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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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'We are continually faced with great opportunities which are brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems'
Margaret Mead

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Facebook Last week I was in Providence, Rhode Island at the National Alliance for Medicaid in Education, Inc. (NAME). According to their website, NAME is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization comprised of members from the nation's school districts and state Medicaid and Education agencies who are involved in administration of Medicaid claiming for school-based services. Other members are those with an interest in the Medicaid-in-education field such as businesses, consulting firms, non-profit organizations and federal agencies. Through Medicaid claiming for covered health-related services and Medicaid-related administrative activities, public schools recover some of their costs for serving Medicaid-eligible school-age children. Since a large group of the members of NAME are also local district Special Education directors, it makes sense for CASE to be involved with NAME. One of the founding members of NAME is John Hill, from the Indiana Department of Education who has been a great liaison between NAME and CASE. I participated on a panel with Bruce Hunter of AASA and Nancy Reder of NASDSE. We provided discussions from our organizations perspective on the anticipated proposed change in the Medicaid regulations on parental consent as well as general updates on ESEA, IDEA and other "happenings" in Washington, D.C. Sitting on that panel looking out at over 250 attendees from 45 states who were SEA and LEA administrators as well as non education personnel who are also involved in Medicaid claiming/billing, I was once again reminded we are SO much better when we work across stakeholder groups! Almost all of us have seen and most likely used the Margaret Mead quote: "It takes a village to raise a child" but I thought the quote at the beginning of this article was very appropriate given our current state of affairs…so many changes and whispers of change really does make our world very challenging. If we are to take advantage of these "great opportunities that are brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems," we must hone our skills so we can work collaboratively with our known and even some unfamiliar colleagues. What better place to meet those colleagues and develop those skills than through your professional association, CASE! Become active at the state/provincial level and become more involved at the national/international level. Let us hear from you—email, tweet, or post on Facebook! We can only be your voice if we hear from you.


Dear Colleague: A Report on Consequences of Sequestration
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The purpose here is to illustrate the consequences of an automatic, across-the-board, uniform percentage reduction prescribed by the Budget Control Act (BCA). This will examine the impact of sequestration on the whole range of Federal responsibilities and help make the case for Congress to act responsibly by agreeing to a more sensible approach to deficit reduction.

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. Frances Stetson
• Dr. Deb Ziegler
• 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.

Free Webinar: Effective Professional Development for Beginning Special Education Teachers
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Presented by: National Center to Inform Policy and Practice in Special Education

Professional Development (NCIPP)

This webinar provides information about professional development. Specifically:
  • Best practices for implementing professional development
  • Examples of effective professional development
  • How states and districts can integrate professional development with induction
When: October 17th, 1pm EST
Duration: Approximately one hour
Presenter: Dr. Mary Brownell
Register Now:
Click this link to register.

Questions: Email

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

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

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.

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.

What is Intensive Intervention?
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Wednesday, Oct. 17th from 2:00–3:00pm (ET)

This webinar will be conducted by NCII Center Director, Dr. Lou Danielson. He will discuss why intensive intervention is necessary, who requires intensive intervention, and where and when intensive intervention should occur. He will also provide a brief overview of NCII's approach to intensive intervention. This free webinar will provide an important initial foundation for those hoping to learn more about how to provide supports for students with intensive behavior or academic needs, including district staff, administrators, special educators, interventionists/specialists and parents.

On the day of the event you will need access to the Internet and a phone line. Directions for accessing the webinar and a link will be posted on the NCII website. No pre-registration is required. If you are not able to join the live webinar, it will be archived on the NCII website after the event.

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

CEC president Dr. Margaret McLaughlin attends committee for education funding gala
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Recently, the Committee for Education Funding held its annual gala and legislative conference. CEC President, Dr. Margaret McLaughlin, joined CEC's Executive Director and its Policy & Advocacy team at the event to honor legislators who have consistently spoken out supporting increased investment in federal education programs. More

Presidential candidate spur in 1st debate; Romney charts new vision for IDEA
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The first presidential debate tackled many domestic policy issues ranging from taxes to healthcare, giving President Obama and Governor Romney the opportunity to share their views and address those of their opponent. Importantly, the debate also allowed Americans to hear a bit about both candidates' vision for education policy, a topic that ranks high on the priority list of Americans, but is rarely covered in great depth in debates. This debate was different. We heard both candidates talk about education, and Governor Romney even spoke directly about special education. We hope you tuned in, but in case you missed it here's a summary of the education issues that were addressed. More


School disability complaints hit record high
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Federal education officials are handling a record number of disability-related civil rights complaints in the nation's schools. In a report, the U.S. Department of Education says that more than 11,700 complaints alleging violations of disability rights were filed with its Office of Civil Rights between 2009 and 2011. That's the highest number ever received in a three-year period, the agency said. The vast majority of concerns — more than 4,600 — hinged on the rights of students with disabilities to a free and appropriate public education, or FAPE. More

The future of education: Tablets vs. textbooks
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The federal government, book publishers and the technology industry are considering a large-scale effort to push tablets into public schools, raising questions about hidden costs to implement such a program. Apple, Intel and McGraw Hill representatives and other technology and publishing heavy hitters are working with Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski and Education Secretary Arne Duncan discussion to figure out effective ways to introduce digital technology into the emerging classroom. More

