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State and Provincial units are critically important to our members. CASE has 38 state and 2 provincial unit/subdivisions serving our members. In the article I wrote for the In CASE newsletter 12 years ago when I was appointed CASE Executive Director, I stated my primary goal was to provide support to the unit/subdivisions so they could best meet the needs of our members. For so many of our members, the state/provincial unit is their "go to" organization for getting answers. That does not mean that CASE as an organization does not provide many resources to individual members, we do and we will continue to strive to increase and improve those services. But, we do know the importance of the state and provincial unit/subdivisions. One of the greatest opportunities I have as executive director is to participate in the state and provincial conferences. I typically get to participate in the executive committee board meeting, visit with members, meet vendors, do breakout sessions, and deliver keynotes. Through these experiences, I get to know the strengths and needs of the organization as well as the needs and vision of the individual members. I am able to share lessons learned from one unit to another unit. I love hearing wonderful new ideas at one meeting and then being able to share those with the next unit! I also get to experience firsthand the amazing leadership our units/subdivisions have and the support they provide to our members. It is a great time for sharing and learning!

I just returned from Saratoga, NY and our CASE NY affiliate, the Council of NY Special Education Administrators. It was a beautiful location, the keynotes and breakout sessions were of a high quality, and the leadership is energized, enthusiastic, and committed to growth! While I was there, I once again learned of new resources! So let me share just a couple of those. My good friend and amazing advocate, Helene Fallon (Long Island Parent Center and Long Island Advocacy Center) did a breakout session with another amazing parent, Naomi Brickel (Hudson Valley Special Education Parent Center and Transition Resource Center) on "Integrating Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy into Daily Curriculum and Professional Development." They shared some amazing resources from a website I'm Determined!. Go to this website and click on Educator. Wow, there are some terrific learning strategies here to help you and your teachers have a great year! Another great resource from this Summer Institute was from one of their keynote speakers, Dr. Paula Kluth. I had heard her at another one of our unit/subdivisions conferences, TCASE in Austin last January. If you haven't gone to Dr. Kluth's website lately, you are missing some amazing resources on inclusionary practices. Her website and school year blog are just packed with practical strategies you need to be sharing with your teachers! These are just two of the great resources I got from the summer institute. I can hardly wait to see what I will learn next week when I will be in Traverse City, MI with our Michigan unit.

So, if you are not an active member of your state/provincial unit/subdivision, you are missing a great opportunity! What if your state or province doesn’t have a CASE subdivision? We would love to talk to you about starting one! Or perhaps you have a state special education administrators group, we would love to work with you in order for it to become affiliated with CASE. You can contact me or our membership chair, Steve Milliken (NE) and we will work with you to make this vision a reality! As great as the state and provincial units are, CASE and CEC take you to the next level — remember what great resources CASE provides to you in the leadership area and CEC provides for your teachers! CEC has made membership easier for all educators through the new tiered membership. Click here for the chart that outlines the membership benefits and cost at each level. Then head on over to the CEC website. But don't forget, to also add at least CASE as one of your divisions!

Speaking of CEC — Here is a great offer just in time for the new school year! Free Access to the Life Centered Education Transition Curriculum and Assessment.
As a special education administrator, you want the best outcomes for your students. Here's a chance for your teachers to gain free trial access to the Council for Exceptional Children's Web-based transition planning curriculum and assessment, Life Centered Education. Developed by a group of 18 authors, LCE is an evidence-based, nationally-normed curriculum designed to build real-life skills in daily living, self-determination, and employment working with students in middle school and high school. LCE contains over 450 assessment items and 1200 lesson plans aligned with the Common Core State Standards. To sign up for a free trial to LCE, please send an email to Anu Prabhala at The free trial starts right away and allows you try out both the teacher and student portal of LCE.

Have you filled all your vacancies yet? If you haven't visited the CASE interactive job board at the CASE Career Center, now is a good time to do so! With its focus on special education administrators and professionals, the CASE Career Center offers members, and school districts, a highly targeted resource for online recruitment. Both members and non-members can use the CASE Career Center to reach qualified candidates. Employers can post jobs online, search for qualified candidates based on specific job criteria, and create an online resume agent to email qualified candidates daily. They also benefit from online reporting providing job activity statistics to track each job posting's return on investment.

For job seekers, CASE Career Center is a free service providing access to employers and jobs in education. In addition to posting their resumes, job seekers can browse or view jobs based on the criteria they find matches their goals best. Job seekers can also post confidentially with confidence or search anonymously by creating a Job Agent. Job Agents notify job seekers via email when jobs matching their criteria are posted eliminating the need to visit their online accounts daily to track new postings. Click here to go to the main site to either learn of new jobs, post your resume, or post your positions. There is a modest fee for posting positions on the site but we believe you will have a greater reach with this dedicated career center on our website — Click here to become a job poster.


Luann Purcell
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