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Only 3 days left: Early bird discount and IDEA survey!
CASE
The Early Bird Discount for the 24th Annual CASE Conference ends Wednesday July 31! You really do not want to miss this great conference and this opportunity for a great discount! We will have great keynotes from CEC President Dr. Christy Chambers, Dr. Frances Stetson, Julie Weatherly, Esq. and CEC Policy Associate Executive Director, Dr. Deb Ziegler! Don't miss the wonderful professional development opportunity at a discount! Click here to register now!

If you haven't expressed YOUR opinion on the CASE IDEA survey, you only have 3 days left to do so! We have had over 700 responses from ALL 50 states but we need YOUR voice, too! Click here to complete this very important survey. The survey will close at midnight on July 31!

CASE President Laurie VanderPloeg, President Elect Mary Lynn Boscardin, and Executive Director Luann Purcell attended the CEC Division leadership training and the Inter Division Caucus at CEC Headquarters last week in Arlington, Va. President VanderPloeg and President Elect Boscardin also participated in the very important CEC Program Advisory Committee to work on finalizing the sessions for the CEC Convention to be held in Philadelphia, Pa., April 9-12, 2014.

Please read the CEC Policy articles below to get an understanding of just what happened last week with HR 5 and what may or may not happen now.

Thank you for all you do every day, every week, every month, and every year for the students, families, teachers and administrators in your community!

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EDUTALK RADIO: CNYSEA Co-President Yvette Goorevitch guest Aug. 1 at 9:00 a.m.
CASE
Education Talk Radio is on the web at www.education-talkradio.org for PreK-12 and for Higher Ed at www.highereducationtalkradio.org. We do dedicated interviews about the world of education daily. CASE Executive Director Dr. Luann Purcell does a quarterly call and has recommended other important guests among other professional educational associations, thought leaders, education companies and education professionals. Every show we've ever done is archived at our sites and our future schedule is also there. We tweet '@edutalkradio' and announce all shows there as well. This Thursday, Aug. 1 long time CASE member, Dr. Yvette Goorevitch will be our guest and will be talking about post secondary options for students with disabilities. Be sure to tune in or go to the website and check it out in the archives if you miss it live!
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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


House passes CEC-opposed ESEA rewrite; contains major accountability loopholes for students with disabilities
CEC Policy Insider
Special educators know the importance of high expectations for the academic and lifelong success of students with disabilities. Unfortunately, legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives reinforces the "soft bigotry of low expectations," a phrase coined by President George W. Bush.
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Common Core connections: PARCC rleases formative tools and modules
CEC Policy Insider
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers released information about four non-summative components of the PARCC assessment system. A few of particular interest to educators are described here: Mid-Year Assessment: will provide students and educators with constructed response and machine scorable items for formative purposes (students' scores will not be part of their summative PARCC score).
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Friday July 26 marks the 23rd Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
CEC Policy Insider
Join CEC in celebrating the 23rd Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act! The ADA was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush and is one of America's most important pieces of civil rights legislation. It is an equal opportunity law for people with disabilities which prohibits discrimination and promotes that people with disabilities have the same opportunities to live and participate in their community.
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ESEA flexibility
CEC Policy Insider
The Secretary also recently announced that both Alabama and New Hampshire will receive flexibility from the burdensome mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act. In exchange for this new flexibility, the states have agreed to raise academic standards, improve accountability, and undertake essential reforms to boost teacher effectiveness. The department has now approved waiver requests from 39 states and the District of Columbia. Eight other applications are still under review, and five states have not requested flexibility through this process. And, California notified the agency that the state does not plan to request Elementary and Secondary Education Act flexibility for the next school year and, instead, will focus on implementing Common Core state standards.
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White House announces Claudia Gordon as liaison to Disability Community
CEC Policy Insider
Claudia Gordon began her new role in the White House Office of Public Engagement as the Public Engagement Advisor to the Disability Community. Gordon will be a liaison between the disability community and the Obama administration, a role which was previously filled by Kareem Dale. Previously, Gordon worked at the U.S. Department of Labor where she focused on improving employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
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Study finds clues on how to keep kids engaged with educational games
North Carolina State University via PhysOrg.com
If you want teams of students to stay engaged while playing educational games, you might want them to switch seats pretty often.

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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?

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Reading the brain: FDA approves first scan for diagnosing ADHD
TIME
It's the first test to diagnose the behavioral disorder using brain wave patterns, but it won't be the last. The idea of reading the brain's activity for clues to mental illness is gaining ground.

