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Professional development is critical to us all
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During the month of August I attended two professional development activities for association executives. When I was an assistant superintendent in a district with about 27,000 students for 18 years, I had no idea there was a whole career path for association executives. Just as you have been encouraged to join YOUR professional association — the Council of Administrators of Special Education, a division of the Council for Exceptional Children, I was encouraged to join the American Society of Association Executives. And just as there are 38 state and provincial subdivisions of CASE, there are state groups for ASAE so I also joined GSAE! Just like CEC and CASE, ASAE has annual meetings and publications. All designed to help the association executive be the most effective and efficient leader for their association. I learn so much not just from the wonderful speakers and the breakout sessions — but just like the CASE events, I learn the most from networking with my colleagues. What do we talk about? How to engage members, increase membership, give more value to our members, make our meetings more meaningful, and over all how to better meet the mission and purpose of our association. In other words, what can I learn to be able to help make CASE even better. I came back from 2013 ASAE meeting in Atlanta — I didn't have to go far this year — so excited, pumped up with new ideas, and ready to do a better job and ... I remembered that feeling. It was the same feeling I had when I was a local school administrator and I came back from any of the CASE and GCASE meetings. We all need our fuel tank filled up. As an administrator, you have to give so much to your staff, the schools, the parents, the community and the students. You need to get your gas tank filled occasionally so you will have the ideas, knowledge, energy and confidence to do your job at the level of excellence you are capable of doing. As you promote your teachers and staff to continue to grow, don't neglect your own personal growth. It isn't too late to register for the 24th Annual CASE Fall Conference: Lead Your Team To the Finish Line, in Indianapolis, Ind., Sept. 26-28. It isn't too early to begin thinking about your participation either on site or as a virtual site for the CASE Winter Hybrid Conference, Feb. 24-26, 2015. As you make plans for the 2013-2014 school year, don't neglect your own professional development!

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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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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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    Positions
    Corning-Painted Post Area School District
    Position description: Supervises and coordinates programs that serve children with special needs; including special education, tutorial and enrichment programs. Coordinates the district health services and student screening programs. Implements the district guidance plan. Shares supervision with building administrators of district special education teachers, speech therapists, school-nurse teachers, guidance counselors, school psychologists and teachers in the enrichment programs.

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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 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.


    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 names Graham as new executive director
    CEC Policy Insider
    Recently, CEC announced Alexander T. Graham, a leading association executive, thought leader and long-time member of the disability community, will become executive director of the Council for Exceptional Children, effective Oct. 21.
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    CEC commends department for rescinding 2 percent regulation; Reflects promise of new assessments
    CEC Policy Insider
    Recently, the U.S. Department of Education announced its intention to rescind the use of alternate assessments based on modified achievement standards, known as the "2 percent test" by the end of the 2013-2014 school year. The Department's proposal is available for public comment until Oct. 7 before becoming final. In 2007, the Department issued regulations which allowed states to develop an AA-MAS for students with disabilities who were not expected to reach grade-level proficiency and count up to 2 percent of student scores as "proficient" under the accountability system.
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    Do standardized tests and newly developed standards improve education? Poll shows Americans aren't convinced
    CEC Policy Insider
    The 45th annual PDK/Gallup Poll collected data from over 1,000 Americans ages 18+ regarding the approach to improving the educational system of America and the results showed a clear divide between policy makers and ordinary American citizens. The poll showed as many as 58 percent of Americans reject the notion of using student test scores to evaluate teachers and fewer than 25 percent believe increased testing will help the performance of local public schools.
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    New ERIC site released
    CEC Policy Insider
    Last week, a newly updated site for the Education Resources Information Center was launched. ERIC is an online digital library of education research and information. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the United States Department of Education. The mission of ERIC is to provide a comprehensive, easy-to-use, searchable, Internet-based bibliographic and full-text database of education research and information for educators, researchers and the general public. This resource contains more than a million records and links to hundreds of thousands of full-text documents from ERIC back to 1966.
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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.

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    How peanuts became Public Health Enemy No. 1
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    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.

