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CASE is YOUR voice. As you read this article this Monday morning, 80 of your colleagues from 23 states will be hearing from colleagues at NSBA, CEC, NCLD, NAME and OSEP in formal presentations and will be networking with colleagues from at least 15 additional professional associations at the 12th Annual CASE Educational Legislative Leadership Summit being held in Alexandria, VA. If you have never participated in this professional development event, you need to mark your calendar to attend next year. There is so much energy and knowledge the air is not only hot but it crackles! You can download the CASE Talking points for our Hill visit so you too can continue the message to your Senators and Representative by clicking here or by going to the CASE website. CASE participants will be getting great information and then on Tuesday, July 15, we will be heading up to the Hill to speak to Senators, Representatives and their staff members. We will be your voice. Please help us better represent you by participating in our on line discussions on Twitter and Facebook and through our various surveys and polls!
One of the things CASE leadership is always trying to do it to take advantage of the wealth of knowledge, experience, and wisdom that are in the same location when we have CASE functions! So in that light, on Wednesday morning after we debrief our hill visits and have heard about what is "trending" in special education, Policy and Legislative chair, Phyllis Wolfram (MO) and past president, Laurie VanderPloeg (MI) will be leading a discussion on "Reinvent" Special Education. Both of their states have started looking at this concept as have several other states. In our weekly poll, we are asking you to give us your vantage point on this movement. Please answer those questions. You will notice that we indicate state or province. We are interested in knowing if this movement has erupted in Canada, too! Thanks for participating in this Poll!
Have you filled all your vacancies yet? 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.
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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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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.
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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.
New white paper: Getting to the Core of the Common Core
To equip special educators to take on the Common Core State Standards, PresenceLearning has released a new whitepaper. "Getting to the Core of the Common Core," the latest addition to PresenceLearning's growing library of resources, provides information about how educators can help students attain the foundational oral language skills needed to successfully to meet the CCSS.
Kids In Need Foundation announces Dollar General Literacy Foundation
The Kids In Need Foundation
The Kids In Need Foundation, a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free school supplies to economically-disadvantaged school children and under-funded teachers, is pleased to announce grants sponsorship by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to improve preK to 12th grade students' reading levels.
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A web-based system that addresses the challenge of intervention scheduling in the schools. It's designed for anyone who needs to schedule and document interventions.
US Department of Education launches 50-State Teacher Equity Plan
CEC Policy Insider
The U.S. Department of Education is dusting off and giving a tune-up to the requirement in No Child Left Behind that states address how students from low income and minority backgrounds will not be taught by inexperienced, unqualified, or out-of-field teachers at higher rates than their peers.
6 states granted ESEA waiver extensions
CEC Policy Insider
As schools recess for the summer months, the U.S. Department of Education is considering whether to provide extensions to over two dozen states that will see their ESEA waivers expire this summer.
Lead in preschool kids' blood tied to behavioral problems
Medical News Today
Although it is well documented that lead exposure lowers children's IQ, we know little about its effect on their behavioral and emotional health. Now, a new study shows that emotional and behavioral problems are apparent even at relatively low levels of lead exposure in preschool children, and they go up in line with rising blood lead levels. Writing in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, Dr. Jianghong Liu of the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and colleagues report how they analyzed links between blood lead levels in over 1,300 Chinese preschoolers and behavioral and emotional problems, such as showing signs of being anxious, depressed or aggressive.
Every child deserves the chance for growth. Mobility can be difficult to achieve for children with special needs, even after years of rigorous therapy. While children are simply enjoying a nifty, exciting new toy, parents are amazed at the continuous improvement of motor skills, coordination, balance and more.
Is free play essential for learning?
Dr. Marilyn Wedge, is a family therapist and the author, writes: "Three years ago, I wrote a blog here at Psychology Today called "Play and the Child's Sense of Self" in which I argued for the importance of free play in the life of a child. It turns out that having ample opportunity for free play not only has psychological advantages for a child; it has educational advantages as well."
Childhood abuse tied to dyslexia
New research discovers that adults who have dyslexia are much more likely to report they were physically abused before they turned 18 than their peers without dyslexia. Researchers at the University of Toronto and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill found that 35 percent of adults with dyslexia report they were physically abused before they turned 18. In contrast, seven percent of those without dyslexia reported that they had experienced childhood physical abuse.
