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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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CASE Fall Board of Directors Meeting provides opportunities for exchange of content, ideas and trategies
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Facebook Our thoughts continue to go out to our colleagues, family and friends who have been so effected by the Storm Sandy. Three of our CASE Executive Committee were unable to get to the CASE Executive Committee in Scottsdale on Oct. 30. Through the use of "creative" technology, Dr. Gina Scala of PA was able to join the meeting. Dr. Scala went to a grocery store that had power and join the meeting via conference call. Several of our state board representatives were also delayed and in some instances unable to attend at all. But even with the weather, CASE had 28 states and two Canadian provinces attending the Fall Board of Directors meeting. The group not only had updates from the various committee chairs on the CASE Strategic Plan, but also heard updates from Dr. Deb Ziegler on the budget, Sequestration, current issues inside the beltway (Washington, D.C.), and the new CEC position paper on Teacher Evaluation. The units also shared information and strategies on how to strengthen their units.

Special Thanks to our BOD Sponsors: Maximus (TieNet), Scholastic, Earnest Facilitations, Cambium Learning Group/Voyager, ST4 and eSped.

The 23rd Annual CASE conference started out on a grand note with Dr. Randy Sprick, keynoting on "A Continuum of Behavior Support: Filling in the Gaps." The breakout sessions are also turning out to be practical and inspiring. Special Thanks to our Conference Sponsors:LRP (Special Ed Connection), Edulog, ACE: Autism Curriculum Encyclopedia, PresenceLearning, Winsor Learning, Stetson & Associates and Positive Action.

Registration is now online for the CASE Winter Hybrid Conference, Feb. 13-15. Click here to register for either the onsite or to be your own site. More guidance to come...


Education Sciences Reform Act
Council for Exceptional Children    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The developmental, academic, and lifelong success of the nation's 7 million children and youth with disabilities relies on innovative research and development. Educators and parents alike depend on the availability of research-based strategies to support the early intervention and special educational needs of children and youth with disabilities. In the four decades since the enactment of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and its rightto- education mandate, the experiences, expectations and accomplishments of children and youth with disabilities have improved dramatically. Despite these gains, extensive achievement and opportunity gaps remain. Continued access to timely and relevant research is critical to addressing these persistent challenges; arming special educators with research-based practices is necessary to supporting the achievement of children and youth with disabilities. More


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. READ 180 helps target the specific skill deficits and unique instructional needs outlined in a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). Learn More

Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders
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For the 31st year, the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders will address cutting-edge issues of interest to professionals working with students with emotional/behavioral disorders and autism spectrum disorders. Our comprehensive, three-day program starts with your choice of pre-symposium workshops on Thursday, followed by keynote speakers, breakouts sessions, poster sessions, vendor exhibits and more.

For the brochure, click here.

 CEC Policy Insider

Presidential candidates invoke education into foreign policy debate
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It was an education policy wonk's dream: presidential candidates fighting to talk about education during a presidential debate. That's exactly what happened during the recent foreign policy debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney. Education, a topic that is rarely mentioned during such public debates, was discussed numerous times during the last debate between the two candidates. More

Obama campaign releases 'closing argument': Plan outlines vision for 2nd term
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Recently, the Obama campaign unveiled a report dubbed the President's "closing argument," officially titled A New Economic Patriotism: A Plan for Jobs & Middle-Class Security. The Plan sets forth President Barack Obama's vision for his second term in areas of national interest, including education, much of which echoes the initiatives already pursued during his first term to reach his goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. The plan also calls to prevent layoffs of teachers. More

Comment today: OSEP releases Question 5 in the results drive accountability process
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The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs has released Question 5 in their series of comment solicitations as part of the results driven accountability reform currently underway for IDEA. The Results Driven Accountability process seeks to emphasize educational results and functional outcomes for students with disabilities and creating a system that maximizes resources available. OSEP posts each question on the Department of Education blog to solicit comments from stakeholders and special educators. More

Webinar on CEC's new position on special education teacher evaluation; free for CEC members
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The CEC Policy and Advocacy Team will be hosting CEC's Position on Special Education Teacher Evaluation: Making Evaluation Meaningful, a webinar which will discuss the new position and how you can use it in your district or state. Please join us on Dec. 12 from 4-5:00p.m. EST or 7-8:00p.m. EST, for an hour-long discussion of CEC's new position. More

Literacy Tools
That Help Students Succeed
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.
SRA Reading Laboratory 2.0
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• Improve students' Lexile®   scores with access to   complex text
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• Reports on Lexile® level,   student progress, standards,   and fluency
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.


Some states will soon call the roll on school reform
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Voters in several states will weigh in next month on some of the most contentious issues in public education, including teacher tenure, charter schools and merit pay for teachers, as a national fight over education reform hits the ballot box. The campaigns have been fierce and often nasty. In one corner: proponents of dramatically overhauling public education, including several of America's wealthiest families, led by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Wal-Mart heir Alice Walton. They seek to inject more free-market forces into the education system by requiring schools to compete for students and teachers to compete for pay raises. More

Rethinking principal evaluation
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In an era of high-stakes testing, more-rigorous federal and state accountability programs, and intense interest among taxpayers and government leaders in school-level performance, the demand for accountability for principals has never been greater. However, narrowing a principal's performance evaluation to student test scores — or any single criterion, especially those for which a principal does not have direct control — is absurd. Yet, that very scenario has been repeated time and again during the past 10 years of adequate yearly progress under the No Child Left Behind law, the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. More

