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August is an important month...
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Except for two days, Congress is on recess for the entire month of August! For many of us, that means our Senators and Representatives are back in their home district. Whether you were able to be a part of the 11th Annual CASE Legislative Leadership Summit or not, you can make sure you communicate with your legislators throughout the year. Getting in touch with them during their time back in their home state is as critical as traveling to DC to visit with them. If you are one of the many school districts that have already started school, then invite your legislators to come visit some of your programs to see the students and the teachers in action. Help them to see exactly what their federal dollars have paid for and are no longer paying for! Give them a face to associate with the cuts they may have to face in the months ahead.

Just as we are always "asking" our legislators for something, this is also a good time to "give back" to them. A great photo opportunity for the district and the legislator is a gift you can give them — there is nothing that can make the paper or the TV news like children and legislators. Be sure to get their parents on board, too — not just for permission for the students to be photographed, but also on what the issues are and what our "ask" is for Congress! Aren't sure what the "ask" should be? Click here for a copy of the Talking Points CASE members carried up on the Hill on July 16! Take the CASE "ask" and back it up with local data! Put a face to the needs. If you need help in finding out how to contact your representatives and senators, click here to go to the CEC Legislative Action Center. When you get to the website, just enter your zip code and your legislators will be displayed — click on "info" under the legislator's picture and then click on "contact," you may have to click on "other district offices" if they have more than one local office, especially with Senators. Even if you do not get to actually have a visit from your legislator, become familiar, yes even friends, with the district staff — these folks will be great allies for you in the future!

Not only is August a great time for you to become very familiar with the local offices of your legislators, but also to get familiar with the CEC LAC — this is where you go to send letters on hot topics and this is where you will be directed when a Call for Action comes out through CEC and CASE. The more you do in August, the easier it will be when (not if) you need to contact your legislators this fall and beyond as special education issues come up! Yes, August is a very important month — hope you have a great one!

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Luann Purcell
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Conference on IEP Facilitation
CASE
Join special education attorney Julie Weatherly and Key2Ed on Nov. 12-13 in Nashville, Tenn., 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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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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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 retired on June 30. 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


    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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    Maine makes 40! States continue to receive ESEA waivers
    CEC Policy Insider
    On Aug. 12 the Obama administration approved Maine for a waiver from some of the most contentious requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), bringing the total number state waiver approvals to 40. Since fall 2011, 45 states, as well as D.C., Puerto Rico and the Bureau of Indian Education have requested waivers from ESEA.
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    Hot Topics


    How peanuts became Public Health Enemy No. 1
    Education Week
    Researchers aren't sure why, but over the past several years, the number of children reported to have allergies has doubled, to 5 percent of children in the United States. Yet at the same time, in schools and elsewhere, allergies have drawn what some see as an oversized amount of attention. A new paper out of Princeton University explores why that may have happened.
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    Centers throughout the brain work together to make reading possible
    University of Southern California via Science Daily
    A combination of brain scans and reading tests has revealed that several regions in the brain are responsible for allowing humans to read. The findings open up the possibility that individuals who have difficulty reading may only need additional training for specific parts of the brain — targeted therapies that could more directly address their individual weaknesses.
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    Empathy: The most important back-to-school supply
    Edutopia
    The most important back-to-school supply doesn't fit in a backpack, and it can't be ordered online. It's as essential as a pencil, but unlike a pencil, no technology can replace it. In a sense, like a fresh box of crayons, it can come in many colors. Better than the latest gadget, it's possible to equip every student with it, and even better, when we do, it can transform our world.
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    Conference on IEP Facilitation
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    Join special education attorney Julie Weatherly and Key2Ed on Nov. 12-13 in Nashville, Tenn., for a unique two-day Conference on IEP Facilitation and its legal benefits in a small, interactive learning environment.

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    Special education strides highlighted at National Charter Schools Conference
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    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.

