This message contains images. If you don't see images, click here to view.
Advertise in this news brief.




  Mobile version    RSS    Subscribe    Unsubscribe    Archive    Media Kit Nov. 11, 2013

Home   About CASE   Membership   Archives   Awards   Events   Resources   Legislative   Contact Us    

 


CASE News

Another Monday holiday or not?
CASE
For many of you, Monday Nov. 11 is a day off. But did you know that unlike many of our U.S. holidays, it is not always celebrated on Monday. It is always celebrated on Nov. 11, unless it falls on a Sunday or Saturday, then it is celebrated on Monday or Friday. Unlike Memorial Day where only those who have died for their country are honored, Veterans day is designated as a time to honor all who have served and to " be dedicated to the cause of world peace..." The day was originally called "Armistice Day" and was first celebrated with a proclamation from Woodrow Wilson in 1919 and was changed to Veterans' Day by Congress in 1954. Not only should we honor our military men and women and those who have served in the past, but this is a great time to think about the educational needs of our military families. We have many students who have parents in the military. Having served as an assistant superintendent for 18 years in a system that had a large Air Force Base within our county, I know of the many situations that can arise due to military service. However, even if you do not have a military installation in close proximity to your schools, chance are very good you have students who are impacted by the military service by their parents, siblings, other close family members or friends. Do you recognize the special needs these families and students have? Are your teachers and other staff prepared for the unique needs of military families? Military families with special needs students have even greater needs. Check out this special note from Dr. Joanne Cashman, Director of the IDEA Partnership — November is Military Child Month.

"At its annual meeting, NASDSE (National Association of State Director of Special Education) featured sessions focused on the educational issues for military families and military connected children. CASE is working with NASDSE and its IDEA Partnership to bring awareness of the issues impacting these children. The average military student faces transition challenges more than twice during high school and most military children will attend six to nine different school systems in their lives from kindergarten to 12th grade. Today we share resources from two important groups serving military families that CASE will continue to work with NASDSE.
  • The Military Child Education Coalition www.militarychild.org is focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition. MCEC is nonprofit, world-wide organization, that performs research, develops resources, conducts professional institutes and conferences, and develops and publishes resources for all constituencies.
  • The Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission www.mic3.net is designed to better inform the public about the Interstate Compact for Educational Opportunities for Military Children and serve the needs of the families. Participation in the compact is voluntary but, once adopted, the compact carries the weight of state law. 46 states have adopted the compact. The Compact seeks to make transition easier for the children of military families so that they are afforded the same opportunities for educational success as other children and are not penalized or delayed in achieving their educational goals.
CASE will continue to work with the IDEA Partnership and these organizations to help provide you needed resources." If you know of other resources, share with your colleagues on the CASE Facebook page If you are or know a veteran or current military personnel, be sure to thank them for their service now and always.

Signature


Luann Purcell
Executive Director
   Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE  


PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Reading Intervention That Works

Academy of READING® provides an individualized approach to developing foundation skills. This CASE-endorsed online intervention program targets critical skill gaps and helps students make fast, permanent gains in reading proficiency. Watch this video to learn of the deep impact this effective intervention program can have on students’ attitude towards reading.
 


Save the date — CASE 3rd Annual Hybrid Conference
Feb. 24-26

CASE
We hope you will consider either becoming a virtual site for our CASE Winter Conference, Keeping Up in Changing Times, Feb. 24-26 or attending on site with us at the Rosen Plaza Hotel, Orlando, Fla. This is our 3rd year for doing a Hybrid conference and we believe we have the perfect combination for providing cutting edge professional development on a shoe string. Prices haven't changed and if you are a virtual site, it is the cost of just one registration. We will provide you with promotion materials and lots of ideas to help you have a great experience. Remember, because each day is "self contained," you can target different audiences for each day! But ... where else would you want to be in February than in sunny Orlando, Fla., at the wonderful Rosen Plaza hotel with a room rate of $119!

Virtual or on site, either way, we want you to save the dates — Feb. 24-26! The cost has not changed from last year. The daily topics for the three days will be:
  • Focus on Measuring and Evaluating Teacher/Staff Effectiveness
  • Impact of Common Core, Essential Elements and New Assessments
  • Public Education: Will It Survive
Watch the CASE website www.casecec.org for additional details and registration in the coming weeks!



Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Are your struggling readers prepared for
college and career?


READ 180
Next Generation is the best solution to prepare your students for the rigorous expectations of the Common Core. Only READ 180 delivers a personalized learning path, daily practice in argument writing, hundreds of content-rich texts, and an individualized staircase of text complexity. Learn more
 




  FEATURED COMPANIES

FEINER SUPPLY


Free shipping on orders over $150.00


• Adhesive backed fasteners
• Adhesive backed coins
• Hook & loop tapes,
• Hook & loop on separate rolls

Contact us at 800-645-3256 or email feinersupply@aol.com.
www.feinersupply.com
Classworks
Classworks consistently provides instruction that improves student achievement, and tools to help classroom teachers meet the growing demand for accountability. More than one million students have benefited. MORE


New opportunity with assistive technology
AIR
The new website AIR launched for certification of assistive technology and other devices: http://certification.airast.org/. The site is available to the public, but, given that there is a fee for certification and quite a bit of technical information required, the intent is that manufacturers of various devices will submit for their certification — not the states, districts or schools. This website allows the manufacturers to work with AIR and pay a small fee to makes sure a particular device works as intended with the test. If the device works, AIR will certify the product and add it to a list of devices that the general public can access.

Although the site is not intended to be used by teachers and schools, anyone from the general public can go to the site and see which products have been certified. They can also test various devices using the demo page; however, this does not result in certification.

Please help us spread the word about this website and the process. Let us know if you have any questions.

Magda Chia, Ph.D.
Director of Support for Under-Represented Students
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
magda.chia@smarterbalanced.org

Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE




Hour of Code
Computer Science Education Week
Recently, we announced the Hour of Code to the world. Now backed by Microsoft, Google, Apple, Amazon, LinkedIn, Mark Zuckerberg, the College Board, Boys & Girls Clubs, and over 100 other partners, we're getting closer to 10 million students trying one Hour of Code during Dec. 9-15. We still need your help.

Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. Please join us at http://hourofcode.com.

Learn to code — from Mark Zuckerberg and Angry Birds
Code.org will provide tutorials for any browser, tablet, phone, even unplugged. Our own tutorial will feature Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Angry Birds, and Plants vs. Zombies. We'll share a preview for feedback in early-November.

1 in 4 chance of winning: laptops, or a video chat with Bill Gates
50 schools who organize an Hour of Code for the entire school will win a class-set of laptops. 50 more will win video chats with Bill Gates, Jack Dorsey or other tech leaders. So far, we have 818 "entire school" submissions. In some states, your school will be the first to sign up, making your chances of winning exceptional. The deadline is Nov. 15, so register now. More info.

How can you help?
  • Ask your entire school to participate — share this handout and video with your teacher or principal.
  • Participate yourself (or with your child). Set aside one hour during Dec. 9-15.
  • At work, schedule a 1-hour team event to learn together.
  • In your community, recruit a local group. Or host an Hour of Code "block party."
  • Share on your social networks why you're hosting an Hour of Code. Ask friends to join.
No experience needed
We owe it to today's students to start with one hour. CSEdWeek is Dec. 9-15! Get started.

Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  A New Solution for Creating Effective Behavior Interventions

Using the tool’s guided-process, quickly create accurate, effective Proactive Strategies, Replacement Behaviors, and Reactive Strategies to help meet IEP goals.

  • Assess Problem Behaviors
  • Implement Behavior Plans
  • Track Progress
  •  


    TRENDING ARTICLES
    Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

        ADHD kids often show autistic traits (Psych Central)
    The not-so-hidden cause behind the ADHD epidemic (The New York Times)

    Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.


