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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.


 CASE News

Fall is definitely here...
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Facebook With the first presidential debate over and the "nip" in the air, there is no doubt fall has arrived. Many of our CASE affiliates have had or are having fall conferences. Great keynote speakers, terrific breakout sessions and most of all the time to connect with your colleagues ... but, being connected to your state or provincial colleagues is only one piece in the total preparation of the great leaders needed in our schools and districts today. You also need to be connected to other associations and other regions of the country and indeed the world. What IS on the horizon for education? For Special Education? Are you at least scanning the "environment" as our professors used to encourage? An easy way to do that "environmental scan" is to make sure when you receive your professional journals from all those professional associations you join that you at least read the Table of Contents. That is a great environmental scan. And of course the journals that can give you the best insight into what is happening in the field of Special Education come with your membership in CEC and CASE ... take time this fall to encourage some of the new administrators and some of the teachers who are now providing some supervisory tasks to join CEC and CASE or if they already belong to CEC to add CASE as one of their Divisions. The cost can be deferred to 3 monthly payments and the benefits are so much more than the annual cost. Click here for membership information and to join.

It is still not too late to register for the 23rd Annual CASE Conference to be held in Scottsdale, Ariz., Nov. 1-3, 2012. See below for more details.

SPECIAL NOTE TO CASE UNIT PRESIDENTS OR BOD REPRESENTATIVES: If you have not received any information on the upcoming Fall Board of Directors meeting, contact the CASE office ASAP. If you have received the information but have not registered for the BOD meeting, please do so ASAP.

Hope you are all having a great school year and are sharing the wonderful resources you are using with your colleagues and families. Please let CASE know how we can better serve you. Go to the CASE Facebook page and leave your comments or email us today at


Great professional opportunity from CEC
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CEC is conducting a search for an Assistant Executive Director for Professional Development Services. This is a very senior-level position with CEC. We are hoping you may know a qualified colleague for this key position. This person will impact SPED professionals nationwide.

Summary Job Description
Council for Exceptional Children is conducting a search in the area of Professional Development Services. If you think this opportunity may interest a qualified colleague, please forward this email. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to, or call HR Recruiter, Norma Marshall at 336.547.8315.

Thank you very much for your time and assistance.

Free digital library and technologies bridge school to home reading
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More than 72,000 U.S. educators and specialists are using a free, digital book library, Bookshare, to bridge the school-to-home reading connection for students with qualified print disabilities. The free educational library service is available for U.S. children and teens who cannot read standard print due to blindness, low vision, a physical disability or a severe reading disability, like dyslexia. More

Save the Date for the 2013 Convention & Expo
San Antonio — April 3-6

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Join the Council for Exceptional Children in San Antonio for the CEC 2013 Convention & Expo — the largest professional development event dedicated to special and gifted education. There, educators from around the world will discuss the most pressing issues in special and gifted education and share information in areas such as common core state standards, administration and supervision, autism spectrum disorders, co-teaching and collaboration, policy, technology and culturally responsive interventions.

The CEC Convention & Expo offers hundreds of educational sessions conducted by leading experts and endless opportunities to network with others working with children and youth with exceptionalities and their families. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about new and pending legislation and explore cutting-edge products and services in the exhibit hall. Educators won’t want to miss this chance to catch up on what’s happening in the field, broaden their perspective of special education and further their professional growth.

CEC's Convention & Expo is the heart and soul of the special education community and your premier professional development event. Registration opens Oct. 17 so visit for updates.

Literacy for College & Career

System 44 is the breakthrough foundational reading and phonics intervention technology program for our most challenged readers in Grades 3–12+. System 44's state-of-the-art adaptive technology delivers direct, explicit and foundational reading and phonics instruction as well as engaging, high-interest print materials for student practice in reading, writing, and spelling. Learn More

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.

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.

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.

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

Duncan highlights accomplishments, calls for continued focus
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Fresh off a national bus tour that took officials from the U.S. Department of Education to communities across the country, Secretary Arne Duncan shared stories and examples of how policies supported by the Obama Administration are benefiting students and schools during a speech at the National Press Club. While he highlighted what is working, he also discussed a vision for what initiatives the Obama administration would continue to pursue, if elected for another four years. More

Department of Education celebrates 39th anniversary of section 504 passage
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The U.S. Department of Education, led by Secretary Arne Duncan, brought together policymakers and advocates — including CEC — to celebrate the 39th anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, landmark legislation which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act requires that school districts provide a free appropriate public education to qualified students in their jurisdictions who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability. More

U.S. Department of Education awards over $65 million in grants to support students with disabilities and special educators
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The following higher education institutions, clinics and companies have received grants from the U.S. Department of Education: The University of Connecticut was awarded a $1.2 million grant to fund a Personnel Center which will address a need apparent in recent studies which necessitate strengthening the skills needed by the early childhood workforce, who are dedicated to improving developmental and learning results for infants and toddlers with disabilities. More


States get millions to train special educators
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Nearly two dozen states will benefit from millions in new federal funding to improve training for those working with special education students in the nation's schools. The U.S. Department of Education says it is sending more than $24 million to 22 states. The funding is intended to help recruit and retain highly-qualified special educators, support teachers in blending the needs of those with disabilities and the new common core standards and train educators to utilize positive behavioral interventions and supports, among other initiatives. More

