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CASE and leading by convening!
As you are receiving this email this Monday morning, I am in Alexandria, Va., representing CASE and you in a group of "Activity Leaders" for the IDEA Partnership as we finalize the plans for the annual IDEA Partnership Winter Meeting. President Laurie VanderPloeg will be joining me along with Dr. Gina Scala (PA), CASE Research Chair as they participate in specific areas of the meeting. Two other former CASE presidents are also Activity Leaders, Pat Guthrie (KY) and Dr. Christy Chambers (IL). Every IDEA Partnership meeting is important and at the same time an amazing opportunity. CASE has been involved in the Partnership from the very beginning and have often featured Partnership initiatives especially at what used to be our Winter Institute. And in fact, the second day of this year's CASE Hybrid conference will be all about partnership and how working together has made a huge difference in the assessment area. Dr. Joanne Cashman, Director of the IDEA Partnership will be moderating the day and has put together an amazing team! But THIS January Partnership meeting is going to be truly transformational! So much of the Partnership work has been called transformational and has truly been but finally we have been able to not only define this work but actually put in written form a "Blueprint" for replicating this work. A blueprint does not tell you every detail but it does tell you the major, crucial details — like where to put the weight bearing walls. This document will help groups make systemic changes that will make amazing impact on the way we do things for students, families, districts and our community from local to state to national!

The meeting will be a combination of demonstrations of states who have made this transformation by leading by convening to providing the tools and steps for anyone to take the lessons learned and move forward! If you want to get an inside look at what is happening at the meeting, follow the IDEA Partnership @_partnership and CASE @casecec Twitter feeds. There will be "social reporters" during the meeting reporting on the sessions. The meeting will be occurring Monday night Jan. 13-Wednesday, Jan. 15. If you have not visited the IDEA Partnership website, you are missing a great source of wonderful resources! Watch for more information on the IDEA Partnership Leading by Convening document in future CASE updates and on the CASE Facebook page!

Speaking of Leading by Convening, if you are going to be a virtual site for the CASE Hybrid Conference, we will be sending you the Blueprint links so you can use this professional development opportunity to LEAD by Convening! If you have not registered for the Hybrid Conference, we hope you will seriously consider doing so, either to attend in person in SUNNY Orlando, Fla., at the Rosen Plaza hotel or to be a virtual site. We believe you need to hear what our speakers have to say so you will be better prepared to Keep Up In Changing Times!


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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    The American School For The Deaf Announces an opening for Executive Director

    The American School for the Deaf is located in West Hartford, Connecticut. Established in 1817 as the first permanent school for the deaf in America, the current school is a comprehensive center-based and community-based educational institution serving deaf and hard-of-hearing students from preschool through high school, and providing an adult service program, utilizing a total communication philosophy. The American School for the Deaf is approved by the Departments of Education in ten states including Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York and serves students from ten states as well as international students.

    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,

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    CEC attends unveiling of new resources on school climate and discipline; racial discrimination a 'real problem', says US Departments of Education, Justice
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    The U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice released the first-ever significant guidance document on school discipline to help schools meet their legal obligations.
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    5 winners chosen for $120 million Race to the Top-District competition
    CEC Policy Insider
    the U.S. Department of Education announced five winners for its Race to the Top-District Competition: Clarendon County School District Two (consortium of four rural districts), South Carolina, Clarksdale Municipal School District, Mississippi, Houston Independent School District, Texas, Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (consortium of 18 rural districts), and Springdale School District, Arkansas. This program provides nearly $120 million to support locally developed plans to improve student learning, increase student success and strengthen educator effectiveness.
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    What's new at the US Department of Education? New resources available on key issues
    CEC Policy Insider
    The U.S. Department of Education has recently released a series of ready-made presentations on several focus areas in education, including early learning, K-12 education, teachers and leaders, standards and assessments, and more!
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    Special educator interest in Common Core heated up in 2013
    Education Week
    2013 was a tough time to eke out any news on special education at the federal level. Sure, there were the effects of the sequester cuts (and the prospect that those cuts may soon be alleviated), but Washington was not where special educators were looking in the past 12 months.

