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NASET

WEEK IN REVIEW

National Association of Special Education Teachers

May 6, 2022                 Vol 18 Issue #18


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Dear NASET Members and Guests,

Welcome to NASET's WEEK in REVIEW.  Here, we provide you with the latest publications fromNASET 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 at news@naset.org. Have a great weekend.

Sincerely,


WHATS NEW AT NASET

Assessment in Special Education Series

Sharing Information about State Assessments with Families of Children with Disabilities

This issue of NASET’s Assessment in Special Education series highlights the role that Parent Centers can play in supporting the family’s role as one of the primary decision makers about their child’s participation. The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) joins with the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) as the first action step in a collaboration to develop and share user-friendly information about state assessments with families of children with disabilities. This webinar briefly describes the purposes of the collaboration and its anticipated activities and outcomes across the coming years, then focuses on NCEO’s new (and quite amazing!) resource, the Participation Communications Toolkit. The highly customizable toolkit is designed for stakeholders to use in discussing and making decisions about how children with disabilities will participate in state assessments.

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NASET ADVOCACY - Board Certification for Advocacy in Special Education (BCASE)


Study Explores Link Between ADHD and Internet Gaming Disorder

A study found that youth with both attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and internet gaming disorder experienced more severe ADHD symptomatology than youth with ADHD who did not have internet gaming disorder. The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between ADHD and internet gaming disorder, a new category that was introduced in DSM-5 under “Emerging Measures and Models.”  Read More

Autistic Adults in Japan Stay Active in their Communities, Households

Most autistic children in Japan grow up to live somewhat independently as adults, engage in community activities and form friendships, according to a new longitudinal study. People with autism are “leading fulfilling lives in the community and at home, although complete independence is difficult to achieve,” says lead investigator Mitsuaki Iwasa, a developmental psychiatrist at the Yokohama Rehabilitation Center in Japan. “This is encouraging not only for the people with autism themselves, but also for their support network.” Read More

Best Buddies Connects Young Friends Who Lift Each Other

Kaylee Rehak, a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School, is so proud of her friend, junior Ariann Downer, that she loves talking about her and promoting the program that brought them together. The girls belong to Best Buddies, an international program that empowers regular education students and intellectually and developmentally disabled students — with Down syndrome, autism, fragile X or Williams syndromes, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury — to become good friends and feel welcome and included in school and after-school activities. Kaylee, president of the TJ chapter, is proud that TJ was named Best Buddies Chapter of the Month in March, which helped it spread the message of inclusivity and disability rights. “We have been working hard to find activities that will encourage more kids to be involved and we want our community to know that we care about each other,” she said. Read More

 



Diet Quality Moderates Link Between Excess Weight, Psychosocial Issues for Children

The quality of a child’s diet is a moderating factor between excess weight and psychosocial health, according to results of a study published in JAMA Network Open. “Children and adolescents with obesity are considered to be at increased risk for developing conditions associated with psychosocial health, such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, lower quality of life and behavioral disorders,” Jose Francisco Lopez-Gil, PhD, of the health and social research center at the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Spain, and colleagues wrote. Read More

Inflation, Shortages Make Districts Pivot on ESSER Spending Plans

As the first Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief fund spending deadline nears this September, education finance experts have noticed districts are spending federal aid differently than originally planned. “I think it’s actually happening in a lot of districts,” said Marguerite Roza, director of Georgetown University’s Edunomics Lab. “They’re now developing their budgets for this coming year, and they’re treating the ESSER money as flexible.” Read More

Are Autism Signs Different for Girls and Women?

Not everyone experiences autism in the same way. Some early signs may even be overlooked or misdiagnosed in females. So, do autistic girls behave differently? Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that can result in differences in communication, social interaction, information processing, and behavior. Typically, boys and men are  more likely to receive the diagnosis. New research, however, suggests this may not be due to a lower prevalence among girls and women, but rather different behavioral patterns that often go unrecognized. Read More


 


The Arc Supports Bill to Allow People with Disabilities to Earn and Save More Money

