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Staying in the loop!
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Did you take the poll last week? Last week the question was about RDA, Results Driven Accountability. Of those taking the poll, only 20 percent are using it with the state department or on their own. About a fourth of those taking the poll had a good working knowledge of RDA. A third of the participants were familiar with the term but almost 20 percent did not recognized that RDA was results driven accountability but once they saw that, did recognize the terminology! And finally, 5 percent of those answering the Poll said they had never heard of the term. It is really hard to stay caught up with all the trends, terms, legislation, changes, litigation, and issues. Even the "good stuff" is hard to keep up with between all the budget issues and other "fires" you put out on a daily basis! That is why you need CEC and CASE! We keep you in the loop so you don't have to be surprised or stressed out any more than you already are! Keeping you in the loop is why it is so important for CASE to maintain active partnerships with other associations, with OSEP, and our legislative branch! But, even if we do our best to "keep you in the loop," you have to read the emails, come to our professional development opportunities, and be active at the state/provincial level! We have an amazing opportunity at our upcoming CASE Board of Directors' meeting (Nov. 12-13) and the 25th Annual CASE conference (Nov. 13-15) in San Antonio: the Government Accounting Office will be soliciting input from our members on paperwork and administrative regulations from IDEA. We have all "whined" about these for years but now is the time to make a positive impact — but we need your voice! If you have not considered attending the CASE 25th Annual Fall Conference, please do so!

Still haven't registered for the 25th Annual CASE Fall Conference? Well, there is still time! The room block is filling up but there are still rooms available. Professional Development Chair, Will Gordillo has put together an amazing program for our CASE members for the 25th Annual CASE fall conference! Our three keynotes will definitely inspire you but they also will provide you with a wealth of practical tools you can use in your everyday work ASAP. Drs. Stevan Kukic, Randy Sprick, and Frances Stetson will totally blow you away with the quality of their presentations! I have heard each of these 3 professionals on many occasions and I have always left with new ideas, new tools and a feeling that the job I do is important and necessary! The 30+ breakout sessions are also full of practical, evidenced based information. Click here for a list of the breakout sessions. If you want to learn what's new, connect with your colleagues from around the U.S. and Canada, and experience some quality professional learning that is both inspirational and content laden, then join us in San Antonio Nov. 13-15! Registration is up at www.casecec.org.



We will be at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio which is located on the amazing River Walk. The group room rate of $139 is one you will not want to pass up! Click here for the hotel registration which is good through Oct. 19. See you in San Antonio!

Speaking of issues. What are other issues you are facing this year that you need more information on? Thank you to those of you who took the CASE research committee survey last week, but for those of you who meant to but haven't, please take a moment and let us hear from you what we need to be digging deeper on for your benefit! Click here to take the quick survey!

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Still haven't registered for the 25th Annual CASE Fall Conference?
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Well, there is still time! The room block is filling up but there are still rooms available. Professional Development Chair, Will Gordillo has put together an amazing program for our CASE members for the 25th Annual CASE fall conference! Our three keynotes will definitely inspire you but they also will provide you with a wealth of practical tools you can use in your everyday work ASAP. Drs. Stevan Kukic, Randy Sprick, and Frances Stetson will totally blow you away with the quality of their presentations! I have heard each of these 3 professionals on many occasions and I have always left with new ideas, new tools and a feeling that the job I do is important and necessary! The 30+ breakout sessions are also full of practical, evidenced based information. Click here for a list of the breakout sessions. If you want to learn what's new, connect with your colleagues from around the U.S. and Canada, and experience some quality professional learning that is both inspirational and content laden, then join us in San Antonio Nov. 13-15! Registration is up at www.casecec.org.



We will be at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio which is located on the amazing River Walk. The group room rate of $139 is one you will not want to pass up! Click here for the hotel registration which is good through Oct. 19. See you in San Antonio!

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Did you get your CEC Ballot?
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CEC's membership-wide election for the 2015 Board of Directors opened on Monday, Sept. 29. CEC leadership must represent the beliefs and values of its members — and you have a voice in electing CEC's future leaders. Vote for YOUR 2015 Board of Directors during the membership-wide election period from Sept. 29 - Oct. 27.





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Recognition is critical to sustained success
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Do you know a new special education administrator who routinely "stick their neck out" for teachers and students? CASE has a new award just for you! It is called the "G" AWARD for Rising Special Education Administrators and was instituted for a member of CASE who is early in her/his career as an administrator. This individual may be nominated within their first 3 years of administrating special education programs/services and the award will be accompanied by a night on the town in their home area (limo, dinner, movie, child care, etc.) up to a $500 value. This award is acknowledgement for the administrator for sticking his/her neck out to better support their teachers to enable them to make a difference in the lives of the students they serve. This award will continue as long as the benefactor continues to provide the monetary award. Click here for more information.

