.
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    Choice in books may help kids' reading score over summer
    Reuters
    Allowing young children to choose books they'd like to read over the summer break from school may hone their reading skills and prevent "summer slide" in reading scores, suggests new research. Kids who were allowed to select books to take home at the end of the spring term had better reading scores when they returned to school in the fall, compared to kids who received books they had not chosen, researchers found.
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    Testing gives 3rd-graders upset stomachs, tears and even fevers
    The Hechinger Report
    This year was the first year that Mississippi teachers taught the Common Core standards in grades kindergarten through 12th grade. It was also the first year using a new computer-based end of year exam, which the state Board of Education voted in January to toss out after this year. And to add to the host of changes, this year was also the first for the "third-grade gate" test, which will check reading ability and prevent third graders from going to fourth grade if they can't read on grade level. The Hechinger Report sat down with Darla Miller, a third grade teacher in east Mississippi, to talk about the changes and challenges that she has experienced in this year of reforms.
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    For kids, bullying by peers is worse than abuse from adults
    Healthline
    A long-term study shows that children who were bullied have more trouble in adulthood than children mistreated by their parents. Peers may be worse than parents when it comes to the psychological effects of disparaging words and harassment. A study published in The Lancet Psychiatry reports that children who were bullied by peers had significant mental health problems as adults — even more significant than children who were mistreated by their parents or caregivers.
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    Federal Announcements


    OSERS Notices

    Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)
    The following Notice of Applications for New Awards; Vocational Rehabilitation Services Projects for American Indians With Disabilities were published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, April 7.
    Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2015. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.250K.
    Dates:
    Applications Available: April 7
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 8


    Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)
    The following Notice of Applications for New Awards; Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals With Disabilities — Research and Development
    Center To Advance the Use of New and Emerging Technologies to Ensure Accessibility was published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, April 7.
    Notice inviting applications for a new award for fiscal year (FY) 2015. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.327B.
    Dates:
    Applications Available: April 8
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 26


    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.160A.

    SUMMARY: The Secretary proposes to waive the requirements that generally prohibit project periods exceeding five years and extensions of project periods involving the obligation of additional Federal funds for five 60-month projects initially funded in fiscal year (FY) 2010. The Secretary also proposes to extend the project period for these projects for one year. The proposed waiver and extension would enable the currently funded Regional Interpreter Education Centers for the training of interpreters for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and individuals who are deaf-blind to receive funding through Sept. 30, 2016.
    Dates:
    Comments due on or before May 18


    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.160B

    Summary: The Secretary proposes to waive the requirements that generally prohibit project periods exceeding five years and extensions of project periods involving the obligation of additional Federal funds for a 60-month project initially funded in fiscal year (FY) 2010. The Secretary also proposes to extend the project period for one year. The proposed waiver and extension would enable the currently funded National Interpreter Education Center to receive funding through Sept. 30, 2016.
    Dates:
    Comments due on or before May 18


    Agencies: Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration, Education; Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Labor.

    Dates: Comments due on or before June 15


    The following Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program; State Supported Employment Services Program; Limitations on Use of Subminimum Wage was published in the Federal Register on Thursday, April 16.

    Dates: Comments due on or before June 15


    The following Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Miscellaneous Program Changes was published in the Federal Register on Thursday, April 16.

    Dates: Comments on or before June 15
     

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