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State and Provincial units are critically important to our members. CASE has 38 state and 2 provincial unit/subdivisions serving our members. In the article I wrote for the In CASE newsletter 12 years ago when I was appointed CASE Executive Director, I stated my primary goal was to provide support to the unit/subdivisions so they could best meet the needs of our members. For so many of our members, the state/provincial unit is their "go to" organization for getting answers. That does not mean that CASE as an organization does not provide many resources to individual members, we do and we will continue to strive to increase and improve those services. But, we do know the importance of the state and provincial unit/subdivisions. One of the greatest opportunities I have as executive director is to participate in the state and provincial conferences. I typically get to participate in the executive committee board meeting, visit with members, meet vendors, do breakout sessions, and deliver keynotes. Through these experiences, I get to know the strengths and needs of the organization as well as the needs and vision of the individual members. I am able to share lessons learned from one unit to another unit. I love hearing wonderful new ideas at one meeting and then being able to share those with the next unit! I also get to experience firsthand the amazing leadership our units/subdivisions have and the support they provide to our members. It is a great time for sharing and learning!

I just returned from Saratoga, NY and our CASE NY affiliate, the Council of NY Special Education Administrators. It was a beautiful location, the keynotes and breakout sessions were of a high quality, and the leadership is energized, enthusiastic, and committed to growth! While I was there, I once again learned of new resources! So let me share just a couple of those. My good friend and amazing advocate, Helene Fallon (Long Island Parent Center and Long Island Advocacy Center) did a breakout session with another amazing parent, Naomi Brickel (Hudson Valley Special Education Parent Center and Transition Resource Center) on "Integrating Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy into Daily Curriculum and Professional Development." They shared some amazing resources from a website I'm Determined!. Go to this website and click on Educator. Wow, there are some terrific learning strategies here to help you and your teachers have a great year! Another great resource from this Summer Institute was from one of their keynote speakers, Dr. Paula Kluth. I had heard her at another one of our unit/subdivisions conferences, TCASE in Austin last January. If you haven't gone to Dr. Kluth's website lately, you are missing some amazing resources on inclusionary practices. Her website and school year blog are just packed with practical strategies you need to be sharing with your teachers! These are just two of the great resources I got from the summer institute. I can hardly wait to see what I will learn next week when I will be in Traverse City, MI with our Michigan unit.

So, if you are not an active member of your state/provincial unit/subdivision, you are missing a great opportunity! What if your state or province doesn’t have a CASE subdivision? We would love to talk to you about starting one! Or perhaps you have a state special education administrators group, we would love to work with you in order for it to become affiliated with CASE. You can contact me or our membership chair, Steve Milliken (NE) and we will work with you to make this vision a reality! As great as the state and provincial units are, CASE and CEC take you to the next level — remember what great resources CASE provides to you in the leadership area and CEC provides for your teachers! 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!

Speaking of CEC — Here is a great offer just in time for the new school year! Free Access to the Life Centered Education Transition Curriculum and Assessment.
As a special education administrator, you want the best outcomes for your students. Here's a chance for your teachers to gain free trial access to the Council for Exceptional Children's Web-based transition planning curriculum and assessment, Life Centered Education. Developed by a group of 18 authors, LCE is an evidence-based, nationally-normed curriculum designed to build real-life skills in daily living, self-determination, and employment working with students in middle school and high school. LCE contains over 450 assessment items and 1200 lesson plans aligned with the Common Core State Standards. To sign up for a free trial to LCE, please send an email to Anu Prabhala at anup@cec.sped.org. The free trial starts right away and allows you try out both the teacher and student portal of LCE.

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 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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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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English issues mistaken for learning disabilities in Boston schools (Boston Herald)
Special education funding lopsided, report finds (Disability Scoop)
Hear Jane read: New meaning given to semantics (Rutgers University via Science Daily)

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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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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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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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The Kids In Need Foundation announces 2014 Teacher Grants Program with National Sponsor: Jo-Ann
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For the seventh year, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores is sponsoring the Kids In Need Foundation's teacher grant program. Certified teachers in the US can apply for these grants online at www.kinf.org from July 15 - Sept. 30.
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    CEC Policy Insider


    CRPD passes through Foreign Relations Committee and moves to Senate Floor
    CEC Policy Insider
    Recently, 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, Senators John McCain, R-Ariz., and John Barrasso, R-Wy., joined in voting, sending the treaty to the Senate floor.
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    CEC calls for significant steps to reduce racial, ethnic disparities in special education
    CEC Policy Insider
    Recently, CEC called on the U.S. Department of Education to make sweeping changes to confront and remedy racial and ethnic disparities in special education by taking four actions.
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    Hot Topics


