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Last year, this year, next year!
CASE
Administrators in the field of special education have many things in common no matter where they live and work. One of those things is at any given time you are working with last year, this year, and next year. I missed a lot of things when I moved from the classroom to administration, the students, the excitement of being in a school, the first day of school and the last day of school! Good, better, or indifferent, the year was over and there would be a fresh start come August (or for some folks, July or September). But when I moved into administration, I suddenly realized I almost never saw a "completion" of any project! By the time we finished a "project," new regulations would come out, leadership would change and want a different "spin," funds would change, personnel would change ... revise, change, evaluate, change! We were always dealing with the current "fire" but also planning the next step and often dealing with the burning embers from the year past. While many things have changed, I don't believe he structure of previous, current, and next year has changed since I left my Assistant Superintendent position — do you?

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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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Not a member of CEC/CASE?
CASE
The CASE annual membership campaign will be June 10-July10! During these dates, and ONLY these dates, you can use this special membership form [link to the application form] to receive $10 off your CEC membership and CASE will send you the newest Lucky 21 (#6). Complete this application and mail CEC PO Box 79026, Baltimore, MD 21279-0026

REMEMBER: THIS OFFER IS ONLY GOOD FROM
JUNE 10-JULY 10, 2013!

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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
Assistant Director of Special Education for Logansport Area Joint Special Services Cooperative, Logansport, Indiana
The LAJSSC Assistant Director works closely with the Director in the overall operation of the cooperative. Specific duties will include oversight of the school psychologists, OT & PT staff, and programs for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing & Visually Impaired. A minimum of five years of experience in the field of special education and current Director of Special Education license preferred. The Assistant Director position currently is a 220 day contract. Please go to http://www.lcsc.k12.in.us and click Employment under Quick Links to make application. A letter of interest may also be emailed to Thomas Adams, Director at adamtc@lcsc.k12.in.us.


CEC has initiated a search for an Executive Director to replace Dr. Bruce Ramirez who will retire on June 30, 2013. His long tenure of service to CEC has been greatly admired and appreciated, and we wish him all the best as he moves into the exciting next chapter of his life. CEC's growth as the voice and vision of special education is of major importance to all of us. To ensure our ability to lead the future of our profession, we engaged a recruitment consultant to help us identify the skills, credentials, experience and characteristics needed in our new Executive Director. Click Here for the Announcement (Exhibit A) and the Job Description (Exhibit B).


The Mico University College Child Assessment and Research in Education Centre, established since 1981 to meet the needs of children requiring special education in Jamaica and the English speaking Caribbean seeks School Psychologist, and Special Educators at the graduate or doctoral level. Candidates must be able to diagnose and apply prescriptive remediation for children with learning disabilities and behavioral disorders, should have strong leadership skills with the ability to organize, train and develop and guide a clinical team. Strong research and analytical skills are also required.

For further information you may email us at childassessmentpersonnel@cwjamaica.com.


The Association of University Centers on Disabilities, a national not-for-profit organization, seeks an executive director to lead and guide activities that fulfill its mission to advance policies and practices that improve the health, education, social and economic well-being of people with developmental and other disabilities, their families and their communities by supporting its members in research, education, health and service activities. AUCD is governed by a 19-member Board of Directors that includes professionals, individuals with disabilities and family members. It has an annual budget of approximately $5 million and employs a staff of 21. For additional detailed information, click here and visit www.aucd.org.


Special education postings for La Porte Community School Corporation (Indiana) include Special Education Teacher, Community Based Teacher, Psychologist, Special Education Diagnostician and HS teacher — in some instances, the posting will indicate the date for application is passed but these positions are still open — please contact Janet Kelly, So. La Porte County Special Education Co-op 219-324-3287.


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.


The Columbia MO Public School District is accepting applications for Special Services Teachers (K-12 Special Education certification) for the 2013-2014 school year. At this time we have several openings at the secondary level and we are actively interviewing candidates. All teaching candidates must complete a profile, attach a resumé and unofficial transcripts, and apply through the Human Resources site on the Columbia Public website: www.columbia.k12.mo.us.

For more information, please contact the Human Resources Department of Columbia MO Public Schools at 573 214 3400.


Needed: 2 teachers of the deaf — 1 teacher working primarily with the elementary/PK and 1 position working primarily with the middle and high school students. We are in Pasco, Washington — the "Tri City" area of south central Washington State. Candidates contact Tracy Wilson with any questions. Position is Open until filled- currently as of 5/18/13 both positions are open. We are looking for students with strong ASL skills, able to meet the Federal Highly Qualified Credentials, be eligible or willing to work on obtaining the special education credential Washington state prefers. For additional information, click here.