Some parents decry schools' palm scanner
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Instead of paying for their lunches with crumpled dollar bills and loose change, students in Carroll County schools in Maryland are having their palms scanned in a new check-out system — raising concerns from some parents that their children's privacy is being violated. The county is one of the first localities in Maryland to use the PalmSecure system, in which children from kindergarten to 12th grade place their hands above an infrared scanner. It identifies unique palm and vein patterns, and converts the image into an encrypted numeric algorithm that records a sale. More

Loopholes seen at schools in Obama get-tough policy
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With an agenda Arne Duncan, the secretary of education, has described as a "quiet revolution," the Obama administration has pushed rigorous new standards for a majority of the nation's public schools as well as requirements that states and districts evaluate not just schools but individual teachers, in part by assessing their ability to improve student scores on standardized tests. But some critics suggest that at the same time the administration has gotten tough on teachers and set higher standards, it could be allowing states to set new, unambitious goals for how quickly students must reach those standards, particularly poor and minority students. More

Disability concerns may sway vote
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A new survey of likely voters suggests most are touched personally by someone with a disability and that those relationships could affect how they vote in the November election. In the poll of 1,000 expected voters nationwide, 51 percent said that they have a family member or close friend with a disability. And many indicated that connection could impact their decision in the upcoming presidential election. Some 41 percent of those surveyed said they'd be more inclined to support a candidate who pledges to make policies and programs helping those with disabilities a national priority. 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

Attention disorder or not, pills to help in school
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When Dr. Michael Anderson hears about his low-income patients struggling in elementary school, he usually gives them a taste of some powerful medicine: Adderall. Anderson is one of the more outspoken proponents of an idea that is gaining interest among some physicians. They are prescribing stimulants to struggling students in schools starved of extra money — not to treat A.D.H.D., necessarily, but to boost their academic performance. More

Survey: Learning disabilities causes, treatments commonly misunderstood
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A recent nationwide survey of nearly 2,000 Americans by the National Center for Learning Disabilities has found that many people are uncertain about the causes and treatments of learning disabilities, and believe more education on the subject is needed in their children's schools. Of those who took the online survey, 12 percent indicated they have a learning disability, while 8 percent of the parents surveyed said they have a child with a learning disability. More

Nearly half of children with autism wander from safety
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The fear that overtakes a parent when a child wanders away from home or other safe place is easily compounded when that child has an autism-spectrum disorder. A new study shows that such behavior occurs more often than in other kids, and that the hazards can be significant. In a sample of 1,200 children with autism, 49 percent had wandered, bolted or "eloped" at least once after age 4; 26 percent went missing long enough to cause their family concern. By comparison, only 13 percent of 1,076 siblings without autism had ever wandered off at or after age 4, developmentally the age when such behavior becomes less common, finds the study in Pediatrics. More

5 facts most people don't know about learning disabilities
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A recent survey of 2,000 Americans by the National Center for Learning Disabilities reveals how very much most people still need to learn about learning disabilities. I was especially troubled to read that 30 percent of those surveyed said they had made jokes about themselves having a learning disability when making an error in reading, writing or mathematics. To many people, learning disabilities are a laughing matter that can be readily corrected. Why else would 55 percent of those surveyed think that wearing corrective eyewear would be enough to "fix" a learning disability? More

Transportable classroom aids children with learning disabilities
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Shebra Hall drives a van that is also a transportable classroom to the homes of children with learning disabilities. Hall is the community initiative coordinator of BrightStart!, a program designed to detect and treat reading deficiencies and dyslexia in children, that is organized by Delaware's branch of the children's health system Nemours. The program tests prekindergarten-aged children to ensure they do not fall behind in reading comprehension, according to Hall. Hall said the project is the first of its kind nationwide. The program provides evidence-based tools for three to five-year-old children at risk of reading deficiency, with the goal of laying the foundation for long-term reading success in children. More

 In the News

10 tips for a dyslexic thinker
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Award-winning author and illustrator Sally Gardner offers advice on dyslexia to coincide with Dyslexia Awareness Week. More

Inadequate teaching may soon become a thing of the past for many special needs kids
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The Department of Education has just made their largest investment ever in improving education for students with disabilities. With the goal of establishing a cohesive system to effectively train teachers who work with disabled children, the department's Office of Special Education Programs has granted $25 million over the next five years to the University of Florida's College of Education. More

Maximizing the instructional impact of videoconferencing
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As videoconferencing technology has improved and become ubiquitous, the financial and technological barriers to using it in the classroom have all but disappeared. Though it's easier and cheaper than ever to use, videoconferencing still presents unique instructional challenges and opportunities. Foundationally, videoconferencing facilitates the meeting of individuals and participants in real time and in different locations. While this is also possible using various software programs, the inclusion of video increases the sense of "presence" and bridges well the expectation of physical attendance and physical distance. More

Program to promote socialization among students
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A total of 40 students are taking part in a program at the Bridgewater-Raritan High School that plans to partner those with developmental disabilities with other students in physical education classes across the grades. Called PE Partners, the program is a collaboration between the special education and physical education departments. More

Study: California schools suspend students at higher rates than average
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California suspended students from school at higher rates than average and showed particularly harsh handling of African Americans with disabilities, according to a study. California ranked 15th of 47 states in their suspension rates of white and black students, according to the study by The Center for Civil Rights Remedies at UCLA. It ranked eighth for Asian Americans and 17th for Latinos. In what the study's co-author called one of the most alarming findings, 28 percent of black students with disabilities had been suspended in California at least once during the 2009-2010 school year. More

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