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 CASE News

Note from Executive Director Luann Purcell
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Facebook The CASE office has been hopping this past week with final preparation for the fall Executive Committee meeting, the Fall Board of Directors' meeting and the 23rd Annual CASE Conference. The office will be "closed" at our Georgia address but will definitely be open at our temporary address at the FireSky Resort, Scottsdale, Ariz. We had to close registration when we had more than the hotel ballroom could accommodate. We had already gotten an alternate hotel for participant rooms but with the GREAT turnout of vendors and participants (from 45 states and 2 Canadian provinces) we had to close out the conference registration. But the good news is we will be able to accommodate more next year at the Indianapolis Hyatt so make your plans now to not get left out. The conference will be much earlier next year — Sept. 26-28 ... with the Board of Directors' meeting being on Sept. 25-26. So, save those dates.

The registration for the CASE Winter Hybrid Conference, Feb. 13-15, Orlando, Fla., will be up on the CASE website this week. You will be able to register to be on site with us at the wonderful Rosen Plaza Hotel (great rate: $117) or you can plan to be a site with as many as you can hold in a room. We will even have some hints on how to do your own mini conference using our materials. What an opportunity for cross stakeholder team building on a string. Invite your "future" leaders — teachers would love listening to these national/cutting edge speakers. There will be 3 different themes (Applying Virtual Education; Integrated Education for ALL; Re-Inventing/Re-Booting SPED) all tied to Evolution, Re-Invention or Revolution: The Future of Special Education.

Special note for our U.S. members:
CASE is a 501 c 3 nonprofit and as such we do not endorse candidates. But we do encourage our members to study ALL candidates and hold them accountable for the education of ALL children. In order to hold candidates accountable, you must be informed, active and most importantly you must vote. There are many opportunities for early voting but regardless of voting early or not, the important thing is to vote. My parents always said, if you don't vote you can't complain ... not that any of us are complainers. We also know there is still a very important task after the election. The lame duck Congress has to do something about Sequestration if we are to avoid a total calamity starting in January. Though the education cuts will not begin until July 1, many programs that impact the lives of children and families will start in January. If you have not gone to the Non Defense Discretionary Grassroots Tool Kit go there today and help those around you to understand just what it will mean if the sequestration is allowed to proceed. It will take action on the part of the lame duck Congress to stop this disaster from happening.


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.

System 44

System 44 is the breakthrough foundational reading and phonics intervention technology program for our most challenged readers in Grades 3–12+. System 44' s state-of-the-art adaptive technology delivers direct, explicit and foundational reading and phonics instruction as well as engaging, high-interest print materials for student practice in reading, writing, and spelling. System 44 was developed to ensure that students with unique learning challenges have the necessary support and scaffolds to address their specific needs. Learn More

Overview on the Common Core State Standards & Assessments Collection
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An Overview of the CCSS Collection will be offered twice a month beginning June 2012. One day and one evening session will be offered each month—except for November and December.

Join the IDEA Partnership staff and organization leaders in learning about the Collection on the Common Core State Standards and Assessments.

Register for the Overview to the Common Core State Standards Collections (CCSS) — it's not too late! Click on date to register for the Overview on CCSS:

Virtual mentoring will be offered as a follow up to the Overview webinar. Individuals that wish to organize a group for more in-depth training on using the Collection will learn more about next steps on the call.

For more information on the CCSS Collection go to the IDEA Partnership website and click on the Common Core State Standards and Assessments on the right sidebar.

Questions? Contact Dr. Diane Oglesby

 CEC Policy Insider

Join the special education teacher evaluation discussion: What's happening in your school?
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CEC recently unveiled its position on special education teacher evaluation which provides guidance to assist in the creation of evaluation systems. The position reflects both the complexity of educating a student with disabilities and the often varying role a special educator plays throughout the day. To craft this position, CEC received the input of CEC members and dozens of national experts. But we want the conversation to continue. More

CEC announces new position on special education teacher evaluation
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CEC recently released its Position on Special Education Teacher Evaluation. This document provides a set of guiding principles for states and districts to consider as they grapple with the design and implementation of new teacher evaluation systems. More

5 reasons we are discussing new teacher evaluation systems
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CEC recently released its new Position on Special Education Teacher Evaluation. Many CEC members have been involved in this process and helped CEC draft this Position but others may wonder why are we discussing this now? Here is how we got to this point in 5 key bullets. More

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Advocates: Uphold graduation rate accountability under NCLB waivers
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Some disability advocacy groups are joining forces with others concerned about whether states will continue to be held accountable for students graduating from high school now that so many states have been granted No Child Left Behind waivers. The Learning Disabilities Association said last week it has signed onto a letter to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan with a number of other organizations that questions whether states that have received waivers are in violation of federal regulations issued in 2008 linking strong accountability and improvement in high school graduation rates. The National Down Syndrome Society, National Down Syndrome Congress, Easter Seals, the National Center on Learning Disabilities, and National Disability Rights Network, among others, have also signed on. More

Lawmakers warn of special education cuts
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Some 12,000 special education teachers and aides could lose their jobs in the coming months unless Congress acts to stop impending cuts, according to a new report from Congressional Democrats. The warning is the latest from lawmakers on the impact likely to be felt from a series of automatic federal spending reductions expected to take effect Jan. 2 under a process known as sequestration. The cuts — totaling more than $100 billion — were triggered after lawmakers failed to reach a budget deal last year. The White House estimates that special education alone would lose more than $1 billion under the plan, which calls for most federal programs to be slashed by at least 8.2 percent. More