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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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    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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    Hot Topics

    Restraint, seclusion more common at affluent schools
    Disability Scoop
    Students with disabilities are much more likely than other kids to be restrained or secluded at school, but how often the techniques are used varies significantly, a new report finds. Wealthier, less diverse schools employ the tactics more than twice as often as high-poverty, high-diversity school districts, according to an analysis of federal data conducted by researchers at the University of New Hampshire. Nationwide, there were 2.6 cases of restraint for every 100 students with disabilities during the 2009-2010 school year compared to 0.1 instances for every 100 typically-developing students, researchers found. Seclusion followed similar patterns.
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    10 strategies for helping kids with ADHD build self-confidence
    Psych Central
    It's common for kids with ADHD to feel bad about themselves. ADHD creates challenges in all areas of their lives, from home to school. It also doesn't help that they often get negative feedback from all sides. Parents scold them for acting out. Teachers reprimand them for not turning in their homework. Peers tease them if they don't fit in.
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    Naming tests: Study on dyslexic versus average children
    Science Daily
    In this article by Zoccolotti, De Luca, Lami et al, published in Child Neuropsychology, Rapid Automized Naming tests were conducted on 43 average children and 25 with developmental dyslexia. The task involved naming colors, digits, pictures words and word lists displayed multiple times and in discrete form. Participants' response times and error rates were recorded. Dyslexic children not only have trouble identifying strings of letters, but also programming eye movements and synchronizing speech output. Thus reading is a multiple component task presenting difficulty for dyslexic children. During the article the authors outline the results of the tests and analyze reasons for the differences between the two groups.
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    Showdown brews as Congress turns focus to K-12 spending
    Education Week
    Big questions loom about just how much money Congress will steer to individual programs — including the Obama administration's marquee competitive-grant initiatives — with lawmakers on House and Senate appropriations committees facing a Jan. 15 deadline to fill in details on the current year's spending plan or face another government shutdown. School districts that have been chafing under across-the-board federal cuts known as sequestration for nearly a year got a two-year reprieve under the agreement approved last month that effectively scales back the sequestration cuts to education by 87 percent over that period, according to an analysis by the Committee for Education Funding, a lobbying coalition in Washington.
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    Iowa reading rules should require help for dyslexic kids
    The Des Moines Register
    Iowa rules proposed to improve early grade reading should require schools to identify and help students with dyslexia. a group of parents said. More than a dozen members of Decoding Dyslexia Iowa told representatives from the Iowa Department of Education on Friday that teachers don't receive adequate training on the learning disability, a condition that makes it difficult for a child to read, write and spell.
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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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    In the News

    The Common Core is tough on kids who are still learning English
    The Atlantic
    Remarkable things are happening at Laurel Street Elementary School in Los Angeles. Ninety percent of its 580 students are eligible for free or reduced lunch. More than 60 percent of its students are classified as English learners. And yet the school has established a stellar record of success: a national Title I Distinguished School Award in 2012 in recognition of its high academic achievement, a Golden Bell Award for its innovative writing program, and a Dispelling the Myth award from the nonprofit Education Trust.
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    Report: Landmark ADHD study backed drugs over therapy at a cost
    HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
    Many children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder may have missed out on valuable counseling because of a widely touted study that concluded stimulants such as Ritalin or Adderall were more effective for treating the disorder than medication plus behavioral therapies, experts say. That 20-year-old study, funded with $11 million from the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, concluded that the medications outperformed a combination of stimulants plus skills-training therapy or therapy alone as a long-term treatment.
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    Special educator interest in Common Core heated up in 2013
    Education Week
    2013 was a tough time to eke out any news on special education at the federal level. Sure, there were the effects of the sequester cuts (and the prospect that those cuts may soon be alleviated), but Washington was not where special educators were looking in the past 12 months. Instead, they were intensely interested in any news relating to the Common Core State Standards, judging by a look at the most-read blog entries for On Special Educaton Blog in 2013. A post noting that the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, one of the test-writing consortia, was seeking comment on proposed accommodations drew high readership, as did follow-up blog posts noting that PARCC had released a proposed accommodations and accessibility manual for students with disabilities, and that the organization adopted a final version of the manual in June.
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    4 essential (and overlooked) facts about your brain and your mind
    The Creativity Post
    An aspiring clarinetist begins by getting a sense of the way the instrument's sounds are produced by the air she blows through it. A driver must be acquainted with various vehicle fundamentals, such as adding gas, accelerating, and reading the speedometer. It is no different with the brain. Maximizing your brain's health and performance begins with a basic understanding of how it works and how it evolves across the lifespan.
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