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April showers bring May flowers!
On April 1, 2014 the CASE Career Center opened for business! CASE now has an interactive job board, the CASE Career Center. With its focus special education administrators and professionals, the CASE Career Center offers members, and school districts, a highly targeted resource for online recruitment. Just like those April showers bring results in May, getting on the CASE Career Center now will hopefully get you results in May!
Both members and non-members can use the CASE Career Center to reach qualified candidates. Employers can post jobs online, search for qualified candidates based on specific job criteria, and create an online resume agent to email qualified candidates daily. They also benefit from online reporting providing job activity statistics to track each job posting's return on investment (ROI).
For job seekers, CASE Career Center is a free service providing access to employers and jobs in education. In addition to posting their resumes, job seekers can browse or view jobs based on the criteria they find matches their goals best. Job seekers can also post confidentially with confidence or search anonymously by creating a Job Agent. Job Agents notify job seekers via email when jobs matching their criteria are posted eliminating the need to visit their online accounts daily to track new postings. Clicking here to go to the main site to either learn of new jobs, post your resume, or post your positions. There is a modest fee for posting positions on the site but we believe you will have a greater reach with this dedicated career center on our website — click here to become a job poster.
The CALL FOR PROPOSALS for the 25th Annual Fall CASE Conference is now on the CASE website — click here for more information and to submit your proposal on line. The drop dead date for submission is April 27 so don't let it slip up on you! Every year we have people contact us a week after the deadline and we are not able to accommodate them. The conference will be in San Antonio this year November 13-15, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency. This will also be the 25th anniversary of the CASE Fall Conference so we are looking to make it a stellar experience. To do that we need lots of great, evidence based, practical sessions!
It's Not Too Early to be making plans to attend the 12th Annual CASE Educational Legislative Leadership Summit (ELLS), July 13-16, 2014! Watch for a very short, early bird registration at pre 2014 prices on the CASE website. This year as every year, is a very important time for CASE to have as many different states represented up on the Hill for our visit on Tuesday, July 15. There are several really important national issues we will be working on in DC this year with our other association partners. Don't miss this great opportunity. And, with a hotel group rate of $149 at the Hilton Old Town, right across from the King Street Metro stop, this might be a great time to do a DC excursion for you and the family! Group rate ends June 17 so click here to make your hotel reservations! Click here to download a flyer.
The CEC convention is this week! If you are attending CEC, we hope you can attend the CASE member/board meeting on Wednesday, April 9. We will begin with a great, full breakfast buffet, sponsored by eSped at 7:30-8:30 and then the meeting starting at 8:30 and going until about 4:00. Awards will be sponsored by Stetson & Associates. We always have an awesome break in the afternoon and this year it is sponsored by Scholastic, Inc. During the annual member meeting we will be having an update on policy issues by the CEC Policy and Advocacy unit, hearing about the upcoming membership changes from the CEC Membership unit, hearing the results of the CASE election, and providing input to the CASE leadership on the upcoming projects and possible projects. We are still looking for names of CASE members who have passed away since April 2013, please send their names, state/provincial affiliation, and a short note so we can recognize their service and lives during the Necrology/Memorial during our annual meeting on Wednesday, April 9. Please send the details to me by clicking here.
Once again, this year our Showcase session will be on Thursday morning and will be Julie Weather, Esq with her great legal update! The Showcase will be sponsored by Scholastic, Inc. If you have attended this session in the past, you know we always run out of room. I don't think we will that problem this year — CEC has scheduled us in a great lecture hall that seats 600 people so invite everyone to come hear this great speaker. Her handout alone will be worth the effort! There are a few tickets left for CASE Night, co-sponsored by C8Science and Star Autism Support. Just think, heading out to the ballpark with 174 of your colleagues on Thursday, April 10, 2014 for food and a great ballgame! We will have appetizers, dinner, cash bar and lots of fun at a pregame tent party at the Citizens' Bank Park and then we will be sitting together for the Phillies vs. Brewers game! Click here for the flyer and click here to purchase your tickets! Did you know CASE has been presenting a great session for the last 5 years on What Every Aspiring SPED ADMIN Needs to Know at the CEC Convention? Goal 3 of the CASE strategic plan states, "CASE will be active in the development and mentorship of special education administrators. The CASE leadership realized what better opportunity to "expose" teachers to the joys and "how to" of the special education administration career ladder than at the CEC convention. So, if you have teachers attending CEC who would benefit from this great session, please encourage them to attend and if you are available at that time (Friday, April 11 10:30-11:30 room 204C in the convention center) come join us. It is always a well attended, exciting session filled with encouragement as we see ourselves as we were a "few" years ago! Lots of exciting things going on at CEC — See you in Philadelphia!
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Special discount offer to CASE members!
