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Cathy Sartain Industries provides professional development, products and services. Topics include developing standards-based goals, functional goals and grading practices for students with disabilities.


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Have you visited the IDEAPartnership website lately?
Facebook With all you have to do, have you checked out the time the IDEAPartnership website can save you when you need to provide information on the hottest topics in SPED to staff, parents and others? There are cross stakeholder developed tools on: Autism, Cradle to College and Career, Secondary Transition, Creating Agreement, Common Core State Standards, RTI, Specialized Instructional Support Personnel and RTI Together. These collections have FREE downloadable glossaries, fact sheets, PowerPoint and presenter guides, Dialogue guides and more. If you haven't looked at these lately, go do that now — think of all the time you can save as you use these tools with others. The Collections are listed on the right hand side of the IDEAPartnership homepage. Also, if you have not gone to LearningPort — also listed on the right hand side of the IDEAPartnership home page — that is another must see website. LearningPort is a national online library of professional development resources compiled to help bridge research, policy and practice. Across states, national organizations and technical assistance investments, an extensive amount of professional development material is available. This library provides local educators with easy access to an array of resources that can be used or customized to meet their needs.

If you want to join colleagues from 36 states and at least three Canadian provinces for the 23rd Annual CASE Conference Nov. 1-3 at the FireSky Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz., you need to hurry. Register online and get your hotel rooms at The Chaparral Suites the alternate hotel choice — right across from the FireSky. We have great breakout sessions and Amazing Keynote sessions. We have SOLD OUT of our room block but the hotel that is just across the street, The Chaparral Suites, is a great property and the rooms are only $129. Just call in and reference "Case 23rd Annual Conference." The phone number for the hotel is 800-528-1456 or 480-949-1414.

The plans for the 2nd Annual CASE Winter conference are moving along. To see the Save the Date Flyer, click here.

There are some great pictures on the CASE Facebook page from the MASE (Montana CASE) and the MO-CASE (Missouri CASE) Fall meetings held last week. While you are on the FB page, let us hear from you on what you think CASE should be looking at on the IDEA Reauthorization. Share with us anything you and your colleagues are doing about Sequestration, too.

Thank you for all you do for the students, your staff and community.


Register now for the 23rd Annual CASE Conference
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The 23rd Annual CASE Conference will be held in Scottsdale, Ariz., from Nov. 1-3. Click here to register.

Three days of GREAT presentations focusing on innovative ideas, programs, and practices for students with disabilities in the following topic areas and more:
• Common core standards
• Refined measures of teacher effectiveness
• Assistive Technology & Universal Design for Learning
• Standards-Based IEPs
• Improved statewide assessments
• Response to Intervention
• Effective Educator Positive Behavior Supports
• Scientifically - Evidence Based Curriculum Supports

Four great keynote speakers:
• Dr. Randy Sprick
• Dr. Francis Stetson
• Dr. Deb Zeigler
• Denise Lowell-Britt, Esq.

For hotel information or to reserve your hotel room, click here.
To access the Vendor Memo or the Vendor Registration Form, click here.

CASE Winter Hybrid Conference
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The CASE Winter Hybrid Conference is a hybrid conference meaning you can attend in person or link up for a virtual conference from your office. The topics and presenters will be cutting edge, so don't waste any time signing up. Watch the CASE website for upcoming details.

Dates: Feb. 13-15
Location: The conference will be help at Rosen Plaza in Orlando, Fla.

Literacy for College & Career

READ 180 is a comprehensive system of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development proven to raise reading achievement for struggling readers in grades 4–12+. Designed for any student reading two or more years below grade-level, READ 180 leverages adaptive technology to individualize instruction for students and provide powerful data for differentiation to teachers. Learn More

Call for submissions — 2013 Yes I Can! Awards
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The Council for Exceptional Children's Yes I Can! Awards recognize the accomplishments of children and youth (ages 2-21) with exceptionalities. Founded in 1982, the Yes I Can! Awards program has recognized thousands of students in seven categories:
  • Academics
  • Arts
  • Athletics
  • School and Community Activities
  • Self-advocacy
  • Technology
  • Transition (including employment, vocational training and independent living skills)
Nominate someone you know today! Click here for more information

With CEC's new e-submissions process, nominating is easy.

