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CASE = Future
This is my last article for 2013. Next week you will have an issue with the top stories of the year. I hope you have enjoyed the weekly updates now that we have gone "professional" using MultiView for our updates. I believe the quality of information and the format are just another way to say CASE is always looking for ways to improve both the services and delivery of those services to our members!

Thank you for being a member of CEC and CASE — we know you have lots of choices and we truly appreciate your support through your membership! We also want to thank the vendors who support us through advertising in this weekly update and those who support us at our professional development events! We hope you will honor this support and consider them when you are looking for products and services they provide!

CASE leadership is always looking for ways to help prepare our members and the field for the future. We spend time, energy, and money exploring trends, making partnerships, learning new concepts — all in our effort to be ready for the future. As we say good bye to 2013, we are not just embracing 2014 but indeed the next 5 to 10 years. Here are just a few quotes to help us look ahead!
  • When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people: those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder what happened! John M. Richardson

  • The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time. Abraham Lincoln

  • Losers live in the past. Winners learn from the past and enjoy working in the present toward the future. Denis Waitley

  • For tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today. African Proverb

  • Education is the passport of the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. Malcolm X

  • Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved. William Jennings Bryan

  • The future starts today, not tomorrow. Pope John Paul II


Luann Purcell
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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.
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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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        Recognizing the signs of dyslexia (Leader-Post)
    How an iPad can overcome 'print disabled' curriculum (eSchool News)
    Researchers explore links between learning disorders in children (Medical News Today)

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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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    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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    Senate on verge of approving budget deal, temporarily eases sequestration
    CEC Policy Insider
    the Senate is expected to vote on the bipartisan budget measure forged by Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Representative Paul Ryan, R-Wis. The deal, hailed by neither party, has been deemed a compromise that would – importantly for educators — ease sequestration cuts which slashed over $2 billion from the U.S. Department of Education in 2013, including over $600 million for special education programs.
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    Putting college and career ready courses to the test for students with disabilities
    CEC Policy Insider
    It is important that every student that is preparing to graduate from high school be college and career ready. The National Center on Educational Outcomes in collaboration with Achieve released a report titled Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities: Ensuring Meaningful Diplomas for All Students which emphasizes the need for students with disabilities to be held to high standards for earning a state's standard diploma, an objective that requires courses that will better prepare them to enter the postsecondary and employment world.
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    Sounds are sound among dyslexics, but access may lag, study finds
    Los Angeles Times
    A faulty connection between where the brain stores the auditory building blocks of language and where it processes them may be to blame for dyslexia, a new study suggests.

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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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    E-readers can make reading easier for those with dyslexia
    Smithsonian via Science Daily
    As e-readers grow in popularity as convenient alternatives to traditional books, researchers at the Smithsonian have found that convenience may not be their only benefit.

