Teachers want less disruption

It’s a novel idea to consider what teachers want in this time of disruption and corporate education reform, which have by most measures failed our public schools. Teachers have been gagged, muted and forced to wear our poker faces when we speak with parents about their children. In the same way that shock absorbers in our cars take the bumps so our ride is smoother, teachers have become the shock absorbers of the unethical reform effort often made by politicians, philanthropists and others who may be unqualified to do so.  READ MORE

CDC finds DD more common in rural areas

Children living in certain areas are more likely to have developmental disabilities, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and where a child lives significantly impacts how much help they receive. The report released from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics found that 19.8% of children ages 3 to 17 in rural areas qualified for a developmental disability diagnosis, compared to 17.4% of urban kids.  READ MORE

Four strategies to help school leaders avoid IDEA lawsuits

Routinely changing federal guidance, spotty oversight and tight budgets can leave education leaders feeling stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to serving students with disabilities. While administrators think their schools could be doing more to support special education, they report not having sufficient leadership support, materials and tools, staff with specific expertise, and training and information to make that happen, according to a recent study.  READ MORE

Nominations Open for Washington CASE Awards

Nominations for 2020 WA-CASE awards are now open!  Please nominate a CASE member you know that deserves recognition for this year’s awards.  All nominees must be members of CASE to be eligible for an award.

Click here to nominate deserving CASE members for the following awards:

Early Career Administrator
Nominations for the Early Career Administrator award must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be serving in the role of administrator for no more than three years, and
  • Must be a CASE member

 

Outstanding Special Education Administrator
Nominations for the Outstanding Special Education Administrator award must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be serving in the role of administrator between 7 and 15 years,
  • Be be a recognized leader in their district,
  • Demonstrated mentoring role, and
  • Must be a CASE member

 

Lifetime Achievement Award
Nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award must meet the following criteria:

  • Must have over 15 years of administrative experience,
  • Be be a recognized leader in their district,
  • Demonstrated mentoring role,
  • Significant evidence with parent engagement,
  • Significant evidence of effective child advocacy, and
  • Must be a CASE member