The Arc supports a bipartisan bill introduced in Congress to finally give people with disabilities and older Americans significantly more freedom to earn and save money without risking the loss of vital benefits, their livelihoods, and their ability to support themselves and members of their family. The SSI Savings Penalty Elimination Act, introduced by U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman on Tuesday, updates Supplemental Security Income (SSI) asset limits for the first time since the 1980s. Current SSI asset limits prevent individuals who receive the modest benefit from saving more than $2,000. The bill raises SSI asset limits from $2,000 to $10,000 for individuals and from $3,000 to $20,000 for married couples and indexes them to inflation moving forward. SSI provides money to 8 million adults and children with disabilities and older Americans. Many recipients are Black, Hispanic, and other people of color and further marginalized – making it even more critical that Congress pass this bill. Read More

Labor Shortage Leaves Families of Children with Disabilities Scrambling for Care They Need

Paper calendars line a wall inside a house in Villa Grove, a small town south of Champaign-Urbana. The calendars help Meagan Quigley keep track of who will be watching her son each day. Her son Morgan has both autism and epilepsy – meaning he needs almost constant care. Almost every day is labeled with the name of at least one caretaker. Alyssa Mariasy, who started looking after Morgan two months ago, is listed on several days this week. Right now, she’s one of only two caregivers. “We’re just trying to make sure he always has somebody, but he doesn’t always have somebody,” Mariasy said. Read More

The Role of the Cerebellum in Absence Seizures

Stimulation of certain cerebellar areas could help combat absence seizures. However, what happens at the cellular and molecular level in the brain in this form of epilepsy and how exactly stimulation has an effect is not yet understood in detail. Researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) have gained new insights by conducting experiments with mice. The team led by Dr. Jan Claudius Schwitalla and Professor Melanie Mark from the RUB Behavioral Neuroscience research group describes the results in the journal "Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences" from 19 March 2022. They cooperated with the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam and Utrecht as well as with colleagues from Bonn, Münster and München. Read More

 



TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to: Cynthia Turcotte, Cindi Maurice, Sheila Marie Trzcinka, Karen Frantz-Fry, Lauro Esquilona III, Katrina Snider, Tracey Christilles, Joanna Blau, Patsy Ray, Zenaida Lemus, and Diane Campbell-Mitchell who all knew the answer to last week's trivia question:

Written by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a new guidance suggests children and adolescents between ages 8 and 18 be screened for this mental health issue. Children as young as 8 years old should be screened for it, the country's leading panel of experts on health prevention recommended in April. The new draft guidance comes amid rising rates of it, particularly during the pandemic. What is the mental health issue that the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force provides guidance that all schools should screen for in as young as 8 years old?

Answer: ANXIETY

This week's trivia question: A new device is making the impossible possible for people with disabilities who play a certain sport. The first-ever Paramobile debuted in Greensboro, NC and it’s changing the lives of people who want to play this sport. The Paramobile is a game-changer and a first for Greensboro Parks and Recreation. The Paramobile is a motorized wheelchair that helps people with disabilities play this sport. What is the sport?

If you know the answer to this week's trivia questions, email it to us at contactus@naset.org by May 16, 2022. If you are correct, you will be acknowledged in next week's NASET's Week in Review


Student Satisfaction in Flipped Classroom is Built on Guidance, Pedagogy, and a Safe Atmosphere

Students are satisfied with flipped classroom when they have systematic guidance on the teaching approach in use, comprehensive understanding of both the content being taught and the discipline more generally, and a safe learning atmosphere conducive to conversation. Teachers also need to pay attention to the students' technological skills and their own contact teaching skills, according to a new study. Read More

School Support Staffers Don’t Make a Living Wage. Here’s a Comparison by State

There’s no state in the country where an education support professional—such as a paraprofessional or a school cafeteria worker—earns enough, on average, to support themself and one child while living in the state’s most affordable metropolitan area, a new analysis finds. In addition to this year’s teacher salary rankings, the National Education Association released data for how much school support staff make in each state. The nation’s largest teachers’ union, which represents about a half-million education support professionals, analyzed federal data to provide a picture of all support staff working in public schools. There are nearly 2.2 million education support professionals working in K-12 public schools, compared to about 3.2 million classroom teachers. Read More

Dopamine and ADHD: What’s the Link?

