Resources to help with all that you have on your plate…

Exceptional Children has an exciting new resource that CEC contributed to developing: The High-Leverage Practices Video Series. The video series supports teacher educators and new teachers with concrete, easy-to-access examples of High-Leverage Practices in action, in real classrooms with real students. The videos and supporting resources are easily and freely accessible online, offering a practical, real-world illustration of HLPs by teachers intentionally and explicitly using the practice to meet the specific needs of students in their classrooms. HLP videos highlight research-based practices that are captured in settings that resonate with diverse contexts, subject areas, grade levels and student needs. Moreover, the videos demonstrate practices across levels of intensity.

The CASE Fall Conference Agenda is available

Just as our teachers need encouragement, mentors, networking and new content, so do special education administrators! What better place to meet all those needs than the CASE Fall Conference?! Our PD chair and committee have been working hard to make the 2018 CASE Fall conference one of the best ever! Now is the perfect time to register for the CASE Fall conference. This is a very tentative schedule, but it shows what an amazing set of breakout sessions you will have to choose from! I have already mentioned three of our keynote speakers in past articles: Assistant Secretary Johnny Collette, Dr. John Draper, and author John O’Connor but I hope you will look at this tentative schedule and see how many sessions you are going to want to attend. The biggest decision will be which ones you want to attend but cannot be in two or three places at one time — so, maybe you should bring a couple of your staff to take up the slack! So why not register now so you can join us in Biloxi, Mississippi, on Nov. 8-10! Don’t forget to also make your room reservation! You can get more information from the CASE website.

Updated Website on Intensive Intervention

The National Center on Intensive Intervention (NCII) is excited to announce that they have recently released an updated version of intensiveintervention.org. The website changes are intended to help users more easily find tools and resources to learn about and support the implementation of intensive intervention. The website includes:

  1. A new interactive section “What is Intensive Intervention” designed to walk through the steps of the data-based individualization (DBI) process,
  2. Pages specific to different audiences including state and local leaders, trainers and coaches, educators and higher education faculty.
  3. Revised pages that highlight sample lessons and activities for literacy, math, and behavior and spotlight implementation tools to guide fidelity, readiness, coaching, engaging with parents and families and more.
  4. A new feature “Voices from The Field” sharing lessons from research and implementation.
  5. An improved search that includes filtering and keyword search.

If you have questions or difficulty finding resources, have suggestions for resources that would help you to support implementation, or would like to be featured as part of voices from the field, contact NCII at ncii@air.org

Trauma-Informed Classrooms Technical Assistance

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges has published the Trauma-Informed Classrooms Technical Assistance Bulletin.

The impact of students’ life experiences on their behavior has garnered increasing attention as schools strive to develop more supportive academic environments that address the needs of at-risk youth and facilitate continued academic engagement. Few events outside the classroom have as profound an impact on multiple domains of student development as traumatic life experiences. Traumatic events can include domestic violence, abuse and neglect, school violence, loss of loved ones, and community violence, just to name a few. The range of student responses to trauma can vary from yelling to isolation. Students who have experienced trauma often have a distorted perception of the world and sense of not being safe. Creating an environment that fosters resilience and offers support to students who may experience a traumatic life event can potentially prevent unwanted disruptive behaviors in the classroom.

This technical assistance bulletin provides a basic understanding of the impact of trauma and adverse life experiences, how those experiences can impact behavior in the classroom, learning how to recognize trauma, and strategies for creating trauma-informed classrooms.
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TODAY: Join WA-CASE and ECSEL at the WASA-OSPI Special Education Conference

WA-CASE members are invited to join the ECSEL (Expanding Capacity for Special Education Leadership) Administrator Program/Community TODAY at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma as we celebrate another year of working together to support special education in Washington!  In addition to annual updates on our work, special guest Dr. Sugai will coordinate a discussion of LSEA leadership for implementing multi-tiered systems.  Reception details are below.

We hope to see all of you there!

Join WA-CASE and ECSEL Tomorrow at the WASA-OSPI Special Education Conference

Tomorrow, WA-CASE members are invited to join the ECSEL (Expanding Capacity for Special Education Leadership) Administrator Program/Community  at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma as we celebrate another year of working together to support special education in Washington!  In addition to annual updates on our work, special guest Dr. Sugai will coordinate a discussion of LSEA leadership for implementing multi-tiered systems.  Reception details are below.

We hope to see all of you there!

Engaging a new generation of inclusive leaders through GenerationUnified.org

This July marks not only the official celebration of the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics, but also the launch of an incredible new platform for the Special Olympics community. As a movement grows, so does the necessity to connect participants with one another and maximize the reach of information being distributed. Within Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools®, the stories of athletes and their tales of perseverance are what inspire and fuel engagement all over the country. To highlight these stories, engage a new generation of leaders, and mobilize voices for the Inclusion Revolution, Special Olympics presents GenerationUnified.org.

Join WA-CASE and ECSEL this week at the WASA-OSPI Special Education Conference

On Wednesday of this week, WA-CASE members are invited to join the ECSEL (Expanding Capacity for Special Education Leadership) Administrator Program/Community  at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma as we celebrate another year of working together to support special education in Washington!  In addition to annual updates on our work, special guest Dr. Sugai will coordinate a discussion of LSEA leadership for implementing multi-tiered systems.  Reception details are below.

We hope to see all of you there!

Behavior Contracting — A Strategy Brief

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Behavior contracting is a positive, goal-oriented method to motivate, monitor, and change student behavior. A behavior contract is a written contract between a student and a teacher or administrator specifying behavioral expectations. Expectations should be set through a collaborative meeting with necessary members (e.g., teacher(s), administrator(s), and the student). The use of positive rewards for meeting expectations is essential, and punishments for not meeting expectations should be avoided. Research on this strategy has demonstrated that it is a cost-effective, proactive intervention that serves as a positive alternative to suspension for student misbehavior.

Click on the following link for more information on Behavior Contracting. Then click on the red button to download the pdf and read more. Find Strategy Briefs on over forty other topics at: http://k12engagement.unl.edu.