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Did you get your CEC electronic ballot on Tuesday of last week? If you are a member of CEC you should have gotten a ballot with the slate of officers which included the president elect, treasurer and various board of directors. Though you have until October 28 to vote, why not do it now? We all get so busy with putting out fires, time can slip up on us. We need everyone to vote.

Speaking of elections, CASE will be electing a new president elect and treasurer in February 2014. CASE past president, Dr. Mary Kealy is working on that slate now. If you are interested in either of those offices, click here for the nomination form or go to the CASE website to download both the job functions and the nomination form. All forms are due in by Dec. 31. Did you know your Executive committee is comprised of special education administrators from Michigan, Massachusetts, Virginia, North Carolina, Indiana, Iowa, Alabama, Georgia, Wisconsin, Arizona, Missouri and Pennsylvania? Through our committee structure, even more states are represented! Every voice is important. If you are interested in serving on a CASE committee, click here for a Committee Nomination form and description. CASE tries to provide a multitude of ways for our members to provide input to the leadership — surveys, focus groups, BOD discussion, etc — this is your organization, be sure you are engaged so you can impact the outcomes for CASE and therefore improve outcomes for all students!

"I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve." — Albert Schweitzer, philosopher, physician, musician, Nobel laureate (1875-1965).

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ICASE Flash mob
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If you missed the CASE fall conference last week in Indianapolis, you missed not only great, informative key notes, terrific breakout sessions, and amazing networking opportunities but also some incredible fun! Angie Balsley from ICASE organized a great Flash mob with a purpose ... one that culminated with the Indiana Yes I CAN Award winner speaking to the group ... Take a few minutes to watch this and it will affirm you!

Angie's Top Five Reasons Why this Video is Fabulous:
  1. In Indiana, "we're gonna have fun and no one is going to stop us" ~quote from the famous Amy Bollinger

  2. It portrays the support we have for each other as we work (sometimes against all odds) to support our kiddos.

  3. Donna Lehmann rocks the dance moves!

  4. It brings us back to the reason we all do what we do~ for our students!

  5. It features Mickey and "dang it", Mickey is just AMAZING!!!
Click here for a great 11 minutes of fun, encouragement and joy!

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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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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
    South Central Community Services Inc.
    Under the direct supervision of the Day Treatment Site Supervisor, the Teacher adopts the major responsibility for the academic learning, social and emotional growth of students. This includes the use of teaching techniques and tools which stimulate an interest in learning and covering the basic academic

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    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.

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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.


