News Archives 2009

 IEE Summary Information

Massachusetts ASE IEE Summary Information for April, 2010

  A letter to the ASE Community: Sent: Tues 4/27/2010

Subject: ASE June 11, 2010 Conference Program and Registration Form

Dear ASE Members and Interested Participants,

On behalf of the Executive Board, we are pleased to announce the June 11th, 2010 ASE Statewide Conference featuring Nationally Recognized Keynote Speaker Myrna Mandlawitz, Esq. and State Experts Mary Joann Reedy, Esq. and Marcia Mittnacht, State Director of Special Education (MA).

We have attached the program and registration form for the Spring Conference: " National and State Affairs:" Up to Date " News and Information" to Enhance Leadership and Accountability in Special Education Practice.

We encourage early registration. Space is limited. Registrations received after May 26, 2010 may not be able to be honored.

We are proud of the program content and especially pleased to be presenting the Conference’s National Keynote Speaker and State Experts.

Please join us in a day of National and State Up-to-Date News and Information regarding Special Education on June 11th at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center Marlborough, MA.

Best Regards,

Carol Fredette, President of ASE and Carla Jentz, Executive Director of ASE

Download: :::::::Registration Form::::: Conference Program

  Final Call for the A.P.P.L.E. Institute

The Federation for Children with Special Needs invites administrators of special education to form a team with 4-5 parents and join us for our Advancing Parent-Professional Leadership in Education (A.P.P.L.E.) Institute. Event Dates: May 12-14, 2010.

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  SPaN Event: Sponsoring Panel Discussion with Special Education Administrators and Advocates

Invitation to Special Education Administrators topic: “What can Advocates and SPED Directors do to help build trust with each other to facilitate a child-need-centered IEP process?”

SPaN invites special education administrators across the Commonwealth to attend the event: April 27th, 2010.

See Invitation for Details and Panelist

 Conference Information: “Building District Capacities: The Times, They Are A Changing”

ASE Winter Statewide Conference is March 5, 2010

The 2009-2010 ASE Conference Series will be targeted to professional development topics that are relevant, timely and informative to special education administration and implementation.

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Download Conference Registration


ESE Race to the Top Survey Deadline 12/1/09

ASE encourages all interested parties to complete the ESE Survey and submit to the ESE 12/1/09- this is an important effort.

Survey Link

 Conference Materials Now Available

"Setting Sails and Staying on Course" Conference materials available for download

Keeping Your Head Above Water, presented by Mary Joann Reedy
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Navigating Through Treacherous Waters, presented by Paige Tobin
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Conference Keynote, presented by Dr. Tom Hehir
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 Conference Information: "Meaningful Connections: No Assessment Left Behind - Ensuring Effective Linkage of Assessment and Intervention "

Friday, November 6, 2009

A conference for those working in the field of early childhood education with at risk and typically developing children from birth to age six and their families.

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Conference Web-Site and Registration

 Conference Information: "Setting Sails and Staying on Course"

ASE Statewide Conference is October 30, 2009

The 2009-2010 ASE Conference Series will be targeted to professional development topics that are relevant, timely and informative to special education administration and implementation.

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Download Conference Registration

 A Letter to the ASE Community:

(09/2009) Dear ASE Community and Interested Participants,

On behalf of the ASE Executive Board, we welcome you to the 2009-2010 ASE Statewide Professional Conference Series. We are anticipating once again, a year filled with continued challenges and opportunities in public schools serving students with disabilities. The 2009-2010 ASE Conference Series will be targeted to professional development topics that are relevant, timely and informative to special education administration and implementation. more

 Become an ASE Member:

The 2009-2010 membership applications are here.

Download 2009-2010 ASE Membership Application


(7/9/2009) Legal Updates from Murphy, Lamere & Murphy, P.C.

Reimbursement Revisited...
    Supreme Court Affirms Burlington Principles

In a long awaited decision, the United States Supreme Court considered a IDEA provision stating.. more


SAVE THE DATE, June 12, 2009! ASE Statewide Spring Conference

Friday, June12, 2009 8am – 2pm - Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel - Marlborough, MA


Legislative: State and Federal Updates, Where We Are, What the Future Holds for Schools
The Honorable, Massachusetts State Representative Carl Sciortino
Rep. Sciortino represents the 34th Middlesex District and serves as the Vice Chairman of the Joint Committee of Transportation, as well as serving on the House Committee on Ways & Means and Joint Committee on Health Care Finance. He is deeply committed to working for families and has been a tireless advocate for issues of social and economic justice and supports legislation ensuring adequate resources to help all students achieve high standards.
• Marcia Mittnacht, Massachusetts DESE, State Special Education Director
• Emily Sherwood, Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Director of Children’s Behavioral Health/Interagency Initiatives  (CBHI/Rosie D. CASE)
And. . .
Update on the Special Education Transportation Pilot Program Initiative
Please mark your calendars—June 12. Program and Registrations will follow and be posted on the ASE Web site (www.asepage.org)  on or before April 2nd, 2009.  All conference participants must have a completed registration form for each ASE conference sent to the ASE office.
The ‘08-’09 school year has been  incredibly dramatic with many new challenges and opportunities for school districts. The Spring Conference will focus on information regarding new laws and updates which will influence (2009-2010) district capacity in serving students with disabilities. We look forward to seeing you on June 12th, 2009 at the Annual ASE Spring Statewide Conference.
On behalf of the ASE Executive Board, we look forward to seeing you in the spring!

