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RDA — One more 3 letter word!
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[NOTE TO CANADIAN AND INTERNATIONAL MEMBERS: Though I will be speaking of the very US-centric OSEP, we would love to know if Results Driven Accountability or some similar concept by a different name is becoming or has been a trend in your country. Please contact either Policy and Legislative chair, Phyllis Wolfram (MO) or me. And let us hear what is happening in your country. We would love to benefit from lessons learned or any other information you care to share!]

Results Driven Accountability-RDA. CASE works hard to provide you information on the current issues so you don't have to go digging. Even so, there are times when we introduce an issue to you, ask you to look at it, consider the implications in the local district and school level and give us that feedback. Results Driven Accountability is not a "new" term and in fact, the Office of Special Education Programs came up with five questions and asked for comments between July and November, 2012. You can go to the OSEP RDA website, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on each question to see these questions in their complete format but basically the five questions were:
  1. We are interested in knowing what results you believe to be most important. How would you know if a local early intervention services program or a school was successful in educating children with disabilities?
  2. OSEP provides oversight of States' while States provide oversight of IDEA implementation for local early intervention services programs and school districts. How can OSEP work with States to impact improved educational results and functional outcomes for infants, toddlers, children and youth, while continuing to ensure that States properly implement IDEA requirements?
  3. As OSEO refocuses its accountability efforts, which IDEA requirements do you see as being most closely related to improved educational results and functional outcomes for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities?
  4. OSEP asked the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) to work with a small group of stakeholders and assessment experts to provide input on measures that could be used to review states' performance results of their students with disabilities who receive special education services. The group's recommendations are contained in a report, Using Assessment Data as Part of a Results-Driven Accountability System: Input from the NCEO Core Team (PDF) with samples contained in the companion report: Sample Approaches for Using Assessment Data as Part of a Results-Driven Accountability System (PDF). What is your feedback on these reports? What other data sources may be useful as we move forward in the development of a RDA system?
  5. OSEP worked internally to develop a set of Core Principles to guide its RDA work. Do you have any comments or input on these RDA Core Principles?
CASE let you know about these questions and encouraged you to answer them. We have also had several articles about RDA in our In CASE quarterly newsletter and I have mentioned it several times in the weekly updates. Since these questions were asked, OSEP has developed a website dedicated to RDA and resources. Have you been to this site before? Are you aware of what steps your state department is taking to comply with RDA? How can CASE assist you in the preparation for RDA? We would love to hear your ideas or experiences so far on RDA — comment on our facebook page or email our Policy and Legislative chair, Phyllis Wolfram (MO) or me.

Speaking of Results ... Have you seen the most recent determination by states from OSEP? Click here to go to OSEP's State Performance Plan and Annual Performance Report Forms, and Supporting Documents page and look at the maps on meeting compliance only as well as the maps on meeting educational outcomes for students with disabilities. The data speaks to why RDA is such a big deal. Please let us hear from you on what is happening in your state.

So, you can see CASE is working for you! Are you a member of CASE? If not, now is the perfect time for you to join with the new tiered options from CEC! 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! If you have questions, contact me or our membership chair, Steve Milliken (NE).

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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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Have you filled all your vacancies yet?
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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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Free access to the Life Centered Education rransition curriculum and assessment
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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.
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PowerUp WHAT WORKS
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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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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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Kids In Need Foundation announces Dollar General Literacy Foundation
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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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    It's August ... Do you know where your members of Congress are?!
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    They're at home, having recently returned for a five week recess from Washington, D.C.! And for CEC advocates, it's time to go to work! Your mission is simple: schedule meetings with your elected officials at their district office anytime from now until Congress reconvenes Sept. 9. With Congress expected to take action on education funding, now is the time to meet with your Congressional delegation!
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    Hot Topics