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CEC Policy Insider


Here we go again! U.S. Senate releases new NCLB/ESEA Bill: Committee to consider June 11
CEC Policy Insider
It seems like we keep talking and talking about No Child Left Behind also known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act with not a lot of action. But now, the Senate is set — yet again — to consider passing a new version of the bill and they released their draft this week.
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IES names Dr. Joan McLaughlin as acting commissioner of NCSER
CEC Policy Insider
Dr. Joan McLaughlin has been named the acting commissioner of the National Center for Special Education Research effective July 1, 2013, announced John Eastin, director of the Institute for Education Sciences, of which NCSER is a division. McLaughlin has served as the deputy commissioner since February 2009 and has also served as NCSER's program officer for the Early Intervention and Early Learning in Special Education grant program.
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Apply now: US Department of Education Application for Technical Assistance for Parents Centers
CEC Policy Insider
The U.S. Department of Education is now accepting applications from nonprofit organizations for eight cooperative agreements to support the establishment and operation of eight Technical Assistance Centers for Parents Centers, whose purpose will be to support parent information and training programs.
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Apply now: Applications open for grants through the PROMISE Program
CEC Policy Insider
Applications are now open for grants through the Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE) Program, which is a joint initiative from the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Labor, as well as the Social Security Administration. The purpose of the program is to improve outcomes for children and youth, and their families, who receive supplemental income through Social Security, by facilitating improved coordination of services received through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Medicaid, Workforce Investment Act, and other programs, and to increase the use of these services by those who may be eligible but not participating. The program seeks to improve outcomes such as college and career readiness after graduation, completing job training and reducing the child's dependence on Supplemental Security Income.
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Can video games make dyslexic children read better?
IGN
While the contention that video games are bad for kids is slowly, stubbornly slipping from the public conscious, it seems that study at the other end of the spectrum — how video games might be good for children — is still very much in its infancy, and often met with scepticism and disdain.

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Diplomas elusive for many students with learning disabilities
Education Week
A state-by-state analysis of the most recent data on graduation rates for students with learning disabilities shows that while more of those students have been leaving high school with a standard diploma, many states are struggling to reach the national graduation rate average of 68 percent for students in that disability category.

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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.

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Hot Topics


Can video games make dyslexic children read better?
IGN
While the contention that video games are bad for kids is slowly, stubbornly slipping from the public conscious, it seems that study at the other end of the spectrum — how video games might be good for children — is still very much in its infancy, and often met with scepticism and disdain. A recent example of this is a paper published in Current Biology earlier this year from The University of Padua, bearing the eye-catching title "Action Video Games Make Dyslexic Children Read Better." The title is largely self-explanatory: the study claimed to show that young children aged 7-13 with dyslexia, a mental condition that can greatly hinder reading ability, could read faster after 80 minute play sessions of select minigames from Rayman Raving Rabbids.
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ADHD medications not tied to drug, alcohol abuse
Reuters
Taking Ritalin and other drugs for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder doesn't affect a child's chances of trying or abusing alcohol and drugs later in life, a new review suggests. Researchers pooled data from 15 studies that included a total of 2,600 kids and teenagers with ADHD who were or were not medicated with stimulants and were followed for anywhere from 3 to 28 years. They found no clear difference in how many participants started using or abusing alcohol, cigarettes, marijuana or cocaine, based on how their ADHD was managed.
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Globally, kids with disabilities struggling, UNICEF finds
Disabilities Scoop
Children with disabilities are among the world's most marginalized people, often going undocumented from birth and facing rampant discrimination, according to a new report from the United Nations Children's Fund. Globally, those with disabilities are the least likely to go to school or receive health care. Often tucked away in institutions, they are also among the most susceptible to violence, abuse and neglect, UNICEF found. The report known as "The State of the World's Children" is produced annually and this year focused on the global status of children with disabilities. The international organization is urging countries to embrace individuals with special needs, looking first at what they have to offer rather than just focusing on their deficits.
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Docs urged to address military kids' mental health
CNN
More than 2 million children have been affected by the military deployment of at least one parent within the past decade, and thousands have had to cope with a parent's death or traumatic injury, experts say. Therefore, it's imperative that pediatricians and other health care providers address the mental health and well-being of children from U.S. military families, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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Legislation


