CASE Weekly Update
Jul. 22, 2013

What a success!
CASE
The 11th Annual CASE Legislative Leadership Summit was a huge success with 86 participants from 26 states this past week. The Reception on Monday night was a huge success with Michael Yudin, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services delivering the special comments. The Hill breakfast with Dr. Michael Gamel-McCormick from the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension committee was enlightening. Dr. Gamel-McCormick encouraged everyone to form relationships, be honest, and relay stories backed up with data with the Senators. If you were not a part of this great professional development event, make your plans to attend next year, July 13-16, 2014!

PS ...Time is running out on the Early Bird Registration for the 24th Annual CASE Conference to be held September 26-28 in Indianapolis, IN. The Early Bird discount ends July 31. Go to www.casecec.org to register now!More

Conference on IEP Facilitation
CASE
Join special education attorney Julie Weatherly and Key2Ed on Nov. 12-13, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee 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:

To download a flyer on the conference, click here. To download the registration form, click here.
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Let CASE post your job positions
CASE
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 6 weeks.More

Positions

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


Assistant Director of Special Education for Logansport Area Joint Special Services Cooperative, Logansport, Indiana
The LAJSSC Assistant Director works closely with the Director in the overall operation of the cooperative. Specific duties will include oversight of the school psychologists, OT & PT staff, and programs for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing & Visually Impaired. A minimum of five years of experience in the field of special education and current Director of Special Education license preferred. The Assistant Director position currently is a 220 day contract. Please go to http://www.lcsc.k12.in.us and click Employment under Quick Links to make application. A letter of interest may also be emailed to Thomas Adams, Director at adamtc@lcsc.k12.in.us.


CEC has initiated a search for an Executive Director to replace Dr. Bruce Ramirez who will retire on June 30, 2013. His long tenure of service to CEC has been greatly admired and appreciated, and we wish him all the best as he moves into the exciting next chapter of his life. CEC's growth as the voice and vision of special education is of major importance to all of us. To ensure our ability to lead the future of our profession, we engaged a recruitment consultant to help us identify the skills, credentials, experience and characteristics needed in our new Executive Director. Click Here for the Announcement (Exhibit A) and the Job Description (Exhibit B).


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 childassessmentpersonnel@cwjamaica.com.


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 www.aucd.org.


Special education postings for La Porte Community School Corporation (Indiana) include Special Education Teacher, Community Based Teacher, Psychologist, Special Education Diagnostician and HS teacher — in some instances, the posting will indicate the date for application is passed but these positions are still open — please contact Janet Kelly, So. La Porte County Special Education Co-op 219-324-3287.


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. www.berkshirehills.org.

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, segmont@egmontassociates.com.More

CEC issues strong caution to representatives on legislation to rewrite ESEA; weak on protections for students with disabilities
CEC Policy Insider
Sure, there have been proposals put forth during this time — notably in 2007, 2011 and now in 2013. But we still remain without a bill that both the House and Senate can agree upon. Last month, the House and Senate Education Committees move forward with their different visions for ESEA reauthorization. And now the full House of Representatives will begin debate over the Student Success Act (HR 5), the House's version of ESEA which passed the education committee on a strict party line vote (all Republicans for, all Democrats against).More

Yudin nominated to become assistant secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
CEC Policy Insider
President Barack Obama announced his intention to nominate Michael Yudin to become the assistant secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), within the U.S. Department of Education. Yudin has been acting assistant secretary for OSERS since August 2012. CEC applauds the president's nomination of Yudin, who has been an active advocate for children and youth for disabilities throughout his career. More

States show improvement in special education
Disability Scoop
A growing number of states are meeting their responsibilities to provide special education services, federal officials say. In letters sent to each state this month, the U.S. Department of Education indicated that 38 states met their obligations to serve students with disabilities for the 2011-2012 school year.More

Making sense of the rise in ADHD
MedScape News
The New York Times recently reported that attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is being diagnosed in "nearly 1 in 5 high school-age boys in the United States and 11 percent of school-age children." More

PARCC adopts special education testing policy for Common Core
Education Week
Students with disabilities will be able to use read-aloud accommodations on the English/language arts portion of the common core tests, with no requirement that they be virtually unable to read printed text or be at the beginning stages of learning to decode.More

States show improvement in special education
Disability Scoop
A growing number of states are meeting their responsibilities to provide special education services, federal officials say. In letters sent to each state this month, the U.S. Department of Education indicated that 38 states met their obligations to serve students with disabilities for the 2011-2012 school year. That's up from 29 the year prior. Each year, the Education Department assesses how well states fulfill their plans under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and assigns one of four ratings: "meets requirements," "needs assistance," "needs intervention" or "needs substantial intervention."More

