CASE Weekly Update
Sep. 9, 2013

It's Hurricane Season...
School starts at about the time hurricane season starts. Have you ever thought about that? Perhaps because I live in the south and we are a bit more effected by hurricanes, it is more on my mind. You may not know that a hurricane in either the Atlantic or the gulf coast often "throws" tornadoes in the inland areas, i.e. Georgia. So what does this weather lesson have to do with school starting or CASE?

The old law of physics: every action creates a reaction is the connection! Congress has just returned from the August recess but instead of dealing with the budget or ESEA, they have to deal with Syria. With school now in, parents can focus on other issues — in some communities that means an election, in some places it will be finding jobs, and in some it will be on just making ends meet! But, no matter what, we have to remember every decision we make will most likely have intended and unintended consequences. No matter how much we "study" the situation, it is unlikely we will anticipate the reactions our actions will cause.

However, the more different voices that are heard on an issue the more prepared we will be. That is why CASE needs to hear "voices" from all of our units AND all of our members who are not in states and provinces where we have a subdivision. CASE is so committed to hear these voices that if a subdivision completes their annual report, CASE will pay for the airline ticket and one night of the hotel so every subdivision can be represented at the annual CASE board of directors meeting always held just prior to the annual meeting. But what about members? This year at the annual conference, every breakout session will have a CASE Cracker Barrel session, designed to solicit CASE member input on such critical issues as:

So, make sure your state/provincial unit will be represented at the BOD meeting and if you haven't already made plans to attend the 24th annual conference Sept. 26-28 in Indianapolis, Ind., it isn't too late. Then you can speak up on this issues in the cracker barrel sessions! Your action will produce additional reactions.


Luann Purcell
Executive DirectorMore

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

Survey Results


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


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.

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 and click Employment under Quick Links to make application. A letter of interest may also be emailed to Thomas Adams, Director at

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

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.

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 speaks about special education teacher shortages on Nevada Public Radio
CEC Policy Insider
Today, Kim Hymes, CEC's senior director of Policy and Advocacy spoke about the pervasive, national shortage of special education teachers on Nevada Public Radio. Noting that federal statistics indicate that special educators are more likely to leave the education profession than their general education colleagues, Kim shared some of the challenges, recruitment and retention efforts underway to increase the pipeline of special education teachers and keep them as teachers.More

States can opt to renew ESEA waivers, department says
CEC Policy Insider
In a signal that the reauthorization — rewrite — of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is at another standstill, the U.S. Department of Education announced it would allow a one-year renewal for the 35 states that have ESEA waivers expiring at the end of this school year. If states choose to extend their ESEA waiver from the 2014-2015 through 2015-2016 school year, they have to let the U.S. Department of Education know by Dec. 15. More

States invited to apply for Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge; $280 million to be awarded
CEC Policy Insider
Improving early learning opportunities for children has been a noted priority of President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Recently, the Department took another step to support young children when it released the application for the second Race to the Top — Early Learning Challenge competition, inviting states to apply for $280 million in awards.More

UK children less likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than US children
University of Exeter via Science Daily
New research suggests that children are far less likely to be diagnosed with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in the U.K. than they are in the U.S.. However, the same study, led by the University of Exeter Medical School, suggests that autism diagnosis is still rising. More

How peanuts became Public Health Enemy No. 1
Education Week
Researchers aren't sure why, but over the past several years, the number of children reported to have allergies has doubled, to 5 percent of children in the United States. Yet at the same time, in schools and elsewhere, allergies have drawn what some see as an oversized amount of attention.More

PARCC releases new sample items
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, a 19-state consortium working together to create next generation assessments, additional sample items for both English language arts/literacy and mathematics.More

Is dyslexia really a learning disability?
Dyslexia is a label that is commonly applied to children who seem perfectly normal, except that they have not learned to read in school. Yet the word dyslexia was not originally intended for that purpose. It was originally used in cases in which adults had lost their ability to read as a result of a brain injury, such as from a stroke or from a blow to the head. This loss of reading ability generally went along with other signs of brain damage, including other problems with language. If a child who otherwise seems perfectly normal is not learning to read in school, we should be cautious about using medical terms like dyslexia, which imply that the problem is in the child, and specifically in the child's brain and nervous system, rather than in the school. More

UK children less likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than US children
University of Exeter via Science Daily
New research suggests that children are far less likely to be diagnosed with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in the U.K. than they are in the U.S.. However, the same study, led by the University of Exeter Medical School, suggests that autism diagnosis is still rising. The study is published online in the Journal of Autism Developmental Disorders, published by Springer, and was supported by the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care in the South West Peninsula. More

Safe schools for everyone
Education Week
Inclusion, acceptance and empathy are three attributes fundamental to the establishment of safe schools. Intolerance for anything less is essential. We have a responsibility to lead environments in which all children feel safe and are accepted. The challenge arises when we are courageous enough to admit to feeling the most comfort in what is familiar and label it as normal. offers the following as synonyms for the word normal: average, common, commonplace, cut-and-dried, everyday, garden-variety, ordinary, prosaic, routine, run-of-the-mill, standard, standard-issue, unexceptional, unremarkable, usual, workaday. More