Redefining the federal role in education
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Since at least the late 1980s, it has been difficult to determine whether candidates for the White House have been running to be president or the country's superintendent of schools. Efforts to claim the "education president" mantle have been legion in campaigns during the past two decades or so, and the 2012 election season has been no exception. President Barack Obama has touted his administration's Race to the Top program and its related menu of competitive-grant programs, while promising in the next decade to help the nation produce 100,000 more science and math teachers. More

 Hot Topics

Autism early intervention can help regulate brain activity in children
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A new type of early intervention therapy called Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is effective for boosting language skills and cognitive thinking in autistic children as young as 18 months old. It can also help their social skills, decrease their symptoms of autism, and push their brain activity to work in a "normal" manner, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. More

5 scholarships for students with learning disabilities
U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Getting into, paying for, and navigating through college is rarely easy. For students who have been diagnosed with learning disabilities (LD), that struggle can take on even more dimensions. Learning-related issues such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often lead to difficulties in traditional classrooms and on standardized tests; if scholarship applications look foremost at test scores and GPAs, it can mean that LD students lose out. More

New tools developed to better treat ADHD patients in early stages
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Mayo Clinic researchers presented new findings on the early treatment of child and adolescent attention deficit hyperactivity disorder at the American Academy of Childhood and Adolescent Psychiatry annual meeting in San Francisco. They include a method to get better input from parents and teachers of children who are being diagnosed with ADHD for the first time - allowing for more effective treatment upon the first consultation. Researchers also showed how a tool can help clinicians better diagnose and treat children who have both ADHD and oppositional defiance disorder. More

For students, why the question is more important than the answer
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In a traditional classroom, the teacher is the center of attention, the owner of knowledge and information. Teachers often ask questions of their students to gauge comprehension, but it's a passive model that relies on students to absorb information they need to reproduce on tests. What would happen if the roles were flipped and students asked the questions? Kids who had long been struggling in school said they felt smarter using this method. More

Busted: 5 myths and truths about dyslexia
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Think all dyslexics write their letter reversed? Or that they never learn to read, or have less than average intelligence? Wrong. Husband-and-wife-team Bennett and Sally Shaywitz are pediatric neurologists at Yale University who have dedicated their lives to understanding and advancing treatment for dyslexia. 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

3 ways equine therapy can help ADHD
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ADHD is a pervasive problem in this country, and one that is likely to continue to rise. While our society, in many ways, almost seems to promote ADHD with ever-increasing connection avoidance, people continue to struggle to manage ADHD. If we look at the problems and dfficulty connecting with people, we might also look for something less intimidating to connect with, such as horses. More

Building confidence in creativity
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Too often we ask kids to create a story or a picture, and we hear: "I'm just not creative." Deep down, we know that everyone possesses creativity, yet this quality seems so elusive. Some kids do just seem to jump into creative tasks while others flounder. Can we teach students to be creative? Can we practice it as a skill? How can we help kids become confident in their creativity. More

Texas schools begin tracking students with computer chips in ID cards
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Privacy's last stand is taking place not far from The Alamo in Texas right now, to hear some people tell it. Two schools in San Antonio have begun tracking students using radio-enabled computer chips embedded in their ID cards, allowing administrators to know the precise whereabouts of their charges on campus — be it in class, in the bathroom, in a stairwell or AWOL — all while sitting at a computer. The stated purpose of the so-called RFID ID cards is simple: Because state aid is based on attendance, and the chips help schools count kids, tracking equals funding. The district also says the technology makes kids safer. More

Trouble with learning: Students with disabilities require extra help
Janesville Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Savannah Bennett's family sits down with her each school night to help her do her homework. If Savannah doesn't keep on top of things, she falls behind, said her father, Chuck Bennett. That might sound like most children, but the fifth-grader has a special problem. She has a learning disability. More

Teachers: Technology changing how students learn
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There is a widespread belief among teachers that students' constant use of digital technology is hampering their attention spans and ability to persevere in the face of challenging tasks, according to two surveys of teachers. The researchers note that their findings represent the subjective views of teachers and should not be seen as definitive proof that widespread use of computers, phones and video games affects students' capability to focus. Even so, the researchers who performed the studies, as well as scholars who study technology's impact on behavior and the brain, say the studies are significant because of the vantage points of teachers, who spend hours a day observing students. More

Sustainable professional development
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Although best practices in student instruction and learning have evolved dramatically over the past couple of decades, new approaches to educator professional development have lagged behind considerably. The traditional whole group, one-size-fits-all strategy universally recognized as ineffective for teaching students, has too-long remained the status quo for many school and districts leaders. More

Study: Autism tough to spot before 6 months of age
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The development of 6-month-old babies who are diagnosed with autism in toddlerhood is very similar to that of children without autism, a new study suggests. The study also sheds doubt on the notion that cases of autism that are spotted early are necessarily more severe. The researchers report that youngsters with early-identified autism (spotted at or before 14 months of age) did initially perform less well than a group whose autism was identified later. More

Childhood bullying can lead to long-term health consequences
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Childhood bullying can lead to long term health consequences, including general and mental health issues, behavioral problems, eating disorders, smoking, alcohol use and homelessness, a study by the Crime Victims' Institute at Sam Houston State University found. More


Event       Location     Dates Notes

CASE Winter Conference       Orlando, Fla.     Feb. 13-15 This is a hybrid conference. You can attend in person or via the Internet.
Daily Themes:
Applying Virtual Education
Integrated Education for ALL
Re-Inventing/Re-Booting SPED

CASE EC       San Antonio     April 2 More information to come.

CASE Member/BOD Meeting       San Antonio     April 3 More information to come.

CASE Night       San Antonio     April 4 More information to come.


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