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Did you know according to Wikipedia, Cyber Monday first made its appearance Nov. 28, 2005. It was developed as a result of the successful phenomenon of Black Friday (the notorious shopping day after Thanksgiving) to encourage shoppers to spend more money on line the Monday after Thanksgiving. Unlike Black Friday, Cyber Monday is recognized as an international marketing term in such countries as Canada, United Kingdom, Portugal, Germany, Chile, Japan and others! So, why the interest in Cyber Monday? Because CASE is offering our first ever Cyber Monday sale! You can get 20 percent off the registration to our 3rd Annual CASE Hybrid Conference — Virtual or Onsite — if you purchase it by Friday, Dec. 6! What a deal!

CASE 2014 Winter Hybrid Conference
KEEPING UP IN CHANGING TIMES!
Feb. 24-26
Orlando, Fla.
Rosen Plaza Hotel or Virtual


Each Day will be a self contained workshop
  • Focus on Measuring and Evaluating Teacher/Staff Effectiveness
  • Impact of Common Core, Essential Elements and New Assessments
  • Public Education: How Will It Survive
Last year we had 46 virtual sites in 23 states and we had 60 people at the Rosen Plaza Hotel, Orlando, Fla., for the onsite event! Though the presenters are all from the U.S. and the topics at first glance appear to be all about the U.S., teacher/staff assessment and certainly the future of education are universal issues. Even though the Common Core is very U.S., much of the discussion will center around applying standards to curriculum and assessment. We hope this year to have some virtual sites outside of the U.S. and we hope to have 100 virtual sites! As a virtual site, we will provide you with lots of support and ideas on how to have a successful event. We encourage our virtual sites to invite a variety of stakeholders to each day of the three day event. Each day will have a different emphasis so there will be different people who might want to attend on the various days. The virtual site pays one registration and as many people as you can have at your site may attend! And you can charge to defray your cost or to even make it a revenue generator! But your very best deal is to purchase this week!

Click here to go to the registration site and use the discount code: CYBERCASE2013! To download a flyer with the regular prices, Click here.

I am thankful for all of you!

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Luann Purcell
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  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.
 


CASE Third Annual
2014 Winter Hybrid Conference
KEEPING UP IN CHANGING TIMES!
Feb. 24-26
Orlando, Fla.
Rosen Plaza Hotel or Virtual

CASE
Each Day will be a self contained workshop
  • Focus on Measuring and Evaluating Teacher/Staff Effectiveness
  • Impact of Common Core, Essential Elements and New Assessments
  • Public Education: How Will It Survive
Presenters will be Cutting Edge
    Dr. Mary Brownell, CEEDAR Center, University of Florida; Dr. Stevan Kukic, NCLD; Dr. Rick Melmer, CCSSO/SDBOR/MCEC; Audra Ahumada, Alternate Assessment Director, AZ DOE; Dr. Lynn Holdheide, CEEDAR/AIR; Dr. Joanne Cashman, Director IDEA Partnership; Lindsay Jones, NCLD; Matt Clifford, AIR; Katie Hornung, AIR ; Others to be added as confirmed.
This will be a HYBRID Conference
  • Attend in person OR link up for a virtual conference from your location
  • Price is per site so invite as many others to join you as you wish for the same price
  • Purchase the CD-ROM and it is for your use as often as you wish!
  • Practical Help & Resources provided to all Virtual Sites
  • Special Communication Links between Virtual Sites and On Site participants/speakers
To Register: go to www.casecec.org or http://casecec.peachnewmedia.com

Conference Hotel:
Rosen Plaza, 9700 International Drive
Orlando, Florida 32819
Group Rate- $119          www.rosenplaza.com

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

    New website offers Common Core lesson plans for special educators (Education Week)
Lower expectations for students with disabilities? (eSchool News)
What is developmentally appropriate in learning? (Daniel Willingham: Science And Education Blog via The Washington Post)

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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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    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.
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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

    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.