Results driven accountability effort
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OSEP is committed to developing a results-driven accountability system that leads to increased state and local capacity to improve academic results and functional outcomes for children with disabilities. As part of this effort, OSEP asked the National Center on Educational Outcomes to work with a small group of stakeholders and assessment experts to provide input on measures that could be used to review states’ performance results of their students with disabilities who receive special education services. The group’s recommendations are contained in a report, Using Assessment Data as Part of a Results-Driven Accountability System: Input from the NCEO Core Team. In addition, OSEP asked NCEO to develop sample approaches for how measures included in the report could be used by OSEP, which are included in the companion report: Sample Approaches for Using Assessment Data as Part of a Results-Driven Accountability System. What is your feedback on these reports? What other data sources may be useful as we move forward in the development of a RDA system? More

Literacy Tools
That Help Students Succeed
Award-winning WordQ helps each student address reading and writing gaps to meet Common Core proficiency requirements. Using WordQ, teachers can provide differentiated instruction with greater ease and flexibility. Extend learning time and opportunities; ideal for ELL students and all students who struggle with reading, vocabulary, spelling, syntax, grammar, text production, editing and revising.
SRA Reading Laboratory 2.0
• Any device anytime,   anywhere
• More than 85% new content

• Motivating short reads with   text dependent questions
• Simple Management tools   for teachers

• Improve students' Lexile®   scores with access to   complex text
• Informational and literary   text based on their interests
• Reports on Lexile® level,   student progress, standards,   and fluency
AutismPro provides online tools to help school districts meet state compliance and due process requirements in supporting students with Autism and Related Disorders. It's a comprehensive suite of professional development and case management resources for educators and professionals working with students with ASDs.

 CEC Policy Insider

Obama, Romney talk education during NBC's Education Nation: Differing, similar positions on display
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NBC's interviews of President Obama and Governor Romney during Education Nation read like a menu of education’s most talked about issues: common core state standards, teacher evaluations based on student performance, investing in early childhood, funding for K-12 and higher education and expanding school choice. While the candidates agreed on some issues — such as supporting charter schools and the important role of a teacher on student success — there was great divergence in some areas of interest to special educators. More

Senate passes bill funding government for 6 months: Adjourns until after election
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Early Sunday morning, the Senate passed a six-month Continuing Resolution for Fiscal Year 2013. The House passed it the week before, and President Obama has indicated he will sign it. This was the final measure the Senate and House will consider until after the election — both chambers are adjourned until mid-November. More


Bleak outlook for education spending under sequestration
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As schools face ever-increasing budget dilemmas, education stakeholders are desperately hoping to avoid sequestration, or across-the-board cuts, to domestic spending next year—cuts that could devastate education programs and affect many of the country's neediest students, experts say. To avoid a government shutdown in 2011, Congress passed the Budget Control Act, which increased the national debt ceiling in exchange for a major reduction to federal deficits. Congress set limits to federal spending for 10 years and created a "supercommittee" tasked with creating legislation to reduce the deficit. More

Schools tap into online fundraising to expand budgets
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Karen Tyler, the principal of Erie Day School, didn't quite know what to expect when her private K-12 school signed up to be a part of Erie Gives, a completely digital one-day fundraiser in which members of the community are encouraged to donate to any nonprofit in the Erie, Pa., area. Tyler's uncertainty turned to joy in a matter of hours when the day arrived last month. Thanks to a well-organized, Web-based fundraising effort that included Facebook posts and emails to parents, alumni, and previous donors, her school raised $52,500 in 12 hours. More

ChalkTalk™ - An on-demand video interview series

ChalkTalk™ videos are cost-effective and are available "on demand". The talk show format focuses on educational issues and best practices in educating students with disabilities. Information is available at your fingertips, as the videos become an archived electronic library that you can access at any time. Click here to learn more!
A web-based system that addresses the challenge of intervention scheduling in the schools. It's designed for anyone who needs to schedule and document interventions. MORE

 Hot Topics

How schools (even great ones) fail kids with ADHD
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There's a group of struggling students that gets little attention in the media or in the debate about how to fix schools: Children with ADHD. ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a brain condition that makes it especially hard for children to focus and concentrate in school and has a number of other symptoms. It is too often misunderstood by teachers, parents and even the students themselves. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 9.5 percent or 5.4 million children 4-17 years of age, had been diagnosed with ADHD, as of 2007. Many others who have the disorder haven't had the benefit of a diagnosis. More

