Week in Review - March 15, 2013


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March 15, 2013 - Vol 9, Issue 11


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Dear NASET News,

Welcome to NASET's WEEK in REVIEW Here, we provide you with the latest publications from NASET to read and or download, as well as some of the most interesting articles that have happened this week in the field of special education. We hope you enjoy this publication.  Feel free to send us articles for this publication or let us know your thoughts about the WEEK in REVIEW atnews@naset.org. Have a great weekend.


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New This Week on NASET

March 2013

How To Present at a CSE Meeting

What the Special Education Teacher Needs to Know If Asked To Participate at the Eligibility Committee (EC)

The responsibilities of the special education teacher on the Eligibility Committee depend upon their role in the district. Your responsibilities when making a presentation will vary but proper preparation is crucial. Keep in mind the following aspects depending upon your involvement with the case...

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March 2013

How To Prepare for the Annual Review


Another important role for the special education teacher is demonstrated in the annual review process. This review is a legal responsibility of the district and must be provided to all classified students who reside within the school district. The review involves a yearly evaluation by the Eligibility Committee of the student's classification and educational program. Included in these two general areas are a review of related services provided, the need to add or remove test modifications, parents concerns or requests, academic progress, transportation needs, and goals and objectives for the upcoming school year.


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Lesser Known Disorders
March 2013
In this issue you will see:
  • LD 9.02-Cognitive Disorganization Disorder (Internal Disorder)
  • LD 9.03-Directionality Organizational Disorder
  • LD 9.04-External Disorganization Disorder
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Draft of Next Generation of Educator Preparation Accreditation Standards Released for Public Comment

As the new national accreditor for educator preparation, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is seeking public comment on the draft of the next generation of accreditation standards and performance measures. All stakeholders in education and educator preparation are encouraged to review and comment on the draft standards, which are available for public comment through March 29. Please visithttp://caepnet.org or follow @CAEPupdates on Twitter for the most up-to-date information.

Even When Delayed, Most Children with Autism Acquire Speech

The majority of youngsters with autism who have severe language delay do eventually learn to talk, researchers say. Some 70 percent of children with the developmental disorder who were not making meaningful phrases by age 4 ultimately achieved some form of speech by age 8 - whether talking in phrases or fluently - according to findings reported Monday in the journal Pediatrics. The study is based on a review of clinical data on 535 children with autism who had no significant speech by the time they turned 4. To read more, click here

Did You Know That....

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. This law applies to public elementary and secondary schools, among other entities.

Jayde Scholl, Girl Who Was Born Deaf, Hears Mother's Voice For First Time

For the first time in her life, 5 year-old Jayde Scholl heard her mother's voice on Tuesday. Jayde is Chinese by birth, an orphan discovered in a public square when she was only 8 months old. She was also born deaf. Last December, NewsOn6 reports, she was adopted by Dr. Jacque Scholl, a doctor of audiology in Tulsa, Okla., and her husband. In mid-February, Jayde had a successful operation to install a cochlear implant, a small device that connects directly to the auditory nerve and conveys auditory signals the ear wouldn't otherwise sense. To read more, click here

Special Education Costs Vex Minnesota School Districts

Minnesota's legislative auditor detailed Wednesday how fast-rising special education costs are hampering the ability of school districts to reach other education goals, such as reducing class sizes. An audit delivered to lawmakers urged them to find ways to ease the special education burden on school districts, whether it's supplying more state money or revising regulations the state sets beyond federal requirements." We concluded that the funding arrangements for special education contain disincentives for controlling spending," Auditor Jim Nobles wrote in his office's report. To read more, click here



Board Certification in Special Education Available to NASET Members

Through an agreement with The American Academy of Special Education Professionals(AASEP), NASET members now have the opportunity to achieve AASEP Board Certification in Special Education - (B.C.S.E.) at a reduced fee.  AASEP Board Certification in Special Education - (B.C.S.E.) is a voluntary choice on the part of the candidate. The candidate for Board Certification wishes to demonstrate a commitment to excellence to employers, peers, administrators, other professionals, and parents. From the standpoint of the Academy, board certification will demonstrate the highest professional competency in the area of special education. Board Certification in Special Educationestablishes a much needed standard for professionals, across disciplines, who work with exceptional children.


