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Happy Canada Day!
Happy 4th of July!

CASE
Many of our U.S. members may be getting ready for the 4th of July but our Canadian members are celebrating today. July 1 is Canada Day, which celebrates the birthday of Canada. On July 1, 1867 Canada became a new federation with its own constitution by signing the Constitution Act (formerly known as the British North America Act).

I sent out an email to all of our Canadian members about a week ago asking for input on issues CASE can research/address for you ... I especially need some "Canadian" articles for our CASE quarterly newsletter. I haven't heard from anyone yet — please help CASE meet your professional needs better but giving us input!

Can you believe it is July! I do believe each year the days, weeks, months are getting so much shorter! Summer is a time so many of our members are rushing around trying to get 1,000 projects finished but maybe in a bit more casual dress but I don't think with any less stress!

We are working frantically to get everything ready of our CASE Summer Summit in D.C. in just 2 weeks! We are so excited about the opportunity to once again be in the right place at the right time! As of this past Friday, we had almost 70 registrations and 25 states represented! But what is another very important part of this summer summit is we will also have an opportunity to explore how our members feel about other policy issues! We will spend time looking at the results of the CASE IDEA Survey (if you haven't taken this yet, please take a minute to take it right now!) as well as the CEC Teacher Evaluation document. Have you looked at this 16 page document yet? If not, please take a minute to down load this document ... CASE will be asking for follow up on this document in the next few weeks!

So, once more, if you haven't registered for the CASE 11th Annual Legislative Leadership Summit, there is still time! Click here for the agenda and other information and click here to register!

So whether you are celebrating Canada Day or the 4th of July, we hope you stay safe and enjoy a day of celebration with family and friends!

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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
C8 Sciences, one of the fastest growing brain research companies in the world, is seeking an Inside Sales Consultant to help implement our researched based programs into the education and healthcare markets. This position has six figure earnings potential, full benefit package, extensive training program and great working culture for the right candidate.

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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.

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CEC Policy Insider


CEC calls review of teacher preparation programs necessary, but inaccurately reported
CEC Policy Insider
The National Center for Teacher Quality's report, "Teacher Prep Program Review 2013," garnered much media hype with proponents hailing the report as a call to action to reform teacher preparation, and detractors questioning the report’s methodology and accuracy of its findings.
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US Department of Education to states: Support access to Braille
CEC Policy Insider
Although there are currently 30,000 students who have visual impairments and are served by IDEA, many are concerned that Braille instruction is becoming harder to access.
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House committee passes partisan NCLB renewal bill
Education Week
Another markup of the Elementary and Secondary Education, another totally predictable partisan vote. The Senate education committee passed an ESEA bill with just Democratic support.

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Not all reading disabilities are dyslexia
Vanderbilt University
A common reading disorder goes undiagnosed until it becomes problematic, according to the results of five years of study by researchers at Vanderbilt's Peabody College of education and human development in collaboration with the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

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Brain imaging study eliminates differences in visual function as a cause of dyslexia
Science Daily
A new brain imaging study of dyslexia shows that differences in the visual system do not cause the disorder, but instead are likely a consequence.

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Hot Topics


Underdiagnosis of ADHD begins early for some groups
USA Today
New analysis finds that racial and ethnic disparities in ADHD diagnosis occur by kindergarten and continue until at least the end of eighth grade. Prior research has shown that black, Hispanic and other minority children are less likely than comparable white children to be diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, but a new study shows that this disparity starts as early as kindergarten and continues through middle school. Among those diagnosed with ADHD — the most common mental health condition among kids and teens — children who are ethnic or racial minorities are less likely to use prescription medication for the disorder, even when researchers account for such factors as health insurance coverage, socio-economic status and academic achievement.
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Fiber-optic pen helps see inside brains of children with learning disabilities
University of Washington via Science Daily
For less than $100, University of Washington researchers have designed a computer-interfaced drawing pad that helps scientists see inside the brains of children with learning disabilities while they read and write. The device and research using it to study the brain patterns of children will be presented June 18 at the Organization for Human Brain Mapping meeting in Seattle. A paper describing the tool, developed by the UW's Center on Human Development and Disability, was published this spring in Sensors, an online open-access journal.
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Mindfulness coping strategies help deal with stress
dailyRx News
Teaching kids how to cope with the everyday stress of school and life may promote emotional well-being. Mindfulness coping strategies may also work to reduce depression. A recent study tested the effectiveness of mindfulness coping strategies on adolescent students. The results of the study showed that kids who learned mindfulness techniques had lower stress and depression scores and a better sense of emotional well-being compared to kids that did not learn mindfulness.
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Legislation


