ALERT NOTICE: The ASE Community---Information For Massachusetts School Districts: Eagleton School SCHOOL CLOSING :

1. ASE has been notified that the Eagleton School is projected to close on Friday, April 8, 2016.

2. Click here to download a list of approved programs( provided to ASE from DESE)
that provideservices for students with similar needs to the Eagleton School program.

3. For MA School Districts who have found a suitable( new) program
replacement/alternative program for a student attending Eagleton, and the new replacement/alternative
program does not have an opening/space, DESE may be able to provide assistance for the enrollment/space need

4. DESE is aware some MA LEAs may experience an increase in tuition costs due to the unexpected
need ( Eagleton School closing) for a replacement/alternative special education program for a student who
has been attending Eagleton and is reviewing potential strategies to support school districts in situations
where the cost of the new program is a substantial increase (Districts may be eligible for extraordinary relief.
More information will be provided to districts with students placed at Eagleton)

5. For districts needing assistance with the above or have questions,
please contact DESE directly; Ms. Helene Bettencourt, Chief of Staff @ 781-338-3120

 ASE Membership Information 2016-2017

Registration is open

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Mutilple Membership Opportunity Ends Oct. 14, 2016


Dear ASE Community,

On behalf of the ASE Executive Board, congratulations on another year well done, serving students with disabilities, their families, and your school communities! The Board knows the commitment, care and compassion that you invest in your leadership advocacy at the district and team levels. We thank you for your support of ASE during the 2015-2016 year, and looking ahead, we recommit to making sure that: Your VOICE Matters in special education matters!

As the lead state non-profit association in Massachusetts ADVOCATING on behalf of special education administrators and special education providers across the Commonwealth, we continue in our strong belief that power and influence follow from a collective VOICE on Special Education at the state and federal level. We make a difference regarding special education issues by ensuring that state and federal leaders and other stakeholders understand special education in the way that you do at the school level and act on remedies to problems that you recommend.

Your ASE Membership and ASE Conference participation are critical to keeping your VOICE on special education issues in front of state and federal leaders. Simply put, Association Membership Numbers matter in decision-making at the state and federal level! With that in mind, we look forward to your Membership and Conference participation in ASE for 2016-2017. And, we hope that you will also support ASE and the professional development of your staff by enrolling them as members in ASE and bringing them to Conferences. Doing so will increase the volume of the VOICE of special education administration, which is imperative to promoting recommendations on statewide decisions that effect special education implementation!

For the new 2016-2017 year, ASE is again offering a Multiple Member Benefit Opportunity (Discount). Attached for your reference are the 2016-2017 Multiple Member Benefit Discount Option Information and ASE Membership Application Form. We offer this opportunity to ASE Members for four (4) very important reasons:

1. To keep our Membership costs stable (while many other organizations are increasing fees)

2. To promote the learning and expertise of school district special education specialists/teams: build district and team special education resources/ tool boxes for content, regulatory and family engagement work

3. To increase the pool of ASE Members and thus stronger promote special education administrative outcomes when working with legislators and other Stakeholders

4. To increase district level special education team work/accountability for special education student outcomes through shared understanding of the mandates and content in special education

Below you will find examples of ASE's on-going efforts on your behalf during the year 2016-2017 and, in addition, examples of Activities/Initiatives and Member Benefit Discount Opportunities:

Examples of On-Going Statewide Engagements:

• State Advisory Council (SAC)

• Special Education Transportation Task Force

• The Coalition to Fund Special Education (Circuit Breaker)/MA Legislative Briefing

• Legal/Technical Guidance on relevant Sped DESE Regulations/MA Special Education

• Survey Input : Data driven State Positions

• SpedEx – Cost Effective Resolution Process

• MCDHH Stakeholder Work

• Advocacy on the proposed new On Line MA IEP / the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

• ASE, DMH, maaps Partnership Professional Development Conference on Restraint Prevention/vis a vis MA new Restraint Regulations

