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Cathy Sartain Industries provides professional development, products and services. Topics include developing standards-based goals, functional goals and grading practices for students with disabilities.


 CASE News

The election is over and the work is just beginning
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Facebook Now the lame duck Congress has just a few weeks to stop sequestration. Have you been to the CEC Legislative Action Committee and sent a letter or two? Go to it today and have as many of your staff and parents do the same thing. You can cut and paste and make the email letter so much more effective by putting in your district data. At our Fall Board of Directors meeting we discussed Action Plans for Sequestration ... the board gave two action plans to Dr. Deb Ziegler, CEC policy director. Even though she was on her way to Ukraine, she worked with Lindsay Jones and revised the one pager and created the Q & A ... To down load those documents, click here.

Stay tuned for more!


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.

 CEC Policy Insider

Does Obama's win signal changes for education in 2nd term?
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The election results — which secured wins for President Barack Obama, Senate Democrats and House Republicans — have us all speculating what the next four years will hold for education policy issues. In this article are a few initial observations. More

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

What's Arne Duncan going to do?
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No matter who you voted for, we can all be thankful that there will be no more political ads coming at us from all sides. The election is over, and President Barack Obama has been re-elected. But what does that mean for his cabinet? We already know that there will be some major changes in the Obama administration coming up, but what the education community really wants to know is this: Is Arne Duncan going to remain the secretary of education? More

Education ballot initiatives: A state scorecard
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While the big story from the election was clearly that President Barack Obama won a second term, many voters across the nation also approved or rejected ballot initiatives that directly involved education issues. Here is a scorecard of key votes on issues involving education. More

Literacy Tools
That Help Students Succeed
Award-winning WordQ helps each student address reading and writing gaps to meet Common Core proficiency requirements. Using WordQ, teachers can provide differentiated instruction with greater ease and flexibility. Extend learning time and opportunities; ideal for ELL students and all students who struggle with reading, vocabulary, spelling, syntax, grammar, text production, editing and revising.
SRA Reading Laboratory 2.0
• Any device anytime,   anywhere
• More than 85% new content

• Motivating short reads with   text dependent questions
• Simple Management tools   for teachers

• Improve students' Lexile®   scores with access to   complex text
• Informational and literary   text based on their interests
• Reports on Lexile® level,   student progress, standards,   and fluency
AutismPro provides online tools to help school districts meet state compliance and due process requirements in supporting students with Autism and Related Disorders. It's a comprehensive suite of professional development and case management resources for educators and professionals working with students with ASDs.


Washington, DC, public schools alerts parents whose children are being taught by teachers who have not met 'highly qualified' definition
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Letters were recently mailed to parents with children in the District of Columbia Public Schools system, informing them if their child was being taught by a core subject area teacher who has not met the "highly qualified" definition. The document also contained instructions for how to access information on the non-highly qualified status of said teacher. Under the federal No Child Left Behind law, school districts are required to notify parents or legal guardians when their child has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who has not satisfied the requirements to be deemed "highly qualified." More

Obama wins re-election, but future unclear for schools
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In the early hours of Nov. 7, teachers' unions were touting the re-election of President Barack Obama as a "victory" for both students and educators. But with the U.S. House of Representatives staying under Republican control and the Democrats maintaining a Senate majority that is too small to overcome repeated threats of filibustering by the GOP, it's unclear how much of Obama's education agenda will be implemented in the next four years. More

 Hot Topics

Special educators call for leeway in judging performance
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With increased focus on teacher performance, a leading group of special educators is warning that assessing the work they do in the classroom requires a more nuanced approach. Special education teachers must be evaluated based on the complexities of the student population they work with, according to a new position statement from the Council for Exceptional Children, a professional organization that advocates on behalf of special educators. More

Schools are using social networking to involve parents
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Digital technology is providing a growing variety of methods for school leaders to connect with parents anywhere, anytime — a tactic mirroring how technology is used to engage students. Through Twitter feeds, Facebook pages and text messages sent in multiple languages, school staff members are giving parents instant updates, news and information about their children's schools. Not only that, but a number of districts are also providing parents access to Web portals where they can see everything from their children's grades on school assignments to their locker combinations and what they're served for lunch. More

For some children with ADHD, music has similar positive effects to medication
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The findings are part of a study on the effects of distractors on children with ADHD. A team of researchers, led by FIU Center for Children and Families Director William E. Pelham Jr., set out to examine how distractions — such as music and television — affect children with ADHD. Traditionally, Pelham said, parents and teachers believe distractors only have negative effects. Pelham set out to discover how music and videos actually impact the abilities of children with ADHD to focus in the classroom. Leading into the study, Pelham believed the music would have negative effects in many cases, and would have no effects at best. But even a world-renowned psychologist and leading authority on ADHD can be surprised by his own research findings. More

Off the clock: Giving students more time to demonstrate learning
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Recently, a distressed mom asked me for advice about how to help her smart, hard-working daughter who is struggling in school. Her daughter has always been a poor reader and the mother suspects that she is dyslexic. Better than average grades, however, have prevented the daughter from qualifying for school testing to see if she has a disability. More

4 things all educators should understand about the dyslexic brain
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What do you think of when you hear the word dyslexic? All too often the reflex reaction is a stream of negative associations — slow reader, under performance, extra time on exams and difficulty spelling. While it is true that these are common symptoms in students with dyslexia, they are surmountable problems. For any educator, the key to unleashing academic success in dyslexic students lies in understanding how their brains work. 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

The brain trainers
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In the back room of a suburban storefront previously occupied by a yoga studio, Nick Vecchiarello, a 16-year-old from Glen Ridge, N.J., sits at a desk across from Kathryn Duch, a recent college graduate who wears a black shirt emblazoned with the words "Brain Trainer." Spread out on the desk are a dozen playing cards showing symbols of varying colors, shapes and sizes. Nick stares down, searching for three cards whose symbols match. More

Is childhood ADHD a gateway to smoking in adulthood?
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Children diagnosed with attention hyperactivity disorder are twice as likely to pick up smoking than youngsters without the disorder. A group of Canadian researchers lead by Dr. Ridha Joober of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montreal looked at genetic markers among children with ADHD and found a variant previously implicated in increasing the risk for smoking behavior may also increase the risk for ADHD. According to the study, published online in Archives of Disease in Childhood, this may explain why people who suffer from ADHD are also much more prone to become addicted to cigarettes. More

Study: Inclusion may not be best after all
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Inclusion is often believed to be the best option for students with disabilities, but a new study calls into question whether or not the practice truly leads to better outcomes long term. Researchers found that students with autism who spent 75 to 100 percent of their time in general education classrooms were no more likely to complete high school, go to college or see improvements in cognitive functioning than those who spent more time in segregated environments. More

Autism interventions need to be supported by more evidence
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Interventions designed to improve core deficits in children with autism spectrum disorders are supported by varying levels of evidence, highlighting the need for well-designed studies to better evaluate the interventions, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Researchers found that when they evaluated the past research on a wide variety of interventions aimed at improving core deficits in social/communication, language, behavior and adaptive skills, the evidence of efficacy ranged from moderate to insufficient. The findings are published in the journal Pediatrics. 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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