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Hot Topics


The genetics of dyslexia and language impairment
Medical News Today
A new study of the genetic origins of dyslexia and other learning disabilities could allow for earlier diagnoses and more successful interventions, according to researchers at Yale School of Medicine. Many students now are not diagnosed until high school, at which point treatments are less effective. The study is published online and in the American Journal of Human Genetics.
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4 reasons why the Common Core are losing popularity
eSchool News
In what could be compared to, well, many education reform initiatives over the years — educational technology included — a once-widely, and quickly, accepted initiative is dividing the education community; begging the question, "Are the Common Core State Standards just another flash in education's pan?" 45 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the CCSS in what was once lauded as a giant step in the right direction in trying to improve student achievement and college- and career-readiness.
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Helping children with learning disabilities using a computer-interfaced drawing pad
Medical News Today
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 was be presented 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. "Scientists needed a tool that allows them to see in real time what a person is writing while the scanning is going on in the brain," said Thomas Lewis, director of the center's Instrument Development Laboratory.
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Report: 2013 trends in online learning virtual, blended and flipped classrooms
Tech&Learning
The term "digital conversion" is becoming increasingly prevalent in school site and district office conversations about how to improve student achievement, enhance teacher effectiveness and stimulate new levels of parental engagement in schools. As discussed in Project Tomorrow's "Speak Up 2012 National Report" on the digital learning views of educators and parents, teachers are on the front lines of all of these digital conversions.
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Legislation


Federal cuts force impact-aid districts to cut staff, close schools
Education Week
It's been almost five months since Congress slashed education spending through across-the-board cuts known as "sequestration," which were intended to force a still completely elusive, long-term bipartisan budget deficit-reduction deal. The school districts that became the poster children for these cuts? The ones that get money from the $1.2 billion Impact Aid program, which helps districts that have a big federal presence (such as a military base or an American Indian reservation nearby) make up for lost tax revenue. About 1,200 districts receive those funds, and a small handful rely on them heavily.
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House GOP pushes through curbs on No Child Left Behind
The Christian Science Monitor
Six years after Congress was supposed to reauthorize the federal No Child Left Behind education law, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill — with no Democratic support — that would roll back much of the law's accountability requirements and lock in lower levels of education funding. Supporters of HR 5, the Student Success Act, say it restores flexibility to local school districts, gives broader choice to parents, and encourages innovation by scaling back the federal footprint. Opponents say it would reverse longstanding efforts to improve education, particularly for the most disadvantaged groups of children.
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House NCLB rewrite contains adaptive-testing provision
Education Week
Among the provisions included in the newly passed, GOP-only House of Representatives reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act is language that would allow states to fulfill federal testing requirements by using computer-based adaptive tests. Recently, Education Week highlighted the growing support for the tests, which adjust the difficulty of their questions based on whether the test-taker gets prior answers correct. Education Week also highlighted a lingering controversy over the nuance of how adaptive tests should be implemented — specifically, whether the exams should be allowed to ask questions above or below a student's grade level, an approach that some disability rights advocates and testing experts vehemently oppose.
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    5 learning techniques psychologists say kids aren't getting (Psychology Today)
US Department of Education announces new grant opportunities (CEC Policy Insider)
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IQ tests hurt kids, schools — and don't measure intelligence (Salon)

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Research sheds new light on our unique ability to learn languages
RedOrbit
A neural pathway unique to humans allows us to learn new words and languages, European scientists reported. Experts have long believed language acquisition — a distinctively human ability — depends on the integration of information between motor and auditory representation of words in the brain, although the precise neural mechanisms behind this interaction remained unclear.
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Yale initiative raises dyslexia awareness in Latino communities
Latina Lista
"People who are dyslexic cannot read." "People who are dyslexic cannot perform well in school." "A child reversing their letters is a sure sign of dyslexia." These are all common myths about dyslexia that the Multicultural Dyslexia Awareness Initiative wishes to dispel in an effort to raise awareness about the learning disability across all communities, including Latinos. Dyslexia affects one in five people, and many people in Latino communities are often left undiagnosed and not offered the proper services, which is a trend the MDAI hopes to change.
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Study finds spatial skill is early sign of creativity
The New York Times
A gift for spatial reasoning — the kind that may inspire an imaginative child to dismantle a clock or the family refrigerator — may be a greater predictor of future creativity or innovation than math or verbal skills, particularly in math, science and related fields, according to a study published in the journal Psychological Science. The study looked at the professional success of people who, as 13-year-olds, had taken both the SAT, because they had been flagged as particularly gifted, as well as the Differential Aptitude Test.
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Study finds clues on how to keep kids engaged with educational games
North Carolina State University via PhysOrg.com
If you want teams of students to stay engaged while playing educational games, you might want them to switch seats pretty often. That's one finding from a pilot study that evaluated how well middle school students were able to pay attention to game-based learning tasks. Students at a Raleigh, N.C., middle school were divided into two-person teams for the pilot study. Researchers from North Carolina State University then had each team test gaming concepts for an educational game called "Engage," which allows only one student at a time to control gameplay. The researchers were trying to determine how effective educational gaming tasks were at teaching computer science concepts, but were also monitoring how engaged each student was.
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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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