CASE Weekly Update
Mar. 24, 2014

Spring has arrived!
"A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books." — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

This has been a tough winter for many people! Our son and grandson were on the proverbial sixth grade spring trip to Washington, D.C., last week and got almost a foot of snow! Even my friends and colleagues who are used to what I, a deep southerner, would call brutal winters have said this was one for the record books. Perhaps CASE PD Chair, Gary Myrah from Wisconsin said it best when he said last week on the first day of spring,

The life and times of a leader in Special Education are busy ALL the time but perhaps no time is AS busy as the spring! With personnel issues, placement and eligibility reconsiderations, budget, retirements, hiring, and just generally closing one year while planning for the next it is a tough time. But when I ran across the quote above from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, it made me stop and think. One of the biggest reasons I became a member and stayed a member of CEC, CASE, and my state affiliate, was because of the critical opportunities those organizations gave me to have many "conversations across the table with a wise man" and/or woman! Sometimes those conversations were at VERY busy times--most of those conversations were at VERY busy times. But the benefit I got from those colleagues was priceless! I hope you will take time out of your VERY busy spring to sit across the table from some very wise men and women in Philadelphia at the CASE activities at CEC!

Speaking of "table time," have you made your plans to attend CEC and all of the CASE events! There will be plenty of table time with great "wise" men and women at these opportunities. 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, 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! 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!


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

Bookshare has just launched a social media blog on staying connected
In this blog, you'll get the scoop on all your favorite online hotspots like the Bookshare blog, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest so that you can quickly reach our staff, get timely answers to your questions, learn about Bookshare products, trainings and events and connect with the broader community that supports people with print disabilities. Are you fully connected? If not, join us now! More

New professional development opportunities: Using cognitive training to help students with ADHD succeed
C8 Sciences
Cognitive development programs have been recognized as an exemplary resource for providing organizational help for students with ADHD and other cognitive deficits. These professional development programs are designed to help educators understand how cognitive skills impact student learning, how to implement an effective cognitive training program, how to interpret and use the data to differentiate instruction and facilitate the success of students with ADHD or other cognitive deficits.

Many of the problems that teachers see in the classroom such as lack of attention, focus, working memory or behavior problems can be attributed to a specific lack in one of the eight core cognitive capacities. However, understanding those core capacities, identifying them and then using that information to differentiate instruction can seem pretty overwhelming. These professional development programs were designed to make that process simple for all educators. They will give educators a better understanding of the eight core cognitive capacities how they affect student learning and how they can implement cognitive training that will give them all the tools they need to have an impact on student success.

The cognitive training program introduced in these programs was designed and developed by a leading neuroscientist in an NIH funded research program at Yale Medical School and recently won the NIH Director's Award for "high impact, high innovation, and paradigm changing medical research." To take advantage of this cutting edge professional development in your district click here.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's 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's 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


Osceola School District

The Osceola School District is accepting applications for a full time School Psychologist starting with the 2014-2015 school year. The School Psychologist will play an integral role in Response to Intervention and special education evaluations/support. This is a 192 day position. The Osceola School District is located approximately 50 miles northeast of the Twin Cities Metro Area, in the beautiful St. Croix River Valley.

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,

Experts unveil resources to address discipline disparities; research shows students with disabilities suspended at higher rates than peers
CEC Policy Insider
Recently, a group of 26 nationally recognized experts from the social science, education and legal fields — known as the Discipline Disparities Research-to-Practice Collaborative — unveiled a collection of resources that call for changes to discipline policies. More

Access Board unanimously elects Michael K. Yudin as new chair
CEC Policy Insider
CEC Congratulates Michael Yudin of the U.S. Department of Education who was elected as the new Chair to the Access Board on March 12. As Acting Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Yudin serves as the Secretary of Education's principal adviser on special education, vocational rehabilitation, and disability and rehabilitation research. More

US Department of Education prioritizes students with disabilities in new investing in innovation grant competition
CEC Policy Insider
The U.S. Department of Education announced the start of the $134 million 2014 Investing in Innovation grant competition for pre-applications for the i3 "Development" grants (up to $3,000,000 each), which funds grantees with promising but relatively untested ideas.More

Suspensions place kids with disabilities at risk, report finds
Disability Scoop
A panel of national experts is calling out schools for suspending students with disabilities at disproportionately high rates. 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

Learning to understand dyslexia
Fairmont Sentinel
Thsi is is wriat a learning-disadleb chilb often has to conteb with when atteqting to need a dook. Tjew ord sare n otsp aced cor rect ly. We spell wrds xatle az tha snd. These are samples of what people with dyslexia see when they try to read. Dyslexia, a developmental reading disorder, is the most common learning disorder, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. It hinders a person's ability to read, write and spell, regardless of their level of intelligence. More

