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Can you believe it?
It is November already — think about all you, your staff, the students and your parents have done since the first week of school! It is fall and soon to be winter in the school calendar! Your CASE leadership have been very busy also! The CASE Policy and Legislative Committee has had several telephone conference committee meetings and are proceeding on their various projects, including revising the ESEA recommendation and working on the IDEA recommendations — based on feedback from you, our members, and the discussions at our Board of Directors' meeting in September! The CASE Products and Publications Committee has also been very busy — recommending approval of several re-endorsements to the Executive Committee, who in turn approved them: CHAMPS, Foundations, and Interventions, all by Safe & Civil Schools. Many of our state and provincial subdivisions have had fall meetings and have accomplished much. Book 3: Organizational Change- Transformative Leadership for Special Education, of the CASE Leadership series is almost through the editing process. Planning on Lucky 21 #7 (Principals) and #8 (Professional Development) is going full speed ahead. Watch for more committee reports in the weeks to come. Are you interested in being on a CASE committee? Click here for a list of the committees and if you are interested in being considered for a committee in the months ahead, Click here to let us know!

So much has been done and yet so much more has to be done. Maybe with that extra hour of sleep most of us got this past weekend we can get it all done! Thanks so much for all you do every day for the field, the staff, the students, the families and our communities!

PS. Have you passed on the information on the "Hour of Code" event during the week of Dec. 9-15 to your principals and other appropriate folks? The article with all the information is repeated in this issue in case you missed it last week!


Luann Purcell
Executive Director
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  October is Dyslexia Awareness Month: Enter to Win!

Learn how S.P.I.R.E.® helps Dyslexic students build reading success through multisensory, structured and spiraling curriculum. It integrates phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, spelling, and comprehension in a 10-Step lesson plan that is designed for the way struggling readers learn. Learn more and enter to win a S.P.I.R.E. level set.

Hour of Code
Computer Science Education Week
Recently, we announced the Hour of Code to the world. Now backed by Microsoft, Google, Apple, Amazon, LinkedIn, Mark Zuckerberg, the College Board, Boys & Girls Clubs, and over 100 other partners, we're getting closer to 10 million students trying one Hour of Code during Dec. 9-15. We still need your help.

Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. Please join us at

Learn to code — from Mark Zuckerberg and Angry Birds will provide tutorials for any browser, tablet, phone, even unplugged. Our own tutorial will feature Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Angry Birds, and Plants vs. Zombies. We'll share a preview for feedback in early-November.

1 in 4 chance of winning: laptops, or a video chat with Bill Gates
50 schools who organize an Hour of Code for the entire school will win a class-set of laptops. 50 more will win video chats with Bill Gates, Jack Dorsey or other tech leaders. So far, we have 818 "entire school" submissions. In some states, your school will be the first to sign up, making your chances of winning exceptional. The deadline is Nov. 15, so register now. More info.

How can you help?
  • Ask your entire school to participate — share this handout and video with your teacher or principal.
  • Participate yourself (or with your child). Set aside one hour during Dec. 9-15.
  • At work, schedule a 1-hour team event to learn together.
  • In your community, recruit a local group. Or host an Hour of Code "block party."
  • Share on your social networks why you're hosting an Hour of Code. Ask friends to join.
No experience needed
We owe it to today's students to start with one hour. CSEdWeek is Dec. 9-15! Get started.

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Braga2014 Conference
The Council for Exceptional Children, as a Cooperating Sponsor of the Braga2014 Conference, Embracing Inclusive Approaches for Children and Youth with Special Education Needs, cordially invites you to submit a presentation proposal by Oct. 31.

Braga2014, to be held July 14-17 in Braga, Portugal, is being organized by the Division of International Special Education and Services, a special interest division of CEC, and the University of Minho. It will focus on four topic areas in special education:
  • Research
  • Practice
  • Policy and Advocacy
  • The Arts
Session presentations occur Monday-Thursday of conference week and are selected from this Call for Proposals. Translation to Portuguese and Spanish will be available in all keynote addresses and selected sessions. The deadline for receipt of proposals is Oct. 31.

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  A New Solution for Creating Effective Behavior Interventions

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    Instructional Excellence for Improving Learner Outcomes
    Bresnahan-Halstead Symposium, Vail, Colo. — July 21-25

    University of Northern Colorado
    The 2014 Bresnahan-Halstead Symposium will be an exciting week of inspiring sessions developed for special and general education teachers as well as administrators in education.

    Participants in the symposium will have the opportunity to hear and interact with Don Deshler, Stevan Kukic, Michael Epstein, Harvey Rude and John Luckner as they share strategies that blend good practice with cutting edge research and lead the group through "Instructional Excellence for Improving Learner Outcomes."