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental condition that causes hyperactivity and difficulty maintaining attention. It typically begins during childhood and often continues into adulthood.1 According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 13.2% of boys and 5.6% of girls are diagnosed with ADHD. The exact cause of ADHD is not known, but it is associated with changes in neurotransmitter activity in certain areas of the brain. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that coordinate the action of the nervous system. The neurotransmitters most closely associated with ADHD are dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine, and epinephrine. These neurotransmitters have similar chemical structures, and they are formed by interconnected biochemical processes. Read More

How Stress and Gastro Issues Affect Kids with Autism

For some children with autism, there's a connection between gastrointestinal problems and stress, anxiety and social withdrawal, a new study suggests. The findings could help efforts to develop personalized treatments for autism patients with gastrointestinal problems such as stomach pain and constipation, the University of Missouri researchers suggested. Such problems tend to occur more often in children with autism than in those without the disorder. Read More



Lehigh University Special Education Law Symposium

Lehigh University’s virtual Special Education Law Symposium returns from June 19-24. Sessions recorded for later viewing. Twenty-eight experienced special education attorneys from across the country will present eight new “hot topics” from the very latest case law: dyslexia legal update, stay put permutations, liability for abuse of students with disabilities, navigating compensatory services and compensatory education, settlement strategies, and more with a focus upon COVID-19 implications. Legally Basic and Legally Experienced tracks. The Section 504 Coordinators Institute is an overlapping, but separable two-day (June 23-24) component intended for school district Section 504 coordinators and others interested in this increasingly important anti-discrimination statute. Dr. Perry Zirkel (PA) and Jose Martin (TX) will respectively offer (a) an in-depth comparison of Section 504 and the IDEA and (b) legal nuances for IDEA-eligible students who also present unique Section 504 factors. Kathleen Sullivan (CO) and Judith Nedell (CT) offer a full day of practical solutions to basic and thorny 504 challenges. Week-long and per day symposium options available. Balance of school and parent viewpoints. For more information, see go.lehigh.edu/spedlaw, or call (610) 758-5557. Read More


Rubrics: 5 Go-to Ways to Engage Students

Sharing a rubric with students is an important way to clarify expectations, encourage their best work, and ensure fairness in grading. Unfortunately, students don’t always use them – or glaze over when we review them. How can we make a rubric review a more useful tool and experience for students? One change that my PLC and I have done is to create a checklist for students under each rubric descriptor. This checklist is written in student-friendly language and can be physically checked off. By collaborating with the other social studies teachers, my colleagues and I are ensuring that the expectations are the same for all the students in the grade. Read More

The Mental Health Crisis Causing Teachers to Quit

Lesley Allen will never know what triggered her final panic attack last fall. She was outside supervising a group of students during a mask break at her middle school in South Berwick, Maine, when she felt a sense of overwhelming dread. Her anxiety spiked, her heart thumped out of her chest and her left arm went numb. I’m having a heart attack, she thought. But before she could drag herself to the nurse’s office, she had to find someone to watch her sixth grade class. It wasn’t the first time she’d felt like this. After a previous episode a few weeks before, her doctor put her on a heart monitor and ordered a cardiac ultrasound. The results were normal. Her heart was fine. It was another panic attack, her doctor confirmed. Unlike anxiety, panic attacks often have no trigger. They can pop up out of nowhere, frequently accompanied by feelings of intense fear, along with physical symptoms like a racing heartbeat, chest pain and difficulty breathing. Read More



JOB POSTINGS

* Middle School Special Education (Directed Studies) Language Arts Teacher - The Upper School Special Education (Directed Studies) Language Arts Teacher is given the duty of instructing students on such a level as to allow them to obtain proficiency in their subject levels at a grade-appropriate level. To learn more- Click here

* Rockstar Elementary Trained Special Education Teacher - Our school works as a team. If you are looking for a job where you can fulfill your passion for working with students with learning differences, we would like to hear from you. As one of the few schools in Oregon devoted to students with learning differences and the only one focused exclusively on middle school, Bridges offers its 5th through 8th grade students small class sizes, differentiated instruction, and a safe place to learn and grow. To learn more- Click here

* Educational Specialist - Environmental Charter Schools is seeking a talented and dynamic Educational Specialist with a Moderate/Severe credential who is passionate about ensuring educational equity for students with exceptionalities. This position provides the opportunity to partner with special education and general education teachers across three campuses in order to prepare low-income students of color with exceptionalities for college success. To learn more- Click here

