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The IDEAPartnership.org is a great website full of resources. I know I have mentioned the IDEAPartnership website before but I continue to run into people who still have not "checked out" all of the great resources! According to our poll last week, the second highest item our members wanted to know more about is Leading by Convening! As you read this weekly update on Monday, I will be flying to Jackson, Mississippi along with Dr. Patrice Linehan of the IDEAPartnership to work with the forward thinking folks at the Mississippi Department of Education as they establish a cross stakeholder group to improve results for students with disabilities! We will be assisting them by using some of the tools and the blueprint from Leading by Convening. You can actually purchase the book by clicking here for an order form or you can download the book by clicking here. To me, the materials on the CD and the actual hard copy book are a real bargain at just $15 plus S&H! There are so many great applications for Leading by Convening at every level from the classroom to the school to the district to the state and indeed to the entire country — no matter which country it is! But don't forget, there are great, user friendly resources on this website on Transition, Autism, Cradle to College and Career, and other topics and it is all free!
Speaking of Leading… July 1 begins a new biennial for CASE. Laurie VanderPloeg (MI) has done an amazing job of leading CASE these last two years and will be moving into the past president position. Dr. Mary Lynn Boscardin (MA) will be the new CASE president as of July 1. She has been on the CASE executive committee as the editor of the Journal for Special Education Leadership and then as president elect and has selected a great team to provide the vision and leadership CASE has been known for over the years! Gary Myrah (WI) will be the new president elect, Carrie Turner (MO), treasurer, Julie Bost (NC) will be returning as secretary, as will Dr. Sheila Bailey (VA) as unit representative. Also returning will be Dr. Pamela Howard (AL) and Michael Remus (AZ) as co-chairs of the Products and Publications committee, Phyllis Wolfram (MO) as Policy and Legislative chair, and Dr. Michel Miller O’Neal (PA) as JSEL editor. New to the committee are Dr. Barbara Pazey (TX) as the Research chair, Will Gordillo (FL) as Professional Development chair, and Steve Milliken (NE) as membership chair. Watch for additional information on this great team in the next IN CASE newsletter and on our website.
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 (ELLS), 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.
Don't forget to visit 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 (ROI).
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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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.
To read complete text in the Federal Register, click here!
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."
LRP’s Summit – exclusively for Special Education Directors – gives you the unique opportunity to spend two days learning from and brainstorming with the nation’s leading experts and your peers. Sessions will be highly collaborative, where you can engage in candid discussions about your day-to-day program challenges, ask questions, and gain proven compliance strategies.
• Includes dedicated “Office Hours With the Experts” – meet one-on-one and get valuable guidance!
• Choose from East and West locations. Register now!
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 started on 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.
Click here for details, including how to sign up students who qualify for individual memberships.
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NCII Releases New and Updated Behavioral Tools Charts
The National Center on Intensive Intervention is pleased to announce the release of the first ever Behavioral Intervention Chart that includes the results from the first annual review of behavior intervention tools by the Center's Technical Review Committee. The chart includes reviews of studies of intervention for intensive behavioral needs. NCII define intensive behavioral intervention as additional or alternative interventions or levels of support beyond the core procedures (e.g., school-wide, basic classroom organization and management), targeting small groups or individuals with social, emotional or behavioral problems, whose performance is non-responsive to the core procedures. In reviewing the results on the chart it is important to consider the first two tabs, study quality and study findings together. The chart also includes information about implementation requirements and whether additional research is available. View the new Behavioral Intervention Chart.
In addition, NCII has released an updated version of the Behavior Progress Monitoring Tools. This chart reflects the second annual review of behavioral progress monitoring tools by the Centers TRC. View the updated Behavioral Progress Monitoring Chart. Both charts are published to assist educators and families in becoming informed consumers who can select progress monitoring tools and interventions that best meet their individual needs. The charts do not represent a comprehensive list of all available tools and the presence of a particular tool on the chart does not constitute endorsement and should not be viewed as a recommendation by the Center or TRC.
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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.