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    Siblings' disabilities linked to academic troubles for brothers, sisters
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    While schools are required to provide academic support for students with disabilities, a new study suggests the nondisabled siblings of disabled students may also be academically at risk. Those brothers and sisters are 60 percent more likely to drop out of school than students without disabled siblings, according to a University of California, Riverside, study, presented at the annual American Sociological Association conference here. Moreover, sisters of disabled students are particularly disadvantaged. They complete one-plus years less schooling than girls with nondisabled siblings.
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    For students with disabilities, career and technical education programs offer more than just a trade
    The Huffington Post
    Recently, leaders from the worlds of special education policy, research, and practice gathered in downtown Washington, D.C., for the annual IDEA Leadership Conference. The meeting's agenda featured a wide range of discussions about how various policies and programs — from preschool participation and teacher preparation to extracurricular activities and accountability policies — could help to support the development of students with disabilities. Conspicuously absent from the agenda was any focused discussion of career and technical education.
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    Dyslexia in the classroom
    Everyday Health
    Dyslexia is the most common learning disability, affecting one out of every five children. Most people who have it are never formally diagnosed. It's an invisible problem that makes school incredibly challenging for millions of children, many of whom aren't getting the services and support they need. "Science has made a great deal of progress in understanding dyslexia, but it hasn't been translated into practice as much as it should be," according to Dr.Sally Shaywitz, co-director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity and a professor in learning development at the Yale University School of Medicine.
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    Special education testing standards may soon be tightened
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    The U.S. Department of Education wants to do away with a rule that allows states to count some students with disabilities as academically proficient even if they do not meet grade-level standards. In a proposal published in the Federal Register, the Education Department formally signaled its intention to end what's known as the "2 percent rule." Under the current policy, some students with disabilities are tested under modified academic achievement standards. States are allowed to count as many as 2 percent of all students as proficient under the No Child Left Behind Act for taking such alternate assessments.
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    America's kids need a better education law
    ED.gov Blog
    The Secretary of Education Arne Duncan writes: "The nation's most sweeping education law — the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, better known as No Child Left Behind — is outmoded and broken. Congress has gone home for its summer recess without passing a responsible replacement. That's too bad. America deserves a better law. At the heart of No Child Left Behind is a promise: to set a high bar for all students and to protect the most vulnerable. Success in that effort will be measured in the opportunities for our nation's children, in a time when a solid education is the surest path to a middle-class life. Tight global economic competition means that jobs will go where the skills are. Raising student performance could not be more urgent."
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    Federal oversight takes aim at waiver compliance
    Education Week
    In the wake of the U.S. Department of Education's decision to place three states on "high-risk status" for problems with their No Child Left Behind Act waivers, it's clear that the federal push to grant states sweeping flexibility in school accountability will be fraught with stumbles. Implementing teacher evaluations tied to student growth is a significant sticking point for many waiver states, including Kansas, Oregon and Washington — which were formally warned by federal officials Aug. 15 that they might lose their waivers if they don't get new evaluations back on track.
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    Keeping students with disabilities safe from bullying
    ED.gov Blog
    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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    Report: Public fuzzy on Common Core State Standards
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    At a time when most U.S. public schools are implementing the Common Core State Standards, a new report finds that Americans don't know what the Common Core State Standards are, and that they say more testing is not going to help students. These are just some of the findings of the 45th annual PDK/Gallup Poll on the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools — the longest-running survey of American attitudes toward education, providing an extensive repository of data.
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    10 things we've learned about learning
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    It's the time of year when learning seems remarkably possible. Students are excited, teachers are motivated — let the learnfest begin. But by next month, it will become clear once again that the teaching/learning routine is a tricky dance, that all kinds of things, both in our heads and in our lives, can knock it off balance. Fortunately, scientists have kept busy analyzing how and why people learn. Here are 10 examples of recent research into what works and what doesn't.
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    Is it time to get rid of IQ tests in schools?
    NPR
    Schools have long used IQ tests to group students. But some experts say labels like "gifted" or "disabled" are following students throughout their education — for better and worse. Guest host Celeste Headlee finds out more.
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    Separation anxiety: More than just the back-to-school blues
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    Most children experience some degree of apprehension and excitement as the first day of school approaches, but what does it mean when a child is overcome with fear at the thought of separating from parents and caregivers to go to class? This overwhelming fear may be a sign of separation anxiety disorder, a condition characterized by a school-aged child's extreme fear and nervousness of separating from loved ones.
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    Diagnosing ADHD inattentive type in tweens
    Psychology Today
    Research indicates that it is becoming more common to identify kids with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, inattentive type during the middle school years. While ADHD is more predominant in boys, the inattentive type is more common in the subset of girls diagnosed with ADHD. ADHD inattentive type is also trickier to detect which is why it often goes undiagnosed until middle school. Tweens diagnosed with ADHD inattentive type have difficulty remaining focused, they are often not detected in elementary school where the tendency is to focus on each classroom task for short periods time.
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