Download: June 12th, ASE Conference Program - June 12th, ASE Conference Registration Form

A letter to the ASE Community: Sent: Mon 1/12/2009
Subject: ASE March 6th Program and Registration materials ::::Early Registration is recommended:::::

Dear ASE Community,

On behalf of the ASE Executive Board , we are proud to announce the Program for the March 6th, 2009 ASE Statewide Conference? " Collaborations and Promising Practices: National Trends- State Implications" Featuring Nationally Recognized Keynote Speaker Dr. Steve Kukic and Experienced /Highly Regarded Massachusetts Professionals , Dr. MaryAnn Byrnes, Dr. James Earley and Atty. MaryJoann Reedy.

Attached for your convenience is the Program, Letter and Registration materials . We encourage early registration.

We hope the start of the New Year is going well for you and wish you and your family all the best in the New Year.

The March 6th ASE Statewide Conference Program is a wonderful opportunity - we look forward to seeing you on March 6th .


Paul Stracco, President
Carla Jentz, Executive Director
Dr. Edmund Nazzaro, Membership Chair

Download: :::::::Mar.09 Conf Cover Letter::::: Conference Program :::::: Registration Form

A letter to the ASE Community: Sent: Mon 1/22/09
Subject: Essential New Information: News: Finding USDOE - MA BSEA

Dear ASE Community:

See Important information from Commissioner Chester regarding USDOE Finding for the BSEA. Please let ASE know your thoughts regarding the matter, by fax (617) 354-4926; input received by January 30th is greatly appreciated.

Additionally, if you have any questions, please contact Associate Commissioner Jeffrey Wulfson at 781-338-6500.

See (3) attachments: “BSEA memo” – “IDEA” – “USEDresponse


Carla Jentz
Executive Director - ASE

A letter to the ASE Community: Sent Fri 1/9/2009
Subject: Message from Commissioner Chester; "Special Education Observation Advisory"

Dear ASE Community,

Please see the following important message from Commissioner Chester regarding Special Education Advisory : Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2009- 2- the Advisory sent in earlier email today. Thank you.

Thank you.
Carla Jentz
Executive Director

From: Chester, Mitchell (DOE)
Sent: Wednesday, January 07, 2009 4:58 PM
To: Commissioner's List (DOE); Charter Leaders (DOE); K12 Principals (DOE)
Subject: Special Education Observation Advisory

Dear Superintendents, Charter Leaders and Administrators,

As many of you already know, a new law goes into effect tomorrow (Thursday) concerning observations of special education programs by parents and designees. It is designed to support effective practice as parents seek to secure the information they may need to make informed decisions on behalf of their children and as schools seek to ensure the integrity of their programs and the safety of all the children they serve.

Passage of the law has raised many questions in the field. To assist you in responding to those questions, Deputy Commissioner Karla Baehr convened a meeting of stakeholders to explore issues surrounding observations. That conversation informed the attached advisory memo (dated January 8, 2009) from State Director of Special Education Marcia Mittnacht, which we hope will offer useful guidance as you review your policies and practices regarding parent requests to observe special education classrooms and programs.

We welcome your questions, comments and suggestions over the next several months. We will review all that we receive by June 30 and determine then whether additional guidance or regulation may be required to provide greater clarity and direction.


A letter to the ASE Community: Sent 1/9/2009 --------:::::Attached::::: 1-8-09 SpEd Obs Advisory
Subject: Into Effect January 8th, 2009: Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2009-2: Observation of Education Programs by Parents and Their Designees for Evaluation Purposes.

Dear ASE Community,

As many of you know , the legislature recently amended section 3 of G.L .c 71 B , the state special education law, to require school committees, upon request by a parent , to grant timely and sufficient access by parents and parent-designated independent evaluators and educational consultants to a child's current and proposed special education program so that the parent and the named designees can observe the child in the current and any proposed program.

The law goes into effect today, January 8th, 2009 . Attached is Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2009-2: Observation of Education Programs by Parents and Their Designees for Evaluation Purposes, received today from Massachusetts State Director of Special Education, Marcia Mittnacht . This is important and timely information regarding "the observation law" for school districts. Please review, share with your Superintendent and school teams .

ESE will be accepting comments regarding this advisory until June 30th, 2009 . We encourage you to make comment in writing to ESE to Marcia Mittnacht- mmmittnacht@doe.mass.edu by June 30th, 2009.

Thank you.
Carla Jentz
Executive Director, ASE

2008-2009 ASE Membership
The Membership application form for the upcoming year is now available on-line.
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