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Early bird ends this week!
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I don't think you want the worm that goes to the early bird, but the discount is worth the effort! ... 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 US 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 through Friday so register now for these great savings!


Click herefor 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!

We need input on the Paperwork "issue" ... Last week I asked for your thoughts and comments on the ever mentioned problem of "paperwork." CASE needs specific examples of what local districts/states have done to make a dent regarding this issue. If you have checklists, or processes that have helped with this issue and specifically have improved the issue for your teachers, PLEASE let us know and send some of the examples to lpurcell@casecec.org. 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? Send your thoughts to lpurcell@casecec.org or post your thoughts on the CASE facebook page

Speaking of issues. What are other issues facing you this year that you need more information? Thanks to those of you who took the CASE research committee survey last week, but for those of you who meant to but haven’t, please take a moment and let us hear from you. CASE wants to know what we need to be digging deeper into for your benefit! Click here to take the quick survey!

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Luann Purcell
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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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PowerUp WHAT WORKS
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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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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
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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
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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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    Learning to read: Tricking the brain
    CNRS via Science Daily
    While reading, children and adults alike must avoid confusing mirror-image letters (like b/d or p/q). Why is it difficult to differentiate these letters? When learning to read, our brain must be able to inhibit the mirror-generalization process, a mechanism that facilitates the recognition of identical objects regardless of their orientation, but also prevents the brain from differentiating letters that are different but symmetrical.
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    Recess redress: The importance of play in education
    By Suzanne Mason
    Ask any child what his or her favorite subject is in school, and most will say recess. Yet a recent Gallup poll conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that up to 40 percent of U.S. school districts have reduced or eliminated recess to focus more on academics. Despite these changes, recess still remains an important part of a child's education. In fact, a new study by the University of Lethbridge in Canada showed that free play can help with the core essentials for development in the brain.
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    Back to school without vaccines? Growing concern in some states
    NBC News
    As kids across the country head back to school, a growing number may walk through the doors without first getting vaccines. All 50 states require vaccinations for children going to public school, but nearly every state allows exemptions. In Vermont, Michigan, Idaho and Oregon more than 5 percent of kindergartners had non-medical exemptions last year, according to the CDC, well above the national average of 1.8 percent. Nationally, rates have been declining for many childhood vaccines.
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    A new twist on concentration: Standing while you work
    District Administration Magazine
    A growing workplace health trend is moving to classrooms: More schools are adding standing desks as a tool to increase alertness and combat childhood obesity. In 2012, more than one-third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "One of the main battles we fight today is technology-induced inactivity — we're able to just sit in front of a screen for most of our waking hours, and as a result people have become very sedentary compared to past decades," says Mark Benden, an associate professor at Texas A&M who researches classroom ergonomics and childhood obesity.
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    Fiscal recovery buoys K-12 budgets as school year opens
    Education Week
    The modest but steady recovery of state K-12 budgets over the past few years is expected to continue, national experts on education finance say, although to what extent schools and districts will feel a real impact from budget changes for the 2014-2015 school year is an open question. In the current budget year, most state lawmakers have decided to continue reinvesting in public schools through their traditional "foundation" programs, which generate much of the state aid for K-12.
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    Americans' satisfaction with education system increases
    Gallup
    As students return to school in the U.S., 48 percent of Americans are "completely" or "somewhat satisfied" with the quality of kindergarten through high school education in the country, the highest Gallup has measured since 2004. For the first time since 2007, Americans are now about as likely to say they are satisfied as dissatisfied.
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    US falls behind on innovation in education
    By: Archita Datta Majumdar
    All is not well in the U.S. education system, which has been battling many fires in recent times. The latest blow comes from the report, "Measuring Innovation in Education," recently released by Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The study on global education standards spans across nations and compares everything from the number of thought processes to the latest tools used. What has emerged from the report is that the world's leading nation has to fight hard to maintain the status quo.
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    Learning to read: Tricking the brain
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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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    Scientists find differences in brains of those with dyslexia
    HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
    Researchers have discovered that people with dyslexia have disrupted network connections in their brains. Dyslexia — the most commonly diagnosed learning disorder in the United States — causes problems with reading and writing. Previous research showed that brain activity is disrupted in people with dyslexia, but most of those studies focused only on a small number of brain regions. This new study used functional MRI to analyze how multiple brain regions use networks to communicate with each other, something called functional connectivity.
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    Boom-bang homework assignments
    Edutopia
    Homework is beneficial. Or it's not. Research supports both positions and all the contentious points in between. If you count yourself among the 70 percent of U.S. teachers who assign take-home work, you may find value in the following recommendations for making those assignments more effective, creative and motivational — in other words, with boom-bang academic power.
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    Need help picking the right learning game? Some things to consider
    MindShift
    To make sense of the broad and complex world of games and learning, we're inclined to create neatly organized lists and categories. The truth is that there are so many different kinds of learning games, it's difficult to break them down into clear-cut categories. Especially in an atmosphere of ed-tech entrepreneurship that aims to disrupt our habitual way of thinking about education, familiar classification structures can sometimes hold us back more than they move us forward.
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    Social class makes a difference in how children tackle classroom problems
    Indiana University via Science Daily
    Social class can account for differences in how parents coach their children to manage classroom challenges, a study shows. Such differences can affect a child's education by reproducing inequalities in the classroom. With the widening gaps in educational outcomes between social classes, the researcher suggested that this study could help schools become more aware of these differences and make moves to reduce the inequalities.
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