The deadline is Oct. 31 and is an absolute deadline! Click here for the nomination form. Send the application and any questions to Emilie Maule. The G Award will be announced and presented at the 25th Annual CASE Fall Conference in San Antonio.

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Special discount offer to CASE members!
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CASE is a national outreach partner on the Who Cares About Kelsey? film and education project. CASE members can receive a 50 percent discount on the Who Cares About Kelsey? Education DVD Kit, which contains the film, 11 mini-films and extensive educational materials. Who Cares About Kelsey? documents the lives of students with emotional/behavioral challenges, and shows innovative educational approaches that help these students to succeed — while improving the overall school culture and climate. All films included in the Project are directed by Dan Habib (creator of Including Samuel). To learn more and to purchase the Kit, go to www.whocaresaboutkelsey.com/dvd. To receive your 50 percent discount, please use the coupon code: Fledgling50. This opportunity is made possible by a grant to the Who Cares About Kelsey? project from the Fledgling Foundation, and will last only until the first 200 discount coupons are utilized.
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Have you filled all your vacancies yet?
CASE
If you haven't visited the CASE interactive job board at the CASE Career Center, now is a good time to do so! With its focus on special education administrators and professionals, the CASE Career Center offers members, and school districts, a highly targeted resource for online recruitment. Both members and nonmembers can use the CASE Career Center to reach qualified candidates. Employers can post jobs online, search for qualified candidates based on specific job criteria, and create an online resume agent to email qualified candidates daily. They also benefit from online reporting providing job activity statistics to track each job posting's return on investment.

For job seekers, CASE Career Center is a free service providing access to employers and jobs in education. In addition to posting their resumes, job seekers can browse or view jobs based on the criteria they find matches their goals best. Job seekers can also post confidentially with confidence or search anonymously by creating a Job Agent. Job Agents notify job seekers via email when jobs matching their criteria are posted eliminating the need to visit their online accounts daily to track new postings. Click here to go to the main site to either learn of new jobs, post your resume, or post your positions. There is a modest fee for posting positions on the site but we believe you will have a greater reach with this dedicated career center on our website — click here to become a job poster.

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PowerUp WHAT WORKS
Center for Technology Implementation
We're excited to share our news about PowerUp WHAT WORKS (www.PowerUpWhatWorks.org), developed by the Center for Technology Implementation at the American Institutes for Research. PowerUp WHAT WORKS is a free professional learning website that offers teachers, PD facilitators, and administrators' resources for helping struggling students, especially those with disabilities, meet the Common Core State Standards. The focus is on linking evidence-based practices and technology in English language arts and math.
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Teacher Educators and Accomplished teachers
Pearson
Pearson is in need of educators to score edTPA! edTPA is designed for the profession by the profession, edTPA was developed by teachers and teacher educators from across the nation, in collaboration with faculty and staff from Stanford University, to support candidate learning and preparation program growth and renewal. Aligned with the Common Core State Standards and InTASC Standards, edTPA assesses teaching that promotes student learning in diverse contexts.
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Kids In Need Foundation announces Dollar General Literacy Foundation
The Kids In Need Foundation
The Kids In Need Foundation, a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free school supplies to economically-disadvantaged school children and under-funded teachers, is pleased to announce grants sponsorship by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to improve preK to 12th grade students' reading levels.
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A Principal's Guide to Special Education, Third Edition now available
Council for Exceptional Children
A Principal's Guide to Special Education has provided guidance to school administrators seeking to meet the needs of students with disabilities. The third edition of this invaluable reference, incorporating the perspectives of both teachers and principals, addresses such current issues as teacher accountability and evaluation, instructional leadership, collaborative teaching and learning communities, discipline procedures for students with disabilities and responding to students' special education needs within a standards-based environment. Get your copy today! Enter code PRCASE at checkout.
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    Follow the National Center on Intensive Intervention on Twitter @TheNCII
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    Are you looking to find resources about special education, intensive intervention, progress monitoring, diagnostic assessments, adapting interventions to meet student academic and behavioral needs? Are you looking for sample lessons and activities to support students that are struggling in math? Do you have questions for NCII? NCII is excited to announce that we have joined twitter. Please follow us at @TheNCII. We will be sharing our own updates and relevant partner resources. NCII has also created a National Center on Intensive Intervention YouTube Channel where you can find NCII videos including archived webinars, ask the expert videos, and more. In addition to these two new social media outlets, we have made it easier for you to share NCII resources on Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, email and more. Look for the icons on the bottom of each page to share NCII resources in your networks.
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        Who is responsible for IEP goals? (By: Pamela Hill)
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    Is it bullying, or ordinary meanness? (Psychology Today)
    The dyslexic high school student's guide to finding the right college (Metro.us)
    Exercise won't cure ADHD on its own, but it sure can't hurt (TakePart)

