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Congratulations — Retired or retread!
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CASE would like to extend a very special THANK YOU to all those administrators who are retiring this year! I know you have all spent many extra hours doing a job half the people think isn't needed and the other half think you don't do enough! I have often compared it to walking very carefully on the edge of a razor blade! But you have now reached a point where you are leaving this job and I hope you feel you have truly made a difference! We hope you will remain a member of CEC and CASE at our special retired member rate! We know from experience that many of our members may retire but they often are "retread" and begin a new, related series of jobs. Sometimes it is consulting, sometimes it is a part-time position, and sometimes it is an interim position. The bottom line is you have some amazing experience and wisdom and you most likely will be approached to "help out" some along the way. I think this is a great thing — the field doesn't lose your experience and wisdom and you get to try something new and different and maybe a little less stressful!

A really great example of this "retreading," is former CASE president and current past president of CEC, Dr. Christy Chambers. Christy sent me a link this week to a video she narrated for SpED Talk on identifying students for accommodations. This video is informative and I am planning on using it with an Assessment class I teach for Piedmont College. Many of you know that Dr. Chambers has been very busy in her retirement and is constantly learning and doing. My hope for all of this year's class of retirees is you will take a few weeks/months to breathe in and breathe out and then find your new "niche" for the next few years ... whether it is with grandkids, staying in the special education/education field, or trying something totally different. No matter what you do now and later, Thank You for your service!

Speaking of service, we need your help as we head up to the Hill in July! The CASE Educational Legislative Leadership Summit, July 13-16 is a great opportunity for you to provide a great service to the field! We need every state to have a team attending the 12th Annual CASE Educational Legislative Leadership Summit, July 13-16, 2014. Go to the CASE website to register and click here for the flyer. This year as every year, it is very important for CASE to have as many different states represented up on the Hill for our visit on Tuesday, July 15. There are several really important national issues we will be working on in DC this year with our other association partners. Don't miss this great opportunity. And, with a hotel group rate of $149 at the Hilton Old Town, right across from the King Street Metro stop, this might be a great time to do a DC excursion for you and the family! Group rate ends June 17 so click here to make your hotel reservations! Click here to download a flyer.

And Don't Forget the CASE Career Center! If you haven't visited the CASE interactive job board at the CASE Career Center, now is a good time to do so! With its focus on special education administrators and professionals, the CASE Career Center offers members, and school districts, a highly targeted resource for online recruitment. Both members and non-members can use the CASE Career Center to reach qualified candidates. Employers can post jobs online, search for qualified candidates based on specific job criteria, and create an online resume agent to email qualified candidates daily. They also benefit from online reporting providing job activity statistics to track each job posting's return on investment.

For job seekers, CASE Career Center is a free service providing access to employers and jobs in education. In addition to posting their resumes, job seekers can browse or view jobs based on the criteria they find matches their goals best. Job seekers can also post confidentially with confidence or search anonymously by creating a Job Agent. Job Agents notify job seekers via email when jobs matching their criteria are posted eliminating the need to visit their online accounts daily to track new postings. Click here to go to the main site to either learn of new jobs, post your resume, or post your positions. There is a modest fee for posting positions on the site but we believe you will have a greater reach with this dedicated career center on our website-click here to become a job poster.

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Luann Purcell
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Special discount offer to CASE members!
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CASE is a national outreach partner on the Who Cares About Kelsey? film and education project. CASE members can receive a 50 percent discount on the Who Cares About Kelsey? Education DVD Kit, which contains the film, 11 mini-films and extensive educational materials. Who Cares About Kelsey? documents the lives of students with emotional/behavioral challenges, and shows innovative educational approaches that help these students to succeed — while improving the overall school culture and climate. All films included in the Project are directed by Dan Habib (creator of Including Samuel). To learn more and to purchase the Kit, go to www.whocaresaboutkelsey.com/dvd. To receive your 50 percent discount, please use the coupon code: Fledgling50. This opportunity is made possible by a grant to the Who Cares About Kelsey? project from the Fledgling Foundation, and will last only until the first 200 discount coupons are utilized.
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Special Education Symposium — July 21-25
The Bresnahan-Halstead Center
The Bresnahan-Halstead Center at the University of Northern Colorado is sponsoring a week long Special Education Symposium the week of July 21-25 at the Lion Square Lodge in beautiful Vail, Colorado. Participants in the Symposium will have the opportunity to hear and interact with Don Deshler, Steve Kukic, Beth Harry, Michael Epstein, and Harvey Rude who address the topic of: "Instructional Excellence for Improving Learner Outcomes." Session attendees will walk away with an action plan to apply innovative strategies that work, and produce the outcomes of results and learning for individual learners, including those with disabilities. To receive additional information, please contact Bresnahan-Halstead Center Business Manager, Lorae Blum at Lorae.Blum@unco.edu or visit our website at: http://www.unco.edu/bresnahan-halstead.
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    Where Special Education Directors come together! The Summit features highly collaborative sessions and lively networking events – and the limited attendance gives you the unique opportunity to candidly discuss programming and compliance strategies with the nation’s leading experts and experienced peers. Plus, meet one-on-one with the presenters for valuable guidance on your specific concerns in our exclusive “Office Hours With the Experts.”

