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On a personal note...
As you read this update, my husband and I will be celebrating 41 years of marriage. I have been a member of CEC for 39 of those 41 years. Our first two years of marriage, I taught in general education but at the end of my second year of teaching my principal asked me to take on a "new" class of middle schoolers who had behavior problems. I had never heard of special education but my principal told me I would have to go back to school and get a Masters in Special Education. I am one of those folks who can never get enough school so I agreed immediately. Of course, the district didn't pay a penny towards my Masters (nor my specialist nor my doctorate, for that matter.) Before I even registered for graduate school, I joined CEC and CCBD. I look back on that decision and other than the decision to marry Douglas, it was the best decision I ever made as an adult! Last week, I told you to consider starting a local chapter (Click here for some starter helps) and I guess I am still on that band wagon ... do you remember what helped you the most as that beginning teacher? Though I had taught for two years, I was still just 21 years old and had never heard of special education or emotional behavior disordered when I started that first classroom in a storage closet 9 feet by 20 feet — a room without air conditioning or even an electrical outlet. If it hadn't been for our local CEC chapter and the wonderful teachers who shared their file folders, great resources and amazing ideas I am sure I would have drowned that first year. But not only did they share, but they encouraged me, and through that local network, our state CEC conference, Teaching Exceptional Children magazine and the college courses I took that year, I did not just survive, I thrived. As I look back on that third year of teaching, my first with special education, I am thankful for the insight and wisdom of Mrs. Ellen Maltais our special education director for encouraging all of us to get involved in CEC. Years later, we honored her by renaming our chapter after her. I know many things have changed and we have lots of ways to "connect" today that we didn't have in 1974 but there will never be a time when we don't also need the warmth, nurturing and wisdom of real live people who have been where we are going ... I remember that, do you? Let's make sure those of us in leadership positions provide all the resources we can for all of our teachers. CEC is a great resource we can promote to our teachers. CASE is a great resource for those who are just entering the administration field, too. When I moved from the classroom to a coordinator position, the first thing I did was add CASE to my CEC membership (31 years ago). Just as today I remember the wonderful warm feeling I got when I stared into Douglas' blue eyes and said I do, I remember other wise decisions I have made over the years ... I hope you will take a few minutes this morning and remember a few of yours, too.

Thank you for all you do to help make education a better system for everyone. If you can think of anything CASE can do to help you make this a great year for your students, staff, parents and other school personnel, please let me know!


Luann Purcell
Executive Director

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Conference on IEP Facilitation
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
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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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 and click Employment under Quick Links to make application. A letter of interest may also be emailed to Thomas Adams, Director at

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.

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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

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.

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,

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CEC Policy Insider

8 California school districts band together to receive ESEA waiver
CEC Policy Insider
The U.S. Department of Education announced that eight school districts in California were awarded a waiver from some of the most controversial provisions within the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, better known as No Child Left Behind, in exchange for a commitment to implement certain education reforms.
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It's August ... Do you know where your members of Congress are?!
CEC Policy Insider
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 and ESEA reauthorization, now is the time to meet with your Congressional delegation.
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Hot Topics

'Mainstreaming' special education students needs debate
The Wall Street Journal
Americans tend to be a vocal people, sharing their views about almost any issue in the public sphere loudly and frequently. Yet on the question of how to provide special-education services to students who need them — while not compromising the interests of children who don't — many parents of regular-education students have opted out of any public discourse. Nationwide, about 60 percent of students with disabilities spend at least 80 percent of their instructional time in regular classrooms. Many parents of other children in public schools understand that when teachers focus on students who need more attention, their kids may get shortchanged. Yet most parents opt out of any discussion and don't complain.
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Dyslexia among Hispanics in schools a 'disgrace'
Hispanic Business
An effort to raise awareness about black and Hispanic students struggling with dyslexia — described by experts as a civil rights issue — is expected to make its way to Houston in November. The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity's Multicultural Dyslexia Awareness Initiative will focus on advocacy for the diagnosis and treatment of minority students with the common learning disability. Yale University launched the initiative on its Connecticut campus and will host symposiums in four other cities, including Houston, in the fall.
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iPad use in classroom ups communication in ASD
HealthDay News via Physician's Briefing
Use of handheld touch devices in classrooms may be beneficial for enhancing communication skills among children with autism spectrum disorders, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, held from July 31 to Aug. 4 in Honolulu. Rhonda McEwen, Ph.D., from the University of Toronto, examined the role that lower-cost, handheld touch technologies (Apple iPod Touch and iPad mobile) play in classroom instruction for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.
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Dyslexia among Hispanics in schools a 'disgrace'
Hispanic Business
An effort to raise awareness about black and Hispanic students struggling with dyslexia — described by experts as a civil rights issue — is expected to make its way to Houston in November.

