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CASE is YOUR voice. Last week 78 CASE members from 25 states made visits to well over 100 different offices up on the Hill to advocate for Students! What an amazing couple of days we had and what an impact those visits will continue to have all year. On Wednesday morning the group gathered to share their stories and I wish you could have been there to feel the excitement and I know you won’t believe this but the encouragement this group exuded. It was an honor for the group to also have CEC Executive Director, Alex Graham participate and feel that excitement. His comments on the importance of the long term commitment as a resource to the gentlemen and ladies of congress was very reinforcing to the charges we received from our speakers on Sunday and Monday. CEC and CASE can help you be that long term resource. Start making your plans now to participate in the 13th annual CASE legislative leadership summit in 2015!
Thank You CEC for the Twitter feed on www.casecec.org! Have you checked it out? Go to the CASE website and see the TWEETS from the Summit. It was amazing to see all the great pictures of our members with their representatives and Senators.
Our Wednesday discussion on Reinvent Special Education was a great beginning. Thank you to those of you who took the poll last week. We heard for 14 different states and 63 percent of you had some familiarity with the term "Reinvent Special Education," but only 29 percent indicated your state was working on this and only 17 percent saw any work on this at the district level. Our discussion on Wednesday morning asked the question as to what should be CASE involvement. If you have any thoughts on this topic or related ones, please post on our Facebook page, or contact our Policy Chair, Phyllis Wolfram (MO) or as always, me.
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.
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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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.
At LRP Publications’ renowned National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities®, April 26-29, 2015 in Denver, you’ll learn strategies to ensure that your special education programs comply with federal law and that students receive appropriate services. Register now to lock in at 2014’s rate!
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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.
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.
Senators to advance international disability treaty; Your advocacy needed!
Council for Exceptional Children
Here's how to advocate for individuals with disabilities across the world in only 2 minutes: On Tuesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will consider whether to advance the United Nations Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, an international treaty that protects the human rights of individuals with disabilities. Opponents continue to use inaccurate scare tactics to diminish support in the Senate. Join CEC in correcting the record — email your Senators today! The CRPD can only be voted on by the full Senate if it passes the Foreign Relations Committee — urge your Senators to support the treaty.
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.
Senator Harkin calls for big push on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
CEC Policy Insider
Senator Harkin, D-Iowa, a longtime disability advocate, is leading a renewed advocacy effort to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, an international treaty that is the vital framework to protect the human rights of persons with disabilities across the world.
4 key provisions to know in the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act
CEC Policy Insider
As President Obama readies to sign the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act into law, following overwhelming, bi-partisan approval last week from the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate in June, here are 4 key provisions that impact individuals with disabilities.
The White House welcomes new disability advisor
CEC Policy Insider
The White House has been without a liaison to the disability community since Claudia Gordon left the position in April, after less than a year on the job. But recently, Taryn Mackenzie Williams assumed the role of advisor within the White House's Office of Public Engagement, providing a bridge between the disability community and president.
Data is key to improving outcomes for students with special needs
The Huffington Post
For far too long, we as a nation have set unnecessarily low education expectations for students with special needs, limiting their choices and opportunities for success. But thanks to a new U.S. Department of Education directive, things are changing for the better. The department is shifting to a new approach for the nation's 6.5 million children and youth with special needs by focusing on student outcomes instead of simply on how well states comply with procedural requirements.
ADHD classified into 3 types based on kids' personalities
LiveScience via Yahoo News
There are three distinct types of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder that match up with children's personalities, some researchers suggest. What's more, looking at these ADHD types is better than the current diagnostic methods in predicting which children will go on to develop further mental-health problems, the researchers said in the new study. The finding of these three types is preliminary, and won't be used in diagnosis anytime soon, but it shows that it's possible to classify mental-health disorders in a manner that's based more on biology than symptoms, which may help researchers better understand the underlying cause of these conditions, the researchers said.
Special education code avoids hot buttons, defines dyslexia as reading disorder
What a difference a year makes. The Christie administration this week introduced new code for special-education services that skipped over most of the hot-button topics on how to serve students with disabilities. The new administrative code submitted to the State Board of Education contained changes that were mostly technical in nature, officials said.
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.
Where are the nation's 'most productive' school districts?
Is your school district spending its likely tight budget on the right things? New reports suggest many aren't. Three reports by the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank, examine whether districts are properly targeting their budgets to areas that will most effectively address academic success for students. The reports are a follow-up to a similar assessment the group completed in 2011.
New law to help Illinois students with dyslexia
The Associated Press via CBS St. Louis
A new state law aims to help Illinois students with dyslexia. The law entitles dyslexic students to special education services. It also creates a reading instruction advisory group that will train educators on how to identify and teach students with dyslexia. Gov. Pat Quinn signed the measure. The law is effective immediately.
Report urges more active state role in Common Core
The move to local control under the state's new funding and accountability system has given school districts much leeway in adopting the Common Core State Standards, the challenging math and English language arts standards that California and 41 other states and Washington, D.C., have adopted. And that flexibility, concludes a new report by researchers from Stanford University's Graduate School of Education, has the potential to create disparities in implementation the state should reduce.
Connecting school spending and student achievement
The Washington Post
In the roiling national debate about the best ways to improve public education, one aspect gets scant attention: the relationship between the tax dollars school systems spend and academic results. In a report, the left-leaning Center for American Progress looks at how much "bang for the buck" taxpayers are getting from public schools. Ulrich Boser, who wrote the report, analyzed budgets of 7,000 school districts across about 40 states — which enroll about about 80 percent of U.S. public school students — and found some surprising results.
The same genes influence children's reading and math abilities
Medical News Today
A study observing the genetic basis of cognitive traits, led by scientists from the University of Oxford and King's College London, finds that about 50 percent of genes that have an influence on a child's reading ability, also have an effect on their mathematics aptitude. Complex cognitive traits such as reading and mathematics are highly heritable and are shown to be associated with quality of life including wealth and life expectancy. That said, there is little understanding of the genetic architecture of cognitive abilities, genetic components and the correlation between them.
ADHD and kids: 5 tips for setting appropriate rules
Parenting a child with ADHD can present various challenges because of the disorder's symptoms, such as hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention. Kids with ADHD may have every intention of respecting a rule, said Elaine Taylor-Klaus, CPCC, ACC, an educator and parenting coach. But they may break it — often "by accident than on purpose."
Why storytelling in the classroom matters
What is "storytelling"? Telling stories, of course! In 2014, there are so many diverse, wonderful, and sometimes overwhelming ways to do this. What I want to explore is traditional, oral storytelling, which has been a part of human life since we first left Africa 200,000 or more years ago. Perhaps storytelling was the reason language developed in the first place, as our minds began to inquire, wonder, think.
What makes an 'extreme learner?'
When Mollie Cueva-Dabkoski was dissecting a sheep's heart during an eighth-grade science class, she had an epiphany that changed her life. "That heart told the story of anatomy and physiology!" she said. Realizing that science is best communicated through stories, Cueva-Dabkoski, now just 19 years old, went on to explore beetles in China. She's now at Johns Hopkins University, and continues to do research during breaks.
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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