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Are Grading Trends Hurting Children Who are Socially Awkward?

Children have long been graded not just for academics, but also for elements of "character" -- particularly behavior and emotional maturity. However, in the last few decades, socially eccentric children have seen their awkwardness or aloofness factored into their grades in math, language arts, and social studies. Ironically, this trend has coincided with a rise in diagnoses of autistic spectrum disorders. For children on the autism spectrum, new social studies curricula pose a particular challenge. Once restricted to readings, worksheets, and essays on history, government, and politics, the subject increasingly requires students to reflect on their connections within their local communities. To read more, click here

GEEO Travel Programs for Educators

Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a non-profit organization that runs summer professional development travel programs designed for teachers.

GEEO is offering 23 different travel programs for the summer of 2013: India/Nepal, Italy, Portugal/Spain, Amalfi Coast, Eastern Europe, Budapest to Istanbul, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Comfort Thailand, Thailand/Laos, Cambodia, China, Comfort China, Russia/Mongolia/China, Turkey 15 day, Turkey 8-Day, Kenya/Tanzania, South Africa / Mozambique / Zimbabwe / Botswana, Morocco, Peru, Ecuador, The Galapagos Islands and Costa Rica. The registration deadline is June 1st, but space is limited and many programs will be full well before the deadline.

Educators have the option to earn graduate school credit and professional development credit while seeing the world. The trips are 8 to 24 days in length and are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers. GEEO provides teachers educational materials and the structure to help them bring their experiences into the classroom. The trips are open to all nationalities of K-12 and university educators and administrators, as well as retired educators. Educators are also permitted to bring along a non-educator guest.

Detailed information about each trip, including itineraries, costs, travel dates, and more can be found at www.geeo.org. GEEO can be reached 7 days a week, toll free at 1-877-600-0105 between 9AM-9PM EST

Anorexia Nervosa Brain Implant Can Treat Severe Eating Disorder Symptoms

Eating disorder treatment can be extremely difficult, but a team of scientists has developed a breakthrough technique for healing patients with severe anorexia nervosa - a brain implant that gradually stimulates normal appetite and lifts mood. This is the first time the brain implant treatment has been tried on severely anorexic patients, and suggests that other mental illnesses like eating disorders might be treated similarly. Six patients, all women with severe anorexia nervosa aged 24 to 57, were in such poor health that they agreed to enroll in the risky treatment pilot study at the Krembil Neuroscience Centre in Toronto, Canada. To read more, click here


Designed for a national audience, this intensive one-week, well-balanced program is available on both a non-credit and graduate-credit basis and provides a thorough analysis of the leading issues under the IDEA and Section 504. Among the 19 symposium sessions are the following "hot topics": RTI; discipline, including a mock manifestation determination hearing; child find; transitional services; tuition reimbursement and other remedies; disability-related bullying; and autism.

Special features include:

  • Parallel tracks for basic and advanced practitioners, starting with a keynote dinner presentation by Dr. Melody Musgrove, Director, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), U.S. Department of Education and ending with a post-luncheon crystal-ball culminating presentation led by national consultant and trainer Julie Weatherly, Esq., recipient of the 2012 National CASE Award for Outstanding Service.
  • Balance of district, parent, and neutral perspectives with a specialized set of topics and presenters for the advanced track.
  • Knowledgeable national faculty including attorneys Laura Anthony (Ohio), Emerson Dickman (New Jersey), Andrew Faust (Pennsylvania), Joshua Kershenbaum (Pennsylvania), Michele Kule-Korgood (New York), Deborah Mattison (Alabama), Marsha Moses (Connecticut), Michael Stafford (Delaware), Julie Weatherly (Alabama), Mark Weber (Illinois), and Dr. Perry Zirkel (Pennsylvania).
  • The symposium will take place on the beautiful campus of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., located just 60 miles north of Philadelphia and 70 miles south of New York City, with access from Lehigh Valley (ABE), Newark, and Philadelphia International airports.
  • CLE and ACT 48 credits available.
  • Non-credit: $995 full week; or $295 per day.  Lehigh University Graduate Credit (3): $1,695
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New Study Links BPA and Childhood Asthma

