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So why CASE/CEC?
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Last night I did a conference call with some folks in one of the eleven states who do not have a CASE affiliate. The main question they asked was what was the advantage of being affiliated with CASE? How would you answer that question? I told them there were many advantages but my top four were: the collective and respected national/international voice; the networking with colleagues from other states and provinces; the national/international resources CASE provides through our collaborations/relationships/partnerships with other national/international associations; the respect and relationship we have with governmental agencies/departments/branches. The state and provincial organizations can typically meet the needs within their state/provincial borders but there are so many resources and issues that are beyond your own borders. CASE can assist with broadening your perspective, expanding your knowledge base, magnifying your voice, and connecting you to resources! Another area where CASE provides a member service that the state and provinces don’t is the deep view CASE does on products and product research through our endorsement process. Of course we do great professional development as do so many of our subdivisions but the interaction you get at a CASE event goes across state and national lines. Our JSEL and our In CASE Newsletter again gives you so much more than what a subdivision alone can provide. Together we can be a very strong partner!

And speaking of together ... Not only is the partnership between your subdivision and CASE a benefit to you and your work but also the partnership between CASE and CEC can be a powerful resource for you as you work with your staff and parents! With the new CEC tiered membership options, there is really no excuse not to be a CEC member and therefore be eligible for CASE membership! Did you realize you can now be a member of CEC($65) and CASE ($60) for as little as $125? That is being a member of CEC at the basic membership level with most of the CEC materials in the electronic format. If you are supervising special education teachers, then you need the great resources of CEC! The District membership is probably the best value with you receiving 1 premier membership which includes the CASE members and then 5 basic memberships for your teachers or other staff, but wait, you also get an additional 3 webinars-free(for a total of 5 since the Premier membership include 2 free webinars), 2 convention registrations, and all of this for just $1300! To get additional information and to join go to www.cec.sped.org/membership.

Speaking of partnerships ... The Governmental Accounting Office has asked CASE to assist them with gathering information for Congressional leaders on the additional paperwork and administrative regulations from IDEA. We are thrilled there will be three (3) representatives from GAO to work with our Board of Directors (November 12-13) and to hold 3 focus groups at our 25th Annual fall conference in San Antonio on Nov. 13-15! Last week, the polling question was about paperwork. According to those who answered the poll, 67 percent said the biggest problem was how hard it was for teachers to keep up. Coming in at almost a quarter of the answers, the second biggest problem was the difficulty in monitoring the correctness of the paperwork. A distant third was with 10 percent of the respondents saying the paperwork was too confusing for parents. Do you agree? Do you have any solutions to these problems? If you can't get to San Antonio, please send your suggestions/solutions to me at lpurcell@casecec.org.

Still haven't registered for the 25th Annual CASE Fall Conference? Well, there is still time! We have an overflow hotel, The Emily Morgan (a Hilton property), honoring our $139 rate but those rooms are going fast too! There are over 42 different states and provinces registered for the conference — what a great opportunity to network with your colleagues. 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 on Nov. 13-15! Registration is up at www.casecec.org.

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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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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The National Center on Intensive Intervention Releases New Multipart DBI Module on Using Informal Academic Diagnostic Assessment Data to Guide Intensive Interventions
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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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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Why schools should screen their students' mental health (TIME)
Inclusion Corner: Begin with co-planning (By: Savanna Flakes)
Is e-reading to your toddler story time, or simply screen time? (The New York Times)
How stress affects the brain during learning (Edudemic)
Education Department's plan for remaking turnaround grants not flexible, educators say (Education Week)

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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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Become a CEC leader: Deadline extended to Oct. 30
CEC
Take advantage of this excellent opportunity to serve your professional organization in a significant way! Participating in a leadership role is a challenging and rewarding experience and a great way to share your expertise, connect with other leaders and collaborate on the issues facing the field and your professional association.
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CEC Policy Insider