Outcomes of students with disabilities now part of federal analysis of IDEA implementation; Majority of states deemed "needs assistance"
CEC Policy Insider
For the first time in IDEA's nearly 40-year history, the U.S. Department of Education has included the performance of students with disabilities on state and NAEP assessments as part of determining how states are implementing IDEA.
And the results are humbling.
Senate passes workforce bill; includes key provisions to support youth with disabilities
CEC Policy Insider
On June 25 the Senate passed by an overwhelming vote of 95-3, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, legislation that makes significant changes to job training programs for youth with disabilities. Earlier this month, CEC advocates stormed Capitol Hill urging Congress to pass this legislation because it makes critical updates to the employment of individuals with disabilities.
Sex-abuse-prevention efforts urged for students with disabilities
As a sex educator who specializes in programs for youths with disabilities and their parents and teachers, Terri Couwenhoven is well acquainted with the anxiety that surrounds the subject of sexuality. "Teachers are afraid of parents. They're not sure how to say things; they're afraid they're going to make a mistake," said Ms. Couwenhoven, who lives in Port Washington, Wisconsin, and has a daughter with Down syndrome. Some parents are also uncomfortable raising issues of sexuality with their children, she said.
Alarming number of urban teachers are 'chronically absent'
The Huffington Post
Political battles over teaching in the last decade have focused on complexities of pensions, evaluations and standardized testing, often ignoring a basic but critical issue: Attendance.
Teachers in the nation's 40 largest school districts came to school 94 percent of the time in the 2012-2013 school year, according to the report released recently by the National Council on Teacher Quality, a think tank that advocates tougher teacher evaluations. "Like clockwork," said Nancy Waymack, the group's managing director of district policy. On average, the urban teachers missed about 11 school days out of 186, and used slightly less than their allotment of short-term leave.
To 'immunize' kids against illiteracy, break out a book in infancy
The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that parents begin reading to their children early, even to newborns. Professor Susan Neuman, an expert on early literacy development, explains.
States' special education services face tighter oversight by the Obama administration
The Washington Post
The Obama administration is tightening its oversight of the way states educate special needs students, applying more stringent criteria that drop the number of jurisdictions in compliance with federal law from 38 to 15. Under the new criteria, Maryland is among the states that no longer meet federal requirements, joining the District, which has been out of compliance for the past eight years. Virginia meets the demands of federal law under the new rules.
Legislation to enhance federal aid for autism research passes House of Representatives
The Times of Trenton
Legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Chris Smith that enhances federal programs for families touched by autism cleared the House of Representatives on June 25. The Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support Act earmarks $1.3 billion over five years for autism research, particularly for programs to aid people with autism as they transition from childhood into adulthood.
Shift in law on disability and students shows lapses
The New York Times
Fewer than a third of states and territories now comply with federal disability law under a change announced June 24 in the way the Department of Education evaluates how well public schools educate students with disabilities. Under the old system, nearly three-quarters of states and territories met the standards.
Options limited for special needs students after graduation
Insurance News Net
Bryan Gardner taps his foot in time to a printer. He misses the instruction but not the beat.
"Time to go. Time to go now." He paces in front of the rickety machine, raising his voice. "I want to go home."
Gardner, 21, of Hampton has autism spectrum disorder. He only speaks when it suits him. His mind is rhythmic, metered by precision and distracted by noise.
Ideally, he would land a data entry job at a company friendly to special needs workers, something challenging with employers who value his proclivity for numbers.
His mother isn't so hopeful.
Teachers' school safety invention gains popularity
An Iowa invention to keep kids safe in the classroom has gone viral since its launch earlier this month.
Five middle school teachers worked for nearly a year to create "The Sleeve." It's a steel case that fits around a door's closer arm, securing it from the inside in the event of an active shooter situation.
This chart shows that violent deaths at US schools remain quite rare
Are U.S. schools getting increasingly violent? According to one estimate, there have been 74 school shootings since the December 2012 attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School. But another analysis shows violent crimes declining at schools for 20 years. Now, Drew DeSilver of the Pew Research Center has decided to analyze on all violent deaths associated with elementary and secondary schools — here's what he found.
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