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Happy 2013!
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Facebook The Leadership at CASE would like to wish everyone a great 2013 as we work together to improve education and specifically the education for students with disabilities. CASE pledges to keep you informed and aware of actions needed to help us all reach our goal. This weekly update is a part of the plan to keep that pledge. Below you will see several stories that hold specific strategies for you to use in your daily job. You will find stories about what is happening-some of these "happenings" may be detrimental to our goal but it IS important for you to know about the good, the bad and the ugly. You will also see every week opportunities for you and your colleagues to get involved beyond your school, district, and state/province.

Two articles I want to especially draw to your attention is the information about the CASE Winter Conference, Feb. 13-15, in Orlando, and the CEC Policy Insider. While the information in the CEC Policy Insider is very USA-centric, let me assure our INTERNATIONAL/CANADIAN members the content for the Winter Conference will have application to everyone.

CASE Winter Conference: My husband and I spent part of the holidays in Orlando with our adult children and our grands ... while there, we spent one night at the Rosen Plaza Hotel. I want to tell you now from personal experience what a great hotel we have selected for our Winter Conference. Not only is it a world class property, it is very conveniently located on International Blvd and in walking distance to almost anything you could want while there! While it may not be on a beach, if you bring family and friends, I can promise you they will have a great time while you are in our sessions and you will have a great time during the off hours! Watch our CASE Facebook page for updates and photos on this great opportunity. And remember, you have the option of attending in person (Florida in February — what is not to love about that.) Or holding your own mini conference — letting CASE do most of your leg work.

CEC Policy Insider: Please pay close attention to the article on the Fiscal Cliff — I am sure you are probably just as confused as I am after all the last minute news on TV this past week — there are still actions we need you to take. Also, please read carefully the article Speak Out on Behalf of Special and Gifted Education and Share Your Child's Success Story with CEC. CASE members who have participated in the July CASE Legislative Leadership Seminar know how important the CEC Federal Outlook book is to our visits to the HILL. We truly would love to see every state represented in this CEC publication. CEC staff have made this "story telling" so easy. Please make sure your district turns in a story for this important CEC annual project.

Thank you again for all you did for parents, students, staff and CASE in 2012 ... Let CASE know how to better help you in 2013.


Have you registered for the CASE Winter Hybrid Conference yet?
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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 in education this interactive professional development will be a wonderful opportunity for team building and truly being a part of defining 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 a different emphasis each day: Virtual Education and implications for Special Education, The Re-invention of Special Education and The Evolution of Special Education. Click here for a copy of the agenda.

But, wait ... If you can't travel, why not have your own mini conference. You pay one 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. We will even provide a flyer for you to customize to publicize your event. As part of the CASE strategic plan, our goal is to get the best information out to the most people. Go to the CASE website for more information, or contact Gary Myrah, CASE professional development chair at

Daily Themes:
  • Applying Virtual Education
  • Integrated Education for ALL
  • Re-Inventing/Re-Booting SPED
  • Virtual Education: Jeff Jacobson, Matt Wicks, Bennett Rodick and Andy Morrison
  • MTSS: Drs. George Batsche, Judy Elliott and Neil Guthrie
  • SPED Evolved: Drs. Steve Kukic, Melody Musgrove, Bob Pasternack and Alexa Posny

     CEC Policy Insider

    Fiscal cliff deal done! But is it good for education?
    CEC Policy Insider    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    At the proverbial 11th hour, Congress and the Administration held our nation back from falling over the fiscal cliff by passing the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. The problem for education, and most other nondiscretionary spending portions of the federal budget, is that these programs are still subject to the pending sequester cuts. Instead of dealing with those indiscriminate, across the board cuts now, Congress and the president merely delayed them for 2 months. More

    Speak out on behalf of special and gifted education and share your child's success story with CEC
    CEC Policy Insider    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    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

    Now open: Application for US Department of Education Teacher Ambassador Fellowship
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    The Teaching Ambassador program is highly competitive and allows teachers who have demonstrated leadership, communication skills and education policy insight to work with the department on a full or part time basis. By including teachers in policy decisions through this program, the department includes the stakeholders with the most direct interaction with students. More

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     Hot Topics

    Adapting K-12 for students with autism
    District Administration Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Enter "teaching students with autism" in Google, and more than 8 million results pop up instantly. Is it any wonder public school administrators, not to mention parents, are overwhelmed with the task of educating children on the autism spectrum? Educators are learning, however, that there are scientifically proven treatments and protocols that can help them meet federal and state requirements, stretch budgets, avoid litigation and assist families who must continue educating students long after the last bell rings. The National Autism Center's National Standards Project, the most comprehensive report of its kind, researched 775 studies before identifying 11 established treatments and 22 emerging treatments to best teach children with autism from 3 to 22 years old. More

    Evaluations bring stress to teachers, principals
    The Associated Press via Education Week Teacher    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    One by one the squares on the board in Principal Brett Gruetzmacher's office are being filled, each one marking another step in the long march of teacher evaluations. As the process rolls on, another magnet goes up beside the name of one of the 81 teachers and staff Tecumseh Jr. High School administrators in Lafayette, Ind., have been tasked with evaluating this year. Each magnet denotes the date and time of a classroom observation or one-on-one meeting between an administrator and a teacher. More

