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Can you believe it?
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You may not realize this, but there are parts of the U.S. where schools are starting this week. I know this is true because the area I live in had teachers returning the week before last, and students started last Thursday. So, if you aren't about to start back, enjoy these last few weeks of summer, and if you are starting back, good luck with the hectic time. I hope everyone will encourage your teachers to become members of the professional association, the Council for Exceptional Children. We know even in the electronic age, teachers need a network of strong mentors, and where better to find that than in a local CEC chapter? If your district or region doesn't have a local chapter, consider starting one. What a great way to engage your teachers in their profession AND what a great way to start building up their leadership skills. I remember well the first time I ever interacted with a mayor was when I was the Ellen Maltais Chapter Exceptional Child Week Chair and made an appointment to get him to make a proclamation. If you want to explore starting a local CEC chapter, click here for a one-page how to guide.

Have you heard of EduTalkRadio? On Aug. 1, longtime CASE member and CASE New York subdivision, CNYSEA co-president Yvette Goorevitch, was interviewed along with parent Naomi Brickle about special education students and college attendance. You can listen to this show by clicking here. This program really speaks to the difference a group of committed administrators, teachers and parents can make. I first learned of the program when attending a CNYSEA conference and then the team presented at a CASE conference. CASE meetings, whether at the state or provincial level or at the national/international level, always have great, practical information on how to do your job better as you try to meet the needs of students. 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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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
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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 six 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


Obama issues proclamation for the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
CEC Policy Insider
On July 25, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation honoring the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The proclamation reflected on the progress that the country has seen over the past two decades in respect to the "promise of equal opportunity" for Americans with disabilities.
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CEC congratulates Dr. Libby Doggett, named deputy assistant secretary for policy and early learning
CEC Policy Insider
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently announced Dr. Libby Doggett will be named deputy assistant secretary for policy and early learning at the Department of Education, effective Aug. 26. In this role, Doggett will focus on the Obama administration's early learning agenda, which includes a $75 billion proposal to make high-quality, full-day preschool available to all 4-year-olds from low- to moderate-income families.
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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.

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5 learning techniques psychologists say kids aren't getting
Psychology Today
J. Richard Gentry 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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Education department leaders say special education offers lessons for all
Education Week
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, along with federal leaders of special education, told a conference of special education leaders and parents of students with disabilities that their experiences can help guide a number of national initiatives.

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Researchers developing communication app for children with autism
CBS News
University of Kansas researchers have received a $1.2 million grant to test whether an iPad voice output application can help children with autism. Similar apps have previously been developed for adults with autism. In June 2012, "60 Minutes" interviewed a 27-year-old man with autism who uses the keypad on the iPad to type out letters, words and phrases. A robotic voice then reads the words on the screen, giving a voice to an intelligent young man who previously struggled to communicate.
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Video game addiction more likely with autism, ADHD
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Boys with autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are more at risk of addictive video game use than typically developing boys, according to new research. The study of nearly 150 boys found that those with an autism spectrum disorder played video games for significantly longer periods each day than typically developing boys — an average of 2.1 hours versus 1.2 hours. Boys with ADHD averaged 1.7 hours of video game use daily.
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Commentary: Teaching a dyslexic child
Noozhawk.com
When working with a dyslexic child, it is best to engage all of their senses rather than teach through repetition. They like to think with images and pictures. Incorporate visuals, touch, light, movement, smell, sound and sight together to create a multifaceted learning experience. This will not only hold their attention, it will allow them to express themselves and explore different answers without feeling restricted by a piece of paper.
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Study: Brain chemistry in autistic kids differs from others with developmental delays
CBS News
A brain scan study reveals that children with autism have different brain chemistry compared to kids with other developmental disorders. A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry showed that the brain's gray matter undergoes several chemical changes when a child is between 3 and 10 years of age. The changes appear to be different in children who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder when compared to scans of kids who had been diagnosed with an idiopathic developmental delay.
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Education department leaders say special education offers lessons for all
Education Week
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, along with federal leaders who oversee special education, told a conference of special education leaders and parents of students with disabilities that their experiences can help guide a number of national initiatives, including expanded preschool and preparing students for college and work. The audience was gathered here for the yearly IDEA Leadership Conference. Duncan, repeating the administration's focus on creating a $75 billion federal investment in state-run preschool, said that preschool can help reduce the number of students enrolled in special education.
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Arming Arkansas teachers with guns in school
USA Today
When the new school year begins in Clarksville, Ark., some staff will carry a slightly heavier workload — 9 mm handguns. The school district is making use of a state law that allows teachers to carry concealed handguns on campus.
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Disability spending drops for 1st time in years
Disability Scoop
For the first time in decades, a new report finds that total government spending on individuals with developmental disabilities has declined. When adjusted for inflation, government funding fell 0.2 percent in 2011 as compared to the year prior, according to findings in the "2013 State of the States in Developmental Disabilities," a report produced by the University of Colorado. That's the slowest growth rate documented in at least 35 years, researchers said. Overall government spending on people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for 2011 — the most recent year for which data is available — was $56.65 billion, the report found.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    The genetics of dyslexia and language impairment (Medical News Today)
4 reasons why the Common Core are losing popularity (eSchool News)
Study finds clues on how to keep kids engaged with educational games (North Carolina State University via PhysOrg.com)
Federal cuts force impact-aid districts to cut staff, close schools (Education Week)
Helping children with learning disabilities using a computer-interfaced drawing pad (Medical News Today )

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In the News


Newer teachers most likely to be engaged at work
Gallup
U.S. teachers for grades K-12 with less than one year of experience are the most engaged at work, at 35.1 percent. Engagement drops to 30.9 percent for teachers who have been on the job for one to three years and falls further to 27.9 percent for educators with three to five years of experience. Engagement picks back up slightly for those who have been teaching for more than five years.
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How they do education in Alaska
The Guardian
On a recent trip to Alaska, while gazing out across the playground to see mountain views and students skiing to school, London teacher Zoe Dunn could tell she was about to experience a very different approach to schooling. As impressive as the scenery sounds, Dunn was even more taken with Alaskan schools' approach to social and emotional learning — where student happiness and well-being are promoted alongside — and above — academic achievement. Here was a school where students resolved their own conflicts, mapped their feelings on wall charts and aspired to college from an early age.
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Commentary: Common Core is a massive, risky experiment on your kids
Fox News
Controversy is swirling about the new Common Core national standards, which are designed to transform K-12 education in English language arts and math. Especially in the area of math, Common Core proponents insist that it is the only way to address the problem of lagging achievement by American students. But the Common Core math standards fall far short of what students need for more advanced work.
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How Common Core standards will change the classroom
WCTV-TV
The first school bells will ring in Florida in just a few weeks, and students will be greeted by new Common Core standards. Florida leaders are still debating which test will accompany those standards, and school leaders are trying to get ready despite the controversy at the capitol. Students in Florida could see big changes in their classrooms this year. Common Core standards mean fewer multiple choice tests, more word problems and a new focus on how students arrive at the right answers.
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UPCOMING EVENTS





Event       Location     Dates Notes

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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