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Why I Am Thankful...
Our Fall Conference is over and we are geared up for our 4th Annual Hybrid Conference! The CASE office and the Professional Development Chair (Will Gordillo) and committee are pretty much always planning for at least one conference and typically for 2-3 at a time. Right now we are negotiating for 2017 and 2018! We are totally geared up for the Winter Hybrid but are already making plans for the July Legislative Summit and the 26th Annual conference next year in Atlanta! I am thankful we have such talented professionals to assist with this huge job and I am thankful we have members who want quality professional learning and support the CASE events!
Speaking of CASE Events ...
The 4th Annual Hybrid will be held in Phoenix, Arizona, on Feb. 19-20. The theme is RESULTS DRIVEN ACCOUNTABILITY: Actualizing the Promise through Practice with the daily themes being
Leading by Convening: Actualizing the Practice
I am thankful for the great support and friendship to CASE of our two speakers, long time CASE friends, Dr. Joanne Cashman and Julie Weatherly, Esq. We hope you will consider hosting one of the virtual sites. It is critical that we get the information that will be presented out to general education, special education administrators and teachers — especial those just starting on their career ladder, as well as community and business people and parents! Click here for Hints for Virtual Sites.
Click here for the flyer on the conference — remember you have two options: travel to the wonderfully warm Phoenix, Arizona, or be the host site for a virtual conference — same low price — and for just $50 you can have the DVD of the complete conference to use over and over and over! For more information and to register, Click here.
Legal Issues: Actualizing the Promise
I am also thankful for CASE having the respect of the GAO! Last week's poll showed for 58 percent of you who answered the poll, state regulations give you daily aggravation and for 42 percent federal regulations are what impacts you daily. Last week at our CASE Board of directors' meeting and then for three breakout sessions, CASE members were able to discuss the paperwork and administrative issues of IDEA. What an opportunity and really privilege to be able to provide that input! Policy and legislative chair Phyllis Wolfram and her committee will be providing follow up to the GAO and of course to our members.
I am thankful ... and I know you are too!
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Kick off your Hour of Code with Sheryl Sandberg or Bill Gates
Hour of Code
We just announced an exciting roster of Hour of Code ambassadors who will welcome classrooms to their first Hour of Code during Dec. 8-14.
New tutorials are coming soon
- If you sign up your class: 100 lucky classrooms will be selected for live video Q&As with a tech titan or tech-loving celebrity.
- If you sign up your school: You'll also qualify to win $10,000 worth of technology. One public school in every state will win. The deadline to qualify is Nov. 14, so register now.
We can't wait to share them. Let us know if you'll be doing the Hour of Code, we'll email you as soon as this year's activities are ready to try.
Anybody can participate. No experience needed, no computers either.
With 5 weeks to go, give your students a chance to learn foundational 21st-century skills and help the Hour of Code get to 100 million students!
Leadership opportunity for CEC diverse members
Are you a CEC member from a diverse ethnic or multicultural group who is a problem-solving networker, loves a challenge and wants to contribute to the success of your professional organization?
If so, please apply to join the Nominations Standing Committee, which ensures that all CEC constituent groups have opportunities to participate in leadership development, creates a greater awareness of CEC leadership opportunities and encourages member involvement in various governance activities within the organization. The Committee also solicits nominations and prepares a slate of candidates every year to fill positions on the Board of Directors.
The Committee needs at least 2 members* from a diverse ethnic or multicultural group to submit an Interest Form for the Ethnic and Multicultural Groups** position on the NSC. All candidates are slated for election by the CEC's Representative Assembly.
Put your leadership and networking skills to great use by submitting your application by Nov. 13.
Contact Sharon Rodriguez (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information about the NSC.
P.S. If you're not able to commit at this time, please share this with another CEC member from a diverse ethnic or multicultural group who might be interested. Thanks!
* With the exception of the Immediate Past President, no member of the Representative Assembly or the Board of Directors, except for the two Board members required to sit on the Nominations Standing Committee, may concurrently be a member of the Nominations Standing Committee.
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Have you filled all your vacancies yet?
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.
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.
Teacher Educators and Accomplished teachers
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.
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.
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.
Follow the National Center on Intensive Intervention on Twitter @TheNCII
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
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!
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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Apply to be a White House Fellow
CEC Policy Insider
The White House Fellows program 2015-2016 has officially launched online on Nov. 1, 2014! Open season is from Nov. 1, 2014 to January 15, 2015. The program's mission is to expose Fellows to first-hand, high-level experience in the Federal government. The program consists of a full-time work placement in the offices of Cabinet Secretaries, senior White House staff and other high-ranking Administration officials.