 Hot Topics

Study: Exercise boosts school performance for kids with ADHD
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A few minutes of exercise a day can help children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder do better at school, according to a small new study. The findings suggest that exercise could provide an alternative to drug treatment. While drugs have proven largely effective in treating children with ADHD, many parents and doctors are concerned about the medications' side effects and costs. More

Children with autism lack language to explain behavior
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Unlike typically developing children, children with autism do not use language areas of the brain to identify socially inappropriate behavior, according to a study in PLoS One. Dr. Elizabeth J. Carter, from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and colleagues performed functional magnetic resonance imaging in 12 children with autism and 13 children with typical development while they were shown two pictures and asked which was of a boy being bad (social condition) or which was outdoors (physical condition). More

Study: Highly effective principals raise student achievement
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It's indisputable that great teachers lead to successful students, as the presidential candidates have touted, but what about students' connection to their school principals? A study published in Education Next has found that the effect of highly effective principals on student achievement is equivalent to 2-7 months of additional learning each school year, while ineffective principals negatively impact student achievement by a comparable amount. For their study, the authors used a value-added model similar to the one used to measure teacher quality, but applied the calculation to the entire school. More

Common adaptive tests to address special needs
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Computer-adaptive testing, in theory, should allow educators to pinpoint more accurately the achievement levels of students with disabilities, to focus on areas where those students need help. Designed to provide each student with an individualized test, computer-adaptive testing gives students with disabilities more questions they can get right, preventing frustration and can provide support to aid students as they take the exams, assessment experts say. More

Self-advocacy, mentors key for college students with disabilities
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College remains a hurdle for many with disabilities. Now a new study offers insight on what separates individuals with special needs who are ultimately successful in higher education from those who are not. In interviews with recent graduates with disabilities, researchers found that students who earned degrees shared the ability to self-advocate and persevere. They also had good insight into their abilities and limitations and often cited a strong relationship with at least one faculty or staff member on campus. Many overcame significant challenges to succeed in college, with some saying that they earned degrees even after being told by high school teachers that they were not "college material." More

Study: Cyberbullying rarely single factor in teen suicides
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Cyberbullying is rarely the only factor behind teen suicides, according to a small study. The researchers found that most teen suicide victims are bullied both online and in school, and that many also suffer from depression. For the study, the investigators analyzed 41 suicide cases in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. There were 24 female and 17 male victims, ages 13 to 18. Twenty-four percent of the teens were the victims of homophobic bullying. Of those, half were identified as homosexual and the other half were identified as heterosexual or of unknown sexual preference. More

ChalkTalk™ - An on-demand video interview series

ChalkTalk™ videos are cost-effective and are available "on demand". The talk show format focuses on educational issues and best practices in educating students with disabilities. Information is available at your fingertips, as the videos become an archived electronic library that you can access at any time. Click here to learn more!
A web-based system that addresses the challenge of intervention scheduling in the schools. It's designed for anyone who needs to schedule and document interventions. MORE

 In the News

Programs help to ease transition to adult life
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Today, more and more high school students with disabilities are graduating and getting jobs, or continuing on to post-secondary education at major colleges and universities. With the introduction of new assistance tools at the high school and college levels, students in need of special services are finding it easier to prepare for the responsibilities of adulthood. For some Winona parents of special needs high school students, the idea of losing the support their child has had in primary and secondary school can be an unpleasant thought. More

Individualized education model optimizes chances of success for children with autism
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Students with autism have the best chances of success in school through an individualized education model that involves teachers, service providers and parents, according to a new book co-authored by Dr. John McGrew, a psychology professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. McGrew, who also serves as the director of the Clinical Psychology Program in Department of Psychology, is one of three researchers involved in the book, "Collaborative Model for Promoting Competence and Success for Students with autism spectrum disorder." Co-authors include Lisa A. Ruble and Nancy J. Dalrymple. More

Locals question effectiveness of fonts created for those with dyslexia
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Hype or help? In the age of technology, Internet entrepreneurs are offering new fonts online designed to help people with dyslexia. Despite the buzz they are generating — and perhaps profits for their designers — Knoxville, Tenn., area experts and students with dyslexia remain skeptical about the new fonts. "I thought it was more difficult to read because I had to think about the letters more, and try to see them in the proper order," said Stockton Dempster of Knoxville, 14, a homeschool student with dyslexia who recently looked up a new font called OpenDyslexic. More

To survive a shooting, students learn to fight back
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The names Columbine and Virginia Tech have both become tragic shorthand for school shootings in America. In the wake of those shootings, schools have developed a fairly typical lockdown procedure when there's a threat: sound the alarm, call police, lock doors and stay put. The standard school-lockdown plan is intended to minimize chaos so police arriving on the scene don't shoot the wrong people. Students practice following directions, getting into classrooms and essentially, waiting. But some security experts think that response plan is inadequate and may actually be dangerous. A growing number of schools are now adopting controversial training that offers a different type of response — including how to fight back against a gunman. More

Kids with mental disorders are often the bullies
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New research suggests children diagnosed with mental health disorders are often the perpetrators of bullying. Bullying has come to the fore in recent years as a type of youth violence defined as repetitive, intentional aggression that involves a disparity of power between the victim and perpetrator. A 2011 nationwide survey found 20 percent of U.S. high school students were bullied during the preceding 12 months. In the new study, researchers discovered children with mental health disorders were three times more likely to be identified as bullies. More


Event       Location     Dates Notes

Fall Board of Directors Meeting       Scottsdale, Ariz.     Oct. 31-Nov. 1 View the calendar. For more information please contact Luann Purcell.

23rd Annual CASE Conference       Scottsdale, Ariz.     Nov. 1-3 Hotel information
Exhibitor information

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


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