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Facebook Thanks to so many of you who contacted your Congressional delegation about Sequestration this past week. You do make a difference. We will be letting you know any updates as we get them.

What an opportunity!

Have you registered for the CASE Winter Hybrid Conference yet? The theme is Evolution, Re-invention or Revolution: The Future of Special Education, Feb. 13-15 in Orlando, Fla., with some of the great minds of special education this will be a wonderful opportunity for team building and truly being a part of the defining of the field for years to come. The Rosen Plaza is a wonderful location — just minutes from so much of the best of Orlando — and the price of $117 is phenomenal. We will have 3 days with different emphasis each day: Virtual Education and implications for Special Education, The Re-invention of Special Education, The Evolution of Special Education. But, wait ... If you can't travel, why not have your own mini conference. You pay the registration fee and then have as many people as you wish to participate with you — what a really great way to build teams? We have even made up a set of HINTS for you to use to get you started. And we will provide a flyer for you to customize to publicize your event. Our goal is to get the best information out to the most people. We want you to get credit for this great opportunity too. Go to the CASE website for more information, or contact Gary Myrah, CASE Professional Development chair at


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

National poll indicates public dtrongly dupports investments in education
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In the midst of the fiscal cliff, a new poll demonstrates that Americans strongly support funding for education. In a poll by the Forum for Education Investment and the Committee for Education Funding, most Americans (55 percent) say education programs should be protected from automatic cuts in spending, more than the number who would extend such protection to tax cuts for corporations (13 percent), Bush-era tax rate reductions for those with incomes over $250,000 per year (21 percent) or defense spending (39 percent). More

3,000 and growing ... Have you signed the gifted education petition? Deadline for signatures just days away
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Over 3,000 individuals from across the country have signed the White House petition asking the Obama administration to pay closer attention to students with gifts and talents by supporting the TALENT Act, legislation CEC supports. More

Race to the Top: Early Learning challenge grants awarded to 5 more states
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Colorado, New Mexico, Illinois, Oregon and Wisconsin were all awarded grants under the Race to the Top: Early Learning Challenge grant program which will split $133 million among the winning states who demonstrated innovative plans to improve quality and expand access to early learning programs in their states. These five states join the nine winners from the first round of applications last year. 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


Education department announces 16 winners of Race to the Top-District competition
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The U.S. Department of Education announced that 16 applicants — representing 55 school districts across 11 states and D.C. — have won the 2012 Race to the Top-District competition. These districts will share nearly $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 to succeed in college and their careers. More


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K-12 education advocates lobby to avert fiscal cliff
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The coming fiscal cliff — the looming conversion of tax-break expirations and across-the-board budget cuts aimed at prodding a long-term federal deficit fix — has education advocates in Washington on overdrive. The number-one question keeping organizations that represent school districts and educators up at night is whether Congress will be able to reach an agreement to head off "sequestration," a series of trigger budget cuts that will hit just about every federally funded education program on Jan. 2, unless Congress averts them by crafting a long-term agreement to curb the deficit. A number of K-12 programs, including Title I grants for districts and special education would be cut by 8.2 percent, although most districts wouldn't feel the squeeze until next fall. More

US students still lag globally in math and science, tests show
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Fourth- and eighth-grade students in the United States continue to lag behind students in several East Asian countries and some European nations in math and science, although American fourth graders are closer to the top performers in reading, according to test results released on Tuesday. Fretting about how American schools compare with those in other countries has become a regular pastime in education circles. Results from two new reports, the "Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study" and the "Progress in International Reading Literacy Study," are likely to fuel further debate. More

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 Hot Topics

Are gifted and special needs students being left behind?
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While there are a number of ways to achieve educational reform, the more critical issue is where that reform is headed. By setting our sights on the middle of the educational bell curve, where children reach proficiency rather than excellence, our best case scenario is a nation of average performers. In our narrow focus on the middle, we not only waste the talent of our most diverse and critical thinkers from both ends of the bell curve, we also jeopardize our opportunity to be successful in a 21st century economy. More

Study: School absences translate to lower test scores
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Missing even a few days of school seems to make a difference in whether eighth-graders perform at the top of their game, according to a new analysis of results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. The report, the first of a planned series of analyses of NAEP's background-survey data, looks at how fourth- and eighth-graders use existing school time, including their attendance, instructional time and homework. More