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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.





    CEC Policy Insider


    Hearing for CRPD shows support, Secretary of State John Kerry speaks for ratification
    CEC Policy Insider
    On Nov. 21 Room G-50 in the U.S. Senate Dirksen Building was once again overflowing with those advocating for the U.S. ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, with Secretary of State John Kerry testifying to the Foreign Relations Committee. Kerry is no stranger to the treaty, as he pushed for its ratification when he was chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee in the Senate.
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    Don't Forget to 'Carve Turkeys, Not Education!'
    CEC Policy Insider
    Last week's Policy Insider featured our Action Alert: Carve Turkeys, Not Education. Meanwhile, Congress continues to make decisions that will determine the amount of funding provided for education programs. Some lawmakers believe sequestration must continue, but others are still on the fence.
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    Schools create social opportunities for disabled kids
    Orlando Sentinel
    Nolan Lang, a baseball player at Dr. Phillips High, wrapped the hands of fellow student Cameron Meena into his own. Together, they swung the bat. "Run, Cameron!" said Nolan, a 17-year-old senior, as the ball sailed off the tee.

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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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    '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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    Hot Topics


    Financing the education of high-need students
    The Thomas B. Fordham Institute
    School districts face an enormous financial burden when it comes to educating our highest-need students. Financing the Education of High-Need Students focuses on three specific challenges that are often encountered when districts — especially small ones — grapple with the costs of serving their highest-need special-education students.
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    More than 1 in 10 kids diagnosed with ADHD
    Disability Scoop
    The number of American children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is on the rise, according to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 1 in 10 kids ages 4 to 17 has been diagnosed with ADHD and an increasing number of them are taking medication to address their symptoms, the CDC said. The findings released Friday come from a survey of over 95,000 parents, which was conducted in 2011. The agency found that about 11 percent of kids — or roughly 6.4 million — had been given a diagnosis of ADHD, which is characterized by difficulty paying attention or controlling impulsive behaviors.
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    Carbon monoxide detectors in schools: Only 2 states require them
    Deseret News
    Connecticut and Maryland are the only states that require carbon monoxide detectors in schools, and most U.S. schools don't have them, the Associated Press reported, soon after 44 students and adults were sickened by CO fumes at Utah's Montezuma Creek Elementary School on Nov. 18. The Utah event is only the latest in a string of similar incidents at U.S. schools. Last December, 49 people were treated for CO poisoning after exposure at an Atlanta elementary school.
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    Seclusion rooms used 23,000 times in Connecticut schools
    WVIT-TV
    "[They] used to lock me up in that room all the time and I used to jump on there," recalled nine-year-old Robert Eldred. Robert's experience with seclusion, or "scream," rooms started when he was a kindergartner. His parents said Robert was forced into the rooms nearly every day. Seclusion rooms come in many shapes and sizes. Some have windows or padding. Typically, children are placed in the rooms alone and are not allowed to leave until an adult allows them to do so. Often, the rooms are small in size.
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    Legislation


    Which states are most vulnerable to K-12 sequester cuts?
    Education Week
    Sequestration — those 5 percent across-the-board cuts that hit school districts this year and are slated to be in place for a decade — has affected some districts and states harder than others. Part of the reason? Some states are much more dependent on federal funding than others. So which states are the most vulnerable to federal cuts? The American Association of School Administrators took a look at that in a report.
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    More states are collecting and using student data to improve education
    U.S. News & World Report
    More now than ever, states are expanding the ways they use student data to inform how they make changes to and improve their education systems, according to a report from the Data Quality Campaign. The Washington-based nonprofit measures states by a list of 10 benchmarks that show how effectively they use different data measures, such as linking K-12 and higher education data and creating progress reports with student-level data for teachers, students and parents. The group found that in 2013, Arkansas and Delaware were the first two states to meet all 10 benchmarks.
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    In the News


