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CASE Night registration is open!

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It is so hard to believe it is already February and CASE Night tickets went on sale Feb. 1. We are so excited to be in Boston this year and know you are going to want to join your colleagues for a night of great food, fun, and excitement at the New England Aquarium. The tickets are just $65 because of the amazing contribution our sponsors are making! Special thanks go to Star Autism, Education Modified, C 8 Sciences, and Winsor Learning! You do not want to let this event to sell out so get your tickets today! Early bird is over now for CEC but you can still get registered! The CEC convention in Boston is going to be amazing and a wonderful place to hear the cutting edge resources you need to take back to your district! Not only will CASE Night be wonderful but make sure you come in on Tuesday so you can join us for a fantastic breakfast on Wednesday morning just before our joint member/board meeting. We will catch you up on all the great things CASE is doing, ask for your input on our next steps, and of course we will also be announcing our new secretary as well as our unit and individual awards. You do not want to miss any of the CASE activities at CEC! Not a member of CEC? Why not join now!

There is still time for you to be a virtual site for the CASE Hybrid! This year's hybrid is one that I think local districts really need to participate in. With all the changes occurring, local districts are going to need to collaborate to find the best solutions for your students and staff. Mental Health relief is probably not going to be on the radar for a while so it is up to us to create the safe environments needed for our students so all students can learn. We know it is difficult to get teams to travel and yet it is teams that are needed to catch the vision, create an action plan, and carry it out! The Hybrid is a perfect solution: you provide the place, you send out the invitations, we provide the experts! And who can beat the price — the cost of one registration! We already have over 30 states participating but there is no limit to how many virtual sites we can accommodate. Even if you only get 5 folks in the room—representing your mental health providers, your elementary, middle and high schools, and others — what a core to start the spark to start the fire! You do not have to do this alone! But we do need you to register so we can send you all the tools you will need to have a successful event! The Hints are a great way to see what is involved.

Tied up on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 23-24? Then why not get the DVD — it will be available in about 6-8 weeks after the event and then you can show it one section at a time throughout the year; check it out to individuals; or show it all in tact! It is yours to use as often and with whomever you wish! Of course if you choose the other two options, you can also get the DVD for just $39.95 ($30 and $9.95 for S & H)

Our Speakers are the top in their field and will have great immediate take-aways for you! The detailed session descriptions might help you make up your mind! Don't miss this opportunity to make a huge impact on your school, district, region in the area of Mental Health and Legal issues!

Thank you for responding to the various CALL to Actions from CASE and CEC this past week! By the time you read this, we may know if we have a new Secretary of Education or not. Many of you contacted your senators through the CEC legislative Action Center and we really appreciate it. Please make sure you do not miss any of the Call to Actions by going ahead and signing up for them directly!

Have I got a great new resource for you! I am actually in Washington, D.C., as I write this weeks' update. I was here for a Thought Leader meeting at the Council of the Chief State School Officers put on jointly with the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform Center. These two organizations have just published an amazing document: PSEL 2015 and Promoting Principal Leadership for the Success of Students with Disabilities. We all talk about the importance of inclusive schools and the critical role the principal plays in developing those schools but do we really provide the resources for those principals to do their job? CASE will be looking more closely at this issue and the resources available to see how we can help our members be better team members with principals and others at the district and building level. Look at this document and let us hear from you!

Speaking of great resources — did you get your copy of the Great Instruction, Great Achievement book in the mail yet? Let us hear what you think about it on the CASE facebook page or on Twitter. Maybe you want to purchase multiple copies for others in your district?

The question last week wasn't really a question — "I am so excited about the 6th annual Hybrid Conference..." First place was a tie with 33 percent saying they were going to be onsite in Florida or were working on their logistics to host a virtual site. At second with 22 percent where folks were going to be attending a regional virtual site Third place with 11 percent was those folks who were going to purchase the DVD. Happily no one answered they didn't know what a hybrid was! There is still time for you to register for the hybrid. Don't miss out on this great opportunity!

Thank you again for all you do every day for so many!

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Luann Purcell
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