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


 CASE News

A lot of talk ... little action ... what about YOU!
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Facebook For our U.S. members, the news has been filled with the debate on the middle class tax increase if Congress doesn't take action soon but there has been little action. We are not hearing much about the sequestration situation right now like we did a few weeks before the election — again, the lame-duck Congress is not speeding to a resolution right now on that issue, either! So, the question is, what are YOU doing about the sequestration that will impose an automatic 8-9 percent cut to all of the nondefense discretionary programs — including education! Click here for a great website with many suggestions ... CEC has a sequestration letter already prepared that you can modify, (be sure to add that you are a member of the Council of Administrators of Special Education, CASE, as well as a member of CEC) putting in specifics on how the across the board cut would be detrimental to YOUR district, YOUR students, YOUR staff, etc.! To get to that letter, click here. You have probably heard the old saying, "The squeaky wheel gets the oil." Be the squeaky wheel and set your calendar to remind you 3-5 times a week until the Dec. 31 to send a letter to your legislators on taking action to keep sequestration from occurring in January! Modify the letter each time you send it to focus on a specific area of disability, a different service, staff cuts, litigation that could occur with the cutting of mandated services. There are a plethora of issues you can spotlight in the next 29 days! Let's not be accused of inaction the way we are accusing Congress ... let's put up a fight for all children and families and demand Congress take action these last few days! The tools and resources are as close as a computer key or a tablet touch — let's not talk, let's take action!


 CEC Policy Insider

CEC's position on special education teacher evaluation: Making Evaluation Meaningful
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After careful deliberation and extensive consultation with CEC members and other experts in the field, CEC's board of directors adopted a position on special education teacher evaluation in October 2012. Please join us on Dec. 12, for an hour-long discussion of CEC's new position.

Learn what the position says and how you can use it to ensure evaluations in your district or state. Reflect and represent your complex role as a special educator. You will have two opportunities to participate in this webinar — at 4 p.m. ET or at 7 p.m. ET. Free for CEC members!

61 finalists named in race to the Top-District competition; Is your school district on this list?
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The U.S. Department of Education announced 61 finalists, representing more than 200 school districts, in the Race to the Top-District competition. Finalists represent a mix of urban, rural and suburban school districts including both traditional and charter schools and were chosen from 372 applications the department received in November. More

Senate continues debate on UN pro-disability treaty; urge your senators to vote 'YES'
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The Senate will continue its debate on the United Nations Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the first international treaty to address disability rights globally, though it remains uncertain whether there are enough votes to pass the treaty. 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

5 reasons to sign the White House petition supporting gifted education
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Twenty-five thousand is the magic number we need to reach in order for the White House to issue an official response to a petition asking the Obama Administration to address gifted education. So far we have only 1,100 signatures. Can we count on you to sign the petition? Need convincing? Here are five reasons to sign the petition. More

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


DOE Secretary addresses passionate leaders at Blue Ribbon Ceremony Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Presenting himself "first and foremost" as a parent of two public elementary school-aged children, Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan expressed deep gratitude to more than 700 principals and teachers from the 314 National Blue Ribbon Schools who were recently recognized at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. More

DOE announces 61 applications as finalists for $400 million Race to the Top-District competition
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The U.S. Department of Education announced that 61 applications have been selected as finalists for the Race to the Top-District competition. The 2012 RTTT-D program will provide close to $400 million to support locally developed plans to personalize and deepen student learning, directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps and prepare every student for success in college and careers. 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

Assistive technology and the 1:1 student
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Much has been said about the iPad being a revolutionary device for education. There are even education conferences that are dedicated to its use. About a year ago, after the death of Apple founder Steve Jobs, 60 Minutes ran a piece on how the iPad was being used as an assistive technology with autistic students. More

The power of academic parent-teacher teams
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This time of year, many people are reflecting on what is truly important in life and all they have to be grateful for. The most common item of the top of these lists: Family. For those of us fortunate enough to be born into families that knew how to best encourage us, particularly in our academic endeavors, family support almost goes without saying. But in some families, parents who would like to help their children succeed don't know how best to do so. As educators, we can help families develop the skills needed to support their children in school and beyond. One model for doing so: Academic parent-teacher teams. More

Survey: School web filtering can impede learning
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More and more students are bringing personal mobile devices to school, but a new survey from the American Association of School Librarians finds that Internet filtering often prevents students from taking advantage of learning's social potential. School librarians report that web filtering programs have had varied effects in their schools and on school library programs. More

Study: Standardized testing costs states $1.7 billion a year
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Standardized-testing regimens cost states some $1.7 billion a year overall, or a quarter of 1 percent of total K-12 spending in the United States, according to a new report on assessment finances. The report released calculates that the test spending by 44 states and the District of Columbia amounted to $65 per student on average in grades 3-9 based on the most recent test-cost data the researchers could gather. 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

Girl tries out an adaptive tricycle and gets taste of freedom
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Stephanie Mayorga isn't a girl who gives up. So when she first spied the bike that might allow her to play outside with her cousins and friends despite her disabilities, she had to try it. Kathryn Dougherty, Stephanie's physical therapist, wasn't so sure. What if the sociable, curious 5-year-old with quadriplegic cerebral palsy couldn't coordinate her legs to propel the bike? More

Family-focused therapy may help resistant pediatric OCD
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An innovative family-focused treatment program for complex cases of pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder that looked promising in a randomized, controlled pilot trial of 20 families has now accumulated experience with 35 families. "We're getting increasingly confident that we may have something here," Tara S. Peris, Ph.D., said at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. More

Study: US kids are getting enough sleep
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While parents may sometimes despair of their children getting enough shut-eye, especially with age-old stalling tactics of another story or another glass of water, children in the United States do appear to be getting the recommended amount of sleep. According to a U.S. study published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, there has been concern that U.S. children are getting too little sleep, with insufficient sleep tied to issues ranging from behavior problems to heart health risks. More

New literacy research infuses Common Core
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The truism that students "learn to read, then read to learn," has spawned a slew of early-reading interventions and laws. But the Common Core State Standards offer a very different view of literacy, in which fluency and comprehension skills evolve together throughout every grade and subject in a student's academic life, from the first time a toddler gums a board book to the moment a medical student reads data from a brain scan. More

Study: Homework doesn't always mean better grades
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Researchers from the University of Virginia looked at transcripts and data for more than 18,000 10th-grade students nationwide. Their findings show more homework assignments didn't translate into better grades. According to the Daily Mail newspaper, the study found homework doesn't necessarily help children to get better grades, but may help them get better standardized test scores. 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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