The Washington Chapter of the Council of Administrators of Special Education.

The Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) is an international professional educational organization which is affiliated with the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) whose members are dedicated to the enhancement of the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of each individual in society.

Those who receive special education services are individuals who possess basic rights and responsibilities, and who command respect at all times. Special education embraces the right to a free appropriate public education.

The Mission of the Council of Administrators of Special Education, Inc. is to provide leadership and support to members by shaping policies and practices which impact the quality of education.

Join Us – Become a Member

If you are an educator who would like to make a difference in the state and your community – Join CASE.

You don’t need to be an administrator to make a difference in the life of a child or the services available in our state.

The Council of Administrators of Special Education creates a network of support for professional growth and development.

To join follow the link below, which will take you to the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). In order to join WA-CASE, you will need to become a member of CEC and the Washington Chapter of CEC, then choose the Council of Administrators of Special Education as the division (on page 3).

CASE Membership


The Washington Chapter of the Council of Administrators of Special Education is led by practicing professionals from around the state.

President: Franklin Day, Cheney Public Schools

Vice President: Sue Ann Bube, Mercer Island School District

Past-President: Michaela Clancy, Clover Park School District

Secretary: Joan Lawson, Issaquah School District

Treasurer: Nancy Meeks, WASA Coach/Mentor

CAN Coordinator: Fran McCarthy, Northwest ESD

WASA Representative: Tracy Wilson, Pasco School District

At-Large Members:
Rachel Dixson, Fife School District
Shannon Hitch, Lake Washington School District


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The ECSEL program at the University of Washington Bothell prepares candidates interested in administering special education programs through a non-degree program that leads to the required Washington State Residency Program Administrator Certification. Find complete program and application information on the ECSEL website.

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