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Bookshare has just launched a social media blog on staying connected
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In this blog, you'll get the scoop on all your favorite online hotspots like the Bookshare blog, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest so that you can quickly reach our staff, get timely answers to your questions, learn about Bookshare products, trainings and events and connect with the broader community that supports people with print disabilities. Are you fully connected? If not, join us now!
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IEP/ARD Facilitation & Conflict Prevention Training
Ed21 Consulting Services
Key2Ed, Inc., in partnership with Ed21 Consulting Services, is sponsoring a training on IEP/ARD Facilitation & Conflict Prevention, June 25-26, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. IEP/ARD Facilitation & Conflict Prevention Training focuses on the value of a facilitated IEP meeting and how when it is used proactively and routinely, it benefits school personnel, parents, and, most importantly, students! As a result of participation in this training, attendees will have (1) an understanding of the FIEP process; (2) an understanding of the value and use of the FIEP process; and (3) actionable information necessary for process implementation in their program. This training has been developed by Key2Ed, Inc., foremost experts and practitioners in the field of facilitated IEP. Registration is limited to 70 participants, so please act quickly to secure your spot. Participants will receive a continuing education certificate in IEP/ARD Facilitation & Conflict Prevention. Download the Registration Form. For more information about the training, contact Cassie Velasquez at cassiev@key2ed.com.
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PowerUp WHAT WORKS
Center for Technology Implementation
We're excited to share our news about PowerUp WHAT WORKS (www.PowerUpWhatWorks.org), developed by the Center for Technology Implementation at the American Institutes for Research. PowerUp WHAT WORKS is a free professional learning website that offers teachers, PD facilitators, and administrators' resources for helping struggling students, especially those with disabilities, meet the Common Core State Standards. The focus is on linking evidence-based practices and technology in English language arts and math.
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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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    New mathematics sample lessons and activities focused on fractions
    NCII
    NCII has posted a new resources to assist special education teachers, interventionists, and others working with students with intensive mathematics needs. The materials include intervention guidance, sample activities and companion materials necessary to complete the activities. The mathematics materials are aligned with the Common Core State Standards and cover a range of skill areas. These materials are not intended to be used as an intervention, but can provide support for developing and customizing lessons to meet student needs. At this time, NCII has posted collections focused on Fractions as Numbers and Computation of Fractions. Additional collections as well as resources focused on reading and behavior will be added to the NCII website on a rolling basis. View the sample math lessons and activities on the NCII website.
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    CEC 2014 Strand I Presentations: Using Intensive Intervention to Meet the Academic and Behavior Needs of Struggling Learners
    NCII
    Did you miss the Strand, Using Intensive Intervention to Meet the Academic and Behavior Needs of Struggling Learners, that NCII presented at CEC 2014 Convention and Expo? The Strand provided participants with an overview of how principles of intensive intervention may be applied to students with severe and persistent learning needs across reading, mathematics, and behavior and included three content-oriented sessions focused on reading, mathematics, and behavior and one panel session covering common implementation issues associated with provision of intensive services. The presentations and handouts for each of the sessions is available for download on the NCII website.
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    Teaching that's tailored to learners
    The Christian Science Monitor
    Sometimes a new idea seems so obvious that we slap our foreheads and wonder what we were thinking all along. In the early 19th century, the German educator Friedrich Froebel came up with the idea that young children should be encouraged in what they naturally want to do: play.

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    Common Core's promise collides with IEP realities
    Education Week
    One of the most promising elements of common academic standards for students with disabilities, say experts in special education, is that they offer explicit connections from one set of skills to another.

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    'Mainstreaming' special education students needs debate
    The Wall Street Journal
    Americans tend to be a vocal people, sharing their views about almost any issue in the public sphere loudly and frequently.