CASE is a national outreach partner on the Who Cares About Kelsey? film and education project. CASE members can receive a 50 percent discount on the Who Cares About Kelsey? Education DVD Kit, which contains the film, 11 mini-films and extensive educational materials. Who Cares About Kelsey? documents the lives of students with emotional/behavioral challenges, and shows innovative educational approaches that help these students to succeed — while improving the overall school culture and climate. All films included in the Project are directed by Dan Habib (creator of Including Samuel). To learn more and to purchase the Kit, go to www.whocaresaboutkelsey.com/dvd. To receive your 50 percent discount, please use the coupon code: Fledgling50. This opportunity is made possible by a grant to the Who Cares About Kelsey? project from the Fledgling Foundation, and will last only until the first 200 discount coupons are utilized.
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 Lorae.Blum@unco.edu or visit our website at: http://www.unco.edu/bresnahan-halstead.
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Don't miss out on getting your CASE Night ticket
This year we are taking you out to the ballpark on Thursday, April 10 when CEC will be in Philadelphia! We will have appetizers, dinner, cash bar and lots of fun at a pregame tent party at the Citizens' Bank Park and then we will be sitting together for the Phillies vs. Brewers game! Click here for the flyer and click here to purchase your tickets! CASE NIGHT sells out almost every year ... don't delay on getting your ticket! See you in Philadelphia!
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Tiered instructional program includes cognitive cross-training in Whitfield County, Ga., schools
For many schools, one of the biggest challenges to developing a well-functioning RTI program is an effective Tier 2 system. Tiered instruction is the key to any Response-to-Intervention model and without a strong middle tier; it’s challenging to systematically provide early intervention for students at risk. Offering a quality Tier 2 system, takes a combination of the right assessments, tools and strategies, but most important it takes having the right information to make the right decisions for the children in our care. Whitfield County, Georgia has implemented an award winning cognitive training program as a supplemental intervention for identified RTI Tier 2 and special education students.
This program focuses on the remediation and assessment of the 8 areas of executive function. The program includes imbedded assessments from the NIH toolbox which allows educators to clearly identify any underlying cognitive strengths and weakness of their students. The computer based program, which adjusts every 10 seconds based on the students response, creates a unique path to strengthening Executive Function skills.
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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.
Fourth Annual Elmer's Teacher Grant Program
Kids In Need Foundation
The Kids In Need Foundation, a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free school supplies to economically disadvantaged school children and under-funded teachers, is launching its fourth annual teacher grants program sponsored by Elmer's Products Inc., an industry leader in adhesives, arts and crafts, office and educational products. Beginning Feb. 14, teachers nationwide can visit the Kids In Need Foundation website to apply for an Elmer's Teacher Tool Kit grant that can range from $100 to $500.
PowerUp WHAT WORKS
Center for Technology Implementation
We're excited to share our news about PowerUp WHAT WORKS (www.PowerUpWhatWorks.org), developed by the Center for Technology Implementation at the American Institutes for Research. PowerUp WHAT WORKS is a free professional learning website that offers teachers, PD facilitators, and administrators' resources for helping struggling students, especially those with disabilities, meet the Common Core State Standards. The focus is on linking evidence-based practices and technology in English language arts and math.
Join CEC, lawmakers in urging Obama to invest in IDEA
Does your Representative in Congress support increasing funding for IDEA?
Now's the time to find out!
Use CEC's Legislative Action Center to ask your Representative to join a bi-partisan group of lawmakers in urging President Obama to increase funding for IDEA in his FY 2015 budget proposal, which is expected next month.
Led by Congressmen Huffman, D-Calif., Polis, D-Colo., McKinley, R-W.Va., and Harper R-Miss., this letter to President Barack Obama recognizes that Congress has failed to fulfill its pledge to fully fund IDEA and presses the President to get IDEA on a path to reaching full funding in ten years.
Please join CEC in advocating for increased IDEA funding by asking your lawmakers to sign this letter — it only takes a minute using CEC's Legislative Action Center!
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Teacher Educators and Accomplished teachers
Pearson is in need of educators to score edTPA! edTPA is designed for the profession by the profession, edTPA was developed by teachers and teacher educators from across the nation, in collaboration with faculty and staff from Stanford University, to support candidate learning and preparation program growth and renewal. Aligned with the Common Core State Standards and InTASC Standards, edTPA assesses teaching that promotes student learning in diverse contexts.
Bi-partisan charter school bill introduced in the House; strengthens requirements for students with disabilities
CEC Policy Insider
There must be something in the water in the office buildings of the U.S. House of Representatives. Recently, there have been two, bi-partisan, education bills introduced — a departure from business as usual!
Congress moves to rewrite education research legislation; prioritizes special education and includes key CEC recommendations
CEC Policy Insider
Using evidence-based special education practices is not only what is best for students, but it is required by law. To help special educators do this, the National Center for Special Education Research — one of four centers within the Institute of Education Sciences, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education — has been investigating critical questions to expand our knowledge and understanding of infants, toddlers and children with disabilities.