Kids exposed to a commonplace chemical early in life are more likely to have asthma, according to a study published today. The study, which tested 568 children and their mothers in New York City, is the first to link early childhood exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) with asthma. Studies with lab mice, however, have found a similar link. A Columbia University research team reported that children with higher levels of BPA at ages 3, 5 and 7 had increased odds of developing the respiratory disease when they were between 5 and 12. The children studied had roughly the same concentrations of BPA as the average for U.S. kids. To read more, click here

Senator Seeks Federal Probe of Group Homes

A U.S. senator is calling for a federal investigation into abuse and deaths of individuals with developmental disabilities at group homes nationwide. In a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general this week, Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., asked for "an immediate investigation into the alarming number of deaths and cases of abuse of developmentally disabled individuals in group homes." Specifically, Murphy urged Inspector General Daniel Levinson to focus on the "prevalence of preventable deaths at privately run group homes across this nation," citing increased privatization of residential services for those with disabilities in recent years. To read more,click here

Did You Know That....

Section 504 requires that school districts provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to qualified students in their jurisdictions who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability.

Push Is On for Common Ways to Identify ELLs

The many ways of identifying which students are English-learners and when they reach proficiency in the language could meld into a more uniform process as a result of the move to common standards and assessments, a profound shift that could drive changes in instruction and provision of resources, experts say. As two big groups of states work to design shared assessments for the new standards, they are laboring to establish shared definitions of what it means to be an English-language learner and when those students no longer need language instruction. That would represent a massive change from current practice, which finds districts and states using unique definitions for ELLs and widely varying criteria for reclassifying them as fluent. To read more, click here

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Teens More Likely to Commit Suicide After Parent's Suicide Attempt

Teens are at a higher risk of committing suicide within two years of their parents committing suicide or being treated for mental disorder, a new study says. Researchers from Karolinska Institutet say that teens who have a parent who has attempted suicide or been admitted in a psychiatric care need help coping with the situation. Previous research has shown that mental disorder in parents is linked to behavioral problems in children. The present study found that teenagers, more than young adults, are more likely to commit suicide after a parents' attempted suicide. To read more, click here

Cultivating a Positive Environment for Students

Just how important are positive emotions in the learning process?Studies

show that these feelings can enhance students' attention and higher-order thinking skills, as well as encouraging perseverance. But here's the thing. We all have those days when students (sometimes many students) enter our classrooms without a positive frame of mind. The negativity often has nothing to do with us or with school-troubles with family, friends, romantic connections, or other outside forces can prey on students' minds. And unfortunately, as most teachers know, negativity (just like self-control and discipline) can be contagious. What does that mean for us as teachers? To read more, click here


Board Certification in Special Education Available to NASET Members

Through an agreement with The American Academy of Special Education Professionals(AASEP), NASET members now have the opportunity to achieve AASEP Board Certification in Special Education - (B.C.S.E.) at a reduced fee.  AASEP Board Certification in Special Education - (B.C.S.E.) is a voluntary choice on the part of the candidate. The candidate for Board Certification wishes to demonstrate a commitment to excellence to employers, peers, administrators, other professionals, and parents. From the standpoint of the Academy, board certification will demonstrate the highest professional competency in the area of special education. Board Certification in Special Educationestablishes a much needed standard for professionals, across disciplines, who work with exceptional children.


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Sequester to Slam Poor and Children with Special Needs

States are already facing down a fiscal gap in funding for special education students, and the looming sequester will likely double its size. Under the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, states cannot cut existing services to special needs students, even if federal funding bottoms out. Thus, states will have to turn to other measures-taxation, layoffs, salary cuts-to fill in the gap that sequestration is expected to leave in this funding. For Texas, that could mean that up to 900 non-special-ed teachers could lose their jobs, according to a White House analysis . The story is the same from state to state.Californiais facing down a $63 million special education funding gap, and North Carolina will have $16.8 million less for its special ed programs. To read more, click here

Short-Term Exercise Might Boost Young People's Self-Control

Short bouts of moderately intense exercise appear to improve the self-control of youngsters and young adults, a broad review of existing research suggests.The Dutch analysis of 24 prior studies highlights the potential mental health benefit for people 6 to 35 years old who engage in a half-hour cycle or run, for example, but it remains unclear how long the positive effects last. And whether repetitive training programs spread out over weeks or months might have a similar impact on youthful inhibitions also remains an open question.To read more, click here

