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Cathy Sartain Industries, Professional Services

Cathy Sartain Industries provides professional development, products and services. Topics include developing standards-based goals, functional goals and grading practices for students with disabilities.


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Cyber Monday
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Facebook We hope all of our U.S. members had a great Thanksgiving week and we know everyone is busy preparing for winter, the upcoming holiday season and of course the upcoming CASE events. By the end of the week we will have posted on our website suggestions for those of you who will be "hosting" sites for the CASE Winter Hybrid Conference, Feb. 13-15. Remember, your cost is just the regular registration for one but you can have as many people participate as you wish. And ... you may want to target different groups for the three different themed days. This professional development opportunity could be an amazing "cyber Monday" opportunity. Think about having 30 different folks attend during the 3 days — 90 participants (or more) for a member price of just $425 and you get the DVD with it to use with even more folks. We will be having critical discussions about essential issues including what is LRE for virtual schools; next steps with MTSS; Re-invention of Special Education Services. We will have two former OSERS Assistant Secretaries and the current OSEP Director as part of our discussion. Don't miss out on this amazing PD opportunity on a shoe string budget.


Save the date for the 2013 Convention & Expo
San Antonio — April 3-6

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Join the Council for Exceptional Children in San Antonio for the CEC 2013 Convention & Expo — the largest professional development event dedicated to special and gifted education. There, educators from around the world will discuss the most pressing issues in special and gifted education and share information in areas such as common core state standards, administration and supervision, autism spectrum disorders, co-teaching and collaboration, policy, technology and culturally responsive interventions.

The CEC Convention & Expo offers hundreds of educational sessions conducted by leading experts and endless opportunities to network with others working with children and youth with exceptionalities and their families. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about new and pending legislation and explore cutting-edge products and services in the exhibit hall. Educators won’t want to miss this chance to catch up on what’s happening in the field, broaden their perspective of special education and further their professional growth.

CEC's Convention & Expo is the heart and soul of the special education community and your premier professional development event. Registration opens Oct. 17 so visit for updates.

 CEC Policy Insider

Speak out on behalf of special education and share your story with CEC
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Every year, CEC publishes the "Federal Outlook for Exceptional Children," providing an overview of federally-funded programs — IDEA and Javits grants — that impact the lives of children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. "The Outlook" is distributed to members of Congress, federal agencies and other leaders in the education community with the hope that a better understanding of such programs will lead to increased federal funding for special/gifted education programs. More

Join CEC for a discussion about special education teacher evaluation
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In recent years, school reform efforts have increasingly focused on ways to evaluate and improve teacher performance. This is in part a response to recent research demonstrating that teachers are the most important school-based factor in determining student achievement (Goldhaber, 2010; Hanushek, 1998; Rice-King, 2003). But, just as research has confirmed the importance of teachers, several studies of teacher evaluation systems — the primary method of judging how teachers perform — have found that, more often than not, these systems fail to differentiate between effective and ineffective teachers, are unrelated to professional development, and do not incorporate information about teacher impact on student performance (Weisberg, Sexton, Mulhern, & Keeling, 2009). More

System 44

System 44 is the breakthrough foundational reading and phonics intervention technology program for our most challenged readers in Grades 3–12+. System 44' s state-of-the-art adaptive technology delivers direct, explicit and foundational reading and phonics instruction as well as engaging, high-interest print materials for student practice in reading, writing, and spelling. System 44 was developed to ensure that students with unique learning challenges have the necessary support and scaffolds to address their specific needs. Learn More


Transitioning students with disabilities into college and careers Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Scott Rich is a prime example of how a student with disabilities can be successful. Rich was diagnosed with autism at the age of three, and behavioral problems affected him throughout elementary school. He had difficulty engaging to the point that he was expelled on several occasions, and during middle and high school, he suffered anxiety and time management issues. Today, life for Rich is an entirely different story. At age 29, Rich has earned his M.A. in Special Education, a B.A. in Geography, and a Minor in Special Education. Rich now works as an outreach advocate and is mentoring students with special needs and autism. More

School districts brace for cuts as fiscal crisis looms
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During the campaign, both President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney repeatedly extolled the value of schools and teachers. Romney, in their first debate last month, even vowed, "I'm not going to cut education funding." But if his fellow Republicans in Congress and Obama cannot agree on a resolution for the country's looming debt crisis, the automatic budget cuts and tax increases that will kick in next year could spawn another round of belt-tightening at public schools already battered by the recession and its aftermath. If the government is unable to come to a resolution, federal education programs for elementary and high schools would lose a little over $2 billion — or close to 8 percent of the current budget — starting next fall, according to the Office of Management and Budget and the Education Department. More

Duncan celebrates 314 schools as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools
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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today will honor 314 schools as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools at an awards luncheon at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. The award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or for their progress toward significantly improving student academic achievement levels. The schools — 264 public and 50 private — are among more than 7,000 that have received the coveted award over the past 30 years. More

Literacy Tools
That Help Students Succeed
Award-winning WordQ helps each student address reading and writing gaps to meet Common Core proficiency requirements. Using WordQ, teachers can provide differentiated instruction with greater ease and flexibility. Extend learning time and opportunities; ideal for ELL students and all students who struggle with reading, vocabulary, spelling, syntax, grammar, text production, editing and revising.
SRA Reading Laboratory 2.0
• Any device anytime,   anywhere
• More than 85% new content

• Motivating short reads with   text dependent questions
• Simple Management tools   for teachers

• Improve students' Lexile®   scores with access to   complex text
• Informational and literary   text based on their interests
• Reports on Lexile® level,   student progress, standards,   and fluency
AutismPro provides online tools to help school districts meet state compliance and due process requirements in supporting students with Autism and Related Disorders. It's a comprehensive suite of professional development and case management resources for educators and professionals working with students with ASDs.

