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In the U.S., Thanksgiving is this Thursday. For our Canadian colleagues, we are a bit late — this year it was Monday, Oct. 14. Just as in the U.S., Thanksgiving is celebrated on a particular day not a date — the second Monday of October. In both countries, the holiday celebrates the harvest and the blessings of the past year. I have so much to be thankful for and pretty close to the top of my list is CASE and my colleagues both in CASE and in the associations we partner with on a weekly basis! I am thankful we have so many people who truly love their profession and work so hard to educate ALL students to reach their greatest potential. I am thankful for all the growth in technology that provides so many opportunities for all students to both learn and communicate in ways that were not possible even 10 years ago. Universal Design for Learning is good for everyone. I am thankful for the pioneers in Special Education who took risks and made sacrifices and in so many ways, paved the foundation for the programs, laws, and resources we have today. I am thankful for our researchers who take the technology of today and see ways it can be used in teacher training. Who would have thought Avatars and "bugs in the ear" would be terms used in training special education teachers? We have some of the most amazing administrators who continually think of ways to encourage teachers, families and students so we can see improved student achievement. We have so many administrators who build bridges on a daily basis to make sure every last penny is used efficiently and effectively. There are so many administrators who not only impact their own school, their own district, their own state/province but indeed their country and even our world! I am so thankful for all these dedicated professionals.

Now would be a great time to honor these professionals. Many of our states and provinces give Administrator Awards every year. Please consider nominating your award winners or other great administrators for the CASE Outstanding Administrator Award or the highest award CASE gives, the Harrie Selznick Award. Click here to download the nomination form or go to the CASE website for more information on the Award process. The deadline for the award nominations is Dec. 31.

I am thankful for all of you!

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

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COMING SOON FOR BLACK FRIDAY & CYBER MONDAY
Members will be able to take advantage of a
Black Friday and Cyber Monday early bird registration special!

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!


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The Viscardi Center announces call for nominations to honor distinguished leaders of the disability community
The Viscardi Center via CASE
The Viscardi Center issued a Call for Nominations for the Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards, which pay tribute to exemplary leaders in the disability community who have had a profound impact on shaping attitudes, raising awareness and improving the quality of life of people with disabilities. The Award recipients will be announced on Monday, May 5, 2014.
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    Students with disabilities and the Common Core: Challenges, opportunities (Education Week)
The mind of a middle schooler: How brains learn (Edutopia)
Sen. Mikulski asks: Invest in or cut funding for special education? (CEC Policy Insider)
Common Core's promise collides with IEP realities (Education Week)

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Job Posting


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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.
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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

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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.

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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.

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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.



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    CEC Policy Insider


    UNCRPD: 2nd Senate hearing, Nov. 21 — Ratify the UNCRPD treaty now
    CEC Policy Insider
    Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, announced his intention to hold hearings and a markup on the Treaty and is singularly focused and committed to passing the CRPD this year. A hearing was held on Nov. 5.
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    Carve turkeys, not education — Tell Congress to stop budget cuts to education programs
    CEC Policy Insider
    Right now, Congressional leaders are trying to strike a deal that will determine next year's funding levels for education programs, and all other federal programs. While some lawmakers have made it clear that sequestration — the federal initiative that already cut over $2 billion from the U.S. Department of Education — must not continue, others are still wavering. And some are considering whether to spare defense programs but keep future cuts in place for other domestic programs, like education.
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    CEC to White House officials: Budget cuts are threatening special education services. Continue to share your stories
    CEC Policy Insider
    CEC staff met today with officials from the White House Domestic Policy Council, Office of Management and Budget, and U.S. Department of Education to share how budget cuts have impacted children, schools and communities. As you know, the cuts are hurting our ability to serve our students.
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    NAEP results show wide achievement gaps between students with, without disabilities
    CEC Policy Insider
    Results for the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress are in and the scores for students with disabilities are dismal. Not only are very few students with disabilities meeting proficiency on NAEP — better known as the Nation's Report Card — but large achievement gaps between students with and without disabilities remain.
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    Nationwide, families feel pinch of special education cuts
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    Increased class sizes, decreased services and placement changes are among the effects parents say budget cuts are having on students in special education.

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    '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.

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    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.