US Department of Education announces guidance on bullying of students with disabilities
CEC Policy Insider
As part of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights issued guidance to schools reminding them that bullying is wrong and must not be tolerated – including against America's 6.5 million students with disabilities. The Department issued guidance in the form of a letter to educators detailing public schools' responsibilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of Americans with Disabilities Act regarding the bullying of students with disabilities.
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NAEP releases data backpack tools
CEC Policy Insider
Educators can use the National Assessment of Educational Progress data backpack tools to better understand student performance on the test and make informed decisions that improve student achievement. The data backpack helps educators identify NAEP's proficient level of achievement and see how their state or district performance compares to the rest of the nation.
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    Collaborating with students: Invite them to the IEP process
    By: Pamela Hill
    In the typical special education scenario, the special education team sets the goals for the student receiving an Individual Education Plan. However, at the age of 14 the student reaches the age of transition and begins to collaborate with the special education team to plan goals for his future. The law intends that students can be involved with any transition decisions before age 14, which may include discussion of student goals and accommodations needed to be successful in school. But it is rare that a student attend his own IEP meeting before age 14.
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    Kids get better grades when they share similarities with teachers
    The Atlantic
    The teacher-student relationship impacts every aspect of the educational experience. When students don't feel safe, respected, or truly known by their teacher, they are less likely to invest and engage in their education. Conversely, when teachers feel distanced from or distrusted by their students, it's nearly impossible to muster the enthusiasm to walk into the classroom each day, let alone instill motivation or investment in our students.
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    Why teaching kindness in schools is essential to reduce bullying
    Edutopia
    Phrases like "random acts of kindness" and "pay it forward" have become popular terms in modern society. Perhaps this could be best explained by those who have identified a deficiency in their lives that can only be fulfilled by altruism. It seems that we just can't get enough of those addictive, feel-good emotions — and with good reason. Scientific studies prove that kindness has many physical, emotional, and mental health benefits. And children need a healthy dose of the warm-and-fuzzies to thrive as healthy, happy, well-rounded individuals.
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    Legislation


    Push to limit federal test mandates gains steam
    Education Week
    For more than a decade, teachers, administrators, students and even parents have criticized the No Child Left Behind Act — and, now, the Obama administration's waivers under that law — for giving too much weight to standardized testing and forcing students to take too many exams. That critique hasn't gotten very far in Washington. But there are signs that the movement to limit the number of federally mandated tests students take may be gaining momentum — and it could pick up more steam as the Obama administration draws to a close and the 2016 presidential election begins in earnest.
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    Bullying of students with disabilities addressed in guidance to America's schools
    U.S. Department of Education
    As part of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights issued guidance to schools reminding them that bullying is wrong and must not be tolerated—including against America's 6.5 million students with disabilities. The Department issued guidance in the form of a letter to educators detailing public schools' responsibilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of Americans with Disabilities Act regarding the bullying of students with disabilities. If a student with a disability is being bullied, federal law requires schools to take immediate and appropriate action to investigate the issue and, as necessary, take steps to stop the bullying and prevent it from recurring.
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    State education funding lags behind pre-recession levels
    U.S. News & World Report
    Despite incremental increases in state support for K-12 education, funding levels still trail those before the Great Recession in 2007, according to a report released Thursday by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Overall, 30 of the 47 states analyzed are providing less per-pupil funding for K-12 schools this school year than they did before the recession. In 14 of the states, funding has been cut by more than 10 percent, the report says. In addition to the slow recovery of funding, at least 20 states cut their support for K-12 education compared to last year, the report found.
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    As overtesting outcry grows, education leaders pull back on standardized tests
    The Christian Science Monitor
    As the outcry against the overtesting of American children has grown, state and local education leaders — in a move endorsed by President Barack Obama — have announced a new focus on dialing back the volume of standardized testing and dialing up the quality.
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    In the News


    Ensuring early reading literacy
    District Administration Magazine
    A reading interventionist might be a district’s best friend. Lake Orion Community Schools in Michigan broke new ground two years ago with its Kindergarten Reading Early Intervention Program. The unique initiative pairs full-time reading interventionists with teachers in Lake Orion's 24 kindergarten classrooms to boost the early literacy of the district's youngest students. "Our educators are encouraged to think outside of the box to enhance student achievement," Superintendent Marion Ginopolis says.
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    Learning from live theater
    Education Next
    As schools narrow their focus on improving performance on math and reading standardized tests, they have greater difficulty justifying taking students out of the classroom for experiences that are not related to improving those test scores. Schools are either attending fewer field trips or shifting toward field trips to places they know students already enjoy. When testing is over, schools are often inclined to take students on "reward" field trips to places like amusement parks, bowling alleys, and movie theaters.
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    Which are the most educated cities in the US — and why?
    By: Archita Datta Majumdar
    As education policies are being reviewed across the country, a recent survey shows us the most educated cities in the U.S. and their not-so-fortunate counterparts. It presents a clear picture of which states and schools districts have been more focused and whose efforts have paid off. The final picture depicts Ann Arbor, home of University of Michigan, to be the winner. The survey has acted as a wake-up call for many cities and school districts.
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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.


    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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