    Job Posting


    Let CASE post your job positions
    CASE
    CASE will be glad to post job positions each week — Please send to Luann Purcell, executive director by Tuesday of each week for posting the next week. It should be about a paragraph in length, but you can attach a PDF document that interested persons can then click through to for more information or you can provide a URL link for the same purpose. Please indicate at what date the post should be pulled not to exceed six weeks.
    Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    READ MORE


    Positions
    Monarch Teaching Technologies, Inc. is based in Shaker Heights Ohio and produces VizZle®: visual learning software (www.monarchteachtech.com). MTT is a rapidly growing for-profit startup affiliated with a well-established $50M not-for-profit. VizZle is an easy to use tool for teachers to create visual learning supports for students with Autism and other special learning needs.

    For more information click here.


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

    For more information click here.


    The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Education Division, Office of VSA and Accessibility, seeks a special education professional to be a catalyst for improving arts education for students with disabilities and students in special education. The person in this position will be expected to have and maintain an expertise and in-depth knowledge of education and special education policy and practice; the field of disability; and arts education, special education, inclusion, differentiated learning and universal design for learning. They will be responsible for executing VSA's 2014 Intersections: Arts and Special Education conference.

    For more information, as well as instructions on how to apply please go to: http://www.kennedy-center.org/jobs/. The position opened on September 14, 2013 and will remain open until filled.


    Council for Exceptional Children
    The Council for Exceptional Children invites applications for the editor of its peer reviewed, practitioner-oriented journal, TEACHING Exceptional Children. Applications from co-editors also will be accepted. Designed for special education professionals, TEC links research and practice, showing the application of research to special education classroom and administrative activities and decisions.

    To receive application instructions: Send an email to teceditorapplications@cec.sped.org. Please include your full name, current position and preferred phone number.


    Corning-Painted Post Area School District
    Position description: Supervises and coordinates programs that serve children with special needs; including special education, tutorial and enrichment programs. Coordinates the district health services and student screening programs. Implements the district guidance plan. Shares supervision with building administrators of district special education teachers, speech therapists, school-nurse teachers, guidance counselors, school psychologists and teachers in the enrichment programs.

    For more information click here.


    C8 Sciences, one of the fastest-growing brain research companies in the world, is seeking an inside sales consultant to help implement our researched based programs into the education and healthcare markets. This position has six-figure earnings potential, full benefit package, extensive training program and great working culture for the right candidate.

    For more information click here.


    The Mico University College Child Assessment and Research in Education Centre, established since 1981 to meet the needs of children requiring special education in Jamaica and the English speaking Caribbean seeks School Psychologist, and Special Educators at the graduate or doctoral level. Candidates must be able to diagnose and apply prescriptive remediation for children with learning disabilities and behavioral disorders, should have strong leadership skills with the ability to organize, train and develop and guide a clinical team. Strong research and analytical skills are also required.

    For further information you may email us at childassessmentpersonnel@cwjamaica.com.


    The Association of University Centers on Disabilities, a national not-for-profit organization, seeks an executive director to lead and guide activities that fulfill its mission to advance policies and practices that improve the health, education, social and economic well-being of people with developmental and other disabilities, their families and their communities by supporting its members in research, education, health and service activities. AUCD is governed by a 19-member Board of Directors that includes professionals, individuals with disabilities and family members. It has an annual budget of approximately $5 million and employs a staff of 21. For additional detailed information, click here and visit www.aucd.org.


    Berkshire Hills Music Academy, a private post-secondary residential school for young adults with a love of music who have learning, cognitive or developmental disabilities, is seeking a new executive director. Located in South Hadley, Mass., the academy uses a strength-based, music-infused curriculum to promote gains in self-efficacy as well as to cultivate performing arts abilities. www.berkshirehills.org.

    The executive director will lead the school, oversee staff and programs, and be responsible for fiscal health and fundraising. Requires experience working with individuals with disabilities, management and fundraising experience.

    For more details, click here. Send cover, resume and salary history to Susan Egmont, Egmont Associates, segmont@egmontassociates.com.





