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Hanging in there???

from CASE

May is a tough month for school personnel. Actually, it is a pretty tough month for students, parents, and the community! All the last minute projects that are due, all the regulatory check offs that have to occur, retirements, graduations, upcoming moves, change of staff, IEPs, field days, injuries and so many other stressors! For some districts, even teacher work days will be done by the last day in May for others, class go into June! So many decisions and so much to consider. May can be a very tough month for everyone — are you hanging in there? One of my best strategies to handle stress is to be looking forward to something totally different — whether at work or at home. Maybe you are planning a vacation or looking forward to a special professional development event. Yes, even something like a PD opportunity can look good in the last weeks of school! Whether it is through CASE or your state/provincial unit, I hope you will look at the upcoming PD events and think of one of them as your next stress reliever!

Speaking of something unique and different to look forward to... The reviews we get back on the July Legislative Summit are always stellar. It is not uncommon to hear such comments as "Best PD event I have ever participated; Money well spent; I will be back; and I can't wait to bring more folks with me next year!" Though we say this every year, it IS critical for us to have every state represented! Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity! And you can register for a great stress reliever on top of this one by taking the Washington by Water Cruise on the Potomac while you are there! Click here for the flyer on this extra excursion! Go to the CASE website or straight to the Summit website for more information and to register now!

Thank you for putting in a proposal for the CASE Fall 2015 Conference! Over 70 proposals were submitted for the CASE Fall Conference! Thank you so much. Now the great CASE PD review committee is working on selecting the very best so you will have an amazing opportunity to learn at our fall conference. Be sure you have the dates on your calendar for this great stress reliever! CASE 26th Annual Fall Conference on Oct 29-31 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Last Week's Poll asked "What are your general and special education teachers requesting next year for professional development?" While last week the answers were evenly divided, this week the answers were very skewed! First place was a whopping 72 percent with people saying their teachers were asking for social/emotional strategies as their number one professional development request. As an "old" teacher of students with Behavior Disorders, I have to say I am a little surprised that the number one request hasn't changed much over the years! Second place at only 11 percent was instructional strategies in Reading followed by a three way tie at 6 percent for last place with instructional strategies in Math, instructional strategies-other, and assistive technology. I guess it is still very true, you can't teach a student who is too busy dealing with emotional and/or behavior issues to succumb to even the best instructional strategies and resources! Have you found a great social/emotional professional development source for this area? If so, tell us about it on the CASE Facebook page or email me. We would love to share this conversation with our members!

Thanks for all you do all the time to make sure ALL students succeed!

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Luann Purcell
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