    Experts: Trained police needed for school security
    The Associated Press via The Christian Science Monitor    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The student's attack began with a shotgun blast through the windows of a California high school. Rich Agundez, the El Cajon policeman assigned to the school, felt his mind shift into overdrive. People yelled at him amid the chaos but he didn't hear. He experienced "a tunnel vision of concentration." While two teachers and three students were injured when the glass shattered in the 2001 attack on Granite Hills High School, Agundez confronted the assailant and wounded him before he could get inside the school and use his second weapon, a handgun. More


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    K-12 aid faces uncertain future, despite 'fiscal cliff' deal
    Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Education programs will be spared the prospect of the largest across-the-board cuts in history, but only temporarily, under a bill to avert much of the so-called "fiscal cliff," overwhelmingly approved by Congress. The measure, which passed the U.S. Senate 89-8 and the U.S. House 257-167, will delay the trigger cuts known as "sequestration," which have been set to hit just about every government agency — including the U.S. Department of Education — on Jan. 2. Under the deal, the cuts will be postponed until March, giving federal lawmakers time to craft a broader budget agreement. The deal was worked out at the 11th hour by Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the Senate minority leader. More

    Appeals court backs parents in special education placement
    Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A Colorado school district must reimburse the parents of a student with learning disabilities as well as emotional and behavioral difficulties for the costs of the student's enrollment at an out-of-state residential treatment facility, a federal appeals court has ruled. The case has been watched closely by school board groups and President Barack Obama's administration because it involves the standard for "unilateral" private school placements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. More

    Feds warn school featured in ABC News report: Shock devices violate law
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    A Boston area school for severely disabled children has received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over its use of devices that administer shocks to its students when they misbehave, a form of restraint that is at the extreme end of a practice that has lawmakers calling for nationwide reform. The devices "violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because your facility has failed to obtain FDA clearance or approval," the letter to the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center says. An earlier version had FDA approval. More

    US Education Department offers tools for evaluating education technology
    Education Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Education technology, to state the obvious, is everywhere. But how can school officials judge the effectiveness of the myriad tools and products being marketed to them, and their usefulness in terms of meeting the particular needs of teachers and students? The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology has released a draft report, "Expanding Evidence Approaches for Learning in a Digital World," designed to offer the education community some guidance for navigating the crowded tech landscape. More

    ChalkTalk™ - An on-demand video interview series

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     In the News

    The year in education — a look back at 2012
    The Hechinger Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In 2012, new teacher-evaluation systems and merit pay spread across the country. Technology continued to transform classrooms, and presidential candidates made education an unexpected focus on the campaign trail. Yet widespread problems in America's education system persisted, and the nation remained behind much of the international competition. At The Hechinger Report, we traveled from coast to coast to examine new approaches to improving U.S. schools and to answer important questions about what's working and what isn't. More

    Language development video-based test for toddlers and children with autism
    Medical News Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Parents often wonder how much of the world their young children really understand. Though typically developing children are not able to speak or point to objects on command until they are between eighteen months and two years old, they do provide clues that they understand language as early as the age of one. These clues provide a point of measurement for psychologists interested in language comprehension of toddlers and young children with autism, as demonstrated in a new video-article published in the Journal of Visualized Experiments. More

    Kids with health issues targeted for bullying
    MedPage Today via ABC News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Bullying over health issues is common, according to two studies looking at kids with food allergies and those going through weight-loss programs. In one study, almost 32 percent of children with food allergies reported bullying or harassment specifically related to their allergy, often involving threats with food, Dr. Eyal Shemesh, of Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City and colleagues found. More

    Schools focusing on special-needs students expand
    The Tampa Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A peek inside the classroom for students with autism spectrum disorder reveals nearly as many adults as youngsters. Most of these children have aides who work with them throughout the school day. Occupational and speech therapists also work side-by-side with some of the students as they forge ahead, despite their disabilities. In the upper levels at Bay Life Academy in Seffner, Fla., a fifth-grader may break away and attend a math course set up for third-graders, so she can work her way up to grade level. A fourth-grader at Livingstone Academy in Riverview may attend a reading class for second-graders, even though he is on-level in other areas. More

    Why schools are turning to Google Chromebooks
    EdTech Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It took just three days for two Marshall Public Schools employees to get 500 mobile devices unpacked, barcoded and configured prior to launching a one-to-one computing initiative at the start of the current school year. That's because officials of the four-school district in Marshall, Wis., chose to invest in Samsung Series 5 Chromebooks. More

    How to get parent support for technology use in class
    MindShift    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Every teacher who has attempted to integrate technology into the classroom knows that getting parents on board can sometimes be a challenge. It's not uncommon for the parent of a struggling child to be on the phone with you asking questions like: "Why do you need to use technology to teach math/social studies/English/biology?" or "This is an AP history class — not computer science!" 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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