* Special Education Teacher - We are recruiting for three Special Education Teachers to serve Quest Academy Day Treatment Center in Longview, WA for the 2022-2023 school year. These positions are full time, 192 day contracts. To learn more- Click here

* Coordinator of Academic and Disability Services - Centenary College of Louisiana invites applications for the position of Coordinator of Academic and Disability Services. This is a full-time, twelve-month position. Reporting to the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Coordinator will work closely with the College’s student success team and faculty to coordinate academic support and disability services in accordance with the ADA and in support of Centenary’s mission to prepare global citizens to live productive lives of vitality and purpose. To learn more- Click here

*High School Learning Specialist - Reporting to the Academic Dean, the High School Learning Specialist will be responsible for building meaningful relationships with students, implementing a Common Core-aligned curriculum, and working with their grade team to analyze data to drive instruction. This is an exciting opportunity for an educator who is passionate about improving student outcomes by leading excellent instruction and building a positive school culture. To learn more- Click here

* Teaching-/Special Education (Elementary and High School) - Come join the largest employer in Montrose County and work in an area where you can enjoy scenic drives, wilderness treks, a round of golf, and visits to our many local restaurants or brewpubs. Montrose and Olathe offer a little something for everyone – shopping, fishing, biking, photography, camping, snowshoeing, Telluride skiing, swimming, motor-sports – you name it! We hope you can join us at MCSD. To learn more- Click here

* [2022-2023] 6th Grade Learning Specialist - Reporting to the Academic Dean, the Learning Specialist will be responsible for providing tailored support to students with special education needs, through integrated co-teaching, in small group settings, or a combination of both. This is an exciting opportunity for a seasoned educator who is passionate about ensuring all students succeed and thrive in school. To learn more- Click here

* The SEED Public Charter School of Washington DC:  Multiple Positions - SEED DC is looking for its new cohort of intentional, proactive, and enthusiastic teachers in Washington, D.C. As a SEED DC teacher, you’ll teach SEED DC’s curriculum in dynamic, participation-oriented classes and cultivate a learning environment that supports and encourages students to develop and realize their academic potential. You’ll also collaborate with other instructional staff, school personnel, and SEED DC’s senior leadership team to help advance SEED’s mission of supporting scholars to and through college completion. To learn more- Click here

* [2022-2023] Middle School Learning Specialist - Reporting to the Academic Dean, the Learning Specialist will be responsible for providing tailored support to students with special education needs, through integrated co-teaching, in small group settings, or a combination of both. This is an exciting opportunity for a seasoned educator who is passionate about ensuring all students succeed and thrive in school. To learn mor- Click here

* Coordinator, Life and Career Studies - Residential Program for Students with Intellectual Disabilities - Lakeland University seeks a mission-oriented individual passionate about creating a more inclusive world to develop and coordinate an innovative program for students with intellectual disability slated to open on its Sheboygan campus in Fall 2023. This four-year residential program is designed to prepare students for meaningful employment, as well as independent and community living. The coordinator will play an important leadership role in designing the program as well as overseeing its implementation. To learn more- Click here

* [2022-2023] 7th Grade Learning Specialist - Reporting to the Academic Dean, the Learning Specialist will be responsible for providing tailored support to students with special education needs, through integrated co-teaching, in small group settings, or a combination of both. This is an exciting opportunity for a seasoned educator who is passionate about ensuring all students succeed and thrive in school. To learn more- Click here

* The Lecturer/Senior Lecturer and Practicum Coordinator in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education - will provide instruction and academic support to graduate-level students in the College of Education, primarily in the Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences (SPECS). Course content areas will focus on Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Methods and clinical supervision. Additionally, this position will be responsible for advising, mentoring, and chairing student masters applied project committees. To learn more- Click here

* [2022-2023] Middle School Learning Specialist - Reporting to the Academic Dean, the Learning Specialist will be responsible for providing tailored support to students with special education needs, through integrated co-teaching, in small group settings, or a combination of both. This is an exciting opportunity for a seasoned educator who is passionate about ensuring all students succeed and thrive in school. To learn more- Click here