A new framework: Improving family engagement Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For many, it's just common sense. The more a student's family is engaged in their child's learning and in the improvement of their child's school, the better off the student and the school. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joined more than 80 family engagement thought leaders at D.C.'s Scholars Stanton Elementary School to discuss the strong correlation between family engagement and academic outcomes, and how the Department of Education can provide more support. More

Spend less, achieve more?
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More special education funding in a district does not necessarily result in greater student achievement — in fact, it can lead to less, says a first-of-its-kind report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. The report, "Boosting the Quality and Efficiency of Special Education," was released in September, and marks the first time special education has been studied in terms of funding and outcomes. It examined data from over 1,400 school districts, representing nearly one-third of all students in the country. More

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 In the News

Social networking on the rise for educators
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Educators' use of social networking sites has seen a large jump since 2009, according to a new report that surveyed educators' membership, use, privacy practices and other social networking habits. The report, "A Survey of K-12 Educators on Social Networking, Online Communities, and Web 2.0 Tools 2012," was conducted by MMS Education and sponsored by and MCH Strategic Data. More

Most teens with mental disorders take no medication
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Most U.S. teens with mental disorders are not taking psychiatric medications, finds a large new study that counters a widespread perception. Just 14 percent of teens with any mental disorder take medications designed to alter emotions or behavior, the study finds. In most cases, the medications are those considered appropriate for their conditions, says the report published online Monday in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. For example, teens with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are most likely to take stimulants and teens with depression are most likely to take anti-depressants. More

Lessons in inclusion at San Francisco schools
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San Francisco first-grader Anabel Rubin shoved her hands into tube socks and reached for the zip-lock bag filled with a dozen tiddlywinks chips. Her job was to move each chip individually to a plastic cup, an otherwise simple task confounded by thick cotton socks — providing a lesson in what life would be like without fingers or fine motor skills. The challenge in the Miraloma Elementary School gym was repeated, with some variations, at schools across San Francisco as part of National Inclusive Schools Week — an effort to help children understand and support those with disabilities or differences. More

Help is at hand for kids at risk and students who have given up on themselves
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When he was 14, Ivan Ortiz gave up on himself and his shot at a good life. The high school freshman didn't know how to read and said a learning disability and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder made going to class pointless. "No teachers would be like, 'Come on, you can do this,'" Ortiz said. "So I would be like, 'Oh, I'm never going to become anything in life, so let me just act a fool.'" More

Math education teachers look at new ways to improve scores
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There is a durable myth that math ability, or interest, for children is only seen under rare circumstances, and, even then, only by those of rare intellect, or genius; but Linda Gojak, president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics held the rapt, and decidedly eager, attention of Catherine Ditto's sixth grade class at the Burley Elementary School on Chicago's Northside. More

Will school computers be able to handle new testing technology?
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Schools in about 25 states set to roll out new online standardized tests in the next two years can now find out whether the computers they have on hand will be able to handle the new technology. The state-led Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium released guidelines with specific requirements for devices. More

More teachers 'flipping' the school day upside down
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Welcome to the 21st century classroom: a world where students watch lectures at home — and do homework at school. It's called classroom flipping, and it's slowly catching on in schools around the country. More

Autistic student finds healing through art therapy
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Jane Laun remembers getting a phone call almost every day from her son's school, urging her to come get her child because he had had another meltdown. Her son, Justin, is autistic. "I was causing all these troubles," said 15-year-old Justin, who now attends Sunset School Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., that works strictly with special needs students. "I would go home early ... I was causing too much damage." But after two years at his new school, Justin's teachers and family say his behavior has changed dramatically. They say he's trying new things like drama and painting through a week-long therapeutic art program that, in turn, helps his socialization skills. More

3 square meals at school
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In thousands of school districts across the country, students are no longer asking that question to mom or dad but rather to cafeteria workers. That's because of the federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, signed into law in December 2010, which funds a third meal in schools where at least half of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. According to the Congressional Budget Office, more than 21 million students will be eating dinner at school by 2015, and 29 million by 2020, at the cost of $641 million from 2011 to 2020. Advocates for the poor welcome this added nourishment for poorer students, although conservatives like Rush Limbaugh disagree. 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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