    Troubled path forward for education spending bill
    Education Week
    Remember when congressional appropriators were adamant about this year being the year they would finally pass a real spending bill for the upcoming federal fiscal year? Well, it's safe to say the odds of that actually happening are nil. First, let's take stock of how far each chamber has advanced its fiscal 2015 appropriations bills: The House made the most progress, passing six (or half) of its spending bills. The appropriations committee itself cleared every spending bill except for the education funding proposal, which hasn't yet made it out of subcommittee.
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    Childhood reading skills linked to 'higher intelligence' in young adults
    Medical News Today
    A new study published in the journal Child Development finds that having strong reading skills as a child is a predictor for higher intelligence levels as a young adult. In previous studies, reading ability has been associated with improved health, education, socioeconomic status and creativity. The ability to read well can directly improve some of these factors. An example is that by being able to extract information from texts, individuals are better able to gain educational qualifications.
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    How acting out in school boosts learning
    Scientific America
    Acting out in school is often a prelude to parents receiving a call from the principal. But, there are ways of acting out that tremendously increase learning — namely acting out as a way of grounding, or making sense of, abstract information. There is a growing body of research showing the value of this sort of acting out. One example is the Moved by Reading intervention for teaching reading comprehension. Using the intervention, children act out the meaning of sentences by moving images on a computer screen. If the child reads, "The farmer drove the tractor to the barn," then she would move pictures of the farmer to the tractor, and both of them to the barn. This can double reading comprehension.
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    Children with disabilities benefit from classroom inclusion
    Science Daily
    The secret to boosting the language skills of preschoolers with disabilities may be to put them in classrooms with typically developing peers, a new study 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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    Legislation


    Some states without NCLB waivers say they dodged a bullet
    Education Week
    When President Barack Obama first offered states flexibility from mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act back in 2011, nearly every state jumped at the opportunity. (Forty-two states and the District of Columbia now have waivers. Washington state lost its flexibility earlier this year. That leaves seven waiverless states total.) But almost three years later, at least one state, Utah, is thinking of voluntarily ditching its waiver. And officials in at least three other waiverless states say they don't feel they're missing out on much, even though they're stuck operating under the much-maligned, outdated NCLB law.
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    Balancing special-education needs with rising costs
    The New York Times
    Dylan B. Randall could not speak or stand. He never tasted food because he was fed through a gastric tube in his belly. He breathed through a ventilator; his own saliva would choke him unless a nurse cleared his throat every few minutes. It was a daily struggle to keep Dylan alive, much less educate him. And when his public school could not deliver all the daily therapy the then 5-year-old was supposed to receive, his parents asked that New York City pay for what they believed was the kind of education Dylan needed: a private school for disabled children.
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    Dyslexia testing to begin in public schools
    KTHV-TV
    Schools in Arkansas are now following through with new requirements for all students with dyslexia. This comes after Arkansas lawmakers approved a measure ensuring that all children with the disability would have proper resources in public schools. This fall, every child in Kindergarten through second grade will get tested for dyslexia. The tests determine if a child may be at risk for literary problems.
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    Children with disabilities benefit from classroom inclusion
    Science Daily
    The secret to boosting the language skills of preschoolers with disabilities may be to put them in classrooms with typically developing peers, a new study finds. Researchers found that the average language skills of a child's classmates in the fall significantly predicted the child's language skills in the spring — especially for children with disabilities. The results support inclusion policies in schools that aim to have students with disabilities in the same classrooms alongside their typically developing peers, said Laura Justice, co-author of the study and professor of teaching and learning at The Ohio State University.
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    Unpacking the science: How playing music changes the learning brain
    MindShift
    Remember "Mozart Makes You Smarter"? A 1993 study of college students showed them performing better on spatial reasoning tests after listening to a Mozart sonata. That led to claims that listening to Mozart temporarily increases IQs — and to a raft of products purporting to provide all sorts of benefits to the brain. In 1998, Zell Miller, then the governor of Georgia, even proposed providing every newborn in his state with a CD of classical music. But subsequent research has cast doubt on the claims.
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    Learning to read may take longer than we thought
    NPR
    Most of what we know — or think we know — about how kids learn comes from classroom practice and behavioral psychology. Now, neuroscientists are adding to and qualifying that store of knowledge by studying the brain itself. The latest example: new research in the journal suggests a famous phenomenon known as the "fourth-grade shift" isn't so clear-cut.
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    An alternative diagnosis to ADHD: Schoolchildren need more time to move
    The Washington Post via Press Republican
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that in recent years, there has been a jump in the percentage of young people diagnosed with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, commonly known as ADHD: 7.8 percent in 2003 to 9.5 percent in 2007 to 11 percent in 2011. The reasons for the increase include changes in diagnostic criteria and greater awareness of the condition. In the following post, Angela Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist and the founder of TimberNook, a nature-based child-development program designed to foster creativity and independent play outdoors in New England, suggests yet another reason that more children are being diagnosed with ADHD, whether or not they have it: the amount of time kids are forced to sit while in school.
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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!


    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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