New Obama initiative stresses equal access to good teachers
The Huffington Post
The Obama administration will announce plans to enforce a long-ignored federal mandate: a decade-old requirement that states give students of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds equal access to good teachers. The new initiative, called "Excellent Educators for All," aims to bring states into compliance with a teacher equity mandate in the No Child Left Behind Act, the George W. Bush-era law that requires states to reward and punish schools based on standardized test scores.
US states greet new fiscal year with more spending, school funding
Days before most U.S. states' new fiscal year begins, 40 states have passed budgets that boost spending and dedicate extra funding primarily for education, according to a brief by the National Association of State Budget Officers. But in many states spending increases and tax cuts are not as dramatic as their governors proposed this winter, due to softer-than-expected revenue, NASBO found. Typically, governors suggest budgets in January that legislatures use as starting points to negotiate.
Common Core accused of leaving special needs students behind
There are 6.5 million special-education students in the U.S. today, and most are falling further behind their peers under Common Core standards. "The latest government figures show that the dropout rate for students with disabilities is twice that for non-disabled students," NPR's Claudio Sanchez reported. "Two-thirds of students with disabilities are performing well below grade level in reading and math. By the eighth grade, that figure rises to 90 percent." Secretary of Education Arne Duncan responded to the rising problem of special education failing under Common Core in a press conference, expressing his disregard for schools claiming it's enough that they are following the standards of Common Core in their special-education classrooms.
Understanding 'attention deficit' in dyslexics could help improve reading
A new study from researchers in our Department of Psychology has revealed that understanding attention deficits in adults with dyslexia may help develop new techniques for reading and writing. Dyslexia is well known as a condition that impacts on visual language processing, but recently a number of studies have discovered that it is accompanied by deficits in attention and perception. As part of the study, just published online via the journal Neurocase, researchers monitored how adults with and without dyslexia responded to an "interference test." Their results revealed large differences in terms of attention deficits for adults with dyslexia.
Bullying online leads to offline fear at school
Medical News Today
Cyberbullying creates fear among students about being victimized at school, a recent study by Sam Houston State University found. While traditional bullying still creates the most fear among students, cyberbullying is a significant factor for fear of victimization at school among students who have experienced bullying or disorder, such as the presence of gangs. The fear from cyberbullying is most prominent in minority populations. "It cannot be overstated — online victimization has offline consequences, and those consequences may have a number of negative effects for students, including fear of victimization," said Ryan Randa, Assistant Professor at Sam Houston State University, College of Criminal Justice.
What will the classroom and curriculum of the future look like?
It's an interesting question: What will something look like or be able to do 5, 10 or 20 years down the road? Classrooms and curriculum are no different. With education stakeholders calling for reform and a stronger focus on measuring 21st-century skills, classrooms and curricula must change.
Can the Maker Movement infiltrate mainstream classrooms?
At the White House Maker Faire recently, where Obama invited "makers" of all ages to display their creations, the president investigated a robotic giraffe, a red weather balloon and shot a marshmallow cannon made by a student. With so much fanfare and media attention on the event, some educators are hopeful that the idea of tinkering as a way of learning might finally have made it back to the mainstream. But will the same philosophy of discovery and hands-on learning make it into classrooms?
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 settings, and the "incidence, duration, and type" of disciplinary actions; and (2) to ensure that "early intervening" funds are used "to effectively address disproportionality."
National TAC on Improving Transition to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students with Disabilities
Issued: July 2
Due: Aug. 18
Recently, the U.S Department of Education published a Notice in the Federal Register inviting applications for a new award to establish and operate a National Technical Assistance Center on Improving Transition to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students with Disabilities.
Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA):
Dates: Comments due on or before Sept. 2.
The following Notice of Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Annual Protection and Advocacy of Individual Rights (PAIR) Program Assurances was published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection.
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR):
Dates: Applications Available: July 1.
Date of Pre-Application Meeting: July 22.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: Sept. 2.
The following Notice of Applications for New Awards; National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research-Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program-Minority-Serving Institution Field-Initiated Projects Program was published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, July 1.
Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2014. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Numbers: 84.133G-4 (Research) and 84.133G-5 (Development).
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services:
Dates: Applications Available: July 2.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: Aug. 18.
The following Notice of Applications for New Awards; Technical Assistance and Dissemination To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities — National Technical Assistance Center on Improving Transition to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students With Disabilities was published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, July 2.
Notice inviting applications for a new award for fiscal year (FY) 2014. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.326E.
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