Gifted + learning disabled = No desk for you, says new study
The Huffington Post
The National Center for Learning Disabilities just released an article citing new data from the U.S. Department of Education, which states that "students with learning and attention issues are shut out of gifted and AP programs, held back in grade level and suspended from school at higher rates than other students."
Teach For America to bolster special education training
A program that places recent college graduates in teaching positions across the country after just weeks of training says it will beef up its focus on special education. Teach for America said it will "strengthen" training that its participants receive on "ability-based mindsets and inclusive practices." The group also said it plans to expand alliances with local organizations in the communities where its teachers work in order to better serve students in special education. Currently, more than 10 percent of Teach for America's 11,100 teachers are working with students in special education in the nation's schools, often through inclusion environments, the organization said.
Technology is no substitute for a well-trained teacher
With the reauthorization of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act in 2004 (IDEIA 2004), Congress introduced the Response to Intervention and Instruction framework as a way to address the diversity of students and learning issues in U.S. schools. Through early identification and intervention with students who have language and cultural differences and learning delays, the framework promises to address problems early on, thereby decreasing the number of students incorrectly assigned to receive special education services.
Obama officials tout Race to the Top, saying it has unleashed 'enormous positive change'
The Washington Post
The Obama administration credited its signature K-12 education program, Race to the Top, for unleashing "enormous positive change" in public school classrooms across the country. In a conference call with reporters to mark the fourth anniversary of the creation of Race to the Top, the White House's Domestic Policy Council director, Cecilia Muñoz, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan rattled off examples of what they said was proof that the $4 billion competitive grant was driving "dramatic change."
How do we know that Race to the Top worked?
The Hechinger Report
The Obama administration is announcing major progress as its signature education policy, the Race to the Top competition, winds down and the money runs out. Many states that won a federal grant in the $4 billion program that is now entering its fourth year have followed through on promises to adopt the Common Core State Standards and launch new teacher evaluations along with an assortment of other policies, including opening new charter schools, training teachers, and offering more Advanced Placement classes. Others are still working on it.
5 ways Race to the Top supports teachers and students
In the four years since the Obama administration announced its first Race to the Top grants, the president's signature education initiative has helped spark a wave of reform across the country, according to a new report by the White House and Department of Education. Since the Obama administration announced the first Race to the Top grants to Tennessee and Delaware four years ago — many state and local leaders, educators, and communities are deep in the hard work of education improvement, and the nation is seeing progress.
Dyslexia is common but resources scarce in Pennsylvania
Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability which makes it hard for those who have it to learn to read and write. According the Pennsylvania branch of the International Dyslexia Association, it's the most common learning disability. "15 to 20 percent of the population have some level of dyslexia." said Pittsburgh region of the Association Chairperson Christine Seppi. "That's a really huge number. Autism, which gets a lot of press, has one in 50. This is one in five or six." A one-day conference in Pittsburgh will shed light on the disorder and help parents, teachers and others better understand dyslexia.
How a dyslexic neuroscientist's iPad app will boost your kid's math scores
On a recent weekday morning, a six-year-old girl with brown pigtails stared at an iPad perched on the desk in front of her. As she studied the screen, she squinted her eyes, and her brow furrowed into a pair of delicate question marks. A minute ticked by. She was still perplexed. Then suddenly, the iPad emitted a soft, triumphant-sounding ping, and her face lit up. The girl had successfully solved a mathematical puzzle in the educational software program ST Math. At adjacent desks, her first-grade classmates at Jack L. Weaver Elementary School, in Los Alamitos, Calif., were grappling with their own ST Math challenges. The room was silent, with no hint that the morning recess was just 15 minutes away. "They could do this all day," the teacher, Kathi Ruziecki, whispered.
Expert: Teachers are 'most important variable' for dyslexic kids
The New Canaan Advertiser
"English is a great language, but it's part of the problem." Words of wisdom from Margie Gillis, project director at the Haskins Literacy Initiative at Yale University, delivered earlier this month to a room of parents and educators at Royle School in Darien, Conn. Gillis's visit was sponsored by Darien's Special Education Parent Advisory Committee, and she spoke for roughly two hours about dyslexia being both a blessing and a curse. As with any learning disability, teachers make the biggest difference with students and their ability to learn, Gillis said. "They are the most important variable," she said.
Time management for kids
Time is a tricky concept — even for us adults. Some days seem to drag on for a year and others fly by in a minute. But understanding time helps kids to use their time well. It's a key part of executive functioning skills such as planning and prioritizing. A sense of time develops over time. Two and three year olds enjoy the predictability of routines but live mostly in the present, their sense of time involves mainly "now or not now," and they have limited ability to wait. Five and six year olds have a clearer understanding of past, present, and future. They can anticipate happy events and have some grasp of "next week" versus "tomorrow" versus "a long time ago." Seven to ten year olds have the arithmetic skills necessary to use clocks and calendars.
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