Events, News

NYSCATE Blended Learning Summit

NYSCATE is pleased to announce the continuation of the discussion on Blended Learning in New York State with the announcement of a Blended Learning Summit, being held on Wednesday, February 6, in conjunction with the many activities celebrating Digital Learning Day. This event will take place at the Desmond Hotel, located in Albany, NY.

This highly-anticipated summit is designed for the K-20 education community to discuss, learn and share best practices in regards to Blended Learning and how, in a very short time it is changing the face of education. There will be collegial and expert-led panel presentations, best-practice presentations & demonstrations, sponsor displays, and plenty of time for “networking”.  Setting the tone for the day will be a keynote address by Michael Horn, co-author of “Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns” and Founder/Executive Director of the Innosight Institute.

This is an excellent opportunity to engage in critical discussions regarding blended learning, policy implications, network management concerns, and many other topics raised through Virtual Learning

Initiatives. The cost is $125 per person.

via Blended Learning Summit.


Because Toolkit « The Campaign For Disability Employment

“Because” is a new, inspirational PSA that features seven people — not actors — with disabilities who are pursuing and realizing their goals and passions as a result of the support and encouragement they received from everyday people in their lives.

The “Because” PSA challenges viewers to rethink how they perceive career prospects for youth with disabilities and to recognize that we all benefit when young people with disabilities are able to develop their skills and talents into successful careers.

For young people with disabilities, relationships with caring adults with high expectations go a long way toward fostering independence and self-sufficiency. Whether it be a mom who assigns chores to a child in order to teach responsibility or a teacher who encourages a student to strive to be their best, “Because” reveals that each of us has the power to inspire others to achieve success.

Use the “Because” Toolkit Quick Links to access materials and share how being supportive and involved in the lives of young people can inspire success in school and in the workplace.

via Because Toolkit « The Campaign For Disability Employment.


ODEP News Release: Video vignettes illustrate ‘soft skills’ all young workers need, says US Labor Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy [10/26/2012]

News Release from the U.S. Department of Labor: “The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy has developed a series of free video vignettes, available at, as part of its ‘Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success’ curriculum.

Youth services programs, educators and others helping young job seekers prepare for employment are encouraged to view, display, share and lead discussions about the videos, which aim to help all youth, including those with disabilities, develop and strengthen six essential skills needed to succeed in today’s workforce: communication, networking, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, problem-solving and critical thinking, and professionalism.”

ODEP News Release: Video vignettes illustrate ‘soft skills’ all young workers need, says US Labor Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy [10/26/2012].


Free Self-Determination Curriculum: Who’s Future Is It Anyway?

The Zarrow Center for Learning Enrichment at the University of Oklahoma has announced the availability of a free self-determination curriculum, available for download here. Who’s Future Is It Anyway? helps prepare students for their IEP meetings and gain self-determination skills through six sections that contain 36 lesson sessions.  This lesson package comes with a Coach’s Guide that outlines the lessons, how to teach them, the roles of the students and teachers, as well as expected outcomes.

Dr. Michael Wehmeyer of the University of Kansas provided permission to make this package available for no charge (Who’s Future Is it Anyway? Permission Letter).


Life Centered Education Special Offer from CEC

The new Life Centered Education (LCE) equips special-education teachers with the most comprehensive and in-depth life skills transition curriculum and assessment program for students with disabilities. LCE can be used in your school and throughout your district to:

  • Follow a comprehensive and in-depth life skills curriculum, with detailed lesson plans and learning objectives within the three key domains of adult living – daily living skills, self-determination and interpersonal skills, and employment skills.
  • Pinpoint students’ instructional needs and track achievement using knowledge assessments pre- and post-instruction.
  • Demonstrate students’ success in meeting the Common Core State Standards, as the LCE objectives are linked to the corresponding standards.
  • Gain new efficiency with access to hundreds of lesson plans, worksheets, and tools that save time and enhance your teaching effectiveness.

A special offer to LCE purchasers! Everyone who purchases an LCE license by Dec. 15 will receive a set of ten LCCE student workbooks. A $127 value, yours free! For more information and to view a sample of the LCE Curriculum Matrix, visit our Web site or contact CEC at or 888-232-7733.