• Development, Design, Launching of The Partnership-ASE/ BayPath University Special Education Administrator Licensure

• Advocated at US Congressional meetings (Washington, DC) for: full IDEA funding to 40% (IDEA original funding intention); alignment/appropriate ESEA changes for special education and school districts, including the need for accountability measures for general education in the education of students with disabilities (worked in collaboration with CASE, Council for Administrators of Special Education), July, 2015 meeting with Massachusetts Congressional Legislators

• Informed the ASE Community of Rep. Benson’s Floor Amendment to provide full funding for Circuit Breaker- Legislative Outreach

• EOHHS: Transitional Planning and Unified Team Regulations: Key Advocacy Stakeholder Work

• Provided Statewide ASE Professional Development Conferences with timely topics and substantive/expert presentations by national and state leaders

• Advocacy/Partnership Work with (National) AASA, The School Superintendents Association: Build in language changes to next Reauthorization for IDEA- Flexibility in IEP Development

• Legislative/ Regulatory Guidance / Advocacy Special Education

Examples of ASE Statewide Member Benefit Discount Opportunities:

• Multiple Member Discount Opportunity

• Targeted Resources/Products for School District/Student Needs

• Legal Quarterly Brief Newsletter - Murphy, Lamere, Murphy

• Legal Services/Personnel and District Level Needs

• Special Education Licensure Program---Masters Program

• Member Guest Conference Opportunity

Your support and input have made these endeavors and outcomes possible! Thank YOU!

We look forward to seeing you in 2016-2017 and urge you to become a Member of the ASE Statewide Community – serving and advocating for YOU/Hundreds of Thousand MA students with disabilities.

Best Wishes.

Carla

Carla B. Jentz, Executive Director

Julianna Hanscom, ASE President

 Are you retiring this year?

You must let us know by May 27, 2016 in writing either by: fax (781-742-7278) or contactase@asepage.org


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 ASE June 6, 2016 Conference Information

Conference Registration is Open

Download June 6, 2016 Conference Program
Download June 6, 2016 Conference Registation

June 6, 2016 Conference Registration closes Friday, May 27, 2016


 ASE March 18, 2016 Conference Information

Conference Registration is Open

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Register Now

Registration Deadline is Mar. 10, 2016


Dear ASE Community,

Strong and informed leadership regarding important school/special education issues is critical to all special educators. This is especially true as we enter the special education version of "March Madness." Concerns specific to needed programs, dealing with staff and parent issues, assuring that appropriate and consistent services are being provided to our students, planning and managing budget issues, and keeping pace with new initiatives, are but a few of the issues that can be stressful at this point in the school year.

Continuing our focus on strong and informed leadership, the ASE March Statewide Conference promises to provide important information for school administrators and teams. The Massachusetts' Child Advocate will speak to us specific to the State's efforts for providing supports to Massachusetts Children and Families. We will hear from a special education school attorney, a child psychiatrist and a school mental health service provider specific to student and school safety. Finally, we will hear from a national expert on stress reducing techniques for professionals. This conference will benefit all school leaders and teams, please register your school teams. As stated in the conference theme, the March conference will assist participants in fostering support for yourself, your students and your staff.

Attached is the ASE March Conference Program along with the Conference Registration Form. Additionally, this information will be posted on the ASE website (www.asepage.org). Let's keep learning and networking together at the ASE March Conference. Also, please visit with our co-sponsors, several offering discounts to ASE members. Please see the attached program for more conference details.

Registrations are now being accepted, preferably via email (contactase@asepage.org). Please note, everyone who plans to attend must complete a registration form. Completed registration forms, along with the form of payment must be received at the ASE office on or before Thursday, March 10, 2016. Registrants will receive a confirmation email within 10 days of the receipt of the completed registration form. Regrettably, due to conference venue security and registration needs, we will not be able to register anyone the day of the conference.