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    The National Center on Intensive Intervention Releases New Multipart DBI Module on Using Informal Academic Diagnostic Assessment Data to Guide Intensive Interventions
    NCII
    NCII has released the final module in the DBI Training Series, Informal Academic Diagnostic Assessment: Using Data to Guide Intensive Intervention! The multi-part module covers four parts. Part 1 provides an overview of administering common general outcome measures for progress monitoring in reading and mathematics; part 2 reviews graphed progress monitoring data; part 3 introduces error or miscue analysis of curriculum-based measures for the purpose of identifying skill deficits in reading and mathematics; and part 4 offers guidance on identifying what type of skills the intervention should target to be most effective in reading and mathematics. The module is intended to be delivered by a trained, knowledgeable professional. It includes a PowerPoint presentation with speaker notes and handouts. View the multipart module and resources, as well as the entire DBI Training Series!
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    The Institute of Education Sciences calls for feedback on research centers!
    Institute of Education Sciences via CEC
    The Institute of Education Sciences, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, has issued a request to the field for feedback (http://ies.ed.gov/pdf/2014-NCERfeedback.pdf) on the work of its two research centers: the National Center for Special Education Research and the National Center for Education Research. IES intends to use the input it receives to help plan the future work of these research centers. The deadline for submitting comments to IES is Oct. 31.
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    CEC unites with PACER Center and partners for National Bullying Month
    CEC Policy Insider
    The End of Bullying Begins with Me is the message to remember during PACER's National Bullying Prevention Month in October. It's a time when communities unite nationwide to raise awareness of bullying prevention through events, activities, outreach and education.
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    New leaders and Bush Institute's Alliance to Reform Educational Leadership released Great Principals at Scale Report
    CEC Policy Insider
    New Leaders and the Bush Institute's Alliance to Reform Educational Leadership launched the Conditions for Effective Leadership Project and partnered with leading researchers and practitioners to generate a comprehensive and research-based framework outlining the conditions necessary for transformational school leaders to succeed. Based on results from the Conditions for Effective Leadership Project, which included more than 20 education and leadership experts brought together by the Bush Institute and New Leaders, Great Principals at Scale: Creating District Conditions That Enable All Principals to Be Effective offers a framework of conditions that can help districts enable great school leadership.
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    Hot Topics


    Why schools should screen their students' mental health
    TIME
    Schools should be a first line of defense for catching young people at risk for mental health issues from depression to ADHD, a pair of new reports says. Kids and adolescents spend a significant amount of their time in school, yet providing mental health screenings and care is not an overarching requirement for many schools. "We need to think about how to embed mental health services so they become part of the culture in schools," says study author Dr. Mina Fazel, a child psychiatrist at the University of Oxford. "It will take a commitment from health and education."
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    Inclusion Corner: Begin with co-planning
    By: Savanna Flakes
    Co-teaching implemented with fidelity has a profound impact on a range of learners with and without disabilities from a variety of cultures. Co-teaching is often characterized as a "marriage" between a general education and a specialist. Formally defined, co-teaching is two or more educators sharing responsibility for teaching some or all of the students assigned to a classroom. According to Marilyn Friend and Lynne Cook, it involves the distribution of responsibility among people for planning, instruction and evaluation for a classroom of students.
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    Is e-reading to your toddler story time, or simply screen time?
    The New York Times
    Clifford the Big Red Dog looks fabulous on an iPad. He sounds good, too — tap the screen and hear him pant as a blue truck roars into the frame. "Go, truck, go!" cheers the narrator. But does this count as story time? Or is it just screen time for babies? It is a question that parents, pediatricians and researchers are struggling to answer as children's books, just like all the other ones, migrate to digital media.
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    How stress affects the brain during learning
    Edudemic
    A fight or flight reaction may be useful in some situations, but it is highly detrimental in the classroom. Whether anxiety stems from test taking or from an unstable home environment, the brains of students experiencing high levels of stress look different than those who are not — and those brains behave differently, too.
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    Why schools should screen their students' mental health
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    Schools should be a first line of defense for catching young people at risk for mental health issues from depression to ADHD, a pair of new reports says.

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    Does the way a classroom is decorated affect learning?
    The New York Times
    A new study tries to determine whether there might be a correlation between how a room is decorated and kindergartners' learning. The researchers wanted to know if too many decorations could actually be distracting or overstimulating for young minds.

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    Study finds reading possible despite low IQ
    Disability Scoop
    For students with intellectual disability, functional skills are often prioritized over academics, but a new study finds that children with low IQ are capable of learning to read.