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    With dyslexia bills signed, New Jersey formally recognizes reading disorder
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    After years of lobbying and organizing among families and advocates, Gov. Chris Christie has signed two bills intended to make it easier to identify dyslexic students and improve the training their teachers get. But getting the bills signed could prove the easy part; a host of challenges remain to be met in order to make those improvements stick. But what may be the most consequential bill — one that would require screening of all first-graders for dyslexia and other reading disorders — remains pending in the Legislature, its passage no means assured.
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    States struggling to secure staffing and resources for Common Core
    THE Journal
    While 30 states have already begun implementing curricula aligned to the Common Core State Standards, many of them are struggling to provide the staffing and resources required to implement CCSS effectively, according to a new report from the Center on Education Policy at The George Washington University. The report, "Year 3 of Implementing the Common Core State Standards: An Overview of States' Progress and Challenges," is based on a survey of state deputy superintendents or their designees in 40 of the 46 states that have adopted CCSS in math, English language arts, or both. The survey was conducted from February to May of this year.
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    Helping students learn the language of science
    NSTA Blog
    Science students at all grade levels often struggle with the vocabulary. It's as if we're all SLLs — Science Language Learners. Textbooks and websites are full of specialized words that challenge our students. Some are technical and relate specifically to science (e.g., photosynthesis, thermodynamics, plate tectonics) while others have meanings in science that differ from common usage (e.g., theory, hypothesis, matter). Sometimes we think that students understand a word, only to find out on an assessment that they are confused.
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    Study: States struggle to fund stricter school curriculum
    Reuters
    States that have adopted a stricter, standardized school curriculum are having difficulty finding the resources to support the more rigorous requirements, a study shows. Of the 40 states that adopted the Common Core State Standards, 34 reported trouble finding adequate funding to support the stringent activities the curriculum entails, said the survey by the Center for Education Policy at George Washington University.
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    Special education office moves toward measuring student outcomes
    Education Week
    Thirty-nine states have garnered a "meets requirements" rating from the U.S. Department of Education's office of special education programs on the quality of their programs for students with disabilities. But this is the last year the annual state reports will focus primarily on "compliance indicators" — for example, timely resolution of due process complaints. The federal special education office is moving to a system that will require states to demonstrate how they are working to improve the educational outcomes for students with disabilities.
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    Obama administration aloof as lawmakers tangle over ESEA
    Education Week
    Not since passage of the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001 has Congress been so outwardly engaged in K-12 policy, yet most advocates remain pessimistic that there will be a new version of the flagship federal education law anytime soon. A big part of the reason: The Obama administration has little incentive to see a bill to revise the Elementary and Secondary Education Act advance in the current legislative climate, in which lawmakers seem more likely to erode, rather than support, the president's policy priorities. Congress has been working on two highly partisan ESEA bills — one of which, the GOP-backed House measure, President Barack Obama has threatened to veto.
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    School security tightens in wake of Sandy Hook
    Stateline via The Huffington Post
    Back to school usually means new notebooks, new clothes and new teachers. But this year it also means more security, after the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. "We would be remiss if we didn't take a lesson from the Sandy Hook shooting, as horrible as it was," said North Carolina Republican Rep. Craig Horn. He co-sponsored the state's new plan to allow retired police officers or military veterans to serve as volunteer school security officers if they meet requirements set by local sheriffs and police chiefs.
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    Literature-based social intervention used by parents to help children struggling with social issues
    Medical News Today
    A new study out of the University of Cincinnati not only finds that parents feel responsible for taking action when their children struggle with social issues, but also that parents are influenced by their own childhood memories when it comes to dealing with their kids problems. Jennifer Davis Bowman, a recent graduate of the special education doctoral program at the University of Cincinnati, will present her research at the 108th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. Bowman's study focuses on the experiences of parents concerned with their children's social behavior and parents' use of bibliotherapy as a tool for helping their children address this issue.
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    UPCOMING EVENTS





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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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