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CEC and CASE
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CASE is your best resource. CASE president Boscardin (MA), president elect Myrah (WI), past president VanderPloeg (MI), and executive director Purcell (GA) all attended the CEC summer leadership training at CEC headquarters in Arlington this past week. The training is a great resource for State and Provincial units and all the divisions. CEC gave us great information on how to better meet the needs of our members, gave us information on the development of the CEC strategic plan, the CEC financial health, membership campaign, and other important information. For example, did you know CASE has a very healthy retention rate — 80 percent? The last part of the meeting was actually the Inter Division Caucus meeting — where division leadership discuss common issues and share ideas for improving the divisions. CASE Past President VanderPloeg is the Vice Chair of IDC and long-time CASE member and past CEC President Bogdan (OH) is IDC Chair. The entire time was a great time for networking with our colleagues. On Friday, the CEC convention program advisory committee met. CASE was represented at that meeting by President Boscardin and President elect Myrah. As you get ready for the new school year, remember what great resources CASE provides to you in the leadership area and CEC provides for your teachers!

Speaking of CEC — did you get your "upgrade?" If you are a member of CEC, you should have gotten an email last Monday informing you of your membership upgrade! This is all part of the new tiered membership. If you are not a member of CEC, now would be a great time to become a member of CEC and CASE! I believe any administrator who is responsible for special education programs and therefore works with special education teachers should be a member of CEC so they can be provide the great resources of CEC for their teachers, stay informed on best practices in the field, and grow professionally. Of course, I think all administrators of special education programs should also be a member of CASE so they can have the information on leading those programs! CEC has made membership easier for all educators through the new tiered membership. Click here for the chart that outlines the membership benefits and cost at each level. Then head on over to the CEC website. But don't forget, to also add at least CASE as one of your divisions!

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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 nonmembers 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 discount offer to CASE members!
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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.
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Bookshare's Summer of Sleuths Reading Contest
Bookshare
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
NCII
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.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Data is key to improving outcomes for students with special needs (The Huffington Post)
ADHD classified into 3 types based on kids' personalities (LiveScience via Yahoo News)
Special education code avoids hot buttons, defines dyslexia as reading disorder (NJ Spotlight)
Where are the nation's 'most productive' school districts? (Education Week)
New law to help Illinois students with dyslexia (The Associated Press via CBS St. Louis)

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Teacher Educators and Accomplished teachers
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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.
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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.
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    New white paper: Getting to the Core of the Common Core
    PresenceLearning
    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.
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    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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    CEC Policy Insider


    CRPD passes through Foreign Relations Committee and moves to Senate floor
    CEC Policy Insider
    On Tuesday, July 22, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed on a 12-6 vote, The Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Two years ago the treaty passed in a similar voting style 13-6. Along with the full support of the Democrats, Sens. John McCain, R-Arizona, and John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, joined in voting, sending the treaty to the Senate floor.
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    24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
    CEC Policy Insider
    The Americans with Disabilities Act will turn 24 on July 26. The ADA, which was passed in 1990, marks a milestone in civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in all areas of public life. The ADA ensures the rights and equality of persons with disabilities on the job, in school, in the community, in transportation and telecommunications and more.
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    CEC applauds signing of WIOA
    CEC Policy Insider
    Recently, President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. WIOA updates the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and maintains a focus on supporting the nation's workforce development, job training and employment services system while expanding the role of state and local workforce boards to better match job-seekers with employment needs, in addition to boosting programs aimed at those with disabilities.
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    Hot Topics