In advance, thank you for your understanding of the registration process noted above. On behalf of ASE, we look forward to seeing you at the ASE March 18, 2016 Statewide Conference.

Within 10 business days of ASE receiving the completed registration forms with the identified form of payment (PO), you will receive an email confirming your registration. Regrettably, due to conference venue security and registration needs, we will not be able to register anyone the day of the conference.

In advance, thank you for your understanding of the above registration process. It is important that ASE adheres to the above to ensure a registration process commensurate with sound security for all.

Carla

Carla B. Jentz, Executive Director

Julianna Hanscom, ASE President


  MCDHH/ DESE Agreement: Interpreter Licensure and Time Frames

The following link has website information about the requirements for interpreters who work with deaf and hard of hearing children in K-12 schools. Scroll all the way down on this link for a brief summary about who needs to register.

Interpreter Licensure and Time Frames



 ASE October 23, 2015 Conference Information

Conference Registration is Open

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Registration Deadline is Oct. 14, 2015


Dear ASE Community,

Starting a New School Year with Strong and Informed leadership school team practice is one of the many challenges all school administrators face! How we begin the new school year is equally as important as any other time during the year. Starting the school year strong and informed on current/major topics is essential to building community and staff confidence for team special education decisions. As administrators we are committed to managing legal and interpersonal needs of our school communities to ensure positive outcomes for Massachusetts Students and School Teams.

On behalf of ASE, we look forward to seeing you at the ASE October 23, 2015 Statewide Conference. The October 23, 2015 Statewide Conference Program is centered on advocating for your administrative school team needs by providing a Keynote and additional sessions to build district level knowledge on timely and key topics to support school teams in getting off to a strong school start!

As ASE begins the New School Year we reiterate our commitment to empowering you and your school teams:

Knowledge is power and leading and learning together is power. It's critical to school special education accountability and student success. Additionally, it's essential, as special education school leaders, to mentor special education staff and provide them with joint learning/professional development and networking opportunities. Let's empower our school districts by registering for the October 23, 2015 ASE Statewide Conference and registering key special education school team staff from your district. This conference promises to benefit ALL school special education administrators and TEAMS with information for a strong and informed school start!

Register EARLY-space is limited! Registration will close on (Wednesday) October 14, 2015. Please see the attached Program and Registration Form for more detailed information.

Registrations are now being accepted, preferably by email directed to ASE at contactase@asepage.org. The October 23, 2015 Statewide Conference Registration form must be submitted/received with the form of payment by (Wednesday) October 14, 2015.

Within 10 business days of ASE receiving the completed registration forms with the identified form of payment (PO), you will receive an email confirming your registration. Regrettably, due to conference venue security and registration needs, we will not be able to register anyone the day of the conference.

In advance, thank you for your understanding of the above registration process. It is important that ASE adheres to the above to ensure a registration process commensurate with sound security for all.

Best Wishes for a Strong and Informed School Beginning!

Carla

Carla B. Jentz, Executive Director

Julianna Hanscom, ASE President


 ASE Membership Information 2015-2016

Registration is open

Download Registration
Download Multiple Membership Opportunity

Mutilple Membership Opportunity Ends Oct. 14, 2015

Dear ASE Community,

On behalf of the ASE Executive Board, congratulations on another year well done, serving students with disabilities, their families, and your school communities. We thank you for your support of ASE during the 2014-2015 year. Your VOICE matters in special education matters! Our pledge to advocate for you and support you has never been greater as we work with stakeholders from across the Commonwealth and Federally. We will continue to be unwavering in our efforts to ADVOCATE for your professional interests/special education administrative needs in the in the new fiscal year 2015-2016!

There is no other Association dedicated to Massachusetts Special Education Administration!