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5 learning techniques psychologists say kids aren't getting
Psychology Today
J. Richard Gentry, an author and expert on childhood literacy, reading and spelling, 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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ADHD: How many children are misdiagnosed?
NBC Latino
A year ago, psychiatrist Leon Eisenberg, considered to be the "scientific father of ADHD," was quoted in a last interview before his death as saying that "ADHD is a prime example of a fictitious disease."

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Special education strides highlighted at National Charter Schools Conference
U.S. Department of Education
In his recent keynote address at the National Charter Schools Conference, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan challenged charter schools to improve outcomes for students with disabilities. "I want to see charters pioneering solutions that do a better job of educating students with disabilities," he told the gathering last month of more than 4,000 charter school leaders in Washington, D.C. The conference, organized annually by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, provided a variety of sessions with a special education focus. Was there a common thread? Yes, strong partnerships make for better services for students with disabilities.
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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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Tests linked to Common Core in critics' cross hairs
Education Week
Having failed to persuade lawmakers in any state to repeal the Common Core State Standards outright, opponents are training their fire on the assessments being developed to go with the standards and due to be rolled out for the 2014-2015 school year. They're using as ammunition concerns about costs and the technology required for those tests, in addition to general political opposition to the common core. A few states — including Georgia, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania — have already chosen to limit or end their participation in the assessments under development by two federally funded consortia, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.
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Why we need to value students' spatial creativity
At 16, Albert Einstein wrote his first scientific paper titled The Investigation of the State of Aether in Magnetic Fields. This was the result of his famous gedanken experiment in which he visually imagined chasing after a light beam. The insights he gained from this thought experiment led to the development of his theory of special relativity.
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    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
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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Could illiteracy and the lack of effective reading strategies be the hidden cause of crime?
District Administration Magazine
The National Literacy Act of 1991 defines literacy as "an individual's ability to read, write, and speak in English and compute and solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job and in society, to achieve one's goals, and to develop one's knowledge and potential." According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, "Poor reading and writing skills have a devastating lifelong impact — 75 percent of school dropouts report reading problems, and at least half of adolescents and young adults with criminal records have reading difficulties."
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Teens' IQ takes a hit from fighting, study finds
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Taking a punch is more than a blow to a teenager's self-esteem. Teen girls who suffer just one fight-related injury experience an IQ loss that's equal to missing a year of school, and teen boys have a similar loss of IQ after two fight-related injuries, according to a new study. The findings are important because decreases in IQ are associated with poorer school and work performance, mental disorders, behavioral problems and even longevity, the Florida State University researchers noted.
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Teacher credentialing should include mental health training
The Sacramento Bee
California educators are on the front lines of a national epidemic: One in five young people experiences significant emotional distress each year, according to a UC San Francisco study. Unrecognized mental health issues can affect not only the learning of the child experiencing challenges but the whole classroom. Behavioral problems, bullying and drops in educational achievement can all result from untreated mental health issues, and the stigma and shame students feel as a result.
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Missed summer learning spells out long-term struggles
At first glance, Horizons looks like an ordinary summer getaway for kids: There are games, bonding time and lots of bagged snacks. But along with the songs and the pool, there are fractions to memorize and online grammar quizzes to take. An affiliate of a, the program in Washington, D.C., is a six-week, free summer service for children from low-income families. Its purpose is simple: to make sure they don't fall behind in school by the time September rolls around. The program runs from kindergarten through ninth grade, bringing the children back every year.
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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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