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What happens in the classroom ...

from CASE

This time next week, the CEC/CASE Legislative Summit will be in full swing! The major "tag" we have been using to promote this major advocacy event is "What happens in the classroom is too important to stay in the classroom! It needs to be shared on Capitol Hill." It is not too late to register and join the over 160 people from over 35 different states, just click here for more information and to register. It is our responsibility to educate our congressional members on just what does go on in the classrooms and our schools! One of the first things you need to do as you make your plans and calendar for this upcoming year is to check out your congressional delegations' schedule and schedule invites for them to visit your schools, programs, and more importantly classrooms. When they come, have the data to back up the performances of the students and staff. Make it a photo opportunity and have parents attend too. What happens in the classroom is too important to stay in the classroom! If you attend the Summit, you will learn how to not just advocate up on the Hill in July but how to advocate all year long in your community. These advocacy skills are important to our students, parents and our programs. Don't neglect your own professional development on this very important leadership skill!

And speaking of professional development... The early bird registration for the CASE 26th Annual Fall conference: Continuing to Take Care of Business is now open on the CASE homepage! The registration for the conference will never be lower than it is from July 1- Aug. 1! What an amazing opportunity to learn from 3 outstanding keynoters who all specialize in specific strategies to apply in your setting as well as picking from the 48 breakout sessions! We are thrilled to have Drs. Frances Stetson, David Bateman, and Martha Burns as our keynote speakers. Watch for more details as the date gets closer but don't wait too long to get this great price on the Early Bird registration and to get your hotel room at the Atlanta Hyatt Regency! Click here to reserve your hotel room and remember to use the code "case."

Are you feeling Lucky? As you think about all the preparation for this coming year, consider the great little "Lucky 21" booklets! These are short monographs you can use as needed for various short professional learning opportunities! The topics include: Avoiding Legal Disputes in Special Education; Section 504: Myths and Realities for School Personnel; Restraint and Seclusion in Schools; Response to Intervention; Discipline of Students with Disabilities; and Personnel Development in Special Education. Each booklet has 21 essential points/questions to really give a great overview on each of these topics and did we mention they are only $5 each?! And there is a discount if you purchase 26 or more of any one booklet! Check them out on our website and order yours today!

Last Week's Poll asked, "Which format do you utilize most often for professional development?" Of those answering this week's poll, 33 percent said the type of professional development they use most often is the guest expert workshop. Second place was a tie between Professional learning communities meeting throughout the year and webinars at 25 percent. There was another tie at eight percent using Master Teachers as Instructional coaches and "other." As we said last week, it isn't too early to start planning your professional development.

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

Special thanks to our Sponsor, Event Gold Partner and Partners for the 2015 Special Education Summit!

Winsor Learning — Sponsor
Stetson and Associates — Gold Partner
Promethean — Partner
Cathy Sartain Industry, LLC — Partner


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