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A new feature is being introduced this week to our Weekly Update. We try very hard to minimize the emails we send to you each week. We save things up to include in this weekly Monday morning update. When you get an "eBlast" any other time of the week, you know it is something pretty important and usually is a call to action! From time to time we get notifications on grants and other RFPs. We know that some of our members are very interested in these announcements and so we want to be sure they get as timely an access to this information as possible. We will be putting this information behind our members only section on our website, we will post it on our Facebook page and we will be including it in this weekly update in a special section. (See below — insert the location or link to the grant information) Do you have other ideas of what CASE should be doing to better meet your needs? Let us hear from you!
Speaking of timely information ... Do you know if your state will be represented at the CASE Educational Legislative Leadership Summit, July 13-16? You can make sure by signing up to attend. This a great opportunity for you to reconnect and be revitalized with your colleagues from your state and with those from other states! We will begin on Sunday July 13 with registration at 4:00-4:55 and the session will begin at 5:00. We will be done by 7:00 p.m., just in time for you to grab some colleagues for a nice evening meal in Old Town, Alexandria! 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! The Group rate ended on June 17 but there may still be rooms available at the higher rate click here to make your hotel reservations! Click here to download a flyer.
The In CASE Newsletter was sent out last week. If you are a current member of CASE, and you have a current email on file with CEC, and you haven't asked to be on the no email list, then you should have received an email with the link to the newsletter on Monday, June 16. Members can always access the In CASE Newsletter in the Members Only section of the CASE website.
Don't forget to visit 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.
PS ... Last week's poll indicated 71 percent of all discipline is handled by the Assistant Principal. Have you considered telling them about CEC/CASE? The new tiered membership that will be launched on July 1 will make membership in CEC very affordable. The wonderful resources CEC/CASE and the other divisions could be a great benefit to principals and assistant principal! Click here to read more about the new tiered membership!
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RFP for TA & D Systemic Improvement Center
Available: June 17
Due: Aug. 18
Purpose of Program: The purpose of the Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Service and Result for Children with Disabilities program is to promote academic achievement and to improve results for children with disabilities by providing technical assistance, supporting model demonstration projects, dissemination useful information and implementing activities that are supported by scientifically based research.
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Request for Comments
Comments are due on July 21.
This is a request for comments on what we think the Dept should do to (1) address disproportionality on the basis of race and ethnicity in the "identification, placement, and discipline" of students with disabilities, placement in particular setttings, and the "incidence, duration, and type" of disciplinary actions; and (2) to ensure that "early intervening" funds are used "to effectively address disproportionality."
CEC past president, Dr. Christy Chambers, sent us a link to SpED Talks — a set of short videos she narrated though a team effort with Don Johnston. They cover hot topics in special education. The first one addresses changing curriculum standards (including the Common Core) and how they affect students on the alternate assessment. It peeks into a school that is addressing the new standards.
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Special discount offer to CASE members!
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.
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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Bookshare's Summer of Sleuths Reading Contest
Bookshare's Summer of Sleuths Reading Contest starts Monday, June 16 and promises to be a lot of fun to solve clues about detective and mystery books from Bookshare. Any Bookshare Individual Member can participate.
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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 email@example.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.
Teacher Educators and Accomplished teachers
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.
New mathematics sample lessons and activities focused on fractions
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.
CEC 2014 Strand I Presentations: Using Intensive Intervention to Meet the Academic and Behavior Needs of Struggling Learners
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.
Special, gifted education receive modest funding boost in Senate proposal
CEC Policy Insider
Recently, the Senate Labor-Health-Education Appropriations Subcommittee — the body responsible for recommending federal funding levels — approved a proposal to invest some $40 million more in special and gifted education.
Hispanic families and special education: White House initiative
CEC Policy Insider
The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics is hosting a webinar on Hispanic families and special education. This is part of a monthly webinar series, designed to share information and foster peer networking around key education topics of interest to the Hispanic community.