Education drives America
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As written by Secretary Arne Duncan: "For the third year in a row, our team at the U.S. Department of Education has gone on a back-to-school bus tour. This year was more ambitious than ever. Senior leaders traveled from coast-to-coast and have participated in almost 100 events over the past 10 days. It started on Sept. 12 with a town hall meeting about the potential of technology to transform learning in Redwood City, Calif., and ended with a rally at the Department of Education headquarters in Washington, DC." More

Cloud helps at-risk, special needs students
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For years, cloud computing has been helping local and state governments provide applications that are accessible from any device. School districts and education programs are also joining the movement — in some unexpected places. Educational Services of America — a private company that provides alternative education programs for students at-risk of dropping out and for special needs students — says it has partnered with 230 public school districts in 21 states to help 12,000 students each year. More

Report recommends shift to digital educational resources within 5 years
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A new report from the State Education Technology Directors Association points to the importance of shifting K-12 schools in the United States from printed textbooks to digital educational resources. The report, "Out of Print: Reimagining the K-12 Textbook in a Digital Age," delves into the benefits of digital and open educational resources, profiles several states that have already started making the shift, outlines the factors required for successful deployment of digital resources and provides recommendations for meeting students' needs. More

Romney: No federal support for Common Core
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Mitt Romney told NBC's Brian Williams today that he doesn't think the federal government should provide support — financial or otherwise — for common standards, which have been adopted by forty-six states and the District of Columbia. Instead, the Republican presidential nominee thinks states alone should pony up the money for their implementation. The Obama administration has allocated $360 million to two consortia of states to help develop tests that align with the standards, which were created through a partnership of the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association. And the administration gave states that adopted the standards an edge in the Race to the Top competition. More

 In the News

Maintaining control of document access in Google apps for education
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The sorry state of public funding in Michigan has got Pete Poggione being as "prudent as possible with every penny" at Mattawan Consolidated School, the 4,000-student district where he works as information technology director. That thriftiness included adopting Google Apps for Education about four years ago to eliminate the district's heavy reliance on Microsoft and Novell applications for productivity applications and network management. The network has 2,200 computers — PCs, Macs and more recently Apple iPads — in use by staff and students. More

Study highlights benefits of PLCs and continuous PD
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A recently published study about the sustainability of reading efforts highlights the benefits of professional learning communities and continuous professional development. "Sustainability of Professional Development in a Post-Reform Context: A Qualitative Study of Shared Leadership," by Ju Hur and Dr. Jennifer York-Barr, researched the leadership efforts and sustainability of the reform in the three years after a Reading First grant was completed in Minnesota. More

Education technology startups transform learning
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A slew of startups are turning education as we know it upside down, using technology to make it more effective and more accessible. "I think education is probably the largest, most important and most screwed up part of the American society and economy," said venture capital investor John Doerr, a partner at Kleiner Perkins and board member of startup Coursera. "So it's very well positioned for improvement so I'm excited about the entrepreneurs — their plains, their innovations — to move this important field forward." Investors like Doerr are fueling the field with a flood of capital. Venture investments in "Ed Tech" companies have more than doubled in the last two years alone, to $189 million in the second quarter of 2012, up from $82 million in the first quarter of 2010, according to the National Venture Capital Association. More

Candidates: Where I stand on education
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When voters go to the polls on Nov. 6, they'll choose from among presidential candidates who have very different views on the major issues affecting America, including education. With the election rapidly approaching, eSchool News has pulled together a summary of what each of the two major party candidates — President Barack Obama for the Democratic Party, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the Republican Party — have said about their plans for K-12 education. More

5 buzzwords you're likely to hear in education this school year
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Education, like any other profession, has a language all its own. We've compiled a short list of some of the words and phrases you are likely to come across this academic year. It's by no means all-inclusive, and some of these terms are not new, but it gives you a sense of some of education's priorities as we start a new school year. More

Why kids need schools to change
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The current structure of the school day is obsolete, most would agree. Created during the Industrial Age, the assembly line system we have in place now has little relevance to what we know kids actually need to thrive. Most of us know this, and yet making room for the huge shift in the system that's necessary has been difficult, if not impossible because of fear of the unknown, says educator Madeline Levine, author of Teach Your Children Well. More

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Fall Board of Directors Meeting       Scottsdale, Ariz.     Oct. 31-Nov. 1 View the calendar. For more information please contact Luann Purcell.

23rd Annual CASE Conference       Scottsdale, Ariz.     Nov. 1-3 Hotel information
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