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    Legislation


    Education Department's plan for remaking turnaround grants not flexible, educators say
    Education Week
    The Obama administration's proposal for revamping the controversial School Improvement Grant program doesn't give states and districts enough flexibility in coming up with turnaround prescriptions for low-performing schools, advocates say, in their formal responses to the plan. The theme of a number of comments from key organizations is, essentially, that the department didn't give states and districts nearly as much flexibility in the proposed regulations as Congress appeared to be hoping for.
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    In the News


    Children with dyslexia can succeed in school
    The San Diego Union-Tribune
    It's the most common learning disability, affecting roughly 1 in 10 Americans and 20 percent of school-age children. Yet in many cases, it goes largely undiagnosed. It's dyslexia, a language-based learning disability that results in problems with accurate or fluent word recognition, poor reading and decoding abilities. If left undetected, it can lead to frustration with school or low self-esteem. And while there's no "cure" for the condition, there are treatments that can allow those who have it to function as well others.
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    Homework: An unnecessary evil? ... Surprising findings from new research
    The Washington Post
    A brand-new study on the academic effects of homework offers not only some intriguing results but also a lesson on how to read a study — and a reminder of the importance of doing just that: reading studies (carefully) rather than relying on summaries by journalists or even by the researchers themselves. Let's start by reviewing what we know from earlier investigations. First, no research has ever found a benefit to assigning homework (of any kind or in any amount) in elementary school.
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    When anxiety hits at school
    The Atlantic
    Salli-Ann Holloway could not breathe. Sitting in her Advanced Placement English class, she could not stop shaking. Her neck twitched relentlessly. She gasped for air. Her body went numb. Holloway, 17, rushed to the school nurse's office as she had many times before. Panic attacks had become commonplace for her as the stress of junior year took hold. The nurse soothed her as they waited for her mother to arrive. This would not be the last time Holloway's illness interrupted her life.
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    New research suggests repeating elementary school grades — even kindergarten — is harmful
    The Hechinger Report
    The already muddy research on whether it's better to hold back struggling students or promote them to the next grade just got muddier. A new study, "The Scarring Effects of Primary-Grade Retention? A Study of Cumulative Advantage in the Educational Career," by Notre Dame sociologist Megan Andrew, published Sept. 26, in the journal Social Forces is an empirically solid analysis that adds more weight to those who say retention — what education wonks call repeating a grade — is ultimately harmful.
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    Survey: Educators don't think parents understand the Common Core
    The Journal
    More than 95 percent of teachers believe the parents of their students do not understand what the Common Core State Standards are, according to a recent poll of veteran high school teachers in the northeastern U.S. No teachers told the surveyors they believed their students' parents knew what the standards were and 4.4 percent said they weren't sure.
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    Survey: Many districts lagging on implementing Common Core
    Education Week
    With springtime testing for the Common Core only months away, nearly a third of district superintendents are still scrambling to put in place the curriculum and professional development necessary to teach the standards, according to survey results. The Center on Education Policy, which has been tracking Common Core implementation since the standards were released four years ago, concluded in its report that "the future of the Common Core remains uncertain at this important juncture" because many districts still are not fully prepared to impart the new academic expectations in English/language arts and mathematics.
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    Dyslexia: When spelling matters
    Reading Today Online
    Kelli Sandman-Hurley, a contributor for Reading Today Online, writes: "Two years ago my life changed with a cocktail napkin at a dyslexia conference in Baltimore. I spent two days listening to Peter Bowers, the founder of The WordWorks Literacy Centre in Ontario, Canada, and Gina Cooke, the author of the blog LEX: Linguist-Educator Exchange, in the booth next to me, talking to dozens of people about something that just sounded like 'another program for those with dyslexia.' But after two days, I figured all those people talking to Peter and Gina with such newfound enthusiasm must be on to something. I turned to Peter and said, in my most skeptical voice, 'Okay, tell me what all this hullabaloo is about.'"
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    Federal Announcements


    Office of Special Education Programs:
    The following Notice of Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; State and Local Educational Agency Record and Reporting Requirements Under Part B of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act was published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, Sept. 16.

    Summary: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing a reinstatement of a previously approved information collection.

    Dates: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before Nov. 17.


    Rehabilitation Services Administration:
    The following Notice of Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Annual Protection and Advocacy of Individual Rights Program Assurances was published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, Sept. 16.

    Summary: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection.

    Dates: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before Oct. 16.


    Office of the Assistant Secretary:
    The following Notice of List of Correspondence From July 1, 2013, Through Sept. 30, 2013 was published in the Federal Register on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014.

    Summary: The Secretary is publishing the following list of correspondence from the U.S. Department of Education to individuals during the previous quarter. The correspondence describes the department's interpretations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or the regulations that implement the IDEA. This list and the letters or other documents described in this list, with personally identifiable information redacted, as appropriate, can be found at: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/index.html.
     

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