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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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Evolution, Re-invention or Revolution: The Future of Special Education
CASE Winter Hybrid Conference
Feb. 13-15

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Have you registered for the CASE Winter Conference? The agenda is chocked full of great presenters and cutting edge topics. Click here to see the agenda. To register for the conference or to be a site, go to and to register for a hotel (GREAT Rate: $117) go to Watch for Helpful Hints on doing a virtual conference ... including using social media to improve the experience ... see you in Orlando, Fla., or virtually.


Save the date for the 2013 Convention & Expo
San Antonio — April 3-6

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Join the Council for Exceptional Children in San Antonio for the CEC 2013 Convention & Expo — the largest professional development event dedicated to special and gifted education. There, educators from around the world will discuss the most pressing issues in special and gifted education and share information in areas such as common core state standards, administration and supervision, autism spectrum disorders, co-teaching and collaboration, policy, technology and culturally responsive interventions.

The CEC Convention & Expo offers hundreds of educational sessions conducted by leading experts and endless opportunities to network with others working with children and youth with exceptionalities and their families. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about new and pending legislation and explore cutting-edge products and services in the exhibit hall. Educators won’t want to miss this chance to catch up on what’s happening in the field, broaden their perspective of special education and further their professional growth.

CEC's Convention & Expo is the heart and soul of the special education community and your premier professional development event. Registration opens Oct. 17 so visit for updates.

 CEC Policy Insider

Fiscal cliff: The clock is ticking
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Now that the results from the election are almost fully in, Congress and the Obama administration must turn their attention to governing. What is the first order of business? The fiscal cliff. On Dec. 31, unless the parties can agree several things will happen: unemployment benefits will expire for millions, payroll taxes will increase, the so-called "Bush Tax Cuts" will expire and sequestration will begin. Collectively, these fiscal austerity measures are being call the fiscal cliff and if the administration and Congress don't agree to fix them, we are certain to see cuts to education. More

Will the lame duck Senate vote on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities?
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The lame duck Congress session has begun and with it brings a host of questions about several issues for which CEC advocates. When Congress last visited this issue in July, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to send the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to the full Senate for a vote. 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.
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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.


Following election, disability advocates fear budget cuts
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With the presidential election decided, there's a sense of relief among disability advocates in Washington, but new uncertainty is setting in with a series of deep budget cuts on the horizon. Just days after President Barack Obama secured a second term in the White House and control of Congress remained virtually unchanged, disability advocates say they are happy to know who the players in Washington will be going forward, but remain concerned about the challenges ahead. More

How education could plunge off the 'fiscal cliff'
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Sequestration: The word strikes fear in the hearts of school boards and administrators nationwide, and with good reason. What does it mean? The term refers to the across-the-board budget cuts that will automatically occur in federal programs in January 2013, unless Congress reaches an agreement by the end of this year on reducing the deficit. What kind of cuts will this mean for education? The American Association of School Administrators estimates the reductions would amount to over $4 billion. That would plunge education funding into pre-2003 levels, according to the National Education Association. More

Hundreds of school districts apply for $400 million Race to the Top-District competition
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The U.S. Department of Education announced it received 371 applications — representing more than 1,100 school districts — for the Race to the Top-District competition. The 2012 RTT-D program will provide close to $400 million to support locally developed plans that will personalize learning, directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and prepare every student for success in college and careers. More

System 44

System 44 is the breakthrough foundational reading and phonics intervention technology program for our most challenged readers in Grades 3–12+. System 44' s state-of-the-art adaptive technology delivers direct, explicit and foundational reading and phonics instruction as well as engaging, high-interest print materials for student practice in reading, writing, and spelling. System 44 was developed to ensure that students with unique learning challenges have the necessary support and scaffolds to address their specific needs. Learn More

In first postelection speech, Duncan talks NCLB waivers
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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has been relatively quiet since his boss won re-election on Tuesday. But he broke his silence tonight, in his first speech since the elections to the Education Trust's national conference. During what was planned as a relatively brief speech — which wasn't on his public schedule — he was expected to talk tonight about his commitment to implementing the No Child Left Behind waivers. And, he was expected to reaffirm his support of the waivers' goal that at-risk students should be expected to make faster progress toward academic goals. More