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    Expensive training programs don't help kids' grades, behavior: ADHD study
    Medical News Today
    Many parents spend thousands of dollars on computer-based training programs that claim to help children with ADHD succeed in the classroom and in peer relationships while reducing hyperactivity and inattentiveness. But a University of Central Florida researcher says parents are better off saving their hard-earned cash. Psychology professor Mark Rapport's research team spent two years analyzing the data from 25 studies and found that those programs are not producing significant or clinically meaningful long-term improvements in children's cognitive abilities, academic performance or behavior.
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    In plain language: 5 big FAQ's about dyslexia
    Psychology Today
    Psychologists, cognitive scientists and neuroscientists are unraveling the mysteries of dyslexia. But if you are a parent, teacher or caregiver, it may be hard to read and comprehend the latest research. Here are five important frequently asked questions about dyslexia that cut through the jargon to bring you up to date.
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    5 tips to keep kids learning during the holidays Blog (commentary)
    Holiday and winter breaks are just weeks away, and while students and teachers will get a well-deserved break from the classroom, it doesn't mean children need to stop learning. Here are a few tips to keep children's minds sharp and challenged during their break, and it might just prevent cabin fever: Ask your child's teacher or search online for worksheets or projects that can be done over the holidays. For 20 to 30 minutes a day, review with your child math concepts, spelling words, or sentence structure. You can also work together in starting a cool science project.
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    6 ways to honor the learning process the classroom
    Edutopia (commentary)
    Terry Heick, a contributor for Edutopia, writes: "Roughly put, learning is really just a growth in awareness. The transition from not knowing to knowing is part of it, but that's really too simple because it misses all the degrees of knowing and not knowing. One can't ever really, truly understand something any more than a shrub can stay trimmed. There's always growth or decay, changing contexts or conditions. Understanding is the same way. It's fluid."
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    US House votes to roll back sequestration
    Education Week
    School districts and early-childhood education programs are one step closer to getting some relief from across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration, which trimmed about 5 percent of federal K-12 spending this school year. The U.S. House of Representatives approved 332-94 a plan that would roll back the majority of the cuts slated to hit most school districts during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years. The agreement, which was written by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., will now proceed to the U.S. Senate.
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    School districts face Common Core test tech requirements
    U.S. News & World Report
    If you're reading this, you're connected to the Internet. It's a connection many people take for granted in the age of tablets, smartphones and Wi-Fi-enabled televisions. Users expect Web pages to load swiftly and videos to stream seamlessly. A strong digital connection is a luxury not found in most high schools, though. In fact, 72 percent of U.S. public schools lack the broadband connection needed to sustain digital learning, according to EducationSuperHighway, a nonprofit group.
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    Budget deal could offer school districts relief from sequestration
    Education Week
    School districts would get some relief from the across-the-board cuts known as sequestration under an agreement announced Tuesday by a bipartisan pair of House and Senate negotiators. The plan would roll back most of the so-called sequester cuts for the next two years, leaving the door open for federal lawmakers to boost spending on disadvantaged children and students in special education.
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    Sounds are sound among dyslexics, but access may lag, study finds
    Los Angeles Times
    A faulty connection between where the brain stores the auditory building blocks of language and where it processes them may be to blame for dyslexia, a new study suggests. The findings represent the first neuroanatomical evidence that the vexing spelling and reading disorder striking people who otherwise can speak a language fluently lies in a connectivity problem in the brain's white matter, where nerve fibers relay electrochemical signals.
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    Peer solicitation can improve reciprocal social interaction among children with autism
    Peer solicitation — a child inviting another to play — can improve reciprocal social interaction among children with autism, according to a Vanderbilt University study released today in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. Researchers studied playground interactions between children with autism and typically developing peers and found the two groups play similarly when engaged in independent play with kids they just met. While the children with autism initiated and engaged in less play overall than typically developing children, the researchers found that other children can facilitate and increase interactions by simple requests.
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    Single-sex classrooms: Educators, students say the change makes a difference
    Winston-Salem Journal
    A change at Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy has shaken up classroom dynamics, even pitting boys against girls in the school's lower grades. Don't worry, though, teachers say. It's all in the spirit of healthy competition, and it's leading to better classroom performance on all fronts. It started when the school adopted a single-gender classroom policy for its middle-school core classes. The change was approved in April and implemented this school year. When classes began in August, Winston-Salem Prep's sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders were divided into two classes of all boys and two classes of all girls for their math, science, language arts and social studies lessons.
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    Will music make a child smarter?
    HealthDay News via WebMD
    If Johnny doesn't take to the violin, don't fret. A new study challenges the widely held belief that music lessons can help boost children's intelligence. "More than 80 percent of American adults think that music improves children's grades or intelligence," study author Samuel Mehr, a graduate student in the School of Education at Harvard University, said in a university news release. "Even in the scientific community, there's a general belief that music is important for these extrinsic reasons — but there is very little evidence supporting the idea that music classes enhance children's [mental] development," he noted. In this study, Mehr and his colleagues randomly assigned 4-year-old children to receive instruction in either music or visual arts.
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    US girls perform evenly with boys in math and science, PISA data show
    Education Week
    Liana Heitin, a contributor for Education Week, writes: "There's still a mountain of PISA data to dig into (with caveats in mind, of course). But one piece I've found particularly compelling is that, in the United States, there was no statistical difference between boys' and girls' scores in either math or science. In many other countries, the 2012 OECD report notes, 'marked gender differences in mathematics performance — in favour of boys — are observed.' Three years ago, American boys outperformed girls in math on PISA; their science scores were similar."
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