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Your voice at work within the Beltway
CASE
As you are reading this update, over 90 of your U.S. colleagues from 26 states are starting a very full day in Alexandria, Va., listening to legislative policy leaders from the CASE, American Association of School Administrators, Council for Exceptional Children, National School Boards Association, as well as the officially appointed Assistant Secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS), Michael Yudin, in preparation for a mass visit to the Hill to discuss the CASE talking points with their congressional delegations. Part of those CASE talking points came from the input of over 700 of our members who answered the CASE IDEA survey — have you given us YOUR input? It isn't too late — Click here and answer the survey, go to the CASE Facebook page and join the conversation — we will be checking it while we are in D.C., or TWEET CASE with your comments! CASE can only be your voice if we hear from you!

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. — Helen Keller

Sincerely,

Luann Purcell, Ed. D.
Executive Director
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Conference on IEP Facilitation
CASE
Join special education attorney Julie Weatherly and Key2Ed on Nov. 12-13, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee for a unique two-day Conference on IEP Facilitation and its legal benefits in a small, interactive learning environment. The U.S. Department of Education has recognized IEP meeting facilitation as best practice through CADRE, and the American Association of School Administrators has recently proposed that the mandatory use of FIEP be included in the next Reauthorization of the IDEA.

Conference participants will receive intensive training in the mechanics of IEP facilitation, along with the opportunity to pose legal questions related to the IEP process and how FIEP can assist in avoiding special education legal disputes. Specifically, this conference will focus on how to:
  • Prevent conflict at IEP meetings
  • Manage strong emotions from team members
  • Have productive and meaningful dialogue focused on the student
  • Keep all team members focused on IEP meeting content
  • Use an effective and legally compliant IEP agenda, and group behavior norms to manage the content of the meeting
  • Avoid legal disputes by using facilitative behaviors and processes.
To download a flyer on the conference, click here. To download the registration form, click here.

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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


Senate proposal includes investment in key CEC supported programs; path forward remains difficult
CEC Policy Insider
With school districts and states struggling to provide services and supports for the nation's 10 million children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts and talents, CEC and its members have been actively advocating for increasing the investment in special and gifted education and eliminating the irresponsible cuts sequestration has — and will continue — to enforce.
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US Department of Education announces new grant opportunities
CEC Policy Insider
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, within the U.S. Department of Education, has announced several new grant opportunities. An overview of the grant, as well as links to a more detailed summary along with application requirements is listed below.
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House readying K-12 bill for floor
National Journal
Legislation that would fundamentally rework the K-12 education system is headed for the House floor, according to Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline, R-Minn.

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Are grading trends hurting socially awkward kids?
The Atlantic
Children have long been graded not just for academics, but also for elements of "character" — particularly behavior and emotional maturity.

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How hearing skills could be key to treating dyslexia
The Globe and Mail
Reading may seem like a visual skill, but according to new research on dyslexia, children who excel at reading tend to be all ears.

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Hot Topics


ADHD drugs don't boost kids' grades
The Wall Street Journal
It's no longer shocking to hear of children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder — and others simply facing a big test — taking ADHD medicine to boost their performance in school. But new studies point to a problem: There's little evidence that the drugs actually improve academic outcomes. Stimulants used to treat ADHD like Ritalin and Adderall are sometimes called "cognitive enhancers" because they have been shown in a number of studies to improve attention, concentration and even certain types of memory in the short-term. Similar drugs were given to World War II soldiers to improve their ability to stay alert while scanning radars for enemy aircraft.
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IQ tests hurt kids, schools — and don't measure intelligence
Salon
The history of learning disabilities is a tale of multiple conceptualizations, spanning several continents. In the United States, physician Samuel Orton studied children with reading disabilities who had at least average IQ scores. Orton conceptualized language and motor disabilities as brain dysfunction in spite of normal or even above average intelligence. He believed that to adequately diagnose learning disabilities, it was important to combine a variety of sources of information, including IQ test scores, achievement test scores, family histories and school histories. For those who then warranted the learning disability diagnosis, Orton believed the proper intervention consisted of directly targeting the specific area of weakness and using the child's "spared" abilities to help remediate the disability.
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5 learning techniques psychologists say kids aren't getting
Psychology Today
J. Richard Gentry, an author and expert on childhood literacy, reading and spelling, writes: "My guest poster, Steve Peha, founder of Teaching That Makes Sense, Inc., comments on recent psychological research showing that kids spend more time using the five least effective learning techniques than they do using the five most effective and what we should do about it."
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Legislation