2015 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award
CEC Policy Insider
The National Center for Families Learning has begun accepting nominations for the 2015 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award, which will present $20,000 to an exemplary teacher engaging families in education. Educators working with families through schools, libraries and many other community-based organizations will be considered, and nominations are due Dec. 31.
Every child deserves the chance for growth. Mobility can be difficult to achieve for children with special needs, even after years of rigorous therapy. While children are simply enjoying a nifty, exciting new toy, parents are amazed at the continuous improvement of motor skills, coordination, balance and more.
Voyager Passport® gives you a dynamic blend of print instruction and technology to help more of your struggling learners master priority skills and strategies to reach grade-level performance. A Teacher's Resource Kit includes everything you need to accommodate diverse learners, including instructional support for English learners and flexible grouping strategies.
Growing up with ADHD
With her long dark hair flying, Saorla Meenagh, 10, can execute a perfect switch leap, one leg out, one tucked under, her arms glued to her sides in classic Irish step-dancing style. Saorla, whose blue eyes, white skin, and sprinkle of freckles helped win her a modeling contract with a New York agency — on hold until her braces come off — also plays softball and Gaelic football, a soccer-like game her father, Seamus, a contractor, enjoyed when he was growing up in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.
Schools try shuffling schedules for success
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
For years, schools have grappled with how to help pupils who are struggling the most catch up to their classmates. In many cases, holding them back to repeat a grade hasn't worked. Neither has social promotion — allowing children to move to the next grade with their classmates, where they may fall further behind. So what would it take to get a pupil the needed help without the stigma of repeating a grade? Two schools in the Pattonville School District are shaking up schedules and class structures in an effort to find out.
How bullying may physically alter our developing brains
By: Dorothy L. Tengler
It's no mystery that the brain develops before birth and continues throughout adulthood. But we may not have considered that brain development is analogous to building a house: laying the foundation, framing the rooms and installing electrical wiring. Obviously, laying a solid foundation builds a strong brain structure, while a weak foundation creates a faulty structure. At birth, we are born with billions of neurons, the same number as adults. These specialized cells have to be connected or "wired" to form circuits to control different functions from basic to biological ones.
Study: Nagging parents to help their kids learn to read works
The children of wealthy parents hear millions more words in their first years of life than the children of low-income ones. That creates a vocabulary gap that never really closes: poor children lag behind in literacy from their first day of school. Researchers are looking at a low-cost way to help: sending three text messages a week to parents of pre-K students, at a cost of about $1 per family. And they have some early evidence that this program, which suggests easy ways to help kids pick up literacy skills, can work.
Feds: Schools must offer communication supports
The Obama administration is reminding schools of their wide-ranging responsibilities to students with disabilities who struggle with speech and other communication difficulties. In a guidance issued, federal officials said the nation's public schools have obligations under three separate laws to "ensure that communication with students with hearing, vision and speech disabilities is as effective as communication with all other students." While requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act vary, schools must comply with all three laws to meet individual needs.
New NCLB waiver guidance from Department of Education
U.S. News & World Report
The Department of Education is letting states apply to renew their waivers from No Child Left Behind, President George W. Bush's landmark education reform law, for three and in some cases four more years, but they'll have to do more to show they're turning around low-performing schools and closing student achievement gaps.
Curiosity in young learners is the foundation of academic success
Kids begin building the foundations for academic learning at an early age. In her Atlantic article, Alexandra Ossola explores how preschool children are beginning to make meaning out of the world around them, which translates into the ability down the line to grasp complicated math and science concepts.
The font that could help dyslexics read better
If you have dyslexia, learning basic reading, writing, and language skills can be a life-long struggle and a source of frustration. Dutch designer Christian Boer has stepped in to help dyslexic people by creating a specific typeface called Dyslexie that may make it easier to read. Boer, a graduate of Utrecht Art Academy, was inspired to create the typeface by his own struggles with dyslexia. The font looks a lot like a typical typeface, but is designed so that the difference between each character is more pronounced.
School environment affects teacher expectations of their students
University de Montreal via Science Daily
The school environment in which teachers work is related to their expectations of students, according to a new study. "It is known that low teacher expectations are negatively associated with student achievement and school effectiveness. While we know that expectations are primarily determined by the specific characteristics of teachers, we have shown that the school environment also plays a determining role," says the lead author of the study.
Approach to fractions seen as key shift in Common Core Standards
For many elementary teachers, fractions have traditionally sprung to mind lessons involving pizzas, pies, and chocolate bars, among other varieties of "wholes" that can be shared. But in what many experts are calling one of the biggest shifts associated with the Common Core State Standards for mathematics, more teachers are now being asked to emphasize fractions as points on a number line, rather than just parts of a whole, to underscore their relationships to integers.
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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