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The first thing I did when I migrated from being a history teacher to being a teacher of students with emotional behavioral disorders was join CEC and CCBD. The first thing I did when I moved from being a teacher to being a coordinator was to add CASE to my membership. WHY? Because I knew that no matter how much I thought I knew about leading special education programs, I didn't know it all! I knew there were colleagues with more experience who could teach me so much, but I needed to have access to them, I knew there was no way I could keep up with the trends, issues, legal changes, etc all by myself — I needed CASE! Even though that was 1982, I promise you I need CASE just as much now as I did then!

One of the goals I had when I took the position as Executive Director of CASE was to continue to work towards the development of and promotion of new resources to meet the needs of all the current, new, and future directors. The Winter Hybrid conference is an example of new resources as is the CASE Leadership Series. The Leadership Series will be a seven (7) book series developed with the idea of providing targeted content for new or experienced special education leaders. We have been so proud of the first two books, "The Journey to Effective Leadership" (Dr. Christy Chambers) and "Trends and Issues Affecting Education and the Provision of Special Education Services" (Dr. William Bogdan) and are very proud to announce the third book in the series: "Organizational Change: Transformative Leadership for Special Education" by Drs. Stevan Kukic and Harvey Rude is now available for purchase! Click here to go to the CASE website store to purchase your copy of this amazing book on organizational change!

Be sure to take the CASE Poll below and you will see the content of the 7 books in the series. Is there a topic/skill set that is missing? Let us know by emailing your suggestions to lpurcell@casecec.org or to Michael.Remus@dvusd.org, co chair for the products and publications committee. We are always looking for new ways to meet your needs, but we need to have you communicate to us what your needs are. Go to the CASE facebook page, email the CASE leadership or tweet to us — but find a way to let us know what you want and need! CASE is your professional association — help us continue to make it better!

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

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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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Special Education Symposium — July 21-25
The Bresnahan-Halstead Center
The Bresnahan-Halstead Center at the University of Northern Colorado is sponsoring a week long Special Education Symposium the week of July 21-25 at the Lion Square Lodge in beautiful Vail, Colo. Participants in the Symposium will have the opportunity to hear and interact with Don Deshler, Steve Kukic, Michael Epstein, Harvey Rude and other presenters who address the topic of: "Instructional Excellence for Improving Learner Outcomes." Session attendees will walk away with an action plan to apply innovative strategies that work, and produce the outcomes of results and learning for individual learners, including those with disabilities. To receive additional information, please contact Bresnahan-Halstead Center Business Manager, Lorae Blum at Lorae.Blum@unco.edu, click here [link to attached pdf] for a brochure, or visit our website at: http://www.unco.edu/bresnahan-halstead.
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    FIEP training to be offered in February
    CASE
    Sponsored by Drexel University, join special education attorney Julie Weatherly and Key2Ed on Feb. 19-20 in Philadelphia for a unique two-day Conference on IEP Facilitation and its legal benefits in a small, interactive learning environment. The U.S. Department of Education has recognized IEP meeting facilitation as best practice through CADRE, and the American Association of School Administrators has recently proposed that the mandatory use of FIEP be included in the next Reauthorization of the IDEA.

    Conference participants will receive intensive training in the mechanics of IEP facilitation, along with the opportunity to pose legal questions related to the IEP process and how FIEP can assist in avoiding special education legal disputes. Specifically, this conference will focus on how to:
    • Prevent conflict at IEP meetings
    • Manage strong emotions from team members
    • Have productive and meaningful dialogue focused on the student
    • Keep all team members focused on IEP meeting content
    • Use an effective and legally compliant IEP agenda, and group behavior norms to manage the content of the meeting
    • Avoid legal disputes by using facilitative behaviors and processes

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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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    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)
    CEC to White House officials: Budget cuts are threatening special education services. Continue to share your stories (CEC Policy Insider)
    What is developmentally appropriate in learning? (Daniel Willingham: Science And Education Blog via The Washington Post)

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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

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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.

    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


    Budget cuts threaten special education services, CEC survey shows
    CEC Policy Insider
    Over 1,000 special educators from every state echoed the same message in a just-released survey conducted by CEC and the National Coalition of Personnel Shortages in Special Education & Related Services: budget cuts are impacting services for students with disabilities.
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    CEC celebrates the United Nation's International Day of Persons with Disabilities
    CEC Policy Insider
    CEC celebrates the United Nation's International Day of Persons with Disabilities with the 2013 theme: Break Barriers, Open Doors! As we commemorate the improvements for individuals with disabilities in recognition of both civil and human rights, we know there are still many who face physical, social, economic and attitudinal barriers that exclude them from being recognized and respected as equal members of society around the world.
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    31 finalists for $120 million Race to the Top — District competition
    CEC Policy Insider
    Last month, the U.S. Department of Education announced that 31 applications were selected as finalists for the Race to the Top-District competition. This program provides nearly $120 million to support locally developed plans improve student learning, increase student success and strengthen educator effectiveness.
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    Longtime special education resource to be reborn as part of new center
    Education Week
    Resources created by the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities — widely known by the acronym NICHCY, a holdover from the name it had over 30 years ago — will remain available online, though the center closed down after its last grant from the Department of Education's office of special education programs ended in September.