    New research: Students benefit from learning that intelligence is not fixed
    MindShift
    Teaching students that intelligence can grow and blossom with effort — rather than being a fixed trait they're just born with — is gaining traction in progressive education circles. And new research from Stanford is helping to build the case that nurturing a "growth mindset" can help many kids understand their true potential. The new research involves larger, more rigorous field trials that provide some of the first evidence that the social psychology strategy can be effective when implemented in schools on a wide scale. Even a one-time, 30-minute online intervention can spur academic gains for many students, particularly those with poor grades. The premise is that these positive effects can stick over years, leading for example to higher graduation rates; but long-term data is still needed to confirm that.
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    Right and wrong methods for teaching first graders who struggle with math
    The Hechinger Report
    To help young kids who struggle with math, well-intentioned teachers often turn to nontraditional teaching methods. They use music and movement to involve the whole body. They use hands-on materials such as popsicle sticks to help the students understand tens and hundreds. Or they encourage students to come up with different strategies for solving 7 + 8. One complicated way could be starting with 10 + 10 and then taking 3 away (because 7 is 3 less than 10) and then taking 2 away (because 8 is 2 less than the other 10). After many steps, the right answer emerges. And the students came up with it themselves. Good teaching, right?
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    English issues mistaken for learning disabilities in Boston schools
    Boston Herald
    Even as the state braces for a wave of unaccompanied immigrant children, school systems, including Boston, are failing in assessing and educating non-English speaking students they already have. More than one in five children of immigrants who are learning English in Boston schools have been placed in special education classes in what advocates say is a costly waste of taxpayer dollars that could also be robbing hundreds of bright students of any chance to go to college and create better lives.
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    Legislation


    Special education funding lopsided, report finds
    Disability Scoop
    The level of federal special education funding sent to states varies widely thanks to an outdated model that favors some locales over others, a new report finds. The method that the federal government uses to dole out special education dollars has gone largely unchanged since 1997. As such, it's leaving significant disparities among schools, according to a new analysis of 2011 data that was conducted by the New America Foundation.
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    In the News


    Hear Jane read: New meaning given to semantics
    Rutgers University via Science Daily
    For years a key way of diagnosing dyslexia has been how well a person reads aloud. Similarly, the reading skills of adult readers also have been assessed by having them read words aloud. "The idea is that the more you read in English, the more you will encounter words that don't follow standard rules of pronunciation, so it's an index of reading exposure and, presumably, ability," explains researcher William W. Graves. But are you a better reader if you pronounce a word based on its meaning, or based on its spelling? Does it make a difference? And why? Those are the questions Graves is seeking to answer.
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    Why poor schools can't win at standardized testing
    The Atlantic
    You hear a lot nowadays about the magic of big data. Getting hold of the right numbers can increase revenue, improve decision-making, or help you find a mate — or so the thinking goes. In 2009, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a crowd of education researchers: "I am a deep believer in the power of data to drive our decisions. Data gives us the roadmap to reform. It tells us where we are, where we need to go, and who is most at risk."
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    Poll shows more students in summer programs
    EdSource
    Data from a national poll conducted for the Afterschool Alliance show that a third of families with school-age children enrolled at least one child in a summer program in 2013. That is an increase from five years earlier when only a quarter of families enrolled their children in summer programs. The data were collected this past spring as part of a survey to determine how many households with school-age children enrolled them in after-school programs. A full report on the data will be released in the fall.
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    How much do kids learn in summer school? The answer's not always clear
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Thousands of children have spent much of this summer in St. Louis-area classrooms taking enrichment classes or trying to catch up in reading or math. What's unclear is just how much they've learned. Like education departments in most states, neither the Missouri nor the Illinois education departments collect data to see whether they're getting a good return on their summer school investment. Assessment data provided by more than a dozen districts in the area paint very different pictures about how much students learn by the end of summer school. And there are gaps in what even districts themselves know.
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    Special education funding lopsided, report finds
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    The level of federal special education funding sent to states varies widely thanks to an outdated model that favors some locales over others, a new report finds.

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    Does the way a classroom is decorated affect learning?
    The New York Times
    A new study tries to determine whether there might be a correlation between how a room is decorated and kindergartners' learning. The researchers wanted to know if too many decorations could actually be distracting or overstimulating for young minds.

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    Study finds reading possible despite low IQ
    Disability Scoop
    For students with intellectual disability, functional skills are often prioritized over academics, but a new study finds that children with low IQ are capable of learning to read.

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    Federal Announcements


    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 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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