|CASE Weekly Update|
|Nov. 3, 2014|
Did you enjoy your extra hour this past weekend? For most of our members, though not all, this past weekend was the FALL BACK weekend when we all go to bed at midnight but set our clocks to say 11:00! Who says there are only 24 hours in a day? But Special Education administrators have always been able to squeeze more hours out of a day than most folks can, right! But if you live in Arizona, you never have to set your time back — though you do alternate between Mountain time to Pacific time! One of the hardest things for me to get used to when I first took the job of CASE Executive Director 12 years ago was planning around different time zones! We have members around the globe but the vast majority of our members are in the U.S. and Canada. But even just considering those members involves 7 time zones! We do try to be considerate of those especially as we plan our Hybrid conference! We haven't had a virtual site in Hawaii yet but we always have several in Alaska!
And speaking of Canada ... We are so excited that both of the CASE Canadian units, British Columbia and Ontario, will be represented at our fall Board of Directors meeting, Nov. 12-13, in San Antonio! So far 36 of our 40 subdivisions will be at the BOD meeting. This representation is critical for CASE to truly be your voice! Make sure your voice is heard by contacting your subdivision president and letting them know what is important to you! One of the things we will be giving out at the BOD meeting this year is our CASE Biennial report. All members will be able to download the report after Nov. 17 behind our Members Only section. If you go there now, you can download a copy of the 2010-2012 and the 2008-2010 reports. Or is you would like a hard copy, you can contact the CASE office to purchase one for $5.
Speaking of the BOD meeting ... The Governmental Accounting Office has asked CASE to assist them with gathering information for Congressional leaders on the additional paperwork and administrative regulations from IDEA. We are thrilled there will be three (3) representatives from GAO to work with our Board of Directors (Nov. 12-13) and to hold 3 focus groups at our 25th Annual fall conference in San Antonio on Nov. 13-15.
Still haven't registered for the 25th Annual CASE Fall Conference? Well, there is still time! We have an overflow hotel, The Emily Morgan (a Hilton property), honoring our $139 rate but those rooms are going fast too! There are over 42 different states and provinces registered for the conference — what a great opportunity to network with your colleagues. Professional Development Chair Will Gordillo has put together an amazing program for our CASE members for the 25th Annual CASE fall conference! Our three keynotes will definitely inspire you but they also will provide you with a wealth of practical tools you can use in your everyday work ASAP. Drs. Stevan Kukic, Randy Sprick, and Frances Stetson will totally blow you away with the quality of their presentations! I have heard each of these 3 professionals on many occasions and I have always left with new ideas, new tools and a feeling that the job I do is important and necessary! The 30+ breakout sessions are also full of practical, evidenced based information. Click here for a list of the breakout sessions. If you want to learn what's new, connect with your colleagues from around the U.S. and Canada, and experience some quality professional learning that is both inspirational and content laden, then join us in San Antonio Nov. 13-15! Registration is up at www.casecec.org.
What a difference a year makes! Last week's poll was about what your biggest problems are right now. For the last couple of years, finance/budget was the number one problem. For those who answered the poll this last week, the number one problem was Assessment and Accountability at 38 percent. Budget came in second with 19 percent. Third highest at 13 percent was providing services for low incidence students. There was a four way tie for the next highest, all at 6 percent — Teacher vacancies, SLP vacancies, Other related services vacancies, Staff evaluation and Other. Be sure you answer this week's poll. It is helpful to the CASE committee chairs to see the answers. We are always looking for great polling questions, so if you have one, send it our way!
Still haven't registered for the 25th Annual CASE Fall Conference?
Well, there is still time! The room block is filling up but there are still rooms available. Professional Development Chair, Will Gordillo has put together an amazing program for our CASE members for the 25th Annual CASE fall conference! Our three keynotes will definitely inspire you but they also will provide you with a wealth of practical tools you can use in your everyday work ASAP. Drs. Stevan Kukic, Randy Sprick, and Frances Stetson will totally blow you away with the quality of their presentations! I have heard each of these 3 professionals on many occasions and I have always left with new ideas, new tools and a feeling that the job I do is important and necessary! The 30+ breakout sessions are also full of practical, evidenced based information. Click here for a list of the breakout sessions. If you want to learn what's new, connect with your colleagues from around the U.S. and Canada, and experience some quality professional learning that is both inspirational and content laden, then join us in San Antonio Nov. 13-15! Registration is up at www.casecec.org.
