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So many new resources!

from CASE

Our poll this week fits what I wanted to write about so well, I decided to switch things up a bit and start with the results. The question for this week was "What resources do you need most from your national/international organizations?" First place at 56 percent was policy and legislative advocacy materials and second place with 19 percent was quality professional development. Wow, does that remind you of anything? Third place at 13 percent was other which was roughly defined as a combination between various ones and even all of the above. Fourth place was a tie at 6 percent between quality intervention products and networking. So, when you look at the results, the top two totally fit the upcoming Special Education Legislative Summit! Great advocacy materials will be sent to you ahead of the actual meeting; there will also be pre-conference webinar/telephone conferences; and once you are on site, there will be even more resources available to you! I can promise you SELS will also offer you a great professional development experience! And as an aside, you will have a great opportunity to network with colleagues! In fact, you should bring some of your colleagues with you to D.C. this July to the SELS. I always strive to make sure you get something new each week which isn't too hard since there are lots of great resources out there today. Pretty much the rest of this column will give you a glimpse at a few of them.

Do you Tweet? Even if you don't want to come up with the "tweet," you should consider a twitter account just so you can follow others! There are so many great resources out there and you can find many of them through following "influencers!" If you are a little afraid of that, then I suggest you follow associations you respect. I love the tweets from NSBA (National School Boards Association) — they seem to have a lot of great, positive, public school stories! Of course, you would follow CASE and CEC. But also consider following NASP, AASA and CCSSO! OSERS and OSEP also tweet. From this beginning, you will start to see individuals who you will want to follow. Even if you never tweet or retweet, you can learn lots from those who do! Did you know that on the CASE homepage, you can see the CASE Tweets?

Speaking of Tweets and new resources... CASE is a partner organization in The National Collaborative on Inclusive Principal Leadership which is a diverse alliance of principal associations, member organizations, technical assistance centers, researchers, educator preparation programs and nonprofits dedicated to elevating the role that principals play in ensuring positive outcomes for students with disabilities. Over the past year, CCSSO convened the NCIPL to develop the online guide Supporting Inclusive Schools for the Success of Each Child: A Guide for States on Principal Leadership that offers state leaders eight key strategies to establish a vision for and integrate effective, inclusive principal leadership into policy and practice. This new guide would not be possible without the collaboration of this diverse alliance of organizations to help strengthen principals' capacity to lead inclusive schools in which each student has an equitable opportunity to succeed. CASE did several Tweets this last week on the release of this great resource!

Speaking of more new resources... "ACCESSIBILITY, COMPLIANCE & EQUITY in Education" is the only website and quarterly digital journal targeted to those three major topics in K-20. For your free subscription to the journal, sign up at www.ace-ed.org today to receive the first issue direct to your inbox during the first week of June. Great info on the website 24/7 right now. One of the co-founders of this new resource is Larry Jacobs of EduTalk Radio. You may have seen links to various interviews we have done with Larry over the years. The most recent one was on May 2 when Laurie VanderPloeg, President of CEC, joined me for a 30 minute interview.

And yet another new resource! I have been featuring a new article every two weeks from the Unified Special Olympics organization. The article below has links to exciting new tools to help foster unique opportunities for our students through inclusive schools. Be sure and check out these Unified Champion Schools Playbook Series: Guides to Implementing Inclusion!

It's not too late! Take the time to nominate someone for the CASE Early Career Special Education Administrator Award. This award will be presented to a Special Education Administrator who is a member of CASE and in their first five years administering special education programs and/or services, and who embraces 5 of the pre-selected values of the 17 Gersh Values. The nomination should be sent to CASE Membership chair, Dr. Julie Bost (NC) at 40 Windrift Court, Gibsonville, North Carolina, 27249 336-847-0749 by June 30! Information can be found on the CASE website or download the form above!


We will give you lots of new resources as soon as you register for the Special Education Legislative Summit — SELS! We need every state to be represented! The time is now to register for the CASE-CEC Special Education Legislative Summit... CASE has been doing a legislative summit for 16 years! For the last 3 years we have partnered with CEC to increase our footprint up on the Hill! All the information you need to make an informed decision is right at your fingertips at the SELS website. I strongly encourage you to add the bus transportation to your registration as the D.C. Metro seems to always be under construction right now — the bus into the D.C. for that Tuesday is the least stressful way to go! I always encourage folks to take advantage of the great location and hotel rate and bring your family/friends — come in early or stay late and do some sightseeing. There is always something new to see in D.C.! But most importantly, we want to have special education administrators from EVERY state represented in our SELS. Last year we had over 250 people from 44 different states up on the Hill advocating for students with disabilities! We need you! Check out the information and add this to your professional learning budget!

May is coming to a rapid close as is the school year! I hope today will be the start of a great week for you. I wish you lots of discoveries to help you and for you to then share with your staff, colleagues, parents, community and even your students! There is so much out there we can use if we just look in the right places! I know how very busy you are, so I hope these few new resources I shared today, will help you on your daily quest to improve outcomes for all students!

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Luann Purcell
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