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    Hot Topics


    Lower expectations for students with disabilities?
    eSchool News
    A majority of U.S. states offer multiple paths in high school graduation requirements to students with disabilities, according to a new report. However, what some likely intended as a way to help these students may be hurting their chances at entering post-secondary education and the workforce, which begs the question: Are states ensuring that students with disabilities are college- and career-ready?
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    New website offers Common Core lesson plans for special educators
    Education Week
    Teachers looking for ways to weave technology into Common Core themed lesson plans have a new resource in PowerUp WHAT WORKS, a federally-funded online collaboration between three education research and development organizations. The website, which currently offers resources on 10 English/language arts standards and seven math standards, is meant to appeal both to special education teachers who want to dig deeply into the standards and to those who want "grab and go" strategies that they can implement right away in their classrooms, said Tracy Gray, a managing director at the Washington, D.C.-based American Institutes of Research, one of the partners in the website.
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    Nationwide, families feel pinch of special education cuts
    Disability Scoop
    Increased class sizes, decreased services and placement changes are among the effects parents say budget cuts are having on students in special education. In a new survey of more than 1,000 parents of kids with disabilities across the country, more than half said they have seen differences in their child's special education services because of budget cuts in the last year. Among those who cited changes, about 30 percent said their son or daughter's services decreased, nearly a third reported expanded class sizes and 27 percent said the number of service providers at their child's school declined.
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    5 takeaways from the Education Department's NCLB waiver about-face
    Education Week
    Nov. 13, Education Week told you about the big changes the U.S. Department of Education was making to the process states are undertaking to renew their No Child Left Behind Act waivers. No longer will states have to come up with plans to improve the spending of federal professional development money and the distribution of effective teachers to poor and minority children.
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    Education Department loosens NCLB waiver requirements
    U.S. News & World Report
    Not long after it said states would have to increase their accountability measures to renew No Child Left Behind waivers, the Education Department is scaling back that process. The department announced Aug. 29 that in order to renew the waivers that allow states to get around key requirements of the sweeping education law, they would have to show they are doing a better job of ensuring low-income and minority students are not disproportionately being taught by ineffective teachers, and that they would have to improve their use of federal funds for professional development.
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    In the News


    6 ways eBooks can support Common Core
    eSchool News
    As schools begin implementing the Common Core State Standards, experts say that this could be an opportune time for districts to explore eBooks, specifically because eBooks' technology features can help fulfill many Common Core requirements.
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    Small-group learning boosts test scores
    The Courier-Journal
    Small groups of second-graders were scattered around Field Elementary School in Crescent Hill working on math recently — including one group seated on the floor in a hallway. All of the students were studying number groupings, included identifying which numbers were in the "ones," "tens" and "hundreds" places in a number such as 742. It was their daily WIN time, which stands for "What I Need," at the school, 120 Sacred Heart Lane, and they were working in different ways — including playing a bingo game — depending on their level of understanding.
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    Hybrid learning's promise for personalized education
    eSchool News
    Some technology trends are just that: trends and fads. Others — like hybrid learning — have sticking power, because they enable students and teachers to personalize teaching and learning. In recent years, hybrid learning — often used interchangeably with blended learning — programs across the nation have skyrocketed. Numerous reports, studies, and research efforts have documented hybrid learning's rise and the benefits it has to offer for today's students, who demonstrate a desire to take more control and ownership over their learning. In essence, hybrid learning gives today's students a pathway to what they have demonstrated they want: a personalized learning experience.
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    What is developmentally appropriate in learning?
    Daniel Willingham: Science And Education Blog via The Washington Post
    Daniel Willingham writes, "The New York State Education Department has a website that is meant to help teachers prepare for the Common Core State Standards.Author Chris Cerrone posted a bit of a 1st grade curriculum module on early civilizations. Cerrone asked primary grade educators to weigh in: "What do you think of the vocabulary contained in this unit of study?" The responses in the 78 comments were nearly uniformly negative. As you might expect from that volume of commentary, the criticisms were wide-ranging, much of it directed more generally at standardized testing and the idea of the CCSS themselves. There is an important idea at the heart of this criticism: developmental stages.
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    Getting kids to read: The 5 key habits of lifelong readers
    The Washington Post
    How do people become lifelong readers? That's a subject tackled in a new book, "Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer's Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits," by Donalyn Miller, a sixth-grade language arts teacher in Texas who is known as the Book Whisperer. After her first book, The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child, was published in 2009, she began to notice that students whom she had taught to be independent readers in her class moved on to the next grade and suddenly stopped reading.
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