CASE Weekly Update
Feb. 24, 2014

Your Turn
It is that time of year for you to have "your turn." Every year in February, the CASE elections are held. This year it is your opportunity to do your part for the organization and vote based on your convictions for President Elect and Treasurer. As always we have great candidates — Gary Myrah (WI) for President Elect and for Treasurer Chris Horton (GA) and Carrie Turner (MO). If you are a current member of CASE as of February 17, 2014 and provided CEC with your email address, you will receive an email with a link to the candidate information and a link to vote. You can find the candidate information now on the CASE website but you can only vote from your link in your email. The email should arrive today or at the latest on Tuesday. If you have not received your email by Tuesday afternoon, email me so I can check on the problem. If you know of CASE members who do not get emails, they can contact the CASE office and receive a paper ballot. The election will only be open through Saturday March 15 so don't put it off. Take your turn and be an engaged and informed member! The election results will be announced at the Annual CASE Member/Board meeting at the CEC convention, Wednesday April 9. I hope you are making your plans to attend the CEC Convention and if so, that you are planning to arrive early enough to have breakfast and attend the CASE meeting. Watch for more details in the coming weeks — see below for the CASE Night tickets!

Even though the 3rd Annual CASE Hybrid conference is starting today, it is not too late for you to join in or to purchase the CD ROM. As a virtual site, you can download the handouts and connect into the live presentations immediately upon your registration. You can also purchase by the day. If you have any questions about the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and the Assessments, then you surely need to sign up for Tuesday! If you are one of our virtual sites, you should have received several emails with details on downloading the handouts and signing on. As a reminder, if you have any difficulties logging into the webcast, contact Peach New Media at 866-702-3278. Be sure to join the discussion on the CASE Facebook page and/or on Twitter @casecec #2014CASE

Speaking of attending CEC, CASE Night is going to be a great event as always this year! 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! CASE NIGHT sells out almost every year ... don't delay on getting your ticket! See you in Philadelphia!

Coming soon ... CASE is always trying to improve our services to members. Just in time for the spring job search, CASE will be adding a career center to our website. This will be especially great for our members looking for administrative positions and districts looking for the right match for their vacancies. This service will have a fee attached to it for the districts but we believe you will think it is very reasonable and we believe this will be a site that provides a service to both our members looking for positions and our members looking for personnel! Watch for more details!


Luann Purcell
Executive DirectorMore

CASE Third Annual
2014 Winter Hybrid Conference
Feb. 24-26
Orlando, Fla.
Rosen Plaza Hotel or Virtual

Each Day will be a self contained workshop

Presenters will be Cutting Edge This will be a HYBRID Conference To Register: go to or

Click here to view the agenda.

Conference Hotel:
Rosen Plaza, 9700 International Drive
Orlando, Florida 32819
Group Rate- $119
To get the group rate click here.More

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 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. More

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:

We have seen a brisk sale of CASE NIGHT tickets this week
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! More

Great opportunity for students with ADHD and autism
Yale School of Medicine
Activate was developed the Yale School of Medicine in a NIH (National Institute of Health) funded project designed to target Executive Function skills in children with ADHD and Autism. We currently have pilot programs deployed in over 100 districts across the U.S. and Canada and the results so far have been very good. Over the last few years the program has proven exceptionally successful in the SPED classroom. The results have been so promising that last year the NIH gave the program the NIH Directors Award and $4 million to continue research and development. As part of the research program they have also required us to set up additional pilots in schools in every state.

Loudoun County Public Schools, a large district in Northern Virginia/DC metro area, is piloting the C8 Sciences program "Activate" in one elementary school this year. After a site visit and presentation on the program that included related case study research from Ken Coleman, President, and Dr. Bruce Wexler, Yale Neuroscientist and Researcher, key leadership of the Department of Pupil Services were optimistic regarding the potential benefits for our students. Based on principal and staff interest, technology access and school based and pupil services staff support, LCPS agreed to pilot the program for 50 selected general and special education students identified with attention deficit disorder and/or challenges with executive functioning skills. School staff also decided to add the physical activity component to the program with the support of their physical education teacher to maximize benefit. At this time data is not available since participation for the prescribed number of weeks has not yet been completed but school staff are excited and optimistic about the prospect of positive results and students are enjoying their participation in the activities.

Click here for a brief presentation on Activate.

For more information about becoming one of the Pilot Districts, contact Donna Ellis, Ed.D or telephone 904-647-8607 and mention you found out about this opportunity from CASE!More

IEP Meeting Facilitation Conference
Drexel University's School of Education Special Education Program presents a professional development opportunity for comprehensive and intensive training in the mechanics and legal benefits of IEP Meeting Facilitation and Conflict Resolution.

This conference will provide participants with training to effectively facilitate IEP Team meetings including:

Click here for more information.More

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.More

Fourth Annual Elmer'sÒ 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'sÒ 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.More

Center for Technology Implementation
We're excited to share our news about PowerUp WHAT WORKS (, 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. More

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!More

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.More

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. More


Spokane Public Schools

The Director, Special Education & English Language Development provides leadership and support of the implementation of the instructional programs and related services for all students with disabilities and students needing language development support to reach K-12 standards. This position will work closely with and in support of building educational teams.

Special Education Alternate Assessment Coordinator
North Dakota Department of Public Instruction

Primary responsibility is in special education administrative management using a team process. The office of Special Education provides a stimulating work environment with a great variety. Plentiful professional development opportunities for leadership on disability related issues, plus interaction with state and national experts make this position both rewarding and professionally challenging.

Click here for more information.

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.

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

For more information click here.

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.

For more information click here.

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.

For more information click here.

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.

For further information you may email us at

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,

Over 130 lawmakers urge Obama to increase IDEA funding in 2015 budget; Join CEC's advocacy for a greater investment in IDEA
CEC Policy Insider
Every budget, whether it's for the federal government, a local school district, or your family, reflects priorities. But, recent budget proposals put forth by President Barack Obama — and his predecessors — have yielded few, if any, increases for IDEA’s programs, which serve over six million children and youth with disabilities. While the economic stimulus package of 2009 doubled funding for IDEA programs, subsequent funding levels remain far below CEC's recommendations. More

The Department of Justice publishes 2 new ADA technical assistance documents
CEC Policy Insider
Recently, the Department of Justice published two new technical assistance documents to assist Title II enti­ties (state and local governments) and Title III entities (businesses and nonprofit organizations that serve the public) in understanding how the rules under the Americans with Disabilities Act apply to them. Both documents are available on the ADA website. More

Personnel development to improve services and results for children with disabilities — Personnel preparation in special education, early intervention and related services
CEC Policy Insider
The Office of Special Education Programs released Applications for New Awards; Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities — Personnel Preparation in Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services which was published in the Federal Register on Friday, Feb. 7 and are inviting new applications for fiscal year 2014. More

Schools learn to outsmart ADHD
District Administration Magazine
When students are diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, approaches that were once excluded from the classroom are now considered a valid option for helping them focus and learn. While the most common solution is medication, school district leaders have become increasingly aggressive in using other measures to improve the learning experience. More

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.More

'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. More

Report: Families have few resources to fight restraint, seclusion of children
Education Week
Families are often not told if their children are being secluded or restrained in schools, they often have problems getting information about the frequency or duration of such occurrences, and current regulations make it hard to fight such practices, according to a majority staff report from the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee. The report was released at the same time that the committee's chairman, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, re-introduced a bill that would ban the use of seclusion in schools and severely restrict the use of restraints. He introduced a similar bill in 2012 and 2011. More

How video games help people with dyslexia read, focus: Improving reading comprehension with gaming skills
Medical Daily
New research suggests that video games may be potential tools for improving concentration and reading in people with dyslexia, offering even more solid scientific footing for the growing number of researchers who believe that the medium has a clear place in 2010s therapy. According to Dr. Vanessa Harrar, a researcher at Oxford University who led the new study, the findings build on the well-documented link between video gaming and sharpened attention skills. In this particular case, we're dealing with something called "cross-sensory shift of attention." More

Study: Adderall doesn't help kids get better grades
The Atlantic
More than 1 in 20 American children between the ages of 4 and 17 are medicated for attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder — up nearly 500 percent since 1990. Drugs like Adderall and Ritalin have a reputation as "good-grade pills" and "cognitive enhancers" that produce near-immediate improvements in the ability of children to pay attention in school. The thing is, studies tracing the impact of ADHD meds report no improvement in academic performance in the long term, as Nature reports in a new review of existing research, and kids taking the drugs are in some cases more likely to drop out of school. More

Schools learn to outsmart ADHD
District Administration Magazine
When students are diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, approaches that were once excluded from the classroom are now considered a valid option for helping them focus and learn. While the most common solution is medication, school district leaders have become increasingly aggressive in using other measures to improve the learning experience. Exercise balls, sensory kits and exercise breaks are among the approaches schools are taking to support students with ADHD as diagnosis of the disorder continues to increase in U.S. schools. More

Spate of GOP bills take aim at Common Core
Education Week
Add yet another anti-Common Core bill from Congress to your tally. Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., a moderate who is facing a tough primary challenge, has introduced a resolution that makes it clear education is a state issue, and that the U.S. Secretary of Education should not coerce states into adopting common education standards. The resolution — introduced Feb. 5 — also states that the federal government shouldn't give states who adopt Common Core an edge in any future grant competitions. More

Is school funding fair? States may be failing needy students
eSchool News
The stimulus package that provided funding for states as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act may have done more harm than good, suggests a new report. Instead of continuing to invest in crucial parts of education post-stimulus, many states have sacrificed fair school funding. During the beginning of the U.S. economy's recession in 2008, the federal government created a stimulus package to support public schools and prevent major layoffs and cuts in essential programs and services through the ARRA. More

Toxic chemicals linked to autism, ADHD, dyslexia
Toxic chemicals may be behind the rising number of children with autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and dyslexia, U.S. researchers say. Co-authors Philippe Grandjean, adjunct professor of environmental health at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, and Philip Landrigan, dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, said the study outlines possible links between newly recognized neurotoxicants and negative health effects on children. More

Bullying affects children's long-term health, study shows
Medical News Today
In the first study of its kind to assess the compounding effects of bullying over 5 years, researchers have found that a child experiences more severe and lasting health implications the longer he or she is bullied, suggesting that early interventions could reverse the "downward health trajectory" that victims of bullying may experience. Results of the study were recently reported in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. More

Colleges respond to growing ranks of learning disabled
The Hechinger Report
Endowed with a newfound freshman’s hunger for independence, Alix Generous thought she could conquer college without seeking help for the learning disabilities she had dealt with since she was 11. She was wrong. In her first year at the College of Charleston, Generous decided against using the school's assistance programs for students with dyslexia and other disorders, even though she had relied on such help throughout her childhood. "I was like, 'Now I'm 18 and can do what I want.' I definitely had that attitude. But a lot of it also was ignorance," said Generous, who grew up in Maryland. More

Promoting a culture of learning
Learning is a culture. It starts as a culture with the students as human beings needing to understand their environment. And it ends as a culture with students taking what we give them and using it in those physical and digital environments they call home. Even the practices that promote or undermine the learning process itself are first and foremost human and cultural artifacts. Literacy, curiosity, self-efficacy, ambition and other important agents of learning are born in the native environments of students' homes. Further, learning is ongoing, perishable and alive — just like culture. More

Safer Internet Day stands up against bullies
The Christian Science Monitor
What do a high school student who's a bullying prevention activist, two criminology professors, and Safer Internet Day have in common? They're all sending the same message that safety and wellbeing online takes all of us. Aidan McDaniel, the student activist, says school safety happens from the ground up, starting with students. Social cruelty both online and offline isn't a student problem that administrators and teachers can fix from the top down, he told Public News Service. It's "everybody's problem" and the solution doesn't happen "without working with each other." In a presentation he gave last November at the International Bullying Prevention Association conference, Aidan spoke inspiringly about how he and other students train peers to mentor younger students in bullying prevention. More