Study finds spatial skill is early sign of creativity
The New York Times
A gift for spatial reasoning — the kind that may inspire an imaginative child to dismantle a clock or the family refrigerator — may be a greater predictor of future creativity or innovation than math or verbal skills, particularly in math, science and related fields, according to a study published in the journal Psychological Science. The study looked at the professional success of people who, as 13-year-olds, had taken both the SAT, because they had been flagged as particularly gifted, as well as the Differential Aptitude Test.More

Important steps in a mobile learning initiative
eSchool News
Having a clear vision when contemplating a school or district mobile learning program, as well as being flexible when building that program, are two essential steps if school technology leaders want to bring a mobile learning initiative to fruition. During an edWeb.com webinar on mobile learning, Scott Newcomb, a teacher at St. Marys Intermediate School in Ohio and themobilenative.org blogger, shared experiences and tips he has gained in the five years that his school has operated a "bring your own device" mobile learning initiative.More

Reading the brain: FDA approves first scan for diagnosing ADHD
TIME
It's the first test to diagnose the behavioral disorder using brain wave patterns, but it won't be the last. The idea of reading the brain's activity for clues to mental illness is gaining ground. As Roxanne Khamsi reported in TIME recently, researchers are learning enough about the signature patterns of normal, and abnormal brain activity that they believe it may be possible to diagnose mental illnesses ranging from depression, schizophrenia, autism and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder by studying readouts of brain waves, much in the way they now rely on elecrocardiograms to diagnose heart problems.More

States show improvement in special education
Disability Scoop
A growing number of states are meeting their responsibilities to provide special education services, federal officials say. In letters sent to each state this month, the U.S. Department of Education indicated that 38 states met their obligations to serve students with disabilities for the 2011-2012 school year. That's up from 29 the year prior. Each year, the Education Department assesses how well states fulfill their plans under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and assigns one of four ratings: "meets requirements," "needs assistance," "needs intervention" or "needs substantial intervention."More

Obama threatens veto of House GOP 'No Child Left Behind' update
The Hill
President Barack Obama is threatening to veto a House bill to update the No Child Left Behind education law. The bill, called the Student Success Act, would "represent a significant step backwards in the effort to help our Nation's children and their families prepare for their futures," the White House said in a statement on Wednesday. The administration worries that the bill, authored by Reps. John Kline, R-Minn., and Todd Rokita, R-Ind., is too lax on state education standards, neglects students in historically underserved areas and fails to address poorly performing schools.More

STEM Education Coalition opposes house GOP bill to rewrite No Child Left Behind
Education Week
With the U.S. House of Representatives slated to debate major K-12 legislation as soon as today, a broad-based STEM coalition argues that the bill lacks a robust STEM education focus and should not be supported. A key complaint of the STEM Education Coalition — which includes leaders in education, business, and the STEM professions — is that the Republican bill to rewrite the federal No Child Left Behind Act would abolish the Mathematics and Science Partnerships program. Funded at $142 million for the current fiscal year, this program seeks to improve the content knowledge of teachers in math and science, and to help improve student achievement.More

Arne Duncan presses lawmakers to back universal pre-K
POLITICO
Education Secretary Arne Duncan said he's urging reluctant Republicans in Congress to get on board with funding universal preschool. One of the big sticking points for Republicans has been coming up with new money for the program. "I'm spending time every day, including this morning, talking to Republican members of the House and Senate to try and encourage them to be supportive of this," he said. More

Tougher requirements ahead for teacher prep
Education Week
A panel tapped by the national accreditation body for teacher preparation has finalized a set of standards that, for the first time, establishes minimum admissions criteria and requires programs to use much-debated "value added" measures, where available. The action promises to have major ramifications for how programs select, prepare, and gauge the success of new teachers. Already, programs planning to seek the seal of approval from the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation say the standards are significantly more demanding than those used by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, one of two accreditors that preceded CAEP.More

The perils of giving kids IQ tests
The Atlantic
Scott Barry Kaufman knew he was different from his classmates. The evidence was overwhelming: he was about to enter the third grade for the second time, and he was subjected to beatings on the bathroom floor, doled out by bullies who regularly reminded him that he would never, ever be anything other than a failing third-grader. As Kaufman recounts in a book released this spring, his family finally had his intelligence tested, and that afternoon with the school psychologist would change the course of his life.More

Common strategies for uncommon achievement
Center for American Progress
What does it take to improve a school? What kinds of programs, systems and people need to be in place for educational outcomes to improve overall? These and other questions continue to vex policymakers who — along with researchers, reformers, and advocates — pore over data and case studies looking for tools to transform schools into places where all students achieve. Sadly, there is no silver bullet. But there are features and structures of schools that have shown improvement that can help educational leaders see a path forward.More