    CEC Policy Insider


    Senate hearing shows progress in ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities but opposition exists; Urge your Senators to vote 'YES'
    CEC Policy Insider
    The U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations held a hearing to debate the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Peoples with Disabilities. This treaty, if ratified, would lay the framework for creating legislation and policies around the world that embrace the rights and dignity of all people with disabilities.
    Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    READ MORE


    Tell us: Are budget cuts impacting you, your students?
    CEC Policy Insider
    As a member of the National Coalition on Personnel Shortages in Special Education and Related Services, the Council for Exceptional Children has been actively advocating against funding cuts to education programs. Last year, over $2 billion was cut from federal education programs, including slashing over $700 million from Title I and $600 million from IDEA's special education programs due to sequestration, the federal automatic spending cuts.
    Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    READ MORE


    Sen. Mikulski asks: Invest in or cut funding for special education?
    CEC Policy Insider
    As the budget battles continue on Capitol Hill, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., — who is the Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee — has laid out two points for moving ahead in funding the federal government: invest in programs (like special education) or resort to more cuts which "threaten the health, safety and financial security of American families," as she stated in a notice to all Senators.
    Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    READ MORE


    FEATURED ARTICLE
    TRENDING ARTICLE
    MOST POPULAR ARTICLE
    Common Core's promise collides with IEP realities
    Education Week
    One of the most promising elements of common academic standards for students with disabilities, say experts in special education, is that they offer explicit connections from one set of skills to another.

    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    read more
    E-readers can make reading easier for those with dyslexia
    Smithsonian via Science Daily
    As e-readers grow in popularity as convenient alternatives to traditional books, researchers at the Smithsonian have found that convenience may not be their only benefit.

    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    read more
    'Mainstreaming' special education students needs debate
    The Wall Street Journal
    Americans tend to be a vocal people, sharing their views about almost any issue in the public sphere loudly and frequently.

    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    read more



    Hot Topics


    Students with disabilities and the Common Core: Challenges, opportunities
    Education Week
    Christina Samuels, a contributor for Education Week, writes: "Education Week published this week a special report on the Common Core State Standards, and how their implementation in all but four states are affecting special student populations — students with disabilities, gifted students, and English language learners. I encourage you to read (and comment on!) my stories on read-aloud accommodations and Common Core tests, how the Common Core test developers plan to allow assistive technology on the tests, and the challenges surrounding the development of standards-based individualized education programs aligned to the Common Core."
    Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    READ MORE


    Attention regulates emotion: Focus and self-control
    Psychology Today
    Daniel Goleman, an author and contributor for Psychology Today, writes: "When my sons were just two or so and would get upset, I sometimes used distraction to calm them down: 'Look at that birdie,' or an all-service, enthusiastic 'What's that?' with my gaze or finger directing their focus toward something else. Attention regulates emotion. This little ploy uses selective attention to quiet the agitated amygdala. So long as a toddler stays tuned to some interesting object of focus, the distress calms; the moment that thing loses its fascination, the distress, if still held on to by networks in the amygdala, comes roaring back. The trick, of course, lies in keeping the baby intrigued long enough for the amygdala to calm."
    Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    READ MORE


    Bullying interventions increase bullying (or do they?)
    Psychology Today
    November signaled the close of Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. And wouldn't you know, a study about bullying prevention programs went viral. The authors and some news outlets have taken the study to mean that, not only do bullying prevention programs not work, they make bullying WORSE by — their best guess — actually teaching children bullying tactics. If you read the original study, however, you will quickly find that it suggests no such thing.
    Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    READ MORE


    PRODUCT SHOWCASE
      Build A Powerful Online Presence
    iPage makes it easy and affordable to create a powerful website for your business – no experience necessary. Add to that a 24x7 support team and tons of free marketing tools, and you’ve got the recipe for online success! You can drive more traffic and get more customers than ever before.
     


    Legislation


    US office of civil rights decision about students with disabilities in a virtual charter school
    U.S. Department of Education
    The U.S. Department of Education announced that its Office for Civil Rights has entered into an agreement with Virtual Community School of Ohio to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act for students with disabilities at the school. This first-of-its-kind resolution promises equal access to educational opportunities for students with disabilities in virtual charter schools.
    Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    READ MORE


    What will Common Core assessments cost states?
    eSchool News
    Many states that once adopted Common Core State Standards are now pressing the pause button on implementation, in light of the cost of CCSS-aligned assessments. State leaders and stakeholders wonder how assessments aligned to the Common Core compare to assessments currently in place, and are trying to decide to what extent cost factors into CCSS adoption. "Common Core has become a political hot potato, despite early broad acceptance," said Russ Whitehurst, the former director of the Institute of Education Sciences within the U.S. Department of Education, and current director of the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution, during an Oct. 30 event.
    Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    READ MORE