* Executive Director, Partners for Youth with Disablities - The mission of Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) is to empower youth with disabilities to reach their full potential by providing transformative mentoring programs, youth development opportunities, and inclusion expertise. PYD motivates youth to reach their personal, educational, and career goals, and guides organizations in becoming more inclusive to youth with disabilities. To learn more- Click here

* Special Education Teacher - The Moffat County School District truly believes that students, staff, families and community all play a vital role in the success and growth of our students and school district as a whole. As our district works on getting back to a new normal the following statement has never been more true than it is today. Moffat County School District strives to find qualified, skilled and motivated individuals to join our great team that is committed to educate and inspire students to thrive in an environment of change. To learn more- Click here

* Special Education Teacher - The Halton School, an independent school for students with Asperger’s, is looking for a Special Education teacher. The teacher will provide special education instruction to students in a small multi-grade class. The teacher will utilize a variety of teaching methods to meet students' educational needs and adapt and develop instructional materials accordingly. To learn more- Click here

* Special Education Teacher (Multiple Positions) - Located in the Salish Sea off the northwest coast of Washington State, San Juan Island is the largest of the many islands in the world-famous archipelago of the same name. Approximately seven thousand permanent residents share this fifty-five square mile natural paradise. Connected to the mainland by ferry, float plane and small airlines, island living combines a cohesive small-town community with comprehensive services and commercial diversity unusual in a rural setting. The community has a comprehensive library, a state-of-the-art theater that features diverse performing arts, many wonderful restaurants, an historic museum, two national parks, miles of public shoreline, and a vibrant agricultural community. To learn more- Click here

* Director of Student Services - Emphasis is on program development and support to schools in delivering services.  Manage state and federal reports, supervise, and evaluate staff, problem solve and troubleshoot issues that arise, collaborate with district leadership and all departments, and remain current on all relevant student services practices. Responsible for leading and providing knowledge, guidance, and support of building level administrators and Student Services staff for students with special learning and behavioral challenges in professional development, programming, and service delivery to increase student achievement. To learn more- Click here

* Special Education Teacher (2022-23 school year) Methow - The Special Education Teacher provides services to special education students with a range of moderate to severe disabilities ages three to 21 years of age. The Special Education Teacher leads the IEP team to develop data driven student learning and behavioral goals. To learn more- Click here

* Quest Academy Day Treatment Special Education Teacher (2022-23 School Year) - The Special Education Teacher designs a positive learning environment and delivers instruction to students whose educational needs are primarily the result of significant social, emotional and behavioral challenges. The teacher is responsible for assessment of each student's individual academic and behavioral needs, individualization of the general education curriculum (K-12), development of IEPs as appropriate and coordination with agency and/or consulting behavioral staff to support achievement of school and treatment goals. To learn more- Click here

* Strategist II: ID Teacher - Join Ames Community School District, where your journey matters! ACSD promotes an educational environment that is racially, ethnically, linguistically, and culturally diverse to broaden students' academic experience and to enrich our District. We are focused on creating and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the organizational culture and in our community. To learn more- Click here

* Integrated Services Teacher - Join Ames Community School District, where your journey matters! ACSD promotes an educational environment that is racially, ethnically, linguistically, and culturally diverse to broaden students' academic experience and to enrich our District. We are focused on creating and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the organizational culture and in our community. To learn more- Click here

* Strategist I Teacher - Join Ames Community School District, where your journey matters! ACSD promotes an educational environment that is racially, ethnically, linguistically, and culturally diverse to broaden students' academic experience and to enrich our District. We are focused on creating and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the organizational culture and in our community. To learn more- Click here

* Behavior Interventionist - Join Ames Community School District, where your journey matters! ACSD promotes an educational environment that is racially, ethnically, linguistically, and culturally diverse to broaden students' academic experience and to enrich our District. We are focused on creating and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the organizational culture and in our community. To learn more- Click here

* Special Education Teacher - Do you aspire to help children with diverse challenges build skills for their future? Are you ready to make a real impact in their lives? As a Special Education Teacher at Bancroft, you will draw upon a wealth of curriculum and clinical resources to design individualized student goals. To learn more- Click here

If you are an Employer looking for excellent special education staff - Click here for more information


FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

Winston S. Churchill

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