State chiefs: Common Core requires flexibility, not a pause
Education Week
The Council of Chief State School Officers is rejecting calls for a moratorium on any high stakes tied to the Common Core State Standards, and is instead suggesting that states have almost all of the power they need to smooth the way for what could be a rocky transition. What the chiefs do want, however, is some flexibility from the U.S. Department of Education and from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan — from No Child Left Behind itself or the waivers already granted — during these next couple of tricky years as the Common Core is fully implemented and common tests come on line. In fact, about three-dozen chiefs or their representatives met with three high-level federal department officials last week in Chicago to talk about these issues.
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No Child Left Behind: Pass or fail?
The Hill
If you are a parent of one of the 50 million public schoolchildren in the United States, the odds are your child has taken a standardized test within the past few weeks. The odds also suggest that you took such a test yourself once upon a time, though probably not as early or as often as your kids. You and your children have the federal No Child Left Behind Act to thank for the modern ubiquity of standardized testing. No Child Left Behind is something of a forgotten stepchild now, having been expired without formal reauthorization longer than it was actually in effect.
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District leaders urge more time to implement Common Core State Standards
Education Week
Four organizations representing school district leaders today called for "adequate" time to manage the tricky transition to the Common Core State Standards and tests. "Adequate" isn't defined in the joint statement, however. "We must make adequate time for a thoughtful conversation about how assessments can be used to provide instructionally useful information to schools in a timely manner," say the American Association of School Administrators, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the National School Boards Association.
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State tells Seattle schools to fix problems in special education
The Seattle Times
Seattle Public Schools has 18 months to fix persistent problems in its special-education programs, or risk losing millions of dollars in federal special-education funding or control over how it can spend that money. The state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction set the deadline after years of warnings. The district, state officials say, is failing to keep an accurate count of its special-education students, doesn't ensure that all students who qualify for special-education services receive them, and often doesn't follow the academic plans all such students must have. That's just a sampling.
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How learning disability affect mental health
The Huffington Post
Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, author and founder of the Arrowsmith Program, writes: "In the 60 years that I have been part of the learning disabled world, I have both experienced and witnessed the suffering that is living with a learning disability. Learning disabilities are commonly considered a school-based issue; but struggling in school means struggling in life. This makes learning to be confident and acquiring a healthy mental attitude a particular challenge for those with learning disabilities. With children and youth as this year's focus for Mental Health Awareness Week, I would like to call attention to the relationship between mental health issues and learning disabilities."
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Brain activity in sleep may impact emotional disturbances in children with ADHD
Medical News Today
Sleep consolidates emotional memories in healthy children but not in children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to research published May 29 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by TK and colleagues from TK. The study suggests these deficits in sleep-related emotional processing may exacerbate emotional problems experienced in the daytime by children with ADHD. For the study, healthy adults, healthy children and children with ADHD were shown pictures that had emotional relevance, such as a scary animal, or neutral pictures showing an umbrella or lamp.
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    Common Core tests in works for students with severe disabilities (Education Week)
ADHD: How many children are misdiagnosed? (NBC Latino)
The promise of iPads for special education (The Hechinger Report)
Special education could face $2 billion in cuts (Disability Scoop)
Let CASE post your job positions (CASE)

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New campaign aims to curb restraint and seclusion
Disabilities Scoop
Disability advocates are looking to jump-start their efforts to end abusive restraint and seclusion practices in the nation's schools with a campaign kicking off this week. Organizers of the new effort known as "Stop Hurting Kids" say they hope to raise public awareness of the dangerous consequences often resulting from the use of restraint and seclusion techniques in the classroom. They are also looking to spur a grassroots movement by asking supporters to sign up and take a series of weekly actions to learn about restraint and seclusion, advocate for policy change and share their stories, according to Jonathan Riethmaier of TASH, one of over two-dozen disability advocacy groups backing the new campaign.
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7 amazingly easy video ideas for capturing and keeping students' attention
THE Journal
Keeping students attentive in the 21st century classroom is no easy feat. Sure, there's the buzzword — "engagement" — that pervades education technology rhetoric, but what does engagement really look like, and how do teachers achieve it? For veteran educators Dotty Corbiere, a math specialist at Meadowbrook School in Weston, Mass., and Rushton Hurley, founder of the nonprofit organization Next Vista for Learning and a former high school Japanese language teacher and principal, the answer is video.
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Why do students with learning disabilities excel in opera?
CBC News
Researchers at UBC are studying why learning-disabled students in the university's demanding opera program excel. The study Libretti of Learning followed a group of eight students over two years to examine opera's effects. Nancy Hermiston, study co-author and opera chair at UBC, says the art helped gifted students living with attention deficit disorder and dyslexia concentrate. "Many of these gifted learning-disabled students, they tend to excel on the stage because they work best when they really have something that makes them concentrate, and really makes them focus," she said.
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Special education: Promoting more inclusion at your school
Edutopia
It is all too rare for discussions of school culture and climate and SEL to focus explicitly on students with disabilities. A shining exception is the Inclusive Schools Climate Initiative, a pilot project at Rutgers University, developed through a partnership with the Office of Special Education Programs at the NJ Department of Education. Eighteen schools are involved in the pilot project, and each one carries out an inclusion-focused assessment of school climate, the formulation of an ISCI leadership team, and the development and implementation of a School Climate Improvement Plan.
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Raising readers, writers and spellers
Psychology Today
Common Core State Standards — adopted by 45 states — is supposed to bring back writing in schools. Ironically, a writing revolution in schools happened 37 years ago when an eloquent professor named Donald Graves cracked the psychology of writing. Today some teachers fear Common Core is wrecking writing instruction in their classrooms. The father of the writing revolution in schools, the late Donald Graves, founded the Writing Process Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire in 1976 that would have profound impact on the teaching of writing in the English-speaking world. Graves and his research assistants conducted classroom research projects that gave authority to what he called "the writing process." Thousands of teachers came to visit and other researchers joined in and disseminated his work creating a worldwide educational movement.
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UPCOMING EVENTS





Event       Location     Dates Notes

11th Annual CASE ELLS       Washington, D.C.     July 14-17 More information to come.

Fall Board of Directors Meeting       Indianapolis, Ind.     Sept 25-26 More information to come.

24th Annual CASE Conference       Indianapolis, Ind.     Sept 26-28 More information to come.



 

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