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Workers with Disabilities Often Face Abuse: Study

People with disabilities are twice as likely to be attacked at work as other employees, and they also are more likely to be insulted, ridiculed and intimidated on the job, a new study finds. British researchers interviewed nearly 4,000 employees and found that the 284 participants with a disability or long-term illness had higher rates of 21 types of ill treatment than other workers. This abuse often came from co-workers and managers, and included being given impossible deadlines and being ignored, gossiped about or teased, according to the study, which was published March 5 in the journal Work, Employment and Society. To read more, click here

Brain Scans May Explain Thinking, Memory Problems in Some MS Patients

Besides problems with gait and vision, people who have multiple sclerosis often complain they have trouble remembering things, and now new research may explain why.According to a small study from the Netherlands, people with MS who report memory and thinking problems have more extensive damage to the white matter in their brains than their counterparts with MS who don't report such problems. Up to 70 percent of all people with MS will experience a mental decline at some point, said study author Hanneke Hulst at the VU University Medical Center, in Amsterdam. And the new research "confirmed that cognitive symptoms in MS have a biological basis," Hulst said. To read more, click here

Brain May Treat Wheelchair as Part of the Body

The brains of people with disabilities adjust to a wheelchair and treat it as an extension of their body, essentially replacing limbs that don't function properly anymore, new research suggests. The findings provide more insight into how the brain compensates when it uses tools like a wheelchair, or even something as simple as a hammer or toothbrush, said study lead author Mariella Pazzaglia, an assistant professor at the Sapienza University of Rome, in Italy. In the future, Pazzaglia said, this kind of research could lead to ways to enhance the body in people who are physically impaired. "Bodily representations can be extended to include exoskeletons, prostheses, robots and virtual avatars," she said. To read more,click here

Did You Know That....

Under Section 504, FAPE means providing regular or special education and related aids and services designed to meet the student's individual educational needs as adequately as the needs of nondisabled students are met.

Spotting Sleep Problems in Children with Special Needs

About 30 percent of children have a sleep disorder, but the rate is even higher in children with special needs, an expert says. This increased risk in children with special needs is likely related to physical and behavioral differences, as well as side effects from medication, said Dr. Jennifer Accardo, director of the Sleep Disorders Clinic and Lab at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Md. Not all children with special needs who have sleep disturbances will be diagnosed with a sleep disorder, but early detection of common signs is the key to improving sleep. Parents know their child's sleep patterns best and can spot sleep issues if they know what to look for. To read more, click here

Combo Inhaler May Give Better Relief for Some With Asthma

Asthma patients typically use two inhaled drugs -- one a fast-acting "rescue inhaler" to stem attacks and another long-lasting one to prevent them. However, combining both in one inhaler may be best for some patients, two new studies suggest. Patients with moderate to severe asthma who used a combination inhaler had fewer attacks than those on two separate inhalers, researchers report. Both studies tested the so-called SMART (single maintenance and reliever therapy) protocol. To read more, click here

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Teacher: Special Education-BD/ED K-12 - Special Education Services (a member of The Menta Group) is currently seeking a progressive state certified special education teacher for academic and career-path class's k-12 to join the clinical team at our therapeutic day school in the Country Club Hills area. To learn more - Click here


* $125,000 Salary for Master Middle School Teachers - Earn a $125,000 salary and join a team of master teachers at The Equity Project (TEP) Charter School, recently featured on the front page of the New York Times. To learn more - Click here


Special Education Teacher - Hillside Academy West Campus (HAWC), an affiliate of The Menta Group® (www.thementagroup.org), is a Special Education school with a kindergarten through 12th grade therapeutic educational services program for Behavior, Emotional, and Developmentally disabled children living in the Chicago, Illinois Metro Area. To learn more - Click here


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Assistant Professor-Special Education - The College of Mount Saint Vincent (Riverdale, New York) seeks an Assistant Professor of Special Education with a strong student-centered focus, an earned doctorate and a strong record of teaching experience in collegiate and K-12 school settings to start in Fall 2013. To learn more- Click here


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Food For Thought..........

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

William Butler Yeats
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