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    CEC Policy Insider


    Are you in? Join us for CEC's National Legislative Conference, June 7-10
    CEC Policy Insider
    The time is almost here to advocate, advance, and transform at the CEC National Legislative Conference, held June 7-10 in Arlington, Virginia. At CEC's National Legislative Conference, we'll train you to become an activist and work alongside our advocacy team on the issues that affect your students and your profession.
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    Hot Topics


    Cure for school bullying? Culture of kindness
    Burlington Free Press
    A student who feels belittled and ostracized by school peers might struggle to perform academically and come to dread school. In extreme cases, bullying can cause such anguish that students suffer depression or harm themselves or others. Tragic outcomes related to bullying are too familiar, especially in the Internet age when online taunts or sexually explicit bullying go viral.
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    Common Core passes field test — with a few snags
    District Administration Magazine
    Field testing for the Common Core assessments wrapped up in June, with districts in 36 states reporting mostly successful first runs despite some challenges around technology, test questions and scheduling. Some four million students in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers participated in the trial run. Most field tests last 2.5 to 4.5 hours, depending on subject and grade level. The actual tests will take between 7.5 and 10 hours, spread out over two weeks.
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    Reading experience may change the brains of dyslexic students
    The New York Times
    Among the many challenges faced by children with dyslexia (and by their parents and teachers) is the nagging fear that their difficulties with reading are entirely hard-wired: predetermined by their genes and impossible to change. Recent research offers a balm for that fear. It suggests that experience plays a big role in dyslexia, both in exacerbating reading problems and, potentially, in easing them. Dyslexia is the most common learning disability in the United States, affecting more than 10 percent of the population. Its cause has remained a mystery, however, and over the years scientists have advanced many theories about the biological mechanism leading to dyslexic people's struggles with reading.
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    Feds warn charters on special education
    Disability Scoop
    Charter schools must provide special education services and ensure that students with disabilities are not discriminated against just like traditional public schools, federal education officials say. In a "Dear Colleague" letter, the U.S. Department of Education said that charters have the same obligations as regular public schools to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act in addition to other federal civil rights laws. Such responsibilities are the same whether or not charters receive federal funding, the Education Department guidance indicates.
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    Louisiana special education bill would segregate students with disabilities, advocates say
    The Huffington Post
    Should schools expect students with a disability to know the same things as other kids their age to advance and graduate? This decades-old question, which strikes at the heart of the civil rights movement for students who have disabilities, has provoked a debate in Louisiana that's dividing advocates. Legislation unanimously approved by the Louisiana House now being considered by the Senate potentially would lower expectations for students with disabilities by allowing teachers and administrators to promote or graduate them without regard for state standards, according to several national advocacy groups and Louisiana's schools chief.
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    In the News


    Study finds hazardous flame retardants in preschools and day care centers
    Medical News Today
    A new study of preschools and day care centers finds that flame retardants are prevalent indoors, potentially exposing young children to chemicals known to be hazardous. The study, to appear online Thursday, May 15, in the journal Chemosphere, was led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and funded by the California Air Resources Board. Although many infants and young children spend up to 50 hours per week in day care, the study authors noted that this paper represents the first systematic review of flame retardants in early child care settings.
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    Teaching that's tailored to learners
    The Christian Science Monitor
    Sometimes a new idea seems so obvious that we slap our foreheads and wonder what we were thinking all along. In the early 19th century, the German educator Friedrich Froebel came up with the idea that young children should be encouraged in what they naturally want to do: play. Teachers could help them along through games and other forms of loosely structured education, bearing in mind that each child learns at a different pace. The charming word he gave to his concept is now used worldwide: kindergarten.
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    Report: US children read, but not well or often
    Reuters
    Although American children still spend part of their days reading, they are spending less time doing it for pleasure than decades ago, with significant gaps in proficiency, according to a report. The San Francisco-based nonprofit Common Sense Media, which focuses on the effects of media and technology on children, published the report, which brings together information from several national studies and databases.
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    Study: You really can 'work smarter, not harder'
    The Atlantic
    Learning is more effective if a lesson or experience is deliberately coupled with time spent thinking about what was just presented, a new study shows. A team of researchers from HEC Paris, Harvard Business School, and the University of North Carolina conducted what they call the first empirical test of the effect of reflection on learning. By "reflection," they mean taking time after a lesson to synthesize, abstract or articulate the important points.
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