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Happy New Year!
Why is it that part of our New Year rituals includes making resolutions, cleaning up/out, and dieting? One of my favorite things to do is to take my old calendar and move important dates to my new home calendar. I think it gives me a sense of continuity and hopefulness. I put in all the set dates like birthdays and anniversaries; I move over the appointments we had written in at the bottom of the December page in anticipation of the "new" calendar. Of course I put such BIG work events as the CEC convention (April 9-12) in Philadelphia and ALL the CASE events ( Hybrid- Feb. 24-26; CASE Legislative Leadership Seminar-July 13-16; Fall Board of Directors Meeting- November 12-13 and the Fall Conference-Nov. 13-15). I put in our "set" vacation plans and dream of those fun times. This year I have a little less to do as one of my Christmas gifts from our youngest son Wiley and his family was a calendar with all the family dates already listed and each month had pictures of our family — I almost hate to hang it up as it is like a great scrapbook of 2013!

I bet you have spent some time reflecting these last few days — I hope you spent it reflecting on your family, friends, your own health, and ways to be good to yourself and others. For many of you, today is your first day back from the holidays — some of you had to work a couple of days last week. However, many days you had during the holiday break, I hope you are now rested and ready for the new year professionally! Just as we need to reflect on our personal lives, we also need to reflect on our professional life. How "healthy" are you at work? Do you need to spend some time cleaning up/out professionally? Do you need to trim the "fat" at the office? Do you say yes to too many projects or do you not say yes enough to learning "new" and improved ways of doing things?

CASE can help you stay up on what is important and what is new. Connecting with your colleagues on issues and situations is a great way to "trim the fat!" Let CASE be your "go to" problem solver! Make sure you send us your ideas on better ways we can help you be the best you can be at your job! Use CASE to help you encourage and recognize your colleagues who do a great job! It isn't too late to either nominate someone for one of the CASE awards or to nominate someone to run for President Elect! Go to the CASE website for information on both of these! Don't forget one of the best ways to stay up on what is important is to attend the CASE professional development events. Doesn't sunny, warm, Orlando, FL sound like the place you want to be Feb. 24-26? Or if you can't travel to Orlando, why not "throw a party" and host your own PD by being a virtual site for the 2014 CASE Hybrid Conference? Either way, you can register by clicking here. As a virtual site we will send you hints, an editable flyer and other support help!

Let us know how we can make 2014 the best year ever for you and your team!

"Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results." — Andrew Carnegie


Luann Purcell
Executive Director
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2014 Winter Hybrid Conference
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
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
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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, Colorado. Participants in the Symposium will have the opportunity to hear and interact with Don Deshler, Steve Kukic, Beth Harry, Michael Epstein, and Harvey Rude 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 or visit our website at:
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FIEP training to be offered in February
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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    Job Posting

    Let CASE post your job positions
    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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    Monarch Teaching Technologies, Inc. is based in Shaker Heights Ohio and produces VizZle®: visual learning software ( 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.

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    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: 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 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.

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    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.

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    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

    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.

    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,

    Advocates alarmed by 'backtracking' on teacher standards
    Disability Scoop
    Disability advocates are protesting a move by the U.S. Department of Education that they say could leave students in the hands of poor-quality teachers.

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    Common Core's promise collides with IEP realities
    Education Week
    One of the most promising elements of common academic standards for students with disabilities, say experts in special education, is that they offer explicit connections from one set of skills to another.

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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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    Students with disabilities in Florida district outpace peers on NAEP
    Education Week
    Students with disabilities in Hillsborough County, Fla., did markedly better than the national average of students with disabilities on the 2013 administration of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the "Nation's Report Card." Hillsborough County and 20 other urban districts have their scores reported separately, as part of the Trial Urban District Assessment, or TUDA. The special analysis of urban district performance started in 2002. Overall, scores on the TUDA were stagnant compared to the last time the tests were administered, in 2011.
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    'Assistive technology' aids special education
    The Arizona Republic
    Personal technology such as iPads, notebook-size word processors and electronic pens that scan words and display definitions are helping Arizona special-education students keep up in class this year. The Arizona Department of Education has distributed a $265,000 federal grant among 12 school districts and charter schools that will study ways to better equip students with what educators term "assistive technology." Grace Ehmke, for instance, is on the honor roll at Mesa Public Schools' Pomeroy Elementary thanks in part to a $200 word processor called a Forte.
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    Whose responsibility is it anyway? A new approach to fighting cyberbullying
    The Huffington Post
    On Sept. 10, 2013, police found Rebecca Ann Sedwick's dead body at an abandoned cement factory in Lakeland, Florida. The day before instead of taking the bus to school, Sedwick jumped off a tower and took her life at the age of 12. By the time of her death former classmates had been bullying her through social media for about a year with messages including "nobody cares about u," "i hate u," and "you seriously deserve to die."
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    Race to Top States still have lots of money to spend
    Education Week
    With states well into their final year of Race to the Top implementation, the 12 winners still have a lot of money to spend, according to the latest financial reports by the U.S. Department of Education. The state with the largest share of its award left? New York, with 59 percent of its $700 million still sitting in the bank as of Nov. 30, according to the latest federal spending report. Meanwhile, Delaware has just 31 percent left. Combined, the 12 Race to the Top states have $1.8 billion of their $4 billion in winnings left, or about 46 percent. The Obama administration's signature education-improvement effort was designed — for the most part — to be a four-year program. Awards were made in 2010.
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    Advocates alarmed by 'backtracking' on teacher standards
    Disability Scoop
    Disability advocates are protesting a move by the U.S. Department of Education that they say could leave students in the hands of poor-quality teachers. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, a coalition of almost 100 civil rights and disability advocacy groups including the Council for Exceptional Children, The Arc and the National Down Syndrome Society, among others, blasted federal education officials for what they called "apparent backtracking" on measures to ensure that all children have access to good-quality teachers.
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    Special education students learn valuable work skills
    At McPherson Middle School in Kansas, special education students are getting the chance to develop work skills and job experience through a prevocational training program. The program is part of the regular special education class. Students perform tasks, such as shredding paper and stocking pencil machines while keeping track of hours and calculating how much they would be paid for doing those tasks in the workplace. Mary Jo Staab, psychologist at McPherson Middle School, said these activities help students develop "soft skills" like work ethic and punctuality.
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    Muffin sales sweeten learning opportunities
    The Suburbanite
    The sound of eggs cracking and timers clicking reverberate through room 506 at Coventry High School. The tasty aroma of more than 200 freshly baked muffins made by the special education class every Tuesday morning and is enough to capture the attention of anyone passing by. Every week, four students — Shannon Kenney, Marissa Lawrence, Cody Haupt and Cody Spears — are busy crafting the most popular Wednesday morning snack for students and staff at Coventry High.
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    The challenge of training teachers to teach — And students to learn
    The Huffington Post
    Those of us who have spent our professional lives as educators know that the most essential ingredient in learning is a great teacher; one who has the ability to engage students, to make math and science interesting as well as instructive and to make the lessons of history both fun and a foundation for our journey through life, making good decisions and learning from our mistakes.
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    Pilot education project would add time for Iowa students to learn
    The Des Moines Register
    Extra opportunities for students to learn before and after school could help boost Iowa's graduation rate, according to supporters of a $1 million extended learning pilot project proposed for the state. The new program was included in a budget recommendation that Iowa Department of Education officials submitted in November to Gov. Terry Branstad. There's no word yet on whether the governor will back the measure, but proponents of the provision point to the request as evidence that support for out-of-school learning is growing in the state.
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