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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


    Recognizing the signs of dyslexia
    Leader-Post
    Children begin learning to read early in their education. Very often, some children seem to excel at reading and writing, while others may struggle. The obstacles kids struggle with may disappear as they age and grow more accustomed to reading, but no such relief comes for kids struggling with dyslexia. The Mayo Clinic defines dyslexia as a learning disorder characterized by difficulty reading. It is a common condition and does not mean a child has subpar vision or intelligence. Dyslexia often goes undiagnosed, and many kids reach adulthood before realizing they are dyslexic. According to Dyslexia Health, 70 to 80 percent of people with poor reading skills are likely to be dyslexic, and dyslexia is the most common cause of difficulties with reading, spelling and writing.
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    How an iPad can overcome 'print disabled' curriculum
    eSchool News
    One of the signature findings of the cognitive revolution of mind, brain and education research over the last few decades has been the overwhelming recognition of the tremendous diversity of human brains. In our population of students, there is a stunning variety of talents and capacities, and some of our peculiarities are both great strengths and weaknesses. For instance, an incredibly high proportion of the world's leading astrophysicists are dyslexic. As it turns out, in the complex architecture of the brain-eye connection, some of us have very strong central vision, while others have very strong peripheral vision.
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    Researchers explore links between learning disorders in children
    Medical News Today
    New interdisciplinary research from Western University has uncovered fundamental links among three major learning difficulties in some school-age children. Although many children have specific problems with dyslexia, specific language impairment and dyscalculia, this study is the first to show a significant portion of these children have overlapping deficits. Importantly, the research team has also devised a 10-minute screening test that could be administered broadly in primary schools to identify children at risk for the different disorders.
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    Legislation


    Fix the sequester or budget deal means nothing, Obama allies say
    The Huffington Post
    The Democratic Party's top think tank is urging lawmakers to accept nothing short of ending sequestration during upcoming budget cuts. The Center for American Progress, a group with strong ties to the Obama administration, will release a report on Thursday detailing damage caused by the sequester's across-the-board budget cuts and warning lawmakers the havoc will worsen dramatically if the cuts remain in place for another year.
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    12 NCLB-waiver states want extra year for full teacher-evaluation rollout
    Education Week
    A dozen states have applied for extra flexibility from the U.S. Department of Education to give them another year of wiggle room as they roll out new teacher-evaluation systems. And 15 states have asked federal officials for a special waiver so they can give fewer tests to students, the department announced. States including Maryland, Kentucky, and North Carolina want to delay, by one year, tying teacher evaluations to teacher personnel decisions. That's something federal officials offered back in June as states struggled to implement new common standards, new tests, and high-stakes teacher-rating systems that tie personnel decisions to student growth.
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    Common Core academic standards force teachers to work on critical thinking over memorization
    The Associated Press via Fox News
    Remembering the plot of a short story is no longer good enough in teacher Amy Lawson's fifth-grade classroom. Today's students are being asked to think more critically. For example, what might a character say in an email to a friend? "It's hard. But you can handle this," Lawson tells them. Welcome to a classroom using the Common Core State Standards, one of the most politicized and misunderstood changes in education for students and their teachers in kindergarten through high school.
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    In the News


    Longtime special education resource to be reborn as part of new center
    Education Week
    Resources created by the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities — widely known by the acronym NICHCY, a holdover from the name it had over 30 years ago — will remain available online, though the center closed down after its last grant from the Department of Education's office of special education programs ended in September. The center, once known as the National Information Center for Handicapped Children and Youth, had for decades provided direct resources to parents through mail and a telephone hotline.
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    Redefining the writing process with iPads
    Edutopia
    Take a moment to think about how you learned to write. What steps did you go through? What was your process? Most of us learned the same core set of skills on paper: organize, draft, edit, revise, turn in. Our teachers then marked up what we had handwritten or typed, and returned our writing. From there, maybe it ended up tacked to a bulletin board, stuck on the refrigerator door, stuffed into a notebook or tossed in the nearest trash can.
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    Survey: Districts heavily focused on new tests, materials, for Common Core
    Education Week
    A new survey by an education marketing organization finds that school districts are making a top priority of shifting materials, instruction and assessments to reflect the Common Core State Standards. That's not too surprising, of course, given that all but four states have adopted the standards. But it offers yet another thermometer of sorts to measure the level of attention and activity around the new standards.
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    Cards let schools, parents keep eye on their student
    USA Today
    When fourth-grader Abby Ahrens boards her school bus in this Cincinnati suburb, she thrusts out a white card as she passes a small computer screen next to the bus doors. It beeps, and the monitor lights up briefly. Her mother gets a text message saying her daughter has made it onto the bus. The same thing happens when Abby gets off the bus at Dater Montessori School in Cincinnati, so Mom knows that Abby has arrived safely. The ZPass program, a partnership between Cincinnati Public Schools and First Student bus company, is billed as a tool to inform parents and improve ridership data. But it's also one way schools are trying to keep tabs of their students — often to track attendance.
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