This July marks not only the official celebration of the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics, but also the launch of an incredible new platform for the Special Olympics community. As a movement grows, so does the necessity to connect participants with one another and maximize the reach of information being distributed. Within Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools®, the stories of athletes and their tales of perseverance are what inspire and fuel engagement all over the country. To highlight these stories, engage a new generation of leaders, and mobilize voices for the Inclusion Revolution, Special Olympics presents GenerationUnified.org.
On Wednesday of this week, WA-CASE members are invited to join the ECSEL (Expanding Capacity for Special Education Leadership) Administrator Program/Community at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma as we celebrate another year of working together to support special education in Washington! In addition to annual updates on our work, special guest Dr. Sugai will coordinate a discussion of LSEA leadership for implementing multi-tiered systems. Reception details are below.
We hope to see all of you there!
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Behavior contracting is a positive, goal-oriented method to motivate, monitor, and change student behavior. A behavior contract is a written contract between a student and a teacher or administrator specifying behavioral expectations. Expectations should be set through a collaborative meeting with necessary members (e.g., teacher(s), administrator(s), and the student). The use of positive rewards for meeting expectations is essential, and punishments for not meeting expectations should be avoided. Research on this strategy has demonstrated that it is a cost-effective, proactive intervention that serves as a positive alternative to suspension for student misbehavior.
Click on the following link for more information on Behavior Contracting. Then click on the red button to download the pdf and read more. Find Strategy Briefs on over forty other topics at: http://k12engagement.unl.edu.
The State Board of Education is in the process of updating their Strategic Plan. They are seeking feedback from a broad range of stakeholders through our community forums and meetings to ensure the plan is responsive to the needs of our state and our communities as we seek to provide a high quality education system that prepares all students for college, career, and life. The strategic plan will establish goals and outline strategies that will move us toward this vision through the development of state policy for K-12 education, effective oversight of public schools, and advocating for student success.
The State Board of Education welcomes feedback from all stakeholders. If you are unable to attend a meeting or forum you are welcome to provide comments to the board in writing or complete our strategic plan feedback survey.
In less than one week, WA-CASE members are invited to join the ECSEL (Expanding Capacity for Special Education Leadership) Administrator Program/Community at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma as we celebrate another year of working together to support special education in Washington! In addition to annual updates on our work, special guest Dr. Sugai will coordinate a discussion of LSEA leadership for implementing multi-tiered systems. Reception details are below.
We hope to see all of you there!
CASE is so proud of the relationship we have had with the OSERS and OSEP leaders over the years and certainly the current leadership is no exception. But I would also like to spotlight Dr. John Draper. He kicked off the 2018 SELS conference by truly challenging us to be more positive as we speak about Public Schools. I was so proud of the four CASE units who stepped up to sponsor Dr. Draper for SELS : our units in IL (IAASE); KA (KASEA); MO (MO-CASE) and PA (PACASE). Dr. Draper will be bringing an equally great message to our folks in Biloxi. You are not going to want to miss his engaging, practical, fun, yet serious presentation! Check out the very preliminary schedule. So why not register now so you can join us in Biloxi, Mississippi, on Nov. 8-10! Don’t forget to also make your room reservation! You can get more information from the CASE website.
At the WASA/OSPI Special Education Conference (more information), Washington CASE will be co-sponsoring a reception for new ECSEL (Expanding Capacity for Special Education Leadership) Graduates. The reception will take place in the evening following the New Director Preconference on August 1, 2018.
Last summer, we told you what was happening in Washington D.C. concerning education policy in a free member webinar, and we’re ready to do it again! Join us on July 26 for this year’s “What’s Happening in Washington” webinar, where you’ll learn about the current education policies under consideration by the current administration and Congress. You’ll also find out how you can advocate for the success of our field and the children and youth we serve. This webinar is free for CEC members—register now!*