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Spring has arrived!

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"A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books." — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

This has been a tough winter for many people! Our son and grandson were on the proverbial sixth grade spring trip to Washington, D.C., last week and got almost a foot of snow! Even my friends and colleagues who are used to what I, a deep southerner, would call brutal winters have said this was one for the record books. Perhaps CASE PD Chair, Gary Myrah from Wisconsin said it best when he said last week on the first day of spring,
    "First of all, in Wisconsin we are thrilled SPRING HAS ARRIVED. Of course it is arriving in the disguise of winter!"
The life and times of a leader in Special Education are busy ALL the time but perhaps no time is AS busy as the spring! With personnel issues, placement and eligibility reconsiderations, budget, retirements, hiring, and just generally closing one year while planning for the next it is a tough time. But when I ran across the quote above from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, it made me stop and think. One of the biggest reasons I became a member and stayed a member of CEC, CASE, and my state affiliate, was because of the critical opportunities those organizations gave me to have many "conversations across the table with a wise man" and/or woman! Sometimes those conversations were at VERY busy times--most of those conversations were at VERY busy times. But the benefit I got from those colleagues was priceless! I hope you will take time out of your VERY busy spring to sit across the table from some very wise men and women in Philadelphia at the CASE activities at CEC!

Speaking of "table time," have you made your plans to attend CEC and all of the CASE events! There will be plenty of table time with great "wise" men and women at these opportunities. Make sure your plans include you arriving so you can attend the CASE member/board meeting on Wednesday, April 9. We will begin with a great, full breakfast buffet, sponsored by eSped at 7:30-8:30 and then the meeting starting at 8:30 and going until about 4:00. Awards will be sponsored by Stetson & Associates. We always have an awesome break in the afternoon and this year it is sponsored by Scholastic, Inc. During the annual member meeting we will be having an update on policy issues by the CEC Policy and Advocacy unit, hearing about the upcoming membership changes from the CEC Membership unit, hearing the results of the CASE election, and providing input to the CASE leadership on the upcoming projects and possible projects. Once again, this year our Showcase session will be on Thursday morning and will be Julie Weather, Esq with her great legal update! The Showcase will be sponsored by Scholastic, Inc. If you have attended this session in the past, you know we always run out of room. I don't think we will this year — CEC has scheduled us in a great lecture hall that seats 600 people so invite everyone to come hear this great speaker. Her handout alone will be worth the effort! CASE Night, co-sponsored by C8Science and Star Autism Support, is going to be a great event as always this year! Just think, heading out to the ballpark with 174 of your colleagues on Thursday, April 10, 2014 for food and a great ballgame! We will have appetizers, dinner, cash bar and lots of fun at a pregame tent party at the Citizens' Bank Park and then we will be sitting together for the Phillies vs. Brewers game! Click here for the flyer and click here to purchase your tickets! CASE NIGHT sells out almost every year ... don't delay on getting your ticket! Did you know that CASE has been presenting a great session for the last 5 years on What Every Aspiring SPED ADMIN Needs to Know at the CEC Convention? Goal 3 of the CASE strategic plan states, "CASE will be acti more

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