CDC: US schools show progress in healthy behaviors
HealthDay News
Schools across America are showing progress in key areas related to health, including nutrition, physical education and smoking, federal health officials reported. The results of a 2012 comprehensive survey of school health policies showed some encouraging trends, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More

Arne Duncan attaches more strings to NCLB waiver renewals
Education Week
Two years after offering states waivers under the No Child Left Behind Act, the U.S. Department of Education is expecting states to up the ante on teacher quality if they want another two years of flexibility. Barring a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the current version of the law, this waiver renewal process marks the last opportunity for the Obama administration to put its stamp on the ESEA and shape a future law. To get a two-year extension of their waivers, states must reaffirm their commitment to college- and career-ready standards and tests, and to implementing differentiated accountability systems that focus on closing achievement gaps, according to new state guidance issued. More

Debate: Do we need the Common Core State Standards in public schools?
Back to school for millions of American children this year means a new set of academic standards. Called the Common Core State Standards Initiative, the new national benchmarks will help U.S. students compete with their peers internationally and leave them better prepared for college and work, proponents say. Forty-five states and the District of Columbia adopted the Common Core in 2010, enticed by Obama administration waivers to federal accountability rules as well as billions in Race to the Top funds. But a number of states, including Indiana, Michigan, Florida and Pennsylvania, are having second thoughts about the standards. Critics contend they're too expensive and too intrusive on state prerogatives. More

New Common Core resources for educators
eClassroom News
New resources link Common Core-aligned curriculum with any school system's assessment data, and what's more, these resources for educators are also 100 percent free. The resources, housed on Activate Instruction, are part of an open platform where educators can browse, search, rate, add, share and organize their favorite Common Core-aligned resources, and put them together in personalized playlists for students. Parents and students can follow sets of resources educators have prescribed, or can search for the resource they like best. More

Plain talk: Wisconsin's school vouchers are a scam
The Cap Times
The recent news release from the State Department of Public Instruction revealing that 67 percent of the applicants to the Walker administration's expanded school voucher program are already attending private schools elicited cries of "scam" from many quarters. And well it should have. More

Study: Waivers leave behind at-risk students
The Associated Press via ABC News
Millions of at-risk students could fall through the cracks as the Education Department gives states permission to ignore parts of No Child Left Behind, according to a study education advocates. The Education Department has been giving states waivers from the education law's requirements, including those to collect and publish data about students from poor families, students whose native language is not English, those with learning disabilities and minority students. More

Kids' attitudes toward disabled people improve with contact
HealthDay News
Children's attitudes toward people with disabilities improve when kids have more contact with them, according to a new study. Greater exposure to people with disabilities could help reduce discrimination and prevent the low self-esteem and depression that can result, the findings suggest. "Schools vary in the number of students with special educational needs and disability," study author Megan MacMillan, of the University of Exeter Medical School in England, said in a British Psychological Society news release. "We predicted that if children manage to make more contact with disabled people, better relationships are built." More

Could a simple font help dyslexics read?
Daily Mail
A font that changes each letter to be unique could help dyslexics overcome reading difficulties. Dyslexia varies the size and shape of each letter to make sure all words are recognizable. A heavy baseline — which means the bottom of each letter is thicker — also makes it less likely for a reader to misread the word. More

6 ways to motivate students to learn
Scientific research has provided us with a number of ways to get the learning juices flowing, none of which involve paying money for good grades. And most smart educators know this, even without scientific proof. More

Researchers hoping to overhaul special education
Lawrence Journal-World
A team of researchers based at Kansas University will spend the upcoming year fine-tuning a new model for special education that they hope will completely overhaul the way schools educate children with special needs. Wayne Sailor, a KU professor of special education who is leading the project, calls it the beginning of "a school reform process that braids special education, general education, second language programs and other discreet programs available to schools in such a way that all of the resources benefit all of the kids." More

Say what? 5 ways to get students to listen
Rebecca Alber, a contributor for Edutopia, writes: "Ah, listening, the neglected literacy skill. I know when I was a high school English teacher this was not necessarily a primary focus; I was too busy honing the more measurable literacy skills — reading, writing, and speaking. But when we think about career and college readiness, listening skills are just as important. This is evidenced by the listening standards found in the Common Core and also the integral role listening plays in collaboration and communication, two of the four Cs of 21st century learning." More

With Common Core, fewer topics covered more rigorously
The New York Times
If the new mathematics standards adopted by New York and 44 other states work as intended, then children, especially in the lower elementary grades, will learn less math this year. But by cutting back on a hodgepodge of topics and delving deeper into central concepts, the hope is that the children will understand it better. So, for Mayra Baldi, a kindergarten teacher at P.S. 169 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, that will mean focusing on numbers. "You have to deepen their understanding," she said. "You have to get them to think more." More