Tie a big Blue Ribbon on America's great schools Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This year marks the 30th anniversary of an American tradition — the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. The brainchild of the second U.S. secretary of education, Terrel H. Bell, the program honors great American schools — urban, rural, suburban, public, private, charter, magnet and choice schools at the elementary, middle and high school levels — across the country. The 314 schools in the 2012 cohort join a distinguished cadre. Of more than 138,000 schools in the U.S., only 7,110 have been honored with this, the highest award the department confers. More

Viewpoint: The election has compromised education reform
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The 2012 presidential election sidestepped the issue of school reform. Neither candidate spent much time laying out, let alone talking up, an education policy agenda. But around the country, there were ballot referendums and state and local races with big implications for schools. Teachers' unions had a good night, but so did charter schools. In other words, Nov. 6 left the country with an education mandate as unclear as the electoral mandate overall. Still, what happened in various states will influence what happens in Washington during President Barack Obama's second term. 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

 Hot Topics

Girls with ADHD: Overlooked, underdiagnosed and underserved
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Boys with ADHD are usually easy to spot because of their behavior. Boys are more likely to have the combined type of ADHD: hyperactive impulsive behaviors, inattentive behaviors, and a combination, so they're more apt to be noticed. Girls are more likely to have the attentional type of ADHD, which can lead to difficulty in attending and focusing rather than in disruptive behavior. More

A challenge unmet
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Chicago elementary school students with learning or emotional disabilities miss far more school days than their peers without disabilities, the Tribune found in an analysis of internal attendance data from the district. These missed days undermine the education of an already-vulnerable population. Consider the students in grades K-8 whose designated primary diagnosis is a learning disability — a disorder generally affecting the ability to use or understand language. More

Embracing children for who they are
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Contrary to what some parents might believe or hope for, children are not born a blank slate. Rather, they come into the world with predetermined abilities, proclivities and temperaments that nurturing parents may be able to foster or modify, but can rarely reverse. Perhaps no one knows this better than Jeanne and John Schwartz, parents of three children, the youngest of whom — Joseph — is completely different from the other two. More

 In the News

Report emphasizes creating culture of better data use in schools
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While states have made significant progress in building robust longitudinal data systems and supporting data use in K-12 education, they now face the more challenging task of building a culture that encourages intelligent use of data within schools to improve teaching and learning, says the latest edition of an annual report by the Washington-based Data Quality Campaign. More

Mobile apps make reading fun for children with dyslexia, occupational therapist says
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Mobile apps and daily visual activities can encourage children with dyslexia to participate in reading exercises, says Lenin Grajo Ed.M., instructor of occupational science and occupational therapy at Saint Louis University. "Reading has always been looked at as a skill you should be able to master," Grajo said. "My approach basically focuses on participation. I look at how much you like doing a task rather than how well you can do it." Dyslexia is a learning disability, in which children have a neurological disorder that causes their brain to process and interpret information differently. But with the help of educators and therapists, kids with dyslexia can develop and enjoy reading and writing activities, and build confidence. More

Early treatment improves behavior, communication and brain function in children with autism
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When given early treatment, children with autism spectrum disorders made significant improvements in behavior, communication, and most strikingly, brain function, Yale School of Medicine researchers report in a new study. The study was published in the current issue of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders by Yale Child Study Center researchers Fred Volkmar, M.D., Kevin A. Pelphrey, and their colleagues. The results suggest that brain systems supporting social perception respond well to an early intervention behavioral program called pivotal response treatment. This treatment includes parent training, and employs play in its methods. More

The hard(ware) choice: Selecting a 1-to-1 computing device
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When it comes to implementing a large-scale 1-to-1 computing initiative, deciding which device students will use every day to support their learning requires a significant amount of thought and research. Laptop, netbook, Chromebook, tablet — each device has enough similarities to make the decision seem easy, but enough differences to make a big impact on the way technology is managed in the classroom and across your district. More

ADHD drugs impact the brain's reward system
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Two to three percent of children in Denmark meet the standards to be diagnosed with ADHD, making it extremely important to understand how ADHD drugs work. Now, University of Copenhagen researchers are gathering new information about the impact of ADHD medicine by utilizing a new mathematical reconstruction of a small part of a particular brain region which processes reward and punishment, which always involves the chemical dopamine. 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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