Computers seen as 'unfunded mandate' as online testing looms
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As new online testing designed around the Common Core State Standards looms, public school officials are concerned about what they see as an "unfunded mandate" to buy enough computers to accommodate the shift. School district officials in Forsyth County, N.C., for instance, say they must spend about $2.9 million to have students in certain classes ready within two years to take the high-stakes tests online. By the 2014-2015 academic year, students in fifth- and eighth-grade science, high school biology, Algebra I and English II in public schools statewide, including the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, must be ready to take exams with a computer, whether it be a laptop or some other device. More

Study: Cash incentives reduced problem behavior, increased time spent on academics for some students
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To get low-income teenagers to spend more time on school work, a new study suggests that schools should pay them. A recent study released by MDRC and co-authored by NYU Steinhardt researchers J. Lawrence Aber and Pamela Morris analyzed how parents and their teenage children were affected by the Opportunity NYC-Family Rewards program, a three-year conditional cash transfer program launched by the Center for Economic Opportunity in the Mayor's Office in 2007. Conditional cash transfer programs offer monetary assistance to low-income families in an effort to reduce short- and long-term poverty while encouraging parents to increasingly invest in their children. More

Romney, Obama disagree on how to pay for quality education
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Should money for federal student grants for college be cut back? Should parents be able to spend local tax dollars to pay for private schooling if they don't like their public schools? Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama agree that a good education for all Americans is essential for democracy, individual success and the national economy. 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

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

Newspaper: Test security inconsistent among states
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The federal government has no standards to protect the integrity of the achievement tests it requires in tens of thousands of public schools, and test security among the states is so inconsistent that Americans can't be sure those all-important test scores are legitimate. That's according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report. The newspaper surveyed 50 state education departments and reported many states do not use basic test security measures designed to prevent cheating. More

State Ballot Measures Include Hot K-12 Issues
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Big changes to the way teachers are evaluated and paid, expanded access to charter schools, and increased education funding are major issues on state ballot initiatives and referendums as election season enters its final weeks. Some of the education-related ballot items, like those in Arizona and California, are part of the perennial effort to obtain more financial support for schools and seek to help K-12 school systems recover in part from the Great Recession and subsequent economic stagnation. More

Poll: Obama leads Romney on children's issues, Americans want politicians to address our 'American Challenge'
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By almost a 3-to-1 margin (56 to 20 percent), American voters are deeply concerned that the lives of American children have become worse over the last decade. And, by a 58 to 36 percent margin, voters are not confident that life for our children's generation will be better off. They recognize that American children are no longer the healthiest, the most educated, and best-prepared kids in the world. They feel that what once was the American Dream — the knowledge that our kids would have opportunities we could never even imagine — is today the "American Challenge" to make that the reality once again. And that challenge is an American one — not a partisan one. More

 In the News

New free font available to help those with dyslexia
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A new font tailored for people afflicted with dyslexia is now available for use on mobile devices, thanks to a design by Abelardo Gonzalez, a mobile app designer from New Hampshire. Gonzalez, in collaboration with educators, has selected a font that many people with dyslexia find easier to read. Even better, the new font is free and has already been made available for some word processors and e-book readers. The font, called OpenDyslexic, has also been added to the font choices used by Instapaper — a program that allows users to copy a Web page and save it to their hard drive. More

DOE provides guidance to help classroom educators combat bullying
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The U.S. Department of Education has released a free, two-part training toolkit designed to reduce incidents of bullying, for use by classroom teachers and educators. The toolkit was developed by the Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center, supported by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students, in collaboration with the NEA and the American Federation of Teachers. Teachers care about bullying in the classroom, but many don't know how to effectively intervene and prevent it, according to data collected by the National Education Association. The toolkit is designed to provide classroom teachers with the knowledge and skills to intervene in bullying behavior and to de-escalate threatening behaviors at school. More

Advocates renew call for restraint, seclusion reform
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More than 200 disability organizations are urging Congress to reignite efforts to regulate the use of restraint and seclusion in schools. In a letter sent to key legislators, a who's who of disability advocacy organizations including the Autism Society, The Arc and the National Disability Rights Network said action is needed in order to ensure student safety. "It is time for a national policy addressing restraint and seclusion in our schools for all children," reads the letter sent to members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives education committees. "America needs more than the current patchwork of state laws to ensure that every child is afforded protection." More

How kids outsmart learning disabilities
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Anthony Vo, a second-year medical student at the University of Ottawa, says he logs up to three hours of studying for every hour his classmates hit the books. But it's not because he is a keener. Vo, 22, has learning disabilities. Compared to most adults, Vo has trouble memorizing facts and gaining information through listening, language and reading. Being in an environment that taxes the learning capacity of the highest of achievers "kind of puts me at a disadvantage," he says. More

Common Core Standards are a 'heavy lift' for districts, educators
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Implementing the Common Core State Standards will be challenging — but not impossible — according to experts speaking in New York at the Education Nation summit, part of an NBC News initiative. The new standards, adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia, require English and math lessons to go more in-depth to teach students critical thinking and analytical skills, in order to develop students who are more prepared to succeed in college and the workplace. During an informal survey at a discussion panel, 92 percent of those attending said they thought rolling out the new standards would be either difficult or very difficult. More

Traditional or charter schools? Actually, they help each other, study says.
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Charter schools are not a silver bullet for education reform, a new report says, but applying the best practices from some charter schools to low-performing public schools may increase student achievement. Early data show that the strategy — applied in Houston and Denver pilot programs — yielded "promising" results, according to the report, titled "Learning from the Successes and Failures of Charter Schools" and released by the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution. More

Event       Location     Dates Notes

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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