House readying K-12 bill for floor
National Journal
Legislation that would fundamentally rework the K-12 education system is headed for the House floor, according to Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline, R-Minn., The bill passed out of his committee last month. Now its members are promoting it with videos emphasizing different aspects of the legislation. The most recent video deals with one of the more emotional elements of the law — how to hire and evaluate teachers. The Republicans on the committee are touting the bill's removal of federal qualification requirements that they say get in the way of hiring the best teachers.
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Department of Education panel says test consortia need sharper focus on accessibility
Education Week
A technical review panel set up by the U.S. Department of Education is urging both common core assessment consortia to pay better attention to ensuring that their tests are accessible to students with disabilities and those whose native language is not English. That is one of the more stern outcomes of the panel's first appraisal of the work so far of PARCC and Smarter Balanced. The review panel, created in March, issued its reports on July 3. You can read them on a special page of the department's website.
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Education reform movement learns lesson from old standards
NPR
Common Core — the new set of national education standards in math and English language arts — will take effect in most states next year. This move toward a single set of standards has been embraced by a bipartisan crowd of politicians and educators largely because of what the Common Core standards are replacing: a mess. In years past, the education landscape was a discord of state standards. A fourth grader in Arkansas could have appeared proficient in reading by his state's standards — but, by the standards of another state, say Massachusetts, not even close.
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In the News


Survey: Most states undecided about Duncan's extra waiver flexibility
Education Week
In the wake of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's offer to shift the teacher-evaluation timeline by one year for waiver states, Politics K-12 decided to survey all of the eligible states to see if they plan to apply for this new flexibility. The takeaway? Most are undecided, but a sizable number of states — or 14 — say they don't need or want the flexibility, for a variety of reasons. Some, such as those headed by members of Chiefs for Change, believe any delay is a delay in accountability. Other states, such as New York, Colorado and Tennessee, told us they won't pursue it because their timelines are set out in state law or regulations.
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Personal discovery on dyslexia may aid many
The Boston Globe
Astrophysicist Matthew Schneps was waiting at a bus stop, scanning a scientific paper he had downloaded onto his smartphone, when it dawned on him: he was reading with ease. That realization surprised Schneps, who has dyslexia, a learning disability that makes reading difficult. He had always felt comfortable in the lab, not the library. His bus stop epiphany led Schneps to wonder whether hand-held gadgets might be an effective reading platform for people with dyslexia. Now, eight years later, his research, which has shifted from studying stars, is beginning to show there may be some benefits. The timing couldn't be better.
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What stops girls from learning math?
Gifted Challenges
Math is for geeks. Nerds. The robotics kids. Definitely not for girls. Really? Why do some girls go from budding math scholars in grade school to a "dumbed down" shell of themselves in high school? What happens to these gifted girls who love the logic, complexity and challenge of math, but feel they must forego their passion to fit in?
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Everything you need to know about Common Core testing
THE Journal
"When in doubt, just pick B." These words, uttered by teachers, parents and students, have been part of standardized testing folklore for many years. As many current state-level accountability measures are dominated by multiple-choice questions with only four options, guessing has seemed almost strategic. Well, things are about to change.
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Problems and diagnoses related to childhood ADHD
Psych Central
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder often does not occur alone in children and teens. Common co-occurring problems include learning disabilities, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, and oppositional defiant disorder. When your child or teen is affected by additional mental health concerns, these will generally be treated in conjunction with ADHD. The best treatment for your child's or teen's mental health concerns is through a partnership with a well-qualified and experienced mental health professional, such as a child psychologist.
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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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