    Schools create social opportunities for disabled kids
    Orlando Sentinel
    Nolan Lang, a baseball player at Dr. Phillips High, wrapped the hands of fellow student Cameron Meena into his own. Together, they swung the bat. "Run, Cameron!" said Nolan, a 17-year-old senior, as the ball sailed off the tee. "Let's go!" Keeping his hand on Cameron's shoulder, Nolan led Cameron around the bases. Nolan and Cameron, who has autism, are part of a movement in Central Florida and elsewhere to create more social opportunities for disabled students to interact with their nondisabled peers.
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    ADHD study: Expensive training programs don't help kids' grades, behavior
    Medical Xpress
    Many parents spend thousands of dollars on computer-based training programs that claim to help children with ADHD succeed in the classroom and in peer relationships while reducing hyperactivity and inattentiveness. But a University of Central Florida researcher says parents are better off saving their hard-earned cash. Psychology professor Mark Rapport's research team spent two years analyzing the data from 25 studies and found that those programs are not producing significant or clinically meaningful long-term improvements in children's cognitive abilities, academic performance or behavior.
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    Early testing reveals high toxic chemical levels at Malibu, Calif., high school
    Los Angeles Times
    Preliminary testing at Malibu, Calif., high school has uncovered toxic chemicals at levels that exceed regulatory limits, according to a statement released Friday by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. The findings trigger what could be a "very large, very expensive" remediation plan in which the district will have to conduct additional testing and ultimately clean up the chemicals, district Supt. Sandra Lyon said. That potentially years-long process will be overseen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, she added.
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    Shedding new light on learning disorders
    Michigan State University
    A Michigan State University researcher has discovered the first anatomical evidence that the brains of children with a nonverbal learning disability — long considered a "pseudo" diagnosis — may develop differently than the brains of other children. The finding, published in Child Neuropsychology, could ultimately help educators and clinicians better distinguish between — and treat — children with a nonverbal learning disability, or NVLD, and those with Asperger's, or high functioning autism, which is often confused with NVLD.
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    Teens' mental disorders often untreated in US, study finds
    HealthDay News
    Less than half of American teens with mental health disorders receive treatment, and those who do get help rarely see a mental health specialist, a new study indicates. The findings underscore the need for better mental health services for teens, said study author E. Jane Costello, associate director of the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy in Durham, N.C.
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    3 strategies to promote independent thinking in classrooms
    Edutopia
    Imagine the intentional focus you would bring to crossing a rushing creek. Each stepping-stone is different in shape, each distance uneven and unpredictable, requiring you to tread with all senses intact. The simple act of traversing water on stones is an extraordinary exercise in concentration. Now think of how, with all the tweeting, texting and messaging that technology has given us, our attention is frittered away by the mundane. The speed of communication undermines the continuum of thought. That rushing creek is much harder to cross.
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    Is it better to have a great teacher or a small class?
    The Atlantic
    When it comes to student success, "smaller is better" has been the conventional wisdom on class size, despite a less-than-persuasive body of research. But what if that concept were turned on its head, with more students per classroom — provided they're being taught by the most effective teachers? That's the question a new study out today from the conservative Thomas B. Fordham Institute set out to answer, using data on teachers and students in North Carolina in grades 4 through 8 over four academic years. While the results are based on a theoretical simulation rather than actually reconfiguring classroom assignments in order to measure the academic outcomes, the findings are worth considering.
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    Science says: Here's how to reach every student brain
    eSchool News
    By now, most educators know that classroom practices such as differentiating instruction, critical thinking and making the environment less stressful for students are critical to a 21st century education. But ... why does it work? One education and brain expert says it all comes down to chemicals and neurons. Dr. Sarah Armstrong, the senior director for statewide K-12 professional development at the University of Virginia and a former elementary school principal and assistant superintendent of curriculum, said she became a "brain junkie" in the 1980s and never looked back.
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