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Do you have all of your positions filled?

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So, DO you have all your positions filled? I so remember the anxiety of vacancies! Seems like when we had plenty of applicants, we wouldn't have "permission" to hire yet. Then when we would finally get the go ahead, the applicants would have already taken positions! And that was in the areas where there were plenty of applicants ... certainly not the tough areas — teachers of the deaf and hearing impaired, the perennial shortage of Speech and Language Pathologists, and others! We built up a nice program for students with hearing impairments/deafness and I got many of my teachers by recruiting at Gallaudet when I was on meetings in D.C. in July — another reason to go to the Legislative Summit each year! I would set up interviews either the day before or the day after the CASE executive committee meeting! And, have you tried using the CASE Career Center We had several of our members indicate there was a need for a career center so we started one on our website about a year ago. Did you know CEC also has a career center. I have always believed you have to look in every place possible so be sure and check out the CEC CAREER Center too.

Speaking of CEC and resources... Have you encouraged your teachers to sign up for the CEC Tool of the Week? Actually it would be great for you to sign up for the weekly email. And while we are on CEC resources and teachers, I hope you are encouraging your teachers to join CEC and your administrative staff to join CEC and CASE! Almost all articles on retention and/or burn out list one of the big variables for educators leaving the profession as feeling a lack of support. Being a part of a professional association/community can go a long ways in retaining teachers and staff as well as providing great instructional strategies and leadership hints! Do you have a local CEC Chapter? Maybe that would be a great goal for your department this year. Establishing a local chapter could be a great "leadership" builder for your staff! IF you are interested in getting more information on starting a local chapter, contact the CASE membership chair, Julie Bost (NC) and she and I will get you the information you need!

Speaking of Membership... Do you understand the CEC membership options? We have all been so surprised that more people haven't joined now that there is an option that is just $65! The CEC Basic membership is mostly electronic but it still has all the member privileges and you can then join CASE and the total is just $125! Of course if you want the Full membership which gives you even more resources including one free webinar, it is only $115 so with the CASE division it is only $175. Then there is the Premier membership which not only has all the print and electronic but also includes 2 free webinars and partial credit for a division so with the $205 rate plus only $25 more dollars to add CASE, you can be a CEC Premier and CASE member for just $230, what a deal! Check out the CEC membership benefits on this chart. If you are not a member of CASE, now is a great time to get that membership in. We are about to go to press on our Lucky 21 # 7 and when it is printed, every member of CASE will be mailed a free copy! But only CEC/CASE members will be receiving these so get that membership in today!

There is still plenty of time... Even though you may have missed the Early Bird registration for the 26th Annual CASE fall conference, it is still a bargain at member price of only $400! That price includes all the handouts, lunches on Thursday and Friday, full breakfasts on Friday and Saturday, and Break on Thursday and Friday, and think of all the networking, too! We have o more

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