As the lead state non-profit association in Massachusetts ADVOCATING on behalf of special education administrators and special education providers across the Commonwealth, we continue in our strong belief that power and influence follow from a collective VOICE on Special Education at the state and federal level. We make a difference regarding special education issues by ensuring that state and federal leaders and other stakeholders understand special education in the way that you do at the school level and act on remedies to problems that you recommend. Your ASE Membership and ASE Conference participation are critical to keeping your VOICE on special education issues in front of state and federal leaders. Simply put, Association Membership Numbers matter in decision-making at the state and federal level! With that in mind, we look forward to your Membership and Conference participation in ASE for 2015-2016. And, we hope that you will also support ASE and the professional development of your staff by enrolling them as members in ASE and bringing them to Conferences. Doing so will increase the volume of the VOICE of special education administration, which is imperative to promoting recommendations on statewide decisions that effect special education implementation!

For the new 2015-2016 year, ASE is again offering a Multiple Member Benefit Opportunity (Discount). Attached for your reference are the 2015-2016 Multiple Member Benefit Discount Option Information and ASE Membership Application Form. We offer this opportunity to ASE Members for four (4) very important reasons:

1. To keep our Membership costs stable (while many other organizations are increasing fees)..

2. To promote the learning and expertise of school district special education specialists/teams.

3. To increase the pool of ASE Members and thus stronger promote special education administrative outcomes when working with legislators and other Stakeholders.

4. To increase district level special education team work/ accountability for special education student outcomes through shared understanding of the mandates and content in special education.

Below you will find a brief summary of ASE's on-going efforts in your behalf during the year 2014-15, and, in addition, examples of new initiatives

• State Advisory Council (SAC)

• Special Education Transportation Task Force

• The Coalition to Fund Special Education (Circuit Breaker)

• Multiple Member Benefit Opportunity (Significant Discount)

• Legal / Technical Guidance on relevant Sped DESE Regulations/MA Special Education

• Guidance on the DESE proposed new On Line MA IEP and DDMs to The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

• Launching of ASE's new quarterly Member Benefit legal Newsletter (Murphy, Lamere and Murphy, PC)

• Development Stakeholder/Partnership Work with the Massachusetts Elementary Principals Association, The Massachusetts Teachers Association, The Children's League: ESE Proposed Amendments to Physical Restraint Regulations 603 CMR 46.00 /603CMR 18.00

• Provided Public Testimony (Proposed Special Education Legislation) June, 2015: Ex. H.B.328: Burden of Proof

• Advocated at US Congressional meetings (Washington, DC) for: full IDEA funding to 40% (IDEA original funding intention); professional development for school district personnel; alignment/appropriate ESEA changes for special education and school districts, and, the need for accountability measures for general education in the education of students with disabilities (worked in collaboration with CASE, Council for Administrators of Special Education), July, 2014 meeting with representatives of Massachusetts Congress.

• Provided Statewide ASE Professional Development Conferences with timely topics and substantive/expert presentations by national and state leaders

Additionally, the program and registration form for the June 8, 2015 ASE Conference is posted on the ASE website: www.asepage.org

Best Wishes.

Carla

Carla B. Jentz, Executive Director

Julianna Hanscom, ASE President


 SAVE THE DATES: ASE 2015-2016 Statewide Conference Dates

All 2015-2016 ASE Statewide Conferences will be held at the Hogan Center, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA: Conference Program and Registration Information generally posted and emailed 6 to 8 weeks prior to the respective Conference:

Friday, October 23, 2015
Friday, March 18, 2016
Monday, June 6, 2016

We look forward to seeing you at the ASE 2015-2016 Statewide Conferences. Join your colleagues in networking and Professional Development Activities for special education administrators, executive directors of collaboratives, special education teams and principals!

On behalf of The ASE Executive Board,

Best Wishes,

Carla B. Jentz

Executive Director

The Massachusetts Administrators for Special Education (ASE)


 Conference Information: ASE Spring Conference is June 8, 2015

Registration is open

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ASE March Conference Registration closes May 28, 2015

Dear ASE Community,

As leaders in special education administration who are accