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So many resources ... So little time
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In July 2002 when I became the CASE Executive Director, I had so much to learn and to be real honest, I still have so much to learn! But don't we all? If we ever stop learning, then we really will stop having influence. With all the information coming at us these days it is less of a question of what to learn and more of when will we have time? Between personnel issues, new regulations, edits, and trends, and of course, putting out fires, when do we have time to "learn" something new AND implement it?

One of the first things I learned was that CASE was a part of 2 of the IDEA partnerships — The Illiad (administrators) and Aspire (related service providers). About the time I think I figured out what these two were, the grant was changed. I was upset because I thought the IDEA Partnership was making great headway in pulling people together — we were finally talking across groups, at least within our group. Change is always hard. But, the IDEA Partnership truly "morphed" into what it needed to be — One group with many members instead of 4 groups with some partners. By having one group with everyone in the same group, we have really been talking to each other and collaborating with each other. The IDEA Partnership is just about to complete an amazing resource on the "Partnership Way." This resource will be an amazing tool for those who want to actually make a difference by engaging cross stakeholder groups. One of the benefits of the Partnership Way has been the actual output of some tremendous materials and tools.

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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. 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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PARCC releases new sample items
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The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, a 19-state consortium working together to create next generation assessments, additional sample items for both English language arts/literacy and mathematics. The sample items show how PARCC is developing tasks to measure the critical content and skills found in the Common Core State Standards. The sample items have undergone PARCC's rigorous review process to ensure quality and demonstrate the content that will be on the assessments in 2014-2015.
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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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    'Mainstreaming' special education students needs debate (The Wall Street Journal)
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Common Core is a massive, risky experiment on your kids (Fox News)

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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


    CEC calls on U.S. Department of Education to strengthen Civil Rights data collection for students with disabilities
    CEC Policy Insider
    Consider these facts. In 2009-2010: 1 in 5 secondary school students with disabilities was suspended (19.3 percent), nearly triple the rate of all students without disabilities (6.6 percent). 36 percent of all Black middle school males with disabilities were suspended one or more times. These — and other — alarming statistics outlined in a series of reports written by Daniel Losen and Tia Martinez at UCLA's Civil Rights Project originated from first-ever data collected by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights in its 2009-2010 civil rights data collection.
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    When bullying is denial of FAPE: US Department of Education issues guidance, strategies on bullying of students with disabilities
    CEC Policy Insider
    Recently, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services issued guidance to all public schools stating, instances of "bullying of students with disabilities that results in the student not receiving meaningful educational benefit constitutes a denial of a free appropriate public education under IDEA that must be remedied."
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    2 surveys focus on K-12 education funding
    CEC Policy Insider
    Recently, the National Conference of State Legislatures and the American Association of School Administrators released surveys focused on the impact the economy and sequestration is having on K-12 education spending. For educators, many of the findings will not come as a surprise
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    What is the National Assessment of Educational Progress and how do students with disabilities fare?
    CEC Policy Insider
    The National Assessment of Educational Progress — better known as the Nation's Report Card — is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas.
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    Lead poisoning's impact: Kids suspended more at school
    USA Today
    Scientists have long known that children with high levels of toxic lead in their bloodstream are more likely than others to behave impulsively, have shorter attention spans and lower IQs and do poorly in school.

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    Brain imaging study eliminates differences in visual function as a cause of dyslexia
    Science Daily
    A new brain imaging study of dyslexia shows that differences in the visual system do not cause the disorder, but instead are likely a consequence. The findings, published in the journal Neuron, provide important insights into the cause of this common reading disorder and address a long-standing debate about the role of visual symptoms observed in developmental dyslexia.

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    '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.

