CEC Awards- Nominate someone today!

CEC Members! Do you know an exemplary Special Education teacher, Para-Educator, or student? If so, please consider nominating them for one of our Idaho CEC Awards.

The Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year Award recognizes a CEC member who currently provides direct services to students with exceptionalities. The Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year is an outstanding member of the profession whose work exemplifies the best in special education teaching. His or her work reflects significant educational success for students, continued professional development, and the highest standards of educational quality. If you would like to nominate someone for this award follow the link. Clarissa Hug Nomination

The Para-Educator Excellence Award recognizes a Para-Educator who currently provides direct services to students with exceptionalities. The Para-Educator Excellence Award is given to an individual whose work promotes significant educational success for students, a commitment to continued professional development, and the highest standards of educational quality. If you would like to nominate someone for this award follow the link. Idaho Para-Educator Excellence Award

The Yes I Can! Awards Program was established in Idaho to celebrate the achievements of children and youth with disabilities, to encourage children and youth with disabilities to seek their highest potential; and to increase public awareness of the abilities, aspirations, and personal qualities of people with disabilities. f you would like to nominate someone for this award follow the link. Yes I Can! Award

 

Fall Conference Update!

Idaho CASE/IASEA just landed our second keynote speaker. They are proud to be bringing in Dr. Luanne Purcell who is the Executive Director For National CASE.http://www.casecec.org/.

The Idaho Division for Learning Disabilities is planning a 6 session strand focused on learning disabilities.

The Idaho Division of Autism and Developmental Disabilities is also in the middle of designing a strand focused around Autism.

Stay tuned for speaker topics and specifics as things move forward.

We will all miss beautiful Sun Valley. The good news is that the conference is much more affordable for members with it being in Boise. The host hotel Red Lion Downtowner is offering rooms at $89, for conference attendees. What a deal. I suggest you book rooms early as last year the host hotel ran out of rooms in the early Spring.

Save the Date! Idaho CEC 2014 Fall Conference October 1st – 4th, 2014


Is Special Education Special Anymore? : The New Role in Special Education in this era of disruptive school reform  

steve-kukicDr. Stevan Kukic, Director of a School Transformation for the National Center for Learning Disabilities, will be presenting on how special education fits in with all the new mandates.

From PL 94-142 to NCLB to the latest reauthorization of IDEA in 2004, the nation has set its commitment to students with disabilities.  Really?  Are IEPs used to guide the development of lesson plans?  Are special educators the reading experts they must be in our schools?  Is special education at the RTI table, helping each school district build its Multi Tier System of Supports?  Is special education becoming a victim of of its separate mandate?  What is the role of special education in this world of disruption, tightening budgets, ever increasing lawsuits, lack of commitment to evidence based practice?  We can react or we can work together to invent a better future for students with special needs. It is our choice.

For more information on Steven check out the NCLD website http://www.ncld.org/about-us/board-of-directors/stevan-kukic-phd