Education chief lets states delay use of tests in decisions about teachers' jobs
The New York Times
Acknowledging that the nation's educators face large challenges in preparing students for more rigorous academic standards and tests, Arne Duncan, the secretary of education, told state education officials that they could postpone making career decisions about teachers based on performance evaluations tied to new tests. Duncan wrote in a letter to state education officers that they could delay using teacher evaluations that incorporate test results for "personnel determinations" by another year, until 2016-2017. The postponement was in response to growing complaints from teachers' unions and school administrators that they were being held accountable for results on tests before they had time to adjust to new curriculum standards.
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House committee passes partisan NCLB renewal bill
Education Week
Another markup of the Elementary and Secondary Education, another totally predictable partisan vote. The Senate education committee passed an ESEA bill with just Democratic support. This time, it was the House Education panel's turn to consider a bill to revise the No Child Left Behind Act. Everyone agrees the law is in desperate need of a makeover, but partisan divisions continue to get in the way. And today's debate on the bill, which was written by Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the committee, was no exception.
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In the News


Invent to learn: Makers in the classroom
MiddleWeb
The last decade and more has been a dark period for many schools. Emphasis on high-stakes standardized testing, de-professionalizing teachers, and relying on data rather than teacher expertise has created classrooms that are increasingly devoid of play, rich materials, and the time to engage in meaningful projects. What's more, the national rhetoric about the importance of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) has sadly, for many schools, not been reflected in a revitalization of science or math curriculum.
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Stop penalizing boys for not being able to sit still at school
The Atlantic
Jessica Lahey, a contributor for The Atlantic, writes: "This year's end-of-year paper purge in my middle school office revealed a startling pattern in my teaching practices: I discipline boys far more often than I discipline girls. Flipping through the pink and yellow slips — my school's system for communicating errant behavior to students, advisors, and parents — I found that I gave out nearly twice as many of these warnings to boys than I did to girls, and of the slips I handed out to boys, all but one was for disruptive classroom behavior."
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    Brain imaging study eliminates differences in visual function as a cause of dyslexia (Science Daily)
New methods help student deal with dyslexia (Las Cruces Sun-News)
Many children with autism also have ADHD (Medical News Today)
Let CASE post your job positions (CASE)

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Summer learning loss study: Can 'summer slide' be prevented?
The Huffington Post
When summer relaxation is over and school starts back up, many students may find they've fallen behind. A recently released survey from the National Summer Learning Association confirms that teachers spend a significant amount of time reteaching material due to summer learning loss. The survey, which was based on answers from 500 teachers, found that 66 percent of teachers have to spend three to four weeks reteaching students course material at the beginning of the year, while 24 percent of teachers spend at least five to six weeks reteaching material from the previous school year.
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Will new tests measure any valuable skills?
MindShift
After more than ten years of national education policies like No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top, the words accountability and assessment have become synonymous at many public schools with high-stakes testing. The two government programs have attached consequences and rewards to standardized test scores, leading many educators to believe they have to teach to the test. But, as the well-known argument goes, teaching prescribed math and reading content doesn't help students build the skills like creativity, problem-solving and adaptability they need to adapt in the world outside of school.
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The dyslexic and creative mind
The Creative Mind
Although traditionally classified as a learning disability, dyslexia can also lead to advantages in thinking and behaving that enhance creativity. Dyslexia is defined by one authority as "a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities."
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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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