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    Hot Topics


    Dyslexia researchers launch multicultural-outreach effort
    Education Week
    Drs. Sally and Bennett Shaywitz, the co-directors of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, based at Yale University, and longtime researchers of the reading disorder, have started a campaign to bring greater awareness of dyslexia to communities of color. The Multicultural Dyslexia Awareness Initiative had its first meeting earlier this month, honoring well-known people with dyslexia, such as actor and activist Harry Belafonte and author Victor Villaseñor. The initiative plans to hold more meetings across the country in coming months, Sally Shaywitz said in a conversation with Education Week. Too many children, she said, learn that they have dyslexia almost by accident, after years of struggling with school.
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    Lead poisoning's impact: Kids suspended more at school
    USA Today
    Scientists have long known that children with high levels of toxic lead in their bloodstream are more likely than others to behave impulsively, have shorter attention spans and lower IQs and do poorly in school. Research out Tuesday finds that even children with just moderate levels of lead in their first three years of life are nearly three times as likely to be suspended from school by the time they're 9 or 10 as those whose blood-lead levels were below recent treatment thresholds. The study, appearing in the journal Environmental Research, analyzed medical and school discipline records of 3,763 children in Milwaukee Public Schools.
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    ADHD more likely in children with asthma or allergies
    Medical News Today
    Children with a history of asthma and various allergies may be at higher risk of developing ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), according to a study published in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Researchers from Boston and the Netherlands conducted a case-control study among boys from the UK General Practice Research Database. The study authors analyzed 884 boys with ADHD, and 3,536 boys without the disorder.
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    Keeping students with disabilities safe from bullying
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    As Secretary Duncan has noted, the Department of Education is committed to making sure that all of our young people grow up free of fear, violence and bullying. Bullying not only threatens a student's physical and emotional safety at school, but fosters a climate of fear and disrespect, creating conditions that negatively impact learning — undermining students' ability to achieve to their full potential. Unfortunately, we know that children with disabilities are disproportionately affected by bullying.
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    School standards' debut is rocky, and critics pounce
    The New York Times
    The Common Core, a set of standards for kindergarten through high school that has been ardently supported by the Obama administration and many business leaders and state legislatures, is facing growing opposition from both the right and the left even before it has been properly introduced into classrooms. Tea Party conservatives, who reject the standards as an unwelcome edict from above, have called for them to be severely rolled back.
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    In the News


    Study: MRI might allow earlier diagnosis of dyslexia
    HealthDay News
    Brain scans may help diagnose people with the common reading disorder dyslexia, a new study reveals. MRI scans in 40 kindergarten children revealed a link between poor pre-reading skills and the size of a structure that connects two language-processing areas in the brain, the researchers said. Previous studies have shown that this structure — called the arcuate fasciculus — is smaller and less organized in adults with poor reading skills than in those with normal reading ability. But it wasn't known if these differences caused reading problems or resulted from a lack of reading experience.
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    Bullying less likely in children who overestimate their popularity
    Medical New Today
    Children who overestimate their popularity are less likely to be bullies than those who underestimate or hold more accurate assessments of their social standing, finds new research presented at the 108th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. "The more kids overestimated their popularity, the less aggression they displayed," said Jennifer Watling Neal, an assistant professor of psychology at Michigan State University.
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    Poll: Demographics divide schools as minority, low-income parents see serious problems in education
    The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
    Minority and low-income parents are more likely to see serious problems in their schools — from low expectations to bullying to out-of-date technology and textbooks — than those who are affluent or white, according to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research Poll. Overall impressions of the nation's schools and teachers are similarly positive among all groups of parents, but deep demographic differences emerge in the details of how parents see teachers, schools and even their own roles in their children's education.
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    Thousands caught in special education testing snafu
    Disability Scoop
    A leading education firm is acknowledging that it messed up when evaluating alternative assessments for thousands of students with disabilities. Pearson said that there were errors affecting more than 4,400 students who were part of the Virginia Alternate Assessment Program, which offers alternative assessments for students with significant cognitive disabilities, the company said. Unlike traditional testing, the alternative assessments are designed to measure student progress by evaluating a portfolio of work completed over the course of the year.
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    10 ideas to get those back-to-school juices flowing
    MindShift
    Educators are getting prepared to welcome students back to school this month. Many have spent the summer reading up on new teaching strategies or getting inspired by colleagues across the country. To help get those idea juices flowing, here are some MindShift articles that delve into creative work, tools and methodologies. Happy back to school.
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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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