CASE Weekly Update
Aug. 24, 2015

Do you have all of your positions filled?
So, DO you have all your positions filled? I so remember the anxiety of vacancies! Seems like when we had plenty of applicants, we wouldn't have "permission" to hire yet. Then when we would finally get the go ahead, the applicants would have already taken positions! And that was in the areas where there were plenty of applicants ... certainly not the tough areas — teachers of the deaf and hearing impaired, the perennial shortage of Speech and Language Pathologists, and others! We built up a nice program for students with hearing impairments/deafness and I got many of my teachers by recruiting at Gallaudet when I was on meetings in D.C. in July — another reason to go to the Legislative Summit each year! I would set up interviews either the day before or the day after the CASE executive committee meeting! And, have you tried using the CASE Career Center We had several of our members indicate there was a need for a career center so we started one on our website about a year ago. Did you know CEC also has a career center. I have always believed you have to look in every place possible so be sure and check out the CEC CAREER Center too.

Speaking of CEC and resources... Have you encouraged your teachers to sign up for the CEC Tool of the Week? Actually it would be great for you to sign up for the weekly email. And while we are on CEC resources and teachers, I hope you are encouraging your teachers to join CEC and your administrative staff to join CEC and CASE! Almost all articles on retention and/or burn out list one of the big variables for educators leaving the profession as feeling a lack of support. Being a part of a professional association/community can go a long ways in retaining teachers and staff as well as providing great instructional strategies and leadership hints! Do you have a local CEC Chapter? Maybe that would be a great goal for your department this year. Establishing a local chapter could be a great "leadership" builder for your staff! IF you are interested in getting more information on starting a local chapter, contact the CASE membership chair, Julie Bost (NC) and she and I will get you the information you need!

Speaking of Membership... Do you understand the CEC membership options? We have all been so surprised that more people haven't joined now that there is an option that is just $65! The CEC Basic membership is mostly electronic but it still has all the member privileges and you can then join CASE and the total is just $125! Of course if you want the Full membership which gives you even more resources including one free webinar, it is only $115 so with the CASE division it is only $175. Then there is the Premier membership which not only has all the print and electronic but also includes 2 free webinars and partial credit for a division so with the $205 rate plus only $25 more dollars to add CASE, you can be a CEC Premier and CASE member for just $230, what a deal! Check out the CEC membership benefits on this chart. If you are not a member of CASE, now is a great time to get that membership in. We are about to go to press on our Lucky 21 # 7 and when it is printed, every member of CASE will be mailed a free copy! But only CEC/CASE members will be receiving these so get that membership in today!

There is still plenty of time... Even though you may have missed the Early Bird registration for the 26th Annual CASE fall conference, it is still a bargain at member price of only $400! That price includes all the handouts, lunches on Thursday and Friday, full breakfasts on Friday and Saturday, and Break on Thursday and Friday, and think of all the networking, too! We have over 40 breakout sessions, the schedule is still tentative. Be sure to register soon, and to get your hotel room at the Atlanta Hyatt Regency be sure to use the access code: case! Or go to the CASE home page!

Last week, the Poll asked, "When you interact with your superintendent about special education needs or supports, the main focus of the conversation is..." and those who answered the poll were pretty evenly divided! The answer that got the most votes at 37 percent of those answering the poll said funding. Second place was tied at 21 percent between personnel and student/parent issues. Instruction came in at 16 percent and compliance and litigation issues came at only 11 percent! The results are not surprising to me as it used to seem EVERY day presented a different set of "opportunities" as my mentor Gloria Frankum used to say! She always said, we do not have problems, only varying degrees of opportunities!

Hoping you will only have good opportunities to greet you this Monday morning! Thanks for all you do all the time for so many!


Luann Purcell
Executive DirectorMore

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Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders
Conference on Behavior Issues for School Leaders
Oct. 8-9
12604 Quivira Road, Overland Park, Kansas

Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders
The Conference on Behavior Issues for School Leaders sponsored by Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders provides evidence-based information for building leadership teams to build positive student behavior and work effectively with difficult students.

Conference features: Vern Jones, Ph.D., author and co-author of books including, "Comprehensive Classroom Management: Creating Communities of Support and Solving Problems", and "Creating Effective Programs for Students with Emotional and Behavior Disorders." Sessions will focus on what school leadership teams can do to support teachers in their work with challenging students. David Bateman, Ph.D., co-author of "A Principal's Guide to Special Education" and "The Special Education Program Administrator's Handbook" will talk about what special education teachers want/need from their school leaders and what administrators need to know about the 504 process.

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-President Obama

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Today, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education, in partnership with Too Small to Fail, are releasing "Talk, Read, Sing Together, Every Day!," a suite of resources that can help enrich children's early language experiences beginning from birth. This toolkit is the result of a commitment made at the 2014 White House convening focused on bridging the "word gap."

The suite of resources includes tip sheets for families, preschool teachers, and infant/toddler teachers and caregivers, as well as a fact sheet that highlights the evidence behind the benefits of being bilingual and embracing children's home languages. All tip sheets are available in English and Spanish, and can be downloaded for free at

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Making a shift in the public workforce system
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The Raising of America
OSERS Office of the Assistant Secretary
The screening for The Raising of America early childhood documentary was a great success! We had a strong turnout for the event with over 100 participants, including many online. Our panelists, Libby Doggett, Linda Smith and Christy Kavulic, led a lively discussion about the state of early childhood education in America and how the Administration is working to address the most critical issues faced by families with young children. Thank you to all who joined us to view The Raising of America documentary. If you missed the screening, you can view it on EDSTREAM until July 31.

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Special education training efforts to get millions
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