    Dyscalculia: Burdened by blunders with numbers
    Medical News Today
    Between 3 and 6 percent of schoolchildren suffer from an arithmetic-related learning disability. Researchers at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich now show that these children are also more likely to exhibit deficits in reading and spelling than had been previously suspected. Addition and subtraction, multiplication and division are the four basic operations in arithmetic. But for some children, learning these fundamental skills is particularly challenging. Studies show that they have problems grasping the concepts of number, magnitude, and quantity, and that they do poorly when asked to estimate relative amounts.
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    Can special education students keep up with the Common Core?
    The Hechinger Report
    On a morning in late May, the pace was slow and deliberate as seven students formed a semicircle around their teacher to work on a lesson about finding the main idea in a story. "I have a surprise for you on my phone," said Nicole Papa, before starting an audio recording of "Smart-Speak," a nonfiction article about bullying and peer pressure. Pencils in hand, the third- and fourth-grade students followed along with the recorded voice. "Now, let's read it again, just a little bit closer, and think about the main idea, or gist, of each section," said Papa, reading the first section aloud. "What's it mostly about?"
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    Study: Inclusive classrooms provide language boost
    Disability Scoop
    For young children with disabilities, the key to mastering language may be surrounding them with their typically-developing peers, researchers say. Over the course of just one school year, a new study finds that preschoolers with disabilities who attended mainstream classes with highly-skilled peers were using language on par with their classmates without disabilities. By comparison, kids with special needs who were surrounded by children with weak language skills remained far behind their typically-developing peers at the end of the school year.
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    Legislatures taking state education into their own hands
    The Washington Post
    The backlash against the Common Core has prompted lawmakers in at least 12 states to get more involved in setting their own K-12 academic standards, injecting politics into a process usually conducted in obscurity by bureaucrats. In several states, legislators have placed new restrictions on state boards of education, which typically write and update academic standards. In others, lawmakers have opened up the development of standards to greater scrutiny, requiring that proposals receive public vetting. And in Oklahoma, which has embarked on an extreme makeover of its standards process, lawmakers passed a law that lets them rewrite any standards they don't like.
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    Common Core education standards: Why they're contested left and right
    The Christian Science Monitor
    When the final Common Core State Standards were released in 2010, they were notable, in part, for how little opposition they generated. After prior attempts to create uniform national standards had failed, that goal seemed to have finally been accomplished, and in a way that was bipartisan. Kentucky was the first state to sign on, and two months after the standards were released, more than two-thirds of states had adopted the standards. With few exceptions, educators hailed them as a big improvement for most states, a chance to give some uniformity to education expectations across the United States and ensure that students graduate from high school with a deeper understanding of subjects, better critical thinking skills and thorough preparation for college courses.
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    In the News


    A summer of extra reading and hope for fourth grade
    The New York Times
    Educators like to say that third grade is the year when students go from "learning to read" to "reading to learn." Yet one afternoon last month, there was Anthony, a 10-year-old whose small frame was highlighted by baggy black cargo shorts, struggling with "Tiny the Snow Dog," a picture book with only a handful of words per page. "This is Tiny," he read to his teacher, Holly Bryant. "He is my dog."
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    Peers with strong language skills help preschoolers with special needs
    Medical News Today
    The guiding philosophy for educating children with disabilities has been to integrate them as much as possible into a normal classroom environment, with the hope that peers' skills will help bring them up to speed. A new study provides empirical evidence that peers really can have an impact on a child's language abilities, for better or worse. While peers with strong language skills can help boost their classmates' abilities, being surrounded by peers with weak skills may hinder kids' language development. The findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.
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    Making students feel safe: Schools prioritize bullying education
    Sun Sentinel
    While educators teach math, reading and social studies during the school year, anti-bullying policies and lessons have also catapulted to the top of curricula in every school in Florida. In 2008, Florida passed the "Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up for All Students Act" to prohibit the bullying or harassment of a student or employee of a public K-12 education institution in the state. Broward County was the first to implement the policy. Several years later, schools are putting a major emphasis on bullying prevention to make sure students and teachers feel safe and protected.
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    Do soundtracks improve reading comprehension?
    District Administration Magazine
    A platform that pairs e-books with movie-style soundtracks is gaining attention in the K-12 realm for boosting reading engagement and comprehension. But some researchers remain skeptical of its claim of increasing achievement without additional instruction. Booktrack Classroom is a free online program that allows students to create synchronized soundtracks for any kind of digital text. For example, a student can read a Sherlock Holmes e-book that opens with a background, classical piano score that transitions into birds chirping, a fire crackling and other sounds as the characters move through the action of the story.
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    Motivation: The overlooked sixth component of reading
    Edutopia
    Trina is an eighth-grader trapped in her own prison. She has every excuse in the book and is often referred to as just unmotivated. But I don't buy that story. Not at all. To a five-year-old, learning is exciting. While some are academic naturals, others lag. Well-meaning educators intervene, and praise, rewards, and external incentives surface. Thus, we can see the sixth component of reading — motivation. But what of the adolescents who deflect their inability to keep up by throwing a pencil when you aren't looking, or by bullying others? Enter the "unmotivated" adolescent.
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    Peers with strong language skills help preschoolers with special needs
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    Does the way a classroom is decorated affect learning?
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    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
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    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!


    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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