We will be at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio which is located on the amazing River Walk. The group room rate of $139 is one you will not want to pass up! Click here for the hotel registration which is good through Oct. 19. See you in San Antonio!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 www.whocaresaboutkelsey.com/dvd. 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
Have you filled all your vacancies yet?
If you haven't visited the CASE interactive job board at the CASE Career Center, now is a good time to do so! With its focus on special education administrators and professionals, the CASE Career Center offers members, and school districts, a highly targeted resource for online recruitment. Both members and nonmembers can use the CASE Career Center to reach qualified candidates. Employers can post jobs online, search for qualified candidates based on specific job criteria, and create an online resume agent to email qualified candidates daily. They also benefit from online reporting providing job activity statistics to track each job posting's return on investment.
For job seekers, CASE Career Center is a free service providing access to employers and jobs in education. In addition to posting their resumes, job seekers can browse or view jobs based on the criteria they find matches their goals best. Job seekers can also post confidentially with confidence or search anonymously by creating a Job Agent. Job Agents notify job seekers via email when jobs matching their criteria are posted eliminating the need to visit their online accounts daily to track new postings. Click here to go to the main site to either learn of new jobs, post your resume, or post your positions. There is a modest fee for posting positions on the site but we believe you will have a greater reach with this dedicated career center on our website — click here to become a job poster. More
PowerUp WHAT WORKS
Center for Technology Implementation
We're excited to share our news about PowerUp WHAT WORKS (www.PowerUpWhatWorks.org), 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
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
Kids In Need Foundation announces Dollar General Literacy Foundation
The 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 pleased to announce grants sponsorship by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to improve preK to 12th grade students' reading levels.More
A Principal's Guide to Special Education, Third Edition now available
Council for Exceptional Children
A Principal's Guide to Special Education has provided guidance to school administrators seeking to meet the needs of students with disabilities. The third edition of this invaluable reference, incorporating the perspectives of both teachers and principals, addresses such current issues as teacher accountability and evaluation, instructional leadership, collaborative teaching and learning communities, discipline procedures for students with disabilities and responding to students' special education needs within a standards-based environment. Get your copy today! Enter code PRCASE at checkout. More
Follow the National Center on Intensive Intervention on Twitter @TheNCII
Are you looking to find resources about special education, intensive intervention, progress monitoring, diagnostic assessments, adapting interventions to meet student academic and behavioral needs? Are you looking for sample lessons and activities to support students that are struggling in math? Do you have questions for NCII? NCII is excited to announce that we have joined twitter. Please follow us at @TheNCII. We will be sharing our own updates and relevant partner resources. NCII has also created a National Center on Intensive Intervention YouTube Channel where you can find NCII videos including archived webinars, ask the expert videos, and more. In addition to these two new social media outlets, we have made it easier for you to share NCII resources on Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, email and more. Look for the icons on the bottom of each page to share NCII resources in your networks. More
The National Center on Intensive Intervention Releases New Multipart DBI Module on Using Informal Academic Diagnostic Assessment Data to Guide Intensive Interventions
NCII has released the final module in the DBI Training Series, Informal Academic Diagnostic Assessment: Using Data to Guide Intensive Intervention! The multi-part module covers four parts. Part 1 provides an overview of administering common general outcome measures for progress monitoring in reading and mathematics; part 2 reviews graphed progress monitoring data; part 3 introduces error or miscue analysis of curriculum-based measures for the purpose of identifying skill deficits in reading and mathematics; and part 4 offers guidance on identifying what type of skills the intervention should target to be most effective in reading and mathematics. The module is intended to be delivered by a trained, knowledgeable professional. It includes a PowerPoint presentation with speaker notes and handouts. View the multipart module and resources, as well as the entire DBI Training Series!More
The Institute of Education Sciences calls for feedback on research centers!
