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Reconnect and revitalize!!
When was the last time you laughed until you cried? This past week, my husband and I reconnected with two couples we have been friends with for over 38 years. At night, we would sit around and tell our favorite "story" about each other or other longtime friends. There was an instant remembering, an instant shared background and vocabulary. We would start laughing and we didn't even have to hear the end of the story. Sometimes we would tell stories on each other that happened while we were apart — but even then, because of our shared history and experiences, we understood the situation and laughed at the funny outcome. As I was planning this weekly update in my head as I do each week, it suddenly reminded me of some of the reasons so many of us are so committed to CASE at both the state/provincial level and the international/national level. When I travel around to our 41 CASE subdivisions, I am always amazed at how similar we all are — at a CASE state/provincial meeting, there is always a legal update, a policy update, content sessions and always time of socializing. During that socializing, there is laughter, hugs, good natured kidding, and just generally a happy close knit social event — even if 400 people are in the room. Why? Because we have a shared history, a shared knowledge base, shared experiences. When you are "catching up" with colleagues you may not have seen since the last CASE meeting, you understand the frustrations, issues, etc your colleagues are talking about even if you weren't with them during the situation, because you HAVE had the same thing happen to you! There are many reasons for being a member of a professional association — but to me one of the BEST ones is that shared camaraderie. As the summer comes, even if you are a 12 month employee, I hope you take some time to reconnect and be revitalized with family and friends and your colleagues at CASE ... we all have so much to offer to each other and we all need to be reconnected so we can be revitalized!
Speaking of reconnecting, what a great opportunity to do so with the 12th Annual CASE Educational Legislative Leadership Summit in July! The CASE Educational Legislative Leadership Summit, July 13-16 is a great opportunity for you to reconnect and be revitalized with your colleagues from your state and with those from other states! In case you have come in the past, and we do have lots of repeat attenders, we have changed the schedule a bit this year — we will be starting earlier on Sunday July 13 ... registration will be from 4:00-4:55 and the session will begin at 5:00. We will be done by 7:00, just in time for you to grab some colleagues for a nice evening meal in Old Town, Alexandria! We need every state to have a team attending the 12th Annual CASE Educational Legislative Leadership Summit, July 13-16. Go to the CASE website to register and click here for the flyer. This year as every year, it is very important for CASE to have as many different states represented up on the Hill for our visit on Tuesday, July 15. There are several really important national issues we will be working on in DC this year with our other association partners. Don't miss this great opportunity. And, with a hotel group rate of $149 at the Hilton Old Town, right across from the King Street Metro stop, this might be a great time to do a DC excursion for you and the family! Group rate ends June 17 so click here to make your hotel reservations! Click here to download a flyer.
And Don't Forget the CASE Career Center! 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 non-members 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.
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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.
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 Lorae.Blum@unco.edu or visit our website at: http://www.unco.edu/bresnahan-halstead.
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IEP/ARD Facilitation & Conflict Prevention Training
Ed21 Consulting Services
Key2Ed, Inc., in partnership with Ed21 Consulting Services, is sponsoring a training on IEP/ARD Facilitation & Conflict Prevention, June 25-26, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. IEP/ARD Facilitation & Conflict Prevention Training focuses on the value of a facilitated IEP meeting and how when it is used proactively and routinely, it benefits school personnel, parents, and, most importantly, students! As a result of participation in this training, attendees will have (1) an understanding of the FIEP process; (2) an understanding of the value and use of the FIEP process; and (3) actionable information necessary for process implementation in their program. This training has been developed by Key2Ed, Inc., foremost experts and practitioners in the field of facilitated IEP. Registration is limited to 70 participants, so please act quickly to secure your spot. Participants will receive a continuing education certificate in IEP/ARD Facilitation & Conflict Prevention. Download the Registration Form. For more information about the training, contact Cassie Velasquez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
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.
New mathematics sample lessons and activities focused on fractions
NCII has posted a new resources to assist special education teachers, interventionists, and others working with students with intensive mathematics needs. The materials include intervention guidance, sample activities and companion materials necessary to complete the activities. The mathematics materials are aligned with the Common Core State Standards and cover a range of skill areas. These materials are not intended to be used as an intervention, but can provide support for developing and customizing lessons to meet student needs. At this time, NCII has posted collections focused on Fractions as Numbers and Computation of Fractions. Additional collections as well as resources focused on reading and behavior will be added to the NCII website on a rolling basis. View the sample math lessons and activities on the NCII website.
CEC 2014 Strand I Presentations: Using Intensive Intervention to Meet the Academic and Behavior Needs of Struggling Learners
Did you miss the Strand, Using Intensive Intervention to Meet the Academic and Behavior Needs of Struggling Learners, that NCII presented at CEC 2014 Convention and Expo? The Strand provided participants with an overview of how principles of intensive intervention may be applied to students with severe and persistent learning needs across reading, mathematics, and behavior and included three content-oriented sessions focused on reading, mathematics, and behavior and one panel session covering common implementation issues associated with provision of intensive services. The presentations and handouts for each of the sessions is available for download on the NCII website.
