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Fall back!?

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Did you enjoy your extra hour this past weekend? For most of our members, though not all, this past weekend was the FALL BACK weekend when we all go to bed at midnight but set our clocks to say 11:00! Who says there are only 24 hours in a day? But Special Education administrators have always been able to squeeze more hours out of a day than most folks can, right! But if you live in Arizona, you never have to set your time back — though you do alternate between Mountain time to Pacific time! One of the hardest things for me to get used to when I first took the job of CASE Executive Director 12 years ago was planning around different time zones! We have members around the globe but the vast majority of our members are in the U.S. and Canada. But even just considering those members involves 7 time zones! We do try to be considerate of those especially as we plan our Hybrid conference! We haven't had a virtual site in Hawaii yet but we always have several in Alaska!

And speaking of Canada ... We are so excited that both of the CASE Canadian units, British Columbia and Ontario, will be represented at our fall Board of Directors meeting, Nov. 12-13, in San Antonio! So far 36 of our 40 subdivisions will be at the BOD meeting. This representation is critical for CASE to truly be your voice! Make sure your voice is heard by contacting your subdivision president and letting them know what is important to you! One of the things we will be giving out at the BOD meeting this year is our CASE Biennial report. All members will be able to download the report after Nov. 17 behind our Members Only section. If you go there now, you can download a copy of the 2010-2012 and the 2008-2010 reports. Or is you would like a hard copy, you can contact the CASE office to purchase one for $5.

Speaking of the BOD meeting ... The Governmental Accounting Office has asked CASE to assist them with gathering information for Congressional leaders on the additional paperwork and administrative regulations from IDEA. We are thrilled there will be three (3) representatives from GAO to work with our Board of Directors (Nov. 12-13) and to hold 3 focus groups at our 25th Annual fall conference in San Antonio on Nov. 13-15.

Still haven't registered for the 25th Annual CASE Fall Conference? Well, there is still time! We have an overflow hotel, The Emily Morgan (a Hilton property), honoring our $139 rate but those rooms are going fast too! There are over 42 different states and provinces registered for the conference — what a great opportunity to network with your colleagues. Professional Development Chair Will Gordillo has put together an amazing program for our CASE members for the 25th Annual CASE fall conference! Our three keynotes will definitely inspire you but they also will provide you with a wealth of practical tools you can use in your everyday work ASAP. Drs. Stevan Kukic, Randy Sprick, and Frances Stetson will totally blow you away with the quality of their presentations! I have heard each of these 3 professionals on many occasions and I have always left with new ideas, new tools and a feeling that the job I do is important and necessary! The 30+ breakout sessions are also full of practical, evidenced based information. Click here for a list of the breakout sessions. If you want to learn what's new, connect with your colleagues from around the U.S. and Canada, and experience some quality professional learning that is both inspirational and content laden, then join us in San Antonio Nov. 13-15! Registration is up at

What a difference a year makes! Last week's poll was about what your biggest problems are right now. For the last couple of years, finance/budget was the number one problem. For those who answered the poll this last week, the number one problem was Assessment and Accountability at 38 percent. Budget came in second more

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