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Honoring teachers!

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This past week was a very busy week! I attended the annual National Center for Intensive Intervention advisory board meeting in D.C. on Wednesday and as always continued to learn more about the great resources this program has available. Have you visited their website lately? Several of my weekly articles and several of our weekly updates have carried information about this OSEP funded program. But I am continually amazed at how so many people still do not know about or access these amazing resources! So, why not try it today and just "roam" around on the website. You will see resources for tier 2 and tier 3 interventions that you and your staff can start using today! Go to

On Thursday and Friday I had the honor and privilege to speak at two different Special Education Teacher of the Year recognition banquets. What a joy it was to hear the accolades the various professionals offered up to the teachers from the various districts. Both of these banquets were hosted by a regional service center that serves between 7-10 school districts. Each district had selected a teacher to be honored. I was then asked to do a motivational speech to both honor and challenge these teachers. In most instances, it was the special education director who spoke on behalf of the TOTY but there was also a principal and a parent mentor who spoke. It was so special to see these teachers recognized and appreciated! We should do more of that every week!

How do you honor your outstanding teachers? How do you encourage your teachers? I would love to see some "ideas" put on our CASE Facebook page.

Congratulations to long time CASE member Kathy Fortino (MI) for being selected as one of this year's Education Week "Leaders to Listen to!" Kathy has been very involved in MAASE and in CASE. She is currently on the CASE Policy and Legislative Committee. Just last year, Kathy received the CASE Outstanding Administrator of the Year at the CASE annual membership meeting, held in Philadelphia last April. Being selected by Education Week for this recognition says so much about Kathy and we hope about CASE! We are so proud of Kathy!

Speaking of honoring ... All CASE members should have received an electronic ballot for the office of Secretary! Please HONOR your membership in CASE by taking a few minutes to look at the bios and flyers on Julie Bost (NC) and Laural Jackson (AK) and vote for one of these very competent CASE members as secretary! We really want to see a good turnout for our electronic election. Voting will only be open for one more week so please take your membership in CASE very seriously and vote for one of these candidates! Thank you.


Luann Purcell
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