    Common Core's promise collides with IEP realities
    Education Week
    One of the most promising elements of common academic standards for students with disabilities, say experts in special education, is that they offer explicit connections from one set of skills to another. That is particularly important for students served under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. For years, the law has pushed schools and districts to provide students access to the same academic curriculum available to the general school population. One way to do that, the law says, is through "standards-based" individualized education programs, or IEPs, instead of educational plans that focus mostly on skills that do not connect to a cohesive academic goal.
    Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    READ MORE
    Looking for similar articles? Search here, keyword COMMON CORE.


    In the News


    First-graders with attention problems lag for years afterward; second-graders, less so
    Medical News Today
    When it comes to children's attention problems, the difference between first and second grade is profound, says a new study from Duke University. The study, which was recently published online in the Journal of Attention Disorders, says the age at which attention problems emerge makes a critical difference in a child's later academic performance.
    Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    READ MORE


    Ready to learn? The key is listening with intention
    MindShift
    Listening and observing can be passive activities — in one ear and out the other, as our mothers used to say. Or they can be rich, active, intense experiences that lead to serious learning. The difference lies in our intention: the purpose and awareness with which we approach the occasion. Here's how to make sure your intentions are good. Research on how we learn a second language demonstrates that effective listening involves more than simply hearing the words that float past our ears. Rather, it's an active process of interpreting information and making meaning.
    Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    READ MORE


    Imagery: A key to understanding math
    MindShift
    How can teachers help students find the beauty in math? There may be roadblocks already set up in math education — students' disposition toward math anxiety, and pressure to cover material quickly. Or maybe it has something to do with the curse of knowledge — the gap between what experts know and nonexperts don't. It's easy for math professors to see the beauty in math, said New York University neuroscientist Pascal Wallisch, because they already have an obvious connection with it. "They perhaps had the luck to enjoy a positive math experience in school," he said.
    Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    READ MORE


    Children with poor motor performance have poor academic skills during first 3 years of school
    News-Medical.Net
    Children with poor motor performance at the school entry were found to have poorer reading and arithmetic skills than their better performing peers during the first three years of school. However, no relationship was found between cardiovascular fitness and academic skills, according to a new study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.
    Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    READ MORE


    The mind of a middle schooler: How brains learn
    Edutopia
    Heather Wolpert-Gawron, a middle school teacher, writes: "In my last post, I began a celebration of brains and made the argument as to why teachers need to brush up on their knowledge of brains in order to reach that all-too-allusive 'tween noggin. During this, my second of three posts in this series, I'll bring up a few key terms you should know in your own neurologic education. Then, we'll follow a history-related fact as it enters the brain of an average middle schooler, weaving its way towards the blessed long-term memory."
    Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    READ MORE


    Taking Common Core's temperature
    EdTech Magazine
    It's difficult to find anyone who works in K–12 education who hasn't heard of the Common Core State Standards Initiative. For months, schools have been working to ensure that their networks can handle the online student assessments that the standards require; that there are enough computers for all students to complete the test; that teachers and staff are trained to administer the test; and that their English language arts and mathematics curricula align to the standards.
    Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    READ MORE
     

    CASE Weekly Update
    Colby Horton, Vice President of Publishing, 469.420.2601
    Download media kit

    Hailey Sasser, Senior Education Editor, 469.420.2630   
    Contribute news

    Articles appearing in CASE Weekly include recent stories in the media related to Special Education and may not directly reflect the views and position of CASE. The appearance of advertising in CASE Weekly does not constitute CASE endorsement of any product, service or company or of any claims made in such advertisement.

    This edition of CASE Weekly Update was sent to ##Email##. To unsubscribe, click here. Did someone forward this edition to you? Subscribe here — it's free!
    Recent issues
    Nov. 4, 2013
    Oct. 28, 2013
    Oct. 21, 2013
    Oct. 14, 2013



    50 Minthorn Blvd., Suite 800, Thornhill, ON, L3T 7X8