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You are in the home stretch now!

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For most of you this will be your last work week before Christmas/winter break! I know some district administrators must work more days than the rest of the staff but some of you still get the great 2 weeks off. I hope no matter which group you fall in, you will be able to take some time for yourself! This will actually be the last article I write this year, but you will receive the update for the next two weeks. Enjoy your family, whether they are blood related or chosen! So many of us have friends that are ever bit family! I know I have two wonderful brothers but was not fortunate enough to have a sister. I chose a sister, Pam Howard. She wasn't blessed with a sister either and we just decided one day we would choose each other! We don't get to spend Christmas together, but we do spend a lot of time during the holidays talking and texting. I hope you will be able to take a deep breath and get totally refreshed as 2019 barrels down on us! I know I had a very special 2018 and I know 2019 will be the best year yet! I was reading Max Lucado this morning and he said if we have an attitude of gratitude our world will be different! He goes on to say gratitude is like dialysis; "it flushes the self-pity out of our systems." Let's all choose to have an attitude of gratitude this coming year. Take time to say thank you to those who serve under you, with you, and over you! Just saying thank you brings joy to you, the one receiving it and anyone else who hears it!

Speaking of hearing, have you listened to EduTalk Radio broadcasts? Last Wednesday, I was the speaker on the show. I try to do an interview every few months. Sometimes the CASE president is on with me or even solo! They also produce a great digital magazine on Accessibility which can be found online. You can find more information on all the broadcasts on their website.

For various reasons, we are a little behind on our quarterly newsletter! But, watch your email this week, we expect to send it out before the end of the week! Remember, you can always access past newsletters in the MEMBERS ONLY section of the CASE website! This issue is going to be full of great articles on the 2018-2020 CASE Strategic Plan, a new series on Post-Secondary Transition to Employment, updates from our committees and much more. The New Idea in Leadership article is one you really don't want to miss! So, even if you are on break, watch for the email with your copy of the newsletter!

Don't forget — there is still time to put in your 2 cents! For the last three weeks, I sent you several messages through our CASE member eBlasts and this weekly article about a request from OSERS to participate in a brainstorming with local education agency level personnel on OSERS Rethink RDA initiative. Thank you to all of you who did participate on the call ... but, our opportunity is not over! Even if you were on the call, and especially if you were not, we need you to send your written comments to As a guide, here are the four areas and the corresponding questions that framed the discussion on Dec. 4.
  • Topic 1: State Performance Plans/Annual Performance Reports (SPP/APRs)
    • From your perspective, how can we improve the SPP/APR? What should change? What should stay the same?
    • How can we improve the State Systemic Improvement
    • Plan (SSIP; B-17 and C-11) work? What should change? What should stay the same?
  • Topic 2: Determinations
    • How can we improve the determinations process? What should change? What should stay the same?
  • Topic 3: Differentiated Monitoring and Support (DMS)< more

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