House, Senate Lawmakers Strike Deal on Workforce Investment Act; Strengthens Provisions for Individuals with Disabilities
CEC Policy Insider
Reauthorizing — rewriting — the long overdue Workforce Investment Act, has been cited as a priority for Senator Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Representative Eric Cantor, R-Va., leaders in their respective parties.
U.S. Department of Education 'Reminds' Charters that Federal Civil Rights Laws Apply; Guidance on Students with Disabilities to Come
CEC Policy Insider
In a "dear colleague" letter, Catherine Lhamon, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, wrote to remind charter schools that Federal civil rights laws, regulations, and guidance apply just as they do to traditional public schools.
Arts program shows promise in special education classes
Each of the visual arts, music, and dance activities Elizabeth Rosenberry engages in daily with her 2nd graders has a critical underlying goal: eye contact. The veteran teacher opens class by crouching in front of a student and gently clutching his arms. "Zachary, look at me," she sings, matching his wide-open eyes with her own. The two paraprofessionals assisting in the classroom at the public school, P4Q @ Skillman, encourage the other five students, also seated in the semicircle, to watch the interaction and sing along.
Low-income children benefit from program to reduce behavior problems, boost math, reading
Medical News Today
A program aimed at reducing behavior problems in order to boost academic achievement has improved performance in math and reading among low-income kindergartners and first graders, according to a study by researchers at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Their findings, which appear in the Journal of Educational Psychology, point to the value of well-designed interventions to improve education, the study's authors say.
4 ways dysgraphia can affect a child's social life
Dysgraphia is a biological condition that can make many aspects of writing difficult. But it can affect children socially, too. Here are four common social challenges your child may face — and what you could do to help.
Sweeping new bill seeks to help students with disabilities, but it may not go far enough
The Huffington Post
The bipartisan overhaul of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act trumpeted in Washington, D.C., includes provisions aimed to help students with disabilities find well-paying work, but some say the deal doesn't go far enough. Recently, Sens. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., along with Reps. John Kline, R-Minn., Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., and George Miller, D-Calif., announced a sweeping bipartisan, bicameral deal that was long in the making. The bill aims to modernize the 1998 law, which oversees $3 billion in job training programs, by eliminating 15 programs and creating universal performance metrics. Many expect it to advance.
National landscape fragments as states plan Common Core testing
Only a few years ago, the ambitious initiative to use shared assessments to gauge learning based on the new Common Core standards had enlisted 45 states and the District of Columbia. Today, the testing landscape looks much more fragmented, with only 27 of them still planning to use those tests in 2014-2015, and the rest opting for other assessments or undecided, an Education Week analysis shows.
Disabled law students settle suit over admissions tests
San Francisco Chronicle
In a nationwide settlement of a San Francisco lawsuit, the administrator of the admissions test for prospective law students agreed to stop notifying schools that a test taker has disabilities and to ease its restrictions for accommodating disabled students. The settlement also includes $6.73 million for 6,300 disabled students who have applied for extra time for the exam and other accommodations over the past five years. Another $2 million in compensation will go to individual students and the state and federal governments, which took part in the suit.
An alternative approach to preventing bullying
District Administration Magazine
In a 2011 National Crime Victimization Survey, close to 1.2 million students reported that someone was hurtful to them at school once a week or more. This rate has not significantly declined since 2005. Of this number, close to 540,000 students say this happens "almost daily." Furthermore, over 700,000 students reported they were "fearful of attack or harm" at school "sometimes" or "most of the time." It's clear: What schools are doing to stop bullying isn't working. And the risks of liability or an agency enforcement action are increasing.
For frustrated gifted kids, a world of online opportunities
When parents find they have a two-year-old who can read, or a five-year-old who wakes up talking about square roots, the task of ensuring that these exceptionally bright children get the educational nourishment they need is unchartered territory. The path can be frustrating for the kids, and worry-inducing for the parents. But the ongoing boom in online learning opportunities has been a great benefit for many gifted youth because the offerings can cater to a student's ability rather than age.
How can teachers inspire learning? By empowering students
How can today's teachers inspire their students? Where does true engagement in learning come from — and how can technology play a role? These questions were the focus of a unique professional development event held in Dallas, during which attendees heard from an all-star lineup of educators.
With new standards, can schools find room for creative writing?
The Hechinger Report
For the past few years, the new nationwide Common Core state standards have been slowly rolling out in Florida's schools. Next year, all schools will fully implement the standards, which lay out what students are expected to learn in reading and math in kindergarten through twelfth grade. It's led to big changes for teachers, many of whom are throwing out lesson plans and cherished writing assignments and learning new ways to teach the basics, like multiplication. The Hechinger Report's Jackie Mader visited one rural panhandle elementary school to see how the standards are changing writing instruction.
Low IQ students learn to read at 1st-grade level after persistent, intensive instruction
Southern Methodist University via Science Daily
Children identified as intellectually disabled or low IQ learned to read at a first-grade level after persistent, intensive instruction from a scientifically based curriculum, a study shows. The findings of the pioneering four-year study raise expectations for all struggling readers, said the lead author. "We shouldn't give up on anybody. These children can learn not only functional skills, but reading as well, giving each one a shot at a more independent life."
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