Help students with disabilities succeed in college
Many parents often wonder what will happen after their child graduates high school. How will your child get the help he deserves in college? What schools can provide the supports your child needs? Maybe you want your child to attend a four-year university or maybe a community college or trade school. But here's the problem — if your child has a learning disability, or any disability for that matter, there's no easy way to get information on options after high school.
School improvement requires more than just a plan
By: Thomas Van Soelen
As educational leaders, we spend considerable time building plans for a variety of stakeholders. After that first, often arduous writing of the initial draft, many leaders struggle with how to revise the plan in meaningful, engaging ways. Chuck Bell, a second-year superintendent in Elbert County, Georgia, created his system's first-ever improvement plan then ran his summer leadership retreat and was stumped with what to do next. He chose to model a process that school leaders could immediately lift and use in their schools.
Children taught to read with phonics could be 2 years ahead
Small study of one class of 30 pupils suggests phonics can be a real boost to reading. Children taught to read using phonics are 2 years ahead of those who learn by the 'look and say' whole language approach, according to a small new study. Phonics techniques — blending common sounds into words — have been widely used in schools in England since 2010. The research followed a single class of 30 children who used the phonics method from reception until the end of year 2 in primary school, between 2010 and 2013.
Obama's $120 million school safety plan
The Daily Beast
Video surveillance, school safety officers, concrete barriers and metal detectors are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to preventing shootings in schools. School safety experts suggest the best strategies for preventing school shooting complement those approaches, which they refer to as "target hardening," or making targets more difficult to attack. People like Beverly Kingston, director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder, suggest that halting school violence starts much earlier.
How state education agencies spend federal education dollars and why
Center for American Progress
Historically, state departments of education, or SEAs, have — for the most part — been compliance-focused organizations that managed federal education policy. Over the past several decades, these agencies have been education policy implementation entities. Today, while their compliance responsibilities have remained, they are taking on more responsibility for education and academic outcomes than ever before, substantially increasing the scope of their work. State leaders and their staffs must distribute federal education dollars and monitor the districts' use of these funds in accordance to regulations set by federal policymakers.
Possible redemption for No Child Left Behind?
In the ten years since its implementation, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 has been blamed for causing a decade-long decline in teacher job satisfaction and eroding teacher autonomy by taking control of curricula out of their hands. But a new study published online in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, "Estimating the Effects of No Child Left Behind on Teachers and Their Work Environment," suggests that NCLB has not actually affected teacher happiness in these ways — on the contrary, some measures of job satisfaction, including classroom control and teachers' perceptions of administrator support, have increased on average since the implementation of the legislation.
Common Core sparks flood of legislation
Stephen Colbert mocked it. Comedian Louis C.K. called it a "massive stress ball that hangs over the whole school." And lawmakers in state capitols spent countless hours over the past few months debating it. Their target is the Common Core, a set of math and English language arts standards voluntarily adopted beginning four years ago by all but a handful of states. The standards define what students should know and be able to do by the end of each grade.
Does the way a classroom is decorated affect learning?
The New York Times
A new study tries to determine whether there might be a correlation between how a room is decorated and kindergartners' learning. The researchers wanted to know if too many decorations could actually be distracting or overstimulating for young minds. But similar questions could be asked about how classroom environment might influence older students' academic performance as well. Does the way your classroom is decorated affect your learning?
Study: Teen bullies, victims armed more than other kids
Teenage bullies and their victims are more likely to carry weapons than kids not involved in these abusive relationships, according to a new research review. With school shootings a concern across the United States, the findings — culled from 45 previously published studies — put a spotlight on the potential link between bullying and subsequent violence, experts said.
6 ways to make digital content universally accessible
As school districts move toward a digital transition and attempt to create content repositories, ensuring that the digital content is accessible for students of all abilities is especially important. A new policy brief from the State Education Technology Directors Association, "The Accessibility of Learning Content for All Students, Including Students with Disabilities," notes that "digital learning materials ... can improve the classroom experience for all students, and they may hold particular promise for students with disabilities."
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