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        Mental health and schools: The interconnected systems framework (By: Susan Barrett, Lucille Eber & Mark Weist via CASE)
    Modern technology and new approaches help kids with dyslexia (Deseret News)
    Dealing with unexpected change (By Dennis Hooper via CASE)

    Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.

    Job Posting

    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.
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    Monarch Teaching Technologies, Inc. is based in Shaker Heights Ohio and produces VizZle®: visual learning software ( MTT is a rapidly growing for-profit startup affiliated with a well-established $50M not-for-profit. VizZle is an easy to use tool for teachers to create visual learning supports for students with Autism and other special learning needs.

    For more information click here.

    South Central Community Services Inc.
    Under the direct supervision of the Day Treatment Site Supervisor, the Teacher adopts the major responsibility for the academic learning, social and emotional growth of students. This includes the use of teaching techniques and tools which stimulate an interest in learning and covering the basic academic

    For more information click here.

    The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Education Division, Office of VSA and Accessibility, seeks a special education professional to be a catalyst for improving arts education for students with disabilities and students in special education. The person in this position will be expected to have and maintain an expertise and in-depth knowledge of education and special education policy and practice; the field of disability; and arts education, special education, inclusion, differentiated learning and universal design for learning. They will be responsible for executing VSA's 2014 Intersections: Arts and Special Education conference.

    For more information, as well as instructions on how to apply please go to: The position opened on September 14, 2013 and will remain open until filled.

    Council for Exceptional Children
    The Council for Exceptional Children invites applications for the editor of its peer reviewed, practitioner-oriented journal, TEACHING Exceptional Children. Applications from co-editors also will be accepted. Designed for special education professionals, TEC links research and practice, showing the application of research to special education classroom and administrative activities and decisions.

    To receive application instructions: Send an email to Please include your full name, current position and preferred phone number.

    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.

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    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

    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 Policy Insider

    UNCRPD: Senate hearing — We need your voice!
    CEC Policy Insider
    Last December, the U.S. came close — very close — to ratifying the Disability Rights Treaty. Five Senators who voted "No" stood in the path of the 2/3 vote required to ratify a treaty that protects the rights of people with disabilities. Last year we lost, in part, because the Homeschool Legal Defense Association used misinformation and scare tactics with homeschool parents to out-call supporters of the treaty by a margin of 100 to 1. We cannot let this happen again!
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    Michael Yudin confirmed as assistant secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services by the US Congress HELP Committee
    CEC Policy Insider
    Sen. Tom Harkin Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee approved the nomination of Michael Yudin to serve as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, within the U.S. Department of Education. James Cole Jr. was also confirmed alongside Yudin to serve as General Counsel for OSERS.
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    NCLB flexibility waiver approved for Puerto Rico
    CEC Policy Insider
    Recently, the Obama administration approved NCLB Flexibility Request for Puerto Rico in exchange for locally-developed plans to prepare all students for college and career, focus aid on the neediest students, and support effective teaching and leadership.
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    Concerns raised over 'highly qualified' teachers
    Disability Scoop
    When Congress acted earlier this month to end the government shutdown, lawmakers also extended a provision that advocates contend has negative implications for students with disabilities.

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    'Mainstreaming' special education students needs debate
    The Wall Street Journal
    Americans tend to be a vocal people, sharing their views about almost any issue in the public sphere loudly and frequently.

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    E-readers can make reading easier for those with dyslexia
    Smithsonian via Science Daily
    As e-readers grow in popularity as convenient alternatives to traditional books, researchers at the Smithsonian have found that convenience may not be their only benefit.

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    Hot Topics

    ADHD: 7 behavior signs that may (or may not) add up to a diagnosis
    The Washington Times
    The cases of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder continues to rise. However, it is not clear whether an increasing number of kids are developing symptoms, or if more physicians are diagnosing the condition. What makes assigning this diagnosis and the accuracy of incidence statistics difficult are the symptoms. Many of them are behaviors common to children who do not have the disorder. To give this diagnosis, a doctor must consider the number and frequency of ADHD symptoms a child demonstrates, and the effects these behaviors have on the child's functioning. Still, the line between ADHD and chronically-rambunctious is not always clear.
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    Implementing Common Core for students with disabilities
    eSchool News
    A new website for students — and in particular, those with disabilities — is offering free "anytime, anyplace" resources, materials, and information to help schools ensure that their students meet the Common Core State Standards. Created by the Center for Technology Implementation, the website for students with disabilities, PowerUp What Works, links evidence-based practices, Universal Design for Learning and technology to guide teachers, school leaders, professional development facilitators and teacher educators in their professional learning.
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    Cyberbullying of children greatly underestimated by parents
    Medical News Today
    Cyberbullying has become a destructive force in many children's lives. After multiple suicides by children being cyberbullied, parents, more than ever, need to be aware of their children's online activity. A recent paper published in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication found that parents underestimate how often their children engage in risky online behavior, like cyberbullying and viewing pornography.
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    Concerns raised over 'highly qualified' teachers
    Disability Scoop
    When Congress acted earlier this month to end the government shutdown, lawmakers also extended a provision that advocates contend has negative implications for students with disabilities. Tucked inside the legislation that brought the government back to life was a provision allowing teachers to be dubbed "highly qualified" even if they are still working on their certification through an alternative training program like Teach for America.
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    Obama education speech stresses investments ahead of budget conference
    The Huffington Post
    President Barack Obama spent Oct. 25 hanging out with students at Pathways in Technology Early College High School, before telling them they're "starting something across the country" in a speech in the Brooklyn school's auditorium. P-Tech, a new vocational school run in collaboration with IBM, goes two years beyond traditional high school and lets students graduate with an associate's degree. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, both Democrats, have praised the effort and called for the creation of more schools in its image.
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    The state of the Common Core
    Millions of teachers and thousands of districts in 45 states are currently undergoing a sea change in the way that they teach and assess students. The new Common Core Standards for learning have been phased into states and districts since 2010, and the digitized Common Core Assessments are scheduled to deploy in states that have adopted them as early as the 2014-2015 school year.
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    In the News