Institute of Education Sciences via CEC
The Institute of Education Sciences, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, has issued a request to the field for feedback (http://ies.ed.gov/pdf/2014-NCERfeedback.pdf) on the work of its two research centers: the National Center for Special Education Research and the National Center for Education Research. IES intends to use the input it receives to help plan the future work of these research centers. The deadline for submitting comments to IES is Oct. 31.More
35 states and Puerto Rico have applied for grants under the new $250 million Preschool Development Grants program
CEC Policy Insider
On October 27, 2014, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced that 35 states and Puerto Rico have applied for grants under the new $250 million Preschool Development Grants program. By significantly expanding their preschool programs, over 25 high-need communities in approximately 12-15 states will benefit from Preschool Development Grants funding so that a large portion of their at risk 4-year-olds start school prepared. States will agree to uphold standards for high-quality preschool programs in the communities that are funded. More
Improving Data, Improving Outcomes
CEC Policy Insider
This fall, over 450 early learning professionals from around the country gathered in New Orleans, Louisiana to attend the Improving Data, Improving Outcomes conference. This conference, hosted by The Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems along with the IDEA Data Center, and the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center, focused on issues related to Part C and Section 619 programs such as coordinated early childhood data systems; measurement and use of child and family outcomes data; and resources for improving systems of services. More
Helping parents deal with learning and attention issues
The New York Times
Nonprofit groups specializing in children's learning and attention issues will introduce a new website and a public service advertising campaign that was created with the Advertising Council. The website, Understood.org, is intended to help parents better understand these issues and provide advice on dealing with them. According to the 2014 State of Learning Disabilities Report from the National Center for Learning Disabilities, one in five people in the United States age 3 to 20 has problems with reading, math, writing, focus and attention. More
Makerspaces for students with special needs
Maker education is a new school of educational thought which strives to deliver constructivist, project-based learning curriculum and instructional units. Makerspaces can be full high school workshops with a bevy of high-tech tools, or as small and low tech as one corner of an elementary classroom. What defines a makerspace isn't just the tools and equipment, but the learning that happens as students begin making and creating projects. Educators need to design these spaces to reach a diverse set of learners, particularly populations underserved in STEM subjects, and students with neurological differences, learning differences and special needs. More
Better academic support in high school crucial for low performers with ADHD
New research reveals that high school students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are using an unexpectedly high rate of services for their age group, yet many low achievers with ADHD are not getting the academic supports they need. Scientists from UNC's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and several other universities published the findings in School Mental Health after examining data for a large national sample of high school students with ADHD. More
Common Core revolt goes local
School districts from New Hampshire to Oregon are revolting against the coming Common Core tests. Even as political leaders in both red and blue states continue to back away from the standards — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is the latest example — the hottest battles have shifted to the local level, where education officials are staging public revolts against state and federal mandates to administer Common Core exams. More
These are the states where kids have the best opportunities in education
The Huffington Post
While more students are graduating from high school and college, the number of young students enrolled in preschool in recent years has stagnated. A new index from the nonprofit groups Opportunity Nation and Measure of America looks at the level of opportunity afforded to citizens around the country in the areas of education, jobs and local economy, community health and civic life. The index ranks the best areas for educational opportunity, based on on-time high school graduation rates, the percentage of adults with an associate's degree or higher — and on preschool enrollment rates. And while the report found that levels of opportunity in America have improved overall since 2011, that accomplishment has not been the case for getting kids enrolled in preschool. More
White House is root of test-reduction rhetoric, sources say
President Barack Obama appears to be behind his administration's recent rhetorical push on the need to reconsider the number of tests students take, sources say. And the president's new thinking on tests would seem to put U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in a pretty awkward position. For the first six years of his term in office, Duncan has bet big on student scores on state tests, pressing states to use them in pivotal decisions, such as teacher evaluations. More
Understanding the causes of dyslexia for effective intervention
For most of the 40-plus years the term "dyslexia" has been in existence — and although the diagnosis has long been considered a "learning disability" — it has been based on comparisons with average readers. Simply put, a child could be diagnosed with dyslexia if he or she shows an IQ in the "normal" range but falls at or below the 10th percentile on standardized reading tests. This cut-off has been arbitrary, often varying from district to district and based on Response to Intervention criteria. As a result, a child who falls at the 12th percentile might be considered a poor reader while a child at the 10th percentile would be diagnosed with dyslexia. More
Holidays vs. standards: Which curriculum rules your school?
By: Thomas Van Soelen
I remember that in elementary schools 30 years ago, the year was chronologically marked by holidays. We started with a summer story, then a scarecrow or scary story, followed by a turkey story and ending the year with something about a snowman. The new year would offer a change of pace with nonfiction text, then it was back to narratives: Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day and Easter bunnies. But in the age of Common Core and far more rigorous standards, are we still allowing the hidden curriculum of holidays and seasons to run the show?More
How standing desks can help students focus in the classroom
The rise of the standing desk may appear to be a response to the modern, eat-at-your-desk, hunched-over worker chained to her computer, but history paints a different picture: Hemingway, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson all stood while they worked. Donald Rumsfeld had a standing desk, and so did Charles Dickens. Workplaces are moving toward more standing desks, but schools have been slower to catch on for a variety of reasons, including cost, convenience, and perhaps the assumption that "sit down and pay attention" is the best way to learn. More