Suspensions place kids with disabilities at risk, report finds
Disability Scoop
A panel of national experts is calling out schools for suspending students with disabilities at disproportionately high rates. Kids with disabilities and students of color — particularly those who are black — are suspended at "hugely disproportionate rates" compared to white children, a trend which is fueling inequality in the nation’s schools, according to a report issued late last week. The analysis comes from the Discipline Disparities Research-to-Practice Collaborative, a group of 26 nationally-recognized experts from the social science, education and legal fields that’s housed at Indiana University. More

7 intriguing facts about the brain
eSchool News
When it comes to student learning, many stakeholders focus on important learning supports, such as classroom technology, reliable high-speed internet access in schools, and educators who use technology as a tool to increase student achievement. But there's another important component that is sometimes overlooked — the human brain, and how learning impacts its structure and function. More

Children learning math have a powerful tool in hand gestures
Medical News Today
Children who use their hands to gesture during a math lesson gain a deep understanding of the problems they are taught, according to new research from University of Chicago's Department of Psychology. Previous research has found that gestures can help children learn. This study in particular was designed to answer whether abstract gesture can support generalization beyond a particular problem and whether abstract gesture is a more effective teaching tool than concrete action. More

Lawmakers press for full funding of special education
Disability Scoop
Even as President Barack Obama called for virtually no change to special education spending in his budget proposal, members of Congress are pressing forward with efforts to fully fund the program. A bill introduced this week with bipartisan backing in the U.S. House of Representatives calls for increases in spending over the next decade in order to bring special education up to a level known as "full funding." A similar proposal is expected to be introduced in the U.S. Senate in the coming weeks, sources say. More

Dyslexia bill stalls to dismay of advocates
The Associated Press via Centre Daily Times
Advocates for children with reading problems caused by dyslexia say they're frustrated the issue isn't getting attention from state lawmakers. GOP Sen. Roger Chamberlain of Lino Lakes figures there are up to 135,000 students in Minnesota public schools afflicted by dyslexia, in which the brain struggles to distinguish characters and sounds. His bill would provide as much as $2,000 in tax credits to cover 75 percent of the cost of private tutoring for children with the disability. Licensed teachers trained to diagnose and treat dyslexia would be eligible for tax credits toward their training. More

Education official stresses need for 'results-driven accountability'
Education Week
While states are being asked to change how they evaluate their special education programs, the U.S. Department of Education also plans to change the way it interacts with states, Michael Yudin, the acting assistant secretary of the office of special education and rehabilitative services, told state board leaders gathered for a legislative policy forum. More

Does teaching kids to get 'gritty' help them get ahead?
t's become the new buzz phrase in education: "Got grit?" Around the nation, schools are beginning to see grit as key to students' success — and just as important to teach as reading and math. Experts define grit as persistence, determination and resilience; it's that je ne sais quoi that drives one kid to practice trumpet or study Spanish for hours — or years — on end, while another quits after the first setback. More

What keeps students motivated to learn?
Educators have lots of ideas about how to improve education, to better reach learners and to give students the skills they'll need in college and beyond the classroom. But often those conversations remain between adults. The real test of any idea is in the classroom, though students are rarely asked about what they think about their education. A panel of seven students attending schools that are part of the "deeper learning" movement gave their perspective on what it means for them to learn and how educators can work to create a school culture that fosters creativity, collaboration, trust, the ability to fail, and perhaps most importantly, one in which students want to participate. More

Should students be grouped by 'content level' instead of by grade?
Fox News
A California school district is grouping students by "content level" instead of grade. The model is based on the idea that students learn at their own pace and should advance when they have mastered the material. So, is content-based learning a good idea? Former high school academic dean Jedidiah Bila says the new plan means students have different lesson plans and more individualized learning. More

Smarter Balanced group delays field-testing
Education Week
One of the two state consortia developing exams aligned with the Common Core State Standards is giving itself an additional week to iron out any glitches before field-testing begins. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, which counts 23 states as members, had planned to begin field-testing March 18. Schools will now begin the process on March 25, according to a consortium official. More

Connecticut schools lag in diagnosing, helping dyslexic students
The Connecticut Monitor
Joe Davenport's family had to get him privately tested and identified with dyslexia years before his school district would come to the same conclusion and provide him with the educational services he needed."In first grade, we knew something wasn't quite right," his mother, Lisa Davenport of Durham, said during an interview. "But his teachers kept saying he was doing fine." More

Bill Gates comes to the defense of the Common Core
The Huffington Post
Bill Gates is rallying teachers to support an embattled cause, the Common Core State Standards. At a speech Friday afternoon in Washington, D.C., the Microsoft co-founder is lending his voice to save the standards. According to prepared remarks provided to The Huffington Post, Gates told educators at the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards' Teaching and Learning Conference that the Common Core is the key to creativity for teachers. He also charged that the controversy around the Core "comes from people who want to stop the standards, which would send us back to what we had before." More