    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 government shutdown; Education Department still able to make IDEA funds available but uncertainty ahead
    CEC Policy Insider
    As the fiscal battles on Capitol Hill took a turn for the worse over the last few days, the U.S. Department of Education took steps to ensure that $22 billion in funding for IDEA, Title I and Title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and Career and Technical Education would be made available to states, in keeping with the regular schedule
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    Texas becomes 42nd state now approved for ESEA waivers
    CEC Policy Insider
    Sept. 30, the Obama administration approved a waiver for the state of Texas from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, better known as No Child left Behind, in exchange for state-developed plans which will help prepare students for college and careers, as well as provide aid for students in need, and support effective teaching and leadership.
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    $4.6 million in grants for research projects to help improve lives of people with disabilities
    CEC Policy Insider
    Sept. 30, the U.S. Department of Education awarded $4.6 million in grants to five institutions for research aimed at improving the lives of people with disabilities. These grants are being awarded under the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers program. Advanced research will be conducted through engineering and technical means designed to apply technology, scientific achievement, and psychological and social knowledge to solve problems and remove barriers.
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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
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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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    Navigating special education disputes in schools
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    Given the increase in students diagnosed with disabilities and the costs involved in serving them, district leaders who want to provide the proper instruction and care, and avoid costly litigation, must stay abreast of the law. About 1 in 6 students are now diagnosed with a developmental disability, according to a 2011 study in the journal Pediatrics — a 17 percent increase between 1997 and 2008. And prevalence of autism increased nearly 290 percent during that time, the study found. Best practices for avoiding adversarial relationships between school districts and parents are presented.
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    Clinician observations of preschoolers' behavior help to predict ADHD at school age
    Medical Xpress
    Don't rely on one source of information about your preschoolers' inattention or hyperactivity. Rather, consider how your child behaves at home as well as information from his or her teacher and a clinician. This advice comes from Sarah O'Neill, of The City College of New York, based on research she conducted at Queens College, in an article published in Springer's Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. The study examines how well parent, teacher and clinician ratings of preschoolers' behavior are able to predict severity and diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder at age six.
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    Raising a reader: Learning empathy
    Psychology Today
    The family and educator's work in helping a child build empathy to others cannot be underestimated as key to not only that child's outcomes, but the outcomes of a peaceful society overall. Conversations and proposed solutions abound for the end to bullying in our schools. Programs are presented. The children may be given "trainings" and "preventions."
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    Good talk: Raising smart learners through rich conversations
    MindShift
    When it comes to children's learning, are we focusing too much on schools — and not enough on parents? "There is, quite rightly, a cacophonous debate on how to reform schools, open up colleges, and widen access to pre-K learning," notes a new article, "Parenting, Politics, and Social Mobility," published by the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank. "But too little attention is paid to another divide affecting social mobility — the parenting gap."
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    Sequestration cuts sting, say Impact Aid districts
    Education Week
    As Congress struggles to pass a budget stopgap measure, advocates are stepping up their fight against sequestration — the series of across-the-board cuts to federal programs that hit last March and are slated to stay in place for a decade unless Brokedown Congress acts. The districts hardest hit by these cuts? The roughly 1,200 that receive federal Impact Aid. Those are typically districts that lose out on tax revenue thanks to a federal presence, such as a nearby military base or Native American reservation.
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    Senator wants more young people with disabilities working
    Disability Scoop
    A key U.S. senator is pressing for a quarter-million more young people with disabilities to be employed by 2015. In a new report, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, says that public and private sectors should come together to grow the number of young workers with disabilities by 250,000 in the next three years. "The enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 23 years ago, helped grant the promise of equality to Americans with disabilities. But today, more work remains to be done to knock down one of the last remaining barriers — the gap in workforce participation that exists for millions of young adults," Harkin said.
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    In logging bill, schools face short-term costs, long-term lifeline
    Education Week
    A new logging bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives means rural schools in timber-rich areas likely would see cuts to their education funding, but education advocates still supported the measure because it offered a long-term funding solution for those schools. The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act has given rural communities in national forest areas federal money to compensate for revenue lost because of restrictions on harvesting timber. School districts have relied on that money for decades, but the legislation expired last year. It was reauthorized last summer for one year, and this site gives a state-by-state breakdown of the funding (Oregon leads the pack with $63 million, followed by California at $35.8 million).
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    $4.6 million in grants awarded for research projects aimed at helping improve lives of people with disabilities
    U.S. Department of Education
    The U.S. Department of Education announced today the award of more than $4.6 million in grants to five institutions for research projects aimed at helping improve the lives of people with disabilities. The grants are being awarded under the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers Program. The recipients will conduct programs of advanced research of an engineering or technical nature designed to apply technology, scientific achievement and psychological and social knowledge to solve rehabilitation problems and remove environmental barriers.
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    What does the possible government shutdown mean for schools?
    Education Week
    Brokedown Congress appears likely to spend the weekend attempting to keep the government from shutting down and the U.S. from defaulting on its debt. The sticking point this time isn't schools. Instead, education is getting caught in the crosshairs. Republicans want to defund, or at least delay implementation of, the president's landmark health care overhaul law (the Affordable Care Act to its fans and "ObamaCare" to its critics).
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    Should we carry out mental health screening on schoolchildren?
    Medical News Today
    On bmj.com, a visiting scholar at the Feinberg School of Medicine suggests that mental health screening is carried out in primary schools to enable early identification and potentially save money. In a personal view, Dr. Simon Williams agrees with a recent BMJ study which suggests that further research of cognitive behavioral therapy programs in schools is required. He also believes that school is the most appropriate setting for the identification of mental health problems in younger children. He says there are "great benefits to be had from the provision of routine mental health checks for all schoolchildren" and a "more standardized approach would be more equitable and effective."
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    The summer learning backslide: Does your child lose skills?
    Psychology Today
    Across America, students from kindergarten to 12th grade are back to school. While teachers and students alike will miss their summer freedom, teachers most lament the loss of skills students had mastered just a few short months earlier. It's as if too much time on the waterslide resulted in a learning backslide. The old adage says, "Use it, or lose it," and research supports this wisdom as it applies to the loss of student skills over summer break.
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    Schools need to teach students to maintain attention, not cater to short-attention spans
    Slate (commentary)
    Barry Schwartz, a contributor for Slate, writes: "There is no doubt that 'diminished attention' is a correct diagnosis of the intellectual temperament of our age. I see it to a greater degree each year even in the students I teach, who are among the very best that our high schools have to offer. But how to treat it? Again and again, we are told in this information-overloaded digital age, complex and subtle arguments just won't hold the reader's or viewer's attention. If you can't keep it simple and punchy, you'll lose your audience. What's the point of having a New York Times article about the U.S. stance toward the Syria that continues on an inside page if nobody is going to turn to the inside page?"
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    16 engaging homework help resources
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    With school back in session, curriculum directors, teachers and students are eager to begin the new school year armed with tools for learning in the classroom and mastering concepts at home. Homework help resources can aid students and parents as they work through math assignments, craft essays and more.
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