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Partnerships!
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As you read this article, the CASE executive committee will be in route to Indianapolis for the fall executive committee meeting on Tuesday and the fall board of directors' meeting on Wednesday and Thursday morning, and last but not least, to participate in the 24th Annual CASE Conference. We are anticipating a record numbers of attendees, vendors, and sponsors! The success we will have in Indianapolis is in large part due to partnerships! Partnerships with ICASE, with all of our other state and provincial affiliates, with our members, our vendors, and with other associations. In the next few weeks, you will be hearing about other partnerships CASE is involved in, such as our partnerships with the National Alliance of Medicaid in Education in Grand Rapids, Mich., the National Association of State Directors of Special Education in Atlanta, and the NCLD, NASDSE, NASP and CASE co-sponsored LD Round Table in New York, all in the month of October. CASE believes in partnerships to extend our effectiveness and efficiency in making a difference in our field!

Another one of our partnerships is with Dan Habib and his wonderful videographic works in our field. You may remember Dan's work through the video materials "Including Samuel." Dan met with several members of the CASE executive committee at the CEC convention last April about his upcoming project: "Who Cares About Kelsey?" This film documents Kelsey Carroll's struggles with learning disabilities and behavioral challenges and shows innovative educational approaches that help students like her to succeed — while improving the overall school culture and climate.

When Kelsey Carroll entered high school, she was a more likely candidate for the juvenile justice system than graduation. Diagnosed with ADHD and carrying the emotional scars of homelessness and substance abuse, as well as the actual scars of repeated self-mutilation, Kelsey was volatile, disruptive and, by her own admission, "not a nice person" to be around. She failed every class her freshman year, and repeated her sophomore year.

During Kelsey's second sophomore year, a new school leadership team implemented Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, a youth-directed planning process called RENEW, and other reforms to improve the school's culture and reduce the dropout rate. "Who Cares About Kelsey?" follows Kelsey through the ups and downs of her senior year and shows how her school's new approach towards students like Kelsey gave her the tools and the opportunity to succeed.

Make sure to catch this important documentary, which will be shown on local public television stations starting Sept. 28.

Schools and organizations can also apply for a free "Who Cares About Kelsey?" Education DVD Kit to host a screening in your community and support kids who struggle in school. The WCAK Education DVD Kit contains the "WCAK" film, 11 mini-films, discussion guides and educational materials ($145 value). If selected, you will also be able to Skype, email or speak with filmmaker, Dan Habib, or Project Assistant, Kären Clausen, regarding your event planning.

Go to www.whocaresaboutkelsey.com for the host-a-screening application and to watch the compelling film trailer. To find out more information on the telecast schedule, click here.

Partnerships are important at every level of our life. Thank you for your involvement with so many as you partner to improve the quality of education, life and existence for our field!
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Education data facts from DQC and National PTA
Data Quality Campaign
It's mid-September and children are back in the classroom. What better time to equip parents with the information they need to know about education data and their child's success?

The Data Quality Campaign teamed up with the National PTA to create What Every Parent Should Be Asking about Education Data and Privacy, which provides parents the questions they should be asking their children's educators about the value of education data and how student privacy is ensured.

Safeguarding the privacy, security, and confidentiality of student data is a critical concern for everyone, and DQC has pulled together some valuable resources on our action issue page. Here are some other documents you and your networks will find useful: Please share these privacy resources with your networks, and contact DQC with any questions. Were happy to provide whatever support we can around these issues.

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School Support for Students With Chronic Medical Conditions A CEC/DPHMD Collaborative Webinar
Council for Exceptional Children
Tuesday, Sept. 24, 4-5 p.m. ET
As many as 43 percent of students in the U.S. are affected by chronic illness, according to current prevalence data. It is likely that a number of children with a long-term illness or lasting effects of an illness may be present in any given classroom. Education policies designed for students with disabilities are often used in supporting students with chronic illness, but this approach frequently falls short of meeting their unique needs. In this webinar, you will learn about the implications of pediatric chronic illnesses for educational achievement and psychosocial development, both short-term and long-term, and explore how to modify classroom practices to meet the needs of these students. This webinar is intended for pre-service and in-service teachers, clinicians, administrators, school counselors and others who work with students with chronic illness.

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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
    The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Education Division, Office of VSA and Accessibility, seeks a special education professional to be a catalyst for improving arts education for students with disabilities and students in special education. The person in this position will be expected to have and maintain an expertise and in-depth knowledge of education and special education policy and practice; the field of disability; and arts education, special education, inclusion, differentiated learning and universal design for learning. They will be responsible for executing VSA's 2014 Intersections: Arts and Special Education conference.

    For more information, as well as instructions on how to apply please go to: http://www.kennedy-center.org/jobs/. The position opened on September 14, 2013 and will remain open until filled.


    Council for Exceptional Children
    The Council for Exceptional Children invites applications for the editor of its peer reviewed, practitioner-oriented journal, TEACHING Exceptional Children. Applications from co-editors also will be accepted. Designed for special education professionals, TEC links research and practice, showing the application of research to special education classroom and administrative activities and decisions.

    To receive application instructions: Send an email to teceditorapplications@cec.sped.org. Please include your full name, current position and preferred phone number.


    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.

    For more information click here.


    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.


    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.





