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School is in!
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For some, school started weeks ago and for some, school starts today but by now, pretty much everyone is back in school. It is a familiar yet busy time — excitement, adventure, lots of paperwork and stress! With so much emphasis on student achievement, many schools are starting with even more assessment — pretests — so student growth and teacher effectiveness can be measured in the spring. What are some of the issues you are facing this year that you need more information on? Thank you to those of you who took the CASE research committee survey last week, but for those of you who meant to but didn't, please take a moment and let us hear from you what we need to be digging deeper on for your benefit! Click here to take the quick survey!

Speaking of being a benefit to you ... Professional Development Chair Will Gordillo, has put together an amazing program for our CASE members for the 25th Annual CASE fall conference! If you want to learn what's new, connect with your colleagues from around the U.S. and Canada, and experience some amazing opportunities, then join us in San Antonio Nov. 13-15! Our Early Bird registration is up at www.casecec.org but it will only be available for a very limited time so register now for these great savings!


Click here for a tentative agenda. We will be at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio which is located on the amazing River Walk. The group room rate of $139 is one you will not want to pass up! Click here for the hotel registration which is good through Oct. 19. See you in San Antonio!

And it continues on ... One of the issues that seems to continue to crop up is about paperwork. What have you done at the local level to ease this burden? What do you think should be done at the state level? The National level? Post your thoughts on the CASE Facebook page.

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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 Transition 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
Center for Technology Implementation
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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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Is regular exercise the best treatment for ADHD? (By: Denise A. Valenti)
Developmental disorders more common than a decade ago (Disability Scoop)
Do you know a child who struggles to make friends? (Psychology Today)
How children's brains memorize math facts (Stanford University Medical Center via Science Daily)

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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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    Kids In Need Foundation announces Dollar General Literacy Foundation
    The Kids In Need Foundation
    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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    The Kids In Need Foundation announces 2014 Teacher Grants Program with National Sponsor: Jo-Ann
    Kids In Need Foundation's
    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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    Hot Topics


    The advantages of dyslexia
    Scientific America
    "There are three types of mathematicians, those who can count and those who can't." Bad joke? You bet. But what makes this amusing is that the joke is triggered by our perception of a paradox, a breakdown in mathematical logic that activates regions of the brain located in the right prefrontal cortex. These regions are sensitive to the perception of causality and alert us to situations that are suspect or fishy — possible sources of danger where a situation just doesn't seem to add up.
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    ADHD children make poor decisions due to less differentiated learning processes
    Science Daily
    Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is one of the most common psychiatric disorders among school children. Pupils with ADHD often make poorer decisions than their unaffected classmates. Researchers have now discovered that different learning and decision-making mechanisms are responsible for these behaviors, and localized the underlying impairments in the brain.
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    Back-to-school stress: How to recognize it and help kids manage it
    The Washington Post
    Yes, kids get super-stressed, too, but it isn't always easy to tell what is bothering them because they hide symptoms or explain them in vague ways. As the 2014-2015 school year gears up, it's a good time to learn how to identify stress in children and teens and help them manage it.
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    Leveraging technology to determine school vision
    By: Thomas Van Soelen
    Many schools struggle in creating and reviewing core documents — e.g., mission, vision, purpose, beliefs, core values) with internal stakeholders. Therefore, when it comes to asking for external stakeholder input, it is deemed nearly impossible. Jeff Homan, principal of The Main Street Academy, a start-up K-8 charter school in College Park, Georgia, leveraged technology as the school revisited its core documents in preparation for both an accreditation visit and a rechartering process with the local school district, both occurring every five years.
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    Plan for special education substitutes draws concerns
    Disability Scoop
    Dozens of Baltimore classrooms could be staffed by long-term substitutes when school begins, a plan drawing concern particularly because special education students — who often struggle the most academically — could be the largest group affected. System leaders and local advocates are expressing reservations about the plan to fill some of the system's 190 teacher vacancies. David Stone, vice chair of the city school board, said poor performance on state tests by special education students this year shows that stability in their classrooms is important.
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    States escaping No Child Left Behind can get more time on teacher evaluations
    The Huffington Post
    For years, the Obama administration has made tougher teacher evaluations a centerpiece of its education agenda, giving states incentives to grade educators partially in accordance with students' standardized test scores. But, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced most states will get a reprieve of sorts. Deborah Delisle, assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education, wrote in a Thursday letter to state school chiefs that states that have received waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act will be able to continue to evade the law even if they did not use test scores in this year's teacher evaluations. But states are still required to show the test scores to teachers.
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    Better oversight needed of Federal program for homeless students, GAO says
    Education Week
    The U.S. Department of Education needs to provide better oversight of a federal program aimed at ensuring that homeless students have access to the public education system, a new Government Accountability Office report found. The authors of the report, obtained by Education Week, listed several challenges to the Education for Homeless Children and Youth program, which provides students with transportation to and from school as well as wraparound services such as health care, counseling and food assistance.
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    In the News


    Young people may be losing the ability to read emotions in our digital world
    Medical News Today
    Children's social skills may be declining as they have less time for face to face interaction due to their increased use of digital media, according to a UCLA psychology study. UCLA scientists found that sixth-graders who went five days without even glancing at a smartphone, television or other digital screen did substantially better at reading human emotions than sixth-graders from the same school who continued to spend hours each day looking at their electronic devices.
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    How does the brain learn best? Smart studying strategies
    MindShift
    In his new book, "How We Learn: The Surprising Truth about When, Where, and Why It Happens," author Benedict Carey informs us that "most of our instincts about learning are misplaced, incomplete, or flat wrong" and "rooted more in superstition than in science." That's a disconcerting message, and hard to believe at first. But it's also unexpectedly liberating, because Carey further explains that many things we think of as detractors from learning — like forgetting, distractions, interruptions or sleeping rather than hitting the books — aren't necessarily bad after all. They can actually work in your favor, according to a body of research that offers surprising insights and simple, doable strategies for learning more effectively.
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    What are you doing to prevent bullying?
    District Administration Magazine
    This is the disturbing opening from a Los Angeles Times article published a year ago: "Two students from separate schools committed suicide within days of each other this month — which is National Bullying Prevention Month — and both boys apparently had been bullied. Now, parents are asking questions not just about bullying but also about anti-bullying videos, which both schools aired shortly before the incidents." In one of these situations, the student walked out of the video screening expressing suicidal thoughts to another student. The following morning, he took his life. His father has filed a wrongful death suit in federal court against the school district and the producers of the anti-bullying video.
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    Attention teens: Later school start time gets thumbs up from big organization
    The Christian Science Monitor
    Joining a growing movement of parents, pediatricians, and educators across the country, the American Academy of Pediatrics is urging middle and high schools to start their classes later in the morning — at no earlier than 8:30 a.m. — to help teenagers get more sleep. Referencing scores of studies tying insufficient sleep in adolescents to academic, health, and public-safety concerns, the AAP in its new policy recommendation calls sleep deprivation among teens "one of the most common, important, and potentially remediable health risks in children." School start times, note child-health advocates, have crept earlier in recent decades to the point that some 40 percent of U.S. high schools now start before 8 a.m.
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    Plan for special education substitutes draws concerns
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    Dozens of Baltimore classrooms could be staffed by long-term substitutes when school begins, a plan drawing concern particularly because special education students — who often struggle the most academically — could be the largest group affected.

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    Does the way a classroom is decorated affect learning?
    The New York Times
    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
    Disability Scoop
    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


    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).
     

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