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Cathy Sartain Industries provides professional development, products and services. Topics include developing standards-based goals, functional goals and grading practices for students with disabilities.


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Sleep problems linked to need for more special education
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Young children who snore or have trouble sleeping through the night are more likely to need special education, a new study shows. Researchers looked at more than 11,000 children in southwest England. They found that breathing problems during sleep, such as snoring or problems such as regularly refusing to go to bed, waking up in the night and having nightmares through age 5 were associated with a greater chance of needing special education at age 8. Overall, breathing problems during sleep were linked to a nearly 40 percent increased risk of needing special education. Children with the worst breathing problems had a 60 percent greater need for special education. More

 CASE News

Call for submissions — 2013 Yes I Can! Awards
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The Council for Exceptional Children's Yes I Can! Awards recognize the accomplishments of children and youth (ages 2-21) with exceptionalities. Founded in 1982, the Yes I Can! Awards program has recognized thousands of students in seven categories:
  • Academics
  • Arts
  • Athletics
  • School and Community Activities
  • Self-advocacy
  • Technology
  • Transition (including employment, vocational training and independent living skills)
Nominate someone you know today! Click here for more information

With CEC's new e-submissions process, nominating is easy.

Literacy for College & Career

READ 180 is a comprehensive system of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development proven to raise reading achievement for struggling readers in grades 4–12+. Designed for any student reading two or more years below grade-level, READ 180 leverages adaptive technology to individualize instruction for students and provide powerful data for differentiation to teachers. Learn More

Register now for the 23rd Annual CASE Conference
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The 23rd Annual CASE Conference will be held in Scottsdale, Ariz., from Nov. 1-3. Click here to register.

Three days of GREAT presentations focusing on innovative ideas, programs, and practices for students with disabilities in the following topic areas and more:
• Common core standards
• Refined measures of teacher effectiveness
• Assistive Technology & Universal Design for Learning
• Standards-Based IEPs
• Improved statewide assessments
• Response to Intervention
• Effective Educator Positive Behavior Supports
• Scientifically - Evidence Based Curriculum Supports

Four great keynote speakers:
• Dr. Randy Sprick
• Dr. Francis Stetson
• Dr. Deb Zeigler
• Denise Lowell-Britt, Esq.

For hotel information or to reserve your hotel room, click here.
To access the Vendor Memo or the Vendor Registration Form, click here.

IDEA partnership announces free webinars on Common Core State Standards
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The IDEA Partnership reflects the collaborative work of more than 50 national organizations, technical assistance providers, and organizations and agencies at state and local level. Together with the Office of Special Education Programs, the Partner Organizations form a community with the potential to transform the way we work and improve outcomes for students and youth with disabilities. More

CASE Winter Hybrid Conference
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The CASE Winter Hybrid Conference is a hybrid conference meaning you can attend in person or link up for a virtual conference from your office. The topics and presenters will be cutting edge, so don't waste any time signing up. Watch the CASE website for upcoming details.

Dates: Feb. 13-15
Location: The conference will be help at Rosen Plaza in Orlando, Fla.

Literacy Tools
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Award-winning WordQ helps each student address reading and writing gaps to meet Common Core proficiency requirements. Using WordQ, teachers can provide differentiated instruction with greater ease and flexibility. Extend learning time and opportunities; ideal for ELL students and all students who struggle with reading, vocabulary, spelling, syntax, grammar, text production, editing and revising.
Voyager Passport
Voyager Passport® gives you a dynamic blend of print instruction and technology to help more of your struggling learners master priority skills and strategies to reach grade-level performance. A Teacher's Resource Kit includes everything you need to accommodate diverse learners, including instructional support for English learners and flexible grouping strategies.
AutismPro provides online tools to help school districts meet state compliance and due process requirements in supporting students with Autism and Related Disorders. It's a comprehensive suite of professional development and case management resources for educators and professionals working with students with ASDs.

 CEC Policy Insider

CEC releases voter education guide: 1-stop shop for education issues this November
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CEC released I Educate, I Participate: 2012 Presidential Election Voter Education Guide. This guide is a nonpartisan compilation of resources to help prepare members for the upcoming election. As special educators, it's our civic responsibility not only to participate ourselves, but to educate our networks, friends and families so that we can all make the best decisions for our students and our schools. The guide's purpose is to provide you with a one-stop shop for information and resources to help guide you in this election season. More

Puerto Rico, Bureau of Indian Education and 7 more states submit ESEA flexibility waiver applications
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Seven more states, as well as Puerto Rico and the Bureau of Indian Education, have applied to the U.S. Department of Education for ESEA flexibility waivers, bringing the waiver applications total to 44. The latest seven to join are Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, North Dakota and West Virginia. These new pending applications join the 11 other states who also currently have outstanding waiver applications, not yet approved by USDOE. More

Increasingly, private special education chosen over public
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A growing number of parents frustrated by school district bureaucracy are opting to forgo public education altogether for their children with disabilities. In Texas, there was a 75 percent increase between 2003 and 2010 in the number of special education students in middle school and high school who left public classrooms for private ones, statistics show. Meanwhile, other families are saying goodbye to districts in favor of home schooling their kids with special needs. Though the reasons families are fleeing the traditional special education system vary, most say they are sick of fighting to secure services they believe their kids need. More

