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Celebrations are important...
CASE
Many if not most of you are on holiday today for Memorial Day. Memorial Day in the US is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formerly known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women, who have died in military service for the United States. One of the traditions for the holiday is to visit cemeteries and place flags on the graves of the military casualties. We are “celebrating” the lives these people lived and so selflessly gave for the service to their country. Because of the when it occurs, many people use the day not to celebrate those lives but to celebrate the start of summer. While I know we all need that day to celebrate, I hope you will spend some time to think about and tell the "younger folks" just what the holiday really means!

Speaking of celebrating... Time is running out on nominating a "new" special education administrator for the "G" Award! What a great way of celebrating a new career, a great new leader, and most importantly our field! If we don't have great new administrators coming on board every year who will continue the wonderful work we all have been doing these last 30+ years? Let's celebrate the newcomers and maybe encourage others to step on that career ladder! Click here for more information on the "G" Award ... and special thanks to the Gersh Academy for sponsoring this award!

Celebrate our profession by advocating for your students and programs in D.C. this July! What better way to celebrate all the amazing things your staff and students have accomplished this year than by telling their stories up on the Hill to the new Congress? We need a team from EVERY state in order to really make a statement! As you enter into your Senator or Representative's office, think what kind of impression you will make when you can say there are teams visiting their Senator's and Representative's offices from all 50 states! The reviews we get back on the July Legislative Summit are always stellar. It is not uncommon to hear such comments as "Best PD event I have ever participated; Money well spent; I will be back; and I can't wait to bring more folks with me next year!" Though we say this every year, it IS critical for us to have every state represented! Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity! Go to the CASE website or straight to the Summit website for more information and to register now!

Last Week's Poll asked "What is your biggest 'stressor' in May?" First place was not a surprise, at 40 percent of those who completing the poll saying completing paperwork was their biggest stressor in May! Second place at 27 percent was working on the budget for the upcoming year. Third place was a tie at 13 percent between staffing for the upcoming year and IEPs. Last place at 7 percent was dealing with student behavior issues. All of these issues are very real and time consuming. Thank you for all you do to deal with these. We celebrate you as the close of school and all the various issues pile up and you deal with each and every one of them!

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

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Luann Purcell
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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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Webinar: Supporting Content Learning with Technology for Students with Disabilities
The CEEDAR Center
We are excited to continue our series on technology and its implications for educating students with disabilities. We are fortunate to have Drs. Maya Israel and Matt Marino present a webinar entitled "Supporting Content Learning with Technology for Students with Disabilities" on Wednesday, May 27, from 1-2 p.m. Eastern Time.

This interactive webinar will include discussion on the concepts of assistive technology, general and content-specific technologies for use during instruction and assessment, how to align instructional technologies with the UDL framework, and technology considerations during IEP development. Additionally, it will include implications for teacher education.

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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.

Get all the knowledge and training you need to be an effective special education advocate, including:
  • Detailed issue briefings that explain the critical issues facing special education
  • Insider perspectives from experts in national education policy organizations
  • Coaching and practice sessions on delivering effective advocacy messages
  • An opportunity to share your views and your students' success stories with your members of Congress during Special Education Day on Capitol Hill
Special Education Day on Capitol Hill will show decision makers in Washington how investing in special education pays off in successful students who are college and career ready and make important contributions to their communities.