    CEC Policy Insider


    Federal report cites challenges in implementing teacher, principal evaluation systems in Race to the Top states; CEC offers toolkit for special educators
    CEC Policy Insider
    the Government Accountability Office — the investigative arm of Congress — released a report detailing the challenges Race to the Top states are confronting while implementing new teacher and principal evaluation systems. Of the 12 states that received RTTT grants, only 6 have fully developed systems while the remaining states are still in the process of piloting or partially implementing their new teacher/principal evaluation systems.
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    Ongoing effects of the decline in state educational investment
    CEC Policy Insider
    We have heard time and time again that states are continuing to lose money due to the sequestration, and in a report done by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, researchers say the 2007-2009 recession is another contributing factor to spending cuts.
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    OSEP explains appropriate use of IDEA funding for transportation of students who are homeless and have disabilities
    CEC Policy Insider
    In August, Melody Musgrove, Director of the Office of Special Education Programs within the U.S. Department of Education, responded to an inquiry asking when IDEA funds could be used to support the transportation needs of students who are homeless and who have a disability.
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    CDC: Half of kids with disabilities skip flu shots
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    Despite an increased risk for complications from the flu, many children with intellectual disability, cerebral palsy and other disorders are not vaccinated to protect against the virus. Just half of children with neurologic or neurodevelopmental conditions receive the flu vaccine each year, according to a report published in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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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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    PARCC releases new sample items
    PARCC
    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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    Hot Topics


    Special education spending declines
    Disability Scoop
    Funding for special education has fallen in recent years, according to a new report which finds that many school districts are spending less per student today than they did in 2008. The analysis from the the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities indicates that federal spending on students with disabilities is down 11 percent since 2010. The decline is at least partly due to sequestration — the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts that took effect earlier this year — the report said.
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    Youth more likely to be bullied at schools with anti-bullying programs, UT Arlington researcher finds
    Medical News Today
    Anti-bullying initiatives have become standard at schools across the country, but a new UT Arlington study finds that students attending those schools may be more likely to be a victim of bullying than children at schools without such programs. The findings run counter to the common perception that bullying prevention programs can help protect kids from repeated harassment or physical and emotional attacks.
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    Why teaching mindfulness benefits students' learning
    MindShift
    What do children and adolescents need to be successful in life? When this question arises, a common answer is "a good education." Academic success is the goal that is emphasized in standards-based movements about education reform, and it is currently in the forefront of public consciousness. The most typical benchmarks of academic success include outcomes such as test performance, progress through the educational system, and mastery of content knowledge. However, teachers and therapists who work with youth on a day-to-day basis, and who witness their progress and their struggles, know that there is more to this story. There is little doubt that in addition to academic success, we also want our youth to be happy and well.
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    Legislation


    State and locals to US Senate: Rewrite No Child Left Behind Act
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    A collection of big-name state and local government groups really, really wants U.S. Senate leaders to bring a bill to the floor to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and soon. "State governments, localities, and schools need a long-term resolution for the issues raised by the current federal education law, the No Child Left Behind Act," write the National Governors Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the National League of Cities, the National Association of State Boards of Education, the National Conference of State Legislatures, and four other groups, in a letter sent to Senate leaders.
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    Paper: Federal officials should detail their Common Core work
    Education Week
    A new paper calls on the federal government to release information about how much time and money it has spent on the initiative. That recommendation, and others, are in a new paper released by the Pioneer Institute, "A Republic of Republics: How Common Core Undermines State and Local Autonomy over K12 Education." The Boston-based advocacy group has been one of the most outspoken opponents of the Common Core State Standards, which have been adopted by all but four states. The paper is co-sponsored by several organizations that have also been highly critical of the standards: the American Principles Project, the Pacific Research Institute and the Civitas Institute.
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    In the News


    New York University professor counters the testing and privatization of public schools
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    New York University professor Diane Ravitch — once a supporter of the education overhaul movement and now an outspoken critic of testing and privatization of public schools — believes the tide is turning against a culture reliant on test scores and corporate profit. Ravitch spoke to more than 600 people at Temple Sinai in Squirrel Hill where her appearance was hosted by Great Schools Pittsburgh, which includes Action United, One Pittsburgh, Interfaith Impact Network, Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, Service Employees International Union and Yinzercation.
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    Students' happiness at school goes a long way in learning
    News-Leader
    Got out an old study of school climate that my good and faithful research team conducted a fistful of years back. Why is a good learning environment so important? When students feel safe, enjoy being where they are and are happy, they tend to return more often, they tend to behave and they tend to learn. The overall climate of a school begins in the classroom. My research team discovered that classrooms could be new, old, high tech, low tech, large, small, near the principal's office or far away. It didn't matter.
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    How educators can address parents' confusion about Common Core
    MindShift
    Although 45 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core State Standards, a recent Gallup/Phi Delta Kappa Poll revealed that 62 percent of Americans have never heard of Common Core, and 55 percent of public school parents don't know what it is. "Almost two of three Americans have never heard of the Common Core State Standards, arguably one of the most important education initiatives in decades, and most of those who say they know about the Common Core neither understand it nor embrace it," the Poll summary states.
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    CDC: Half of kids with disabilities skip flu shots
    Disability Scoop
    Despite an increased risk for complications from the flu, many children with intellectual disability, cerebral palsy and other disorders are not vaccinated to protect against the virus. Just half of children with neurologic or neurodevelopmental conditions receive the flu vaccine each year, according to a report published in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. That's similar to the vaccination rate for all children, but presents a dilemma because kids with special needs face bigger risks of hospitalization or even death if they contract the flu, officials said.
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    24th Annual CASE Conference       Indianapolis, Ind.     Sept 26-28 More information to come.

     

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