ChalkTalk™ - An on-demand video interview series

ChalkTalk™ videos are cost-effective and are available "on demand". The talk show format focuses on educational issues and best practices in educating students with disabilities. Information is available at your fingertips, as the videos become an archived electronic library that you can access at any time. Click here to learn more!
A web-based system that addresses the challenge of intervention scheduling in the schools. It's designed for anyone who needs to schedule and document interventions. MORE

 In the News

Listening aids may help boost dyslexic kids' reading skills
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Devices that amplify the sound of a teacher's voice may help children with dyslexia improve their reading skills, new research suggests. After a year of wearing the devices in the classroom, children with dyslexia had improved scores on tests of phonological awareness and reading. More

US Department of Education funds 25 new parent training and information centers across the country
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The U.S Department of Education awarded over $9.8 million in grants to 16 states to fund the operation of 25 Parent Training and Information Centers for the parents of students with disabilities, as well as $1.1 million to fund 11 Community Parent Resource Centers in 9 states and Puerto Rico. CRPCs provide resources and services to parents in underserved communities and are located in strategic locations throughout the country. More

Study: Academic success in special education not linked to spending
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The amount of money spent by school districts on special education varies greatly around the country, and some districts that spend less than others are getting better academic results from students, according to a study. The study, sponsored by the conservative Thomas B. Fordham Institute, suggests that some districts are overspending on special education, which has become a growing segment of school budgets around the country. If all districts spent the median amount on special education, it would save $10 billion a year, according to the study, which was written by Nathan Levenson, a consultant and former school superintendent. More

Cameras in the classroom a crusade for parents of special needs kids
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A grassroots movement to put cameras in classrooms, driven by the parents of special needs students, is simmering across the country. It's a personal crusade for many of the parents who say their children have suffered abuse at the hands of teachers and classroom aides with unsatisfying consequences. Parents in states such as Ohio, Texas, Michigan, New Jersey and Tennessee have taken to the Internet to promote their cause with petitions, videos, Facebook pages and letters to the president. Many of their children either cannot speak or have difficulty with verbal communication. More

Research links 'responsive' teaching to academic gains
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Fifth-graders in schools where teachers faithfully used the "Responsive Classroom" teaching approach performed better on statewide assessments of mathematics and reading skills than their peers at schools that did not use the social-emotional-learning program's strategies as much, according to new research presented at a national conference. More

7 steps to implementing critical student skills
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Administrators and educators know they must integrate higher-order thinking skills into teaching and learning if today's students are to compete on a global scale. But school leaders sometimes struggle with exactly how to weave such skills into the curriculum. Now, steps for successful integration of four key skills are outlined in a new book by Ken Kay and Valerie Greenhill, both of EdLeader21, a professional learning community for 21st century educators. More

 Hot Topics

Privacy, equity and other BYOD concerns
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As the Bring Your Own Device movement continues to gain momentum, allowing students to use their own devices (mobile phones, laptops, tablets) in school, administrators and educators are figuring out how to iron out concerns and issues that crop up. One of the biggest issues educators continually bring up is equity. More

Schools look to weed out nonresidents
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Officials with Greenwich Public Schools in Connecticut are doing more than just making house visits to ensure their students live in the district. A new policy this year requires parents or guardians registering their child for school to complete notarized affidavits testifying to their address. Lying, the document points out, could result in criminal prosecution. More

CoSN examines BYOD safety and security
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A new report from the Consortium for School Networking, titled "Safe & Secure? Managing the Risks of Personal Devices," examines today's advancing Bring Your Own initiatives and related safety and security risks facing school districts nationwide. "Apps and mobile devices are being utilized more and more in education, forcing schools to reexamine their mobile device policies," said CoSN CEO Keith Krueger. "These continuous advancements are creating an unprecedented set of safety and security challenges for school leaders, so it's imperative that leaders are prepared and have at their fingertips a set of technical solutions to prevent data breaches and protect personal devices." More


Paul Ryan budget proposal to cut federal spending could pull millions from some school districts
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A New America Foundation analysis has calculated that under Paul Ryan's budget proposal to cut federal spending by 20 percent, 77 percent of the 1,500-plus school districts that rely on federal funds for 20 percent or more of their annual revenue could wind up losing millions. The districts most at risk of losing more than 10 percent of their annual revenue are smaller ones — enrolling between 100 and 2,000 students — that rely heavily on the federal government for education funding. More

Texas Senators to examine longer school days, years
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Top education leaders in the Texas Senate are examining ways to improve classroom learning, including extending school days and school years. Democratic Sen. Royce West of Dallas is filling in as chairman for a Senate Education Committee meeting. Members will also discuss ways to improve learning within the normal parameters of the school day and year. More

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Fall Board of Directors Meeting       Scottsdale, Ariz.     Oct. 31-Nov. 1 View the calendar. For more information please contact Luann Purcell.

23rd Annual CASE Conference       Scottsdale, Ariz.     Nov. 1-3 Hotel information
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