    Parents of children with learning disabilities discuss resources, ease frustrations
    Deseret News
    For parents of students with learning disabilities, navigating the many evaluations, referrals and special designations used by schools and educators can sometimes make for a labyrinthine struggle. "By the time you learn all these things, it could be a year — a year of your child's education gone," parent Emily Rice said. "You can hear the frustration in all the parents' voices." Rice was among a group of parents who attended a Friday meeting of the Learning Disabilities Association of Utah. The meeting, which was held in the Jordan School District Auxiliary Building, brought together parents and educators to provide information on the resources available at the local level and the need to advocate for children with learning disabilities.
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    Study: Children quick to judge peers with autism
    Disability Scoop
    Typically-developing kids often see their peers with autism as less friendly and less trustworthy, new research suggests, and they're making these assessments quickly based on appearance alone. Researchers found that typically-developing children formed their impressions of those with autism in as little as 30 seconds. The findings come from a study of 44 typically-developing 11-year-olds who viewed a series of short, silent videos featuring other children their age who were filmed while responding to simple questions from an interviewer. They were not told that some of the kids in the videos had autism.
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    Schools, violence and mental health
    Education Week
    Public schools have the opportunity to impact more future citizens of the world than any other institution. Creating and maintaining emotional environments that teach, nurture and maintain healthy behaviors is an essential element of our responsibility to maintain physically safe environments in which our students can learn. Teaching and modeling civility and respect and teaching children learn how to express their emotions is paramount.
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    School nurses' duties expand with changing times
    USA Today
    The Boy Scout motto of "be prepared" equally applies to today's school nurses, who not only deal with the typical bruises and tummy aches that have always been part of school life, but must now contend with a student population that is increasingly more medically fragile. As school systems face budget cuts, nurses must also adapt to a "migrant" lifestyle as they are assigned to several schools during a workweek.
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    Report: 10 percent of students miss too much school
    District Administration Magazine
    An estimated one in 10 students in the United States are chronically absent from school, increasing the chances they will fall behind or drop out. Students who miss 18 or more days of school are considered "chronically absent," regardless of whether the absences are excused, unexcused, or for disciplinary reasons, says a new policy brief from Attendance Works, a national and state initiative founded in 2010 that is aimed at addressing chronic absence to improve student success.
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    Learn to identify the symptoms of ADHD
    The Columbia Tribune
    We all have moments of distraction and disinterest. It can be very difficult for children, especially young children, to concentrate on tasks and maintain focus. But when does inattentiveness possibly indicate a more serious issue, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder? ADHD is a common behavioral disorder that affects an estimated 10 percent of school-age children. Boys are approximately three times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with ADHD. Adults also might have ADHD. It is estimated that about 50 percent of adults diagnosed with the disorder had it as children.
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    New strategy for more efficient learning
    Psychology Today
    In 1913, Ebbinghaus demonstrated that spacing learning out over time creates much more efficient learning than cramming a learning task into a single intense session. Now, a new discovery has been made for a specific spaced-learning strategy that so far is the best of all. In reviewing this new design, Kelley and Whatson point out experiments showing that this kind of spaced learning is optimal for information encoding and for activation of the genes needed to form long-term memory.
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    After school violence, traumatized teachers need help
    Americans were shocked twice this week by more school violence — first, in Nevada, where a student shot and killed a teacher and wounded two students before taking his own life; then by the news that the body of a young teacher was found behind her school in Massachusetts. The images of traumatized parents and a campus surrounded by police tape shake us profoundly — our hearts break for the families of those who died. For them, this is the beginning of an unwanted journey.
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