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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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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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Register for the 2015 Special Education Legislative Summit
CEC Policy Insider
Want to enhance your advocacy skills, learn about important special/gifted issues and early intervention, 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. Join us in July!
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CEC partners on Safe, Healthy, and Ready to Learn policy recommendations
CEC Policy Insider
Safe, Healthy and Ready to Learn is a consensus report on children exposed to violence, and explores policy solutions to help children, families, and communities heal and thrive. The report was developed in partnership with leaders, including CEC, throughout the health, education, justice and child development field.
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2015 Building a Grad Nation Report: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic
CEC Policy Insider
Released annually, by the Alliance of Excellent Education, America's Promise Alliance, Civil Enterprises, and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, the report shows detailed progress toward the Grad Nation goal of a national on-time graduation rate of 90 percent by 2020.
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Supporting inclusive practices: Professional development resources
CEC Policy Insider
The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center and Early Learning Challenge Technical Assistance Program partnered to create a compilation of professional development resources to support inclusive practices. These materials focus on resources that can be used to prepare personnel to serve young children with disabilities in settings with their typically developing peers, which is a requirement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
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Including young children with disabilities in high-quality early childhood programs
CEC Policy Insider
The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are proposing to release a policy statement on inclusion of young children with disabilities in high-quality inclusive early childhood programs. It is the purpose of this blog (blog link below) to request comments on the proposed statement.
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What every educator needs to know about coming changes to special education policy webinar, hosted by CEC
CEC Policy Insider
In this wide-ranging presentation, CEC's Policy and Advocacy Director, Deborah A. Ziegler, will review and analyze policies currently under discussion, recent changes to policies supported by the Obama administration and the U.S. Congress, and their impact on children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.
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    How poetry can open a whole new world for children with autism
    The Huffington Post
    Chris Martin has been teaching creative writing to children with autism for more than 10 years. Children with autism often struggle in school because of their restricted interests (usually characterized by one very intense passion), but Martin has found a way to turn this characteristic into a vehicle for learning. "These restricted interests are often portrayed negatively," he writes. "In that they limit the student's ability to access a wider range of interests."
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    Feds call for greater inclusion in preschools
    Disability Scoop
    The Obama administration wants to see more kids with disabilities — no matter how significant — participating in classrooms alongside their typically-developing peers. The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services are jointly seeking public comment this week on a draft policy statement encouraging greater inclusion for young children with disabilities. While the majority of preschoolers with disabilities attended general early childhood programs as of 2013, more than half of these children received their special education and related services in segregated environments, the Education Department said.
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    US Supreme Court declines to take up special education case
    Education Week
    The U.S. Supreme Court followed the advice of President Barack Obama's administration and declined to take up a case involving an important interpretation of federal special education law. The court last fall had asked for the administration's views in the case, Ridley School District v. D.R. (No. 13-1547). The administration came back this spring with a brief saying the case was not a good one for review by the justices. The Pennsylvania school district, joined by several school groups, had asked the high court to interpret an aspect of the "stay-put" provision of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. That provision means a child stays in his or her current educational placement during administrative and legal proceedings over a disputed education plan. That often can mean the child will stay in a private school placement, with a public school district footing the bill during lengthy proceedings.
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    CDC: 1 in 10 children diagnosed with ADHD
    HealthDay News via WebMd
    One in 10 children and teens has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to a new government report. That number has remained relatively steady since 2007, according to government estimates. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report offers a snapshot of how many children and teens currently have ADHD. However, it's tough to draw conclusions from this data about the reasons for the findings, said lead author Patricia Pastor, a researcher in the CDC's Office of Analysis and Epidemiology.
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    Nearly 40 percent of students with disabilities don't graduate (Disability Scoop)
    Keep it together in middle school: Your organized teen with ADHD (ADDitude Magazine)
    Why autism is different in the brains of girls than in boys (TIME)
    What reading really looks like for students with dyslexia (GOOD Magazine)

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    In the News


    3 challenges facing parents of teens with learning disabilities
    U.S. News & World Report
    School hasn't been easy for one Colorado teenager with severe dyslexia. "You can see a little bit of the pain that it's caused him over the years," says Lissa True, as she reflects on her 18-year-old son Anthony's upcoming high school graduation. "He's got a few scars, but the bigger emotion is just being incredibly proud of his accomplishment and looking forward to the future and to life where he is going to be exceptionally successful, even though in school some people may look at him and say he wasn't as successful. Not an honor roll student, but you know what, that's OK with us." Her son will be studying diesel mechanics at a trade school following graduation.
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    School bullying, cyberbullying continue to drop
    U.S. News & World Report
    The percentage of students who reported being bullied or cyberbullied reached a record low in 2013, but female students are still victimized at higher rates, according to new data from the Department of Education. The department released the results of the latest School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey, which showed that in 2013, the percentage of students ages 12-18 who reported being bullied dropped to 21.5 percent. That's down from 27.8 percent in 2011, and a high of 31.7 percent in 2007. The percentage of students who reported being cyberbullied also fell to 6.9 percent in 2013, down from 9 percent in 2011.
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    What do you do with a student who fidgets?
    NPR
    Anya Kamenetz, a contributor for NPR, writes: "Our story last week about the connection between ADHD, movement and thinking struck a nerve with readers. We reported on a small study in which students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder performed better on memory tasks when they were allowed to spin and move around in a swiveling chair. We got hundreds of comments, tweets and emails. Even the CEO of Donors Choose, a fundraising site for teachers, wrote in to say that there are 1,455 projects with the key word 'fidget' on his site. More than 1,000 teachers requested something called a 'Hokki Stool' — a backless seat that allows kids to sit and wiggle."
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    6 memory tricks for students with ADHD
    ADDitude
    Children with ADHD and learning disabilities often have trouble remembering and retaining information taught in class. To improve their memory skills, help them create links and visual, auditory and conceptual associations between bits of information.
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    Schools fail to help students deal with severe trauma, lawsuit says
    The Huffington Post
    Peter P., 17, spent two months sleeping on his school’s roof after becoming homeless in April. When administrators at Dominguez High School learned of his situation, they didn't help with essential services or support. They suspended him and turned him over to the police for trespassing, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. Peter is one of four students and three teachers who sued California's Compton Unified School District, contending the district violates federal laws by failing to help students and teachers deal with so-called complex trauma, which involves severe, pervasive and repeated events like long-term abuse or neglect. The lawsuit, which seeks certification as a class action, accuses the district of violating the federal Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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    Friends or frenemies? Understanding bullying in schools
    Psychology Today
    In our culture of 24/7 news cycles and social media connectedness, we have a better opportunity than ever before to bring attention to important issues. In the last few years, Americans have collectively paid attention to the issue of bullying like never before; millions of school children have been given a voice, all 50 states in the U.S. have passed anti-bullying legislation, and thousands of adults have been trained in important strategies to keep kids both physically and emotionally safe in their classrooms and schools. These are significant achievements.
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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


    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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