 Hot Topics

Why do so many teachers quit their jobs? Because they hate their bosses
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What's the reason so many new teachers quit the profession or move to a different school? The heavy workload? Low salary? A paucity of classroom resources? An absence of autonomy? The "always-on," continually demanding nature of the work? None of the above. The main reason is their principals. To find out what factors influence novice teachers' decisions to leave the teaching profession, Peter Youngs, associate professor of educational policy at Michigan State University and Ben Pogodzinski of Wayne State University, working with two other colleagues at Michigan State, surveyed 184 beginning teachers of grades one through eight in eleven large school districts in Michigan and Indiana. Their study was recently published in Elementary School Journal. More

Teen with autism prevails in mainstreaming dispute
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A 13-year-old with autism will be allowed to attend his neighborhood middle school after waging an online protest against a school district plan to segregate him. Henry Frost took to social media after his Tampa, Fla.-area school district insisted that he attend a special program for students with disabilities rather than the school located just yards from his house. In an online petition asking school officials to reconsider, Frost said that the district told him he would need to take tests and demonstrate that he could climb the building's stairs, among other requirements, before he could attend his local school. Frost garnered more than 4,000 supporters on Facebook along with over 6,500 signatures on the petition and now the school district appears to have backed down. More

Youngest kids in class may be more likely to get ADHD diagnosis
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A new study from Iceland adds to existing evidence that kids are more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder if they're among the youngest in their grade at school. The findings suggest — but don't prove — that some children are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder when they're just less mature than their peers. More

ChalkTalk™ - An on-demand video interview series

ChalkTalk™ videos are cost-effective and are available "on demand". The talk show format focuses on educational issues and best practices in educating students with disabilities. Information is available at your fingertips, as the videos become an archived electronic library that you can access at any time. Click here to learn more!
A web-based system that addresses the challenge of intervention scheduling in the schools. It's designed for anyone who needs to schedule and document interventions. MORE

 In the News

More training is key to better school data use
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Schools and districts have come a long way in gathering and analyzing data to help boost student achievement, but according to a new report from the Data Quality Campaign, what school data initiatives are still missing is the human element. The DQC's eighth annual state analysis, Data for Action 2012, found that although states are making progress in supporting "effective data use" and have enacted data-based policy changes, they have "not yet focused on helping people — especially parents, teachers, and students — effectively use data." The organization issued the findings of its analysis in a report titled "Focus on People to Change Data Culture." More

Fostering independence and life skills: For children with developmental disabilities, parenting style matters
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Positive parenting can be particularly effective in helping young children with developmental disabilities become more independent and cooperative, a Brigham Young University study found. Yet, while thousands of research articles have trumpeted the benefits of positive parenting for typically developing children, comparatively few studies have examined positive parenting for children with developmental challenges. More

Addressing bullying: Schoolwide solutions
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Kids have been bullying each other for generations. But for Generation Z, also known as the iGeneration or the Net Generation, the ability to utilize technology to expand their reach — and the extent of their harm — has increased exponentially. Bullying in all forms, face-to-face or via technology, is of course unacceptable, but today's school leaders need to arm themselves with new rules and strategies to address aggressive behaviors that hurt students' well-being, their academic performance, and school climates overall. More

Kids and sports: Exceptions should be made for students with disabilities
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Jacob had dyslexia. He had a learning disability that caused him to struggle in the classroom. It wasn't that he didn't want good grades or that he didn't try hard. He put in more hours than the average student at his school to keep his head above water. After school, he loved sports. He played sports as a younger child and wanted to play on teams as each season presented that opportunity. He was a good athlete and did well with the sports he played. He connected with his coaches and had a great attitude, and modeled good sportsmanship. The insecure feelings he had from his learning disability waned as he strapped on his cleats and was ready for practice. More

Iowa report urges early identification of struggling students
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Achievement gaps among Iowa students are largely driven by challenges such as childhood poverty, according to a report by the state Department of Education. Students with fewer needs tend to perform on par with their non-challenged peers, despite racial differences, the report states. "Students with disabilities, children who do not speak English as their native language and children who come from low-income backgrounds increasingly are falling behind classmates who do not face similar challenges," Education Director Jason Glass writes in the report. More

Report: Education technology, digital learning not as easy as it seems
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A report from the Alliance for Excellent Education identifies four key challenges that public school district leaders must address in the next two years in order to successfully bring digital learning and education technology into K-12 classrooms. The driving force behind the nationwide effort to adopt a comprehensive digital learning strategy is the move by all states to raise academic expectations by requiring students to graduate from high school college- and career-ready. Additionally, the Common Core State Standards adopted by 46 states and the District of Columbia necessitates using technology to prepare students for computer-administered assessments in the 2014-2015 school year. More


Event       Location     Dates Notes

CASE Winter Conference       Orlando, Fla.     Feb. 13-15 This is a hybrid conference. You can attend in person or via the Internet.
Daily Themes:
Applying Virtual Education
Integrated Education for ALL
Re-Inventing/Re-Booting SPED

CASE EC       San Antonio     April 2 More information to come.

CASE Member/BOD Meeting       San Antonio     April 3 More information to come.

CASE Night       San Antonio     April 4 More information to come.


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