CASE Weekly Update
Mar. 17, 2014

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

I have a friend who said she can tell teachers from the general population because they always dress "appropriately" on holidays! Do you have on green today? Some things never change!

Have you made your plans to attend CEC and all of the CASE events! Make sure your plans include you arriving so 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. 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 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! CASE Night, co-sponsored by C8Science and Star Autism Support, 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 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! Did you know that 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 that 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!

Call to Action: Help CEC Advocate for Increased Special/Gifted Education Funding. [Special from CEC Policy and Advocacy Unit] If we have learned anything from observing Congress over the last few years, we know to anticipate major debates about how much federal funding should be invested in education programs. Just last year, communities across the nation were hit hard by sequestration — the 5 percent cut to all federal programs which slashed over $600 million from special education programs alone. Then this year, after major uproar ensued, thanks to advocates like you, we saw Congress reverse many of these cuts.

But now, we are again preparing to debate why it's important to invest in special/gifted education programs, and we need your help! In early March, President Obama set forth his budget for the Fiscal Year 2015, proposing to largely level fund special education programs. CEC has called on the President and Congress to reverse this course and follow the lead of a bipartisan group of lawmakers who are calling for full funding of IDEA. In February, 130 members of the House of Representatives sent President Barack Obama a letter urging a greater investment in IDEA programs. And in March, Congressmen Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), David McKinley (R-WV), Tim Walz (D-MN), Chris Gibson (R-NY), Jared Huffman (D-CA), and David Reichert (R-WA) introduced the IDEA Full Funding Act, legislation that would fulfill Congress's nearly 40-year commitment to fully supporting IDEA by 2025.

CEC is always a vocal advocate for special/gifted education programs through this process and relies on the strong voice of its members to share with policymakers the impact this funding has on children and youth with exceptionalities.

Here are two ways you can help advocate for more funding for special/gifted education:

  1. Visit CEC's Legislative Action Center to email your Congressional delegation today! Personalize a letter CEC has written for added impact!

  2. Share how special/gifted education funding has impacted you and your students by emailing CEC's policy team at, stories may be shared with Congressional offices.


Luann Purcell
Executive DirectorMore

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:

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!More

Palm Beach County Middle School uses NIH-funded cognitive
cross-training program to enhance students' executive function skills

C8 Sciences
Students at Christa McAuliffe Middle School, in Palm Beach County, Fla., are using an innovative cognitive cross-training program to enhance critical executive function skills in the classroom. The NIH funded program was designed by the leading neuroscientist at the Yale School of Medicine to target the eight most critical areas of executive function including: Sustained Attention, Working Memory, Speed of Processing, Response Inhibition, Cognitive Flexibility, Category Formation, Pattern Recognition and Multiple Simultaneous Attention. The program is a combination of a game like computer program and an adaptive physical education curriculum that feeds real-time data to teachers and administrators on the exact status of a student's Executive Function skills at any given time. 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

Journal: East African Journal of Disability and Rehabilitation: Pwani University: Kenya: Editor Professor Richard Zigler: Department of Educational Psychology/Special Needs
Pwani University
Peer Reviewed, International Editorial Board
No cost
First Edition May 15th. 2014

Call for papers: Categories
1. Academic Staff Articles: Practices, Community Based Rehabilitation and Research
2. Post -graduate Research Articles
3. Topical Announcements: Projects, Collaborations, Conferences in East Africa

Article Length (MAX): 30 double spaced pages
Abstract: One single spaced page
Current abbreviated CV

Format: APA style

Send as an attachment to

Please pass this information on to those who may have interest in contributing

Note: The EAJDR will accept continuous submissions, however the review process takes time

Kila la kheri (all the best)

Note: This is from long time CEC/CASE member Dr. Richard Zigler, former CASE Canadian Rep, who in his retirement is now a professor of Special Education at Pwnai University, Kenya.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.

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,

CEC-endorsed legislation introduced to fully fund IDEA
CEC Policy Insider
CEC-Endorsed Legislation Introduced to Fully Fund IDEAIt's been nearly 40 years since Congress pledged to individuals with disabilities, their families and educators that the federal government would fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. But, Congress has yet to reach this goal. Now, some members of Congress are trying to correct this course and have introduced legislation that would fully fund IDEA by 2025. More

2014 Paralympics: UNCRPD ratification
CEC Policy Insider
Last Friday marked the start of the eleventh Paralympic Winter Games, which are a major international multi-sport event for athletes with disabilities governed by the International Paralympic Committee, currently being held in Sochi, Russia from March 7-16. The Games will feature 72 medal events in five sports. More

Some disappointed with White House special education funding proposal
Education Week
Special education advocates might be feeling a bit of bridesmaid's syndrome right now. Early education continues to get attention from the White House — though whether administration plans will come to fruition in a skeptical Congress is another story. 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

Assistive tech for testing merges into mainstream
Education Week
Assistive technologies and accommodations, once seen as primarily for students with disabilities, are now merging into the broader testing world, especially as more states and districts embrace online testing. Computer-based exams provide an opportunity to allow all students to tap into accommodations that could aid comprehension and focus. More

How technology trends have influenced the classroom
Between societal changes and technological breakthroughs, it's become abundantly clear that the human brain is transforming the way it processes and learns information. While there are many discussions about whether or not this is good or bad for us as a society, it's definitely a change. As educators, it's our job to make sure that students and adults are learning. Part of that process isn't only about making an engaging activity or lesson, but also realizing how the modern brain learns. More

New book series by 'The Fonz' aims to help children with dyslexia
Steve Scher talks with actor and comedian Henry Winkler and author Lin Oliver about writing children books. The two have released the latest book in the "Here's Hank" series. This time, the words are printed using a font that makes it easier for children with dyslexia to read. Winkler, who is well known for playing "The Fonz" in the 1970s TV sitcom Happy Days, said he struggled with dyslexia from an early age. More

Some disappointed with White House special education funding proposal
Education Week
Special education advocates might be feeling a bit of bridesmaid's syndrome right now. Early education continues to get attention from the White House — though whether administration plans will come to fruition in a skeptical Congress is another story. But the funding for special education, about $11.5 billion for fiscal 2014, is proposed to remain at $11.5 billion for fiscal 2015. More

Commentary: How government shortchanges special education
Middletown Press
Without doubt, the goal of providing a quality education, no matter their physical, mental or developmental challenges, cannot be argued. Every child has the right to an education. Federal Individuals With Disabilities Education laws have codified this right to an education and the federal government's obligation to provide funding. Unfortunately, the federal government has not provided the funding they promised. More

California panel: Special education needs a 'do-over'
Eight minutes into a public meeting on how to reform California's vast special education system, the woman who ran special education in rhe state for nine years came up to the microphone. Alice Parker was blunt. "I wish I could have a 'do-over' for the 45 years I worked in special education," Parker, who retired in 2005 as director of the California Department of Education's Special Education Division, told representatives of a new Statewide Special Education Task Force at a public forum. More

People with disabilities impetus for new teaching hotel
Disability Scoop
Construction is set to begin on a first-of-its-kind hotel where teaching and employing people with disabilities will be just as important as accommodating overnight guests. At least 20 percent of workers at a 150-room Courtyard by Marriott being built in Muncie, Ind. will be individuals with developmental and other types of disabilities, project organizers with The Arc of Indiana said. These employees will be working in all types of positions, including management.More

Michigan parents, advocates concerned with proposed changes to special education
Some big changes could soon be coming to Michigan's special education program, prompting parents and advocates of special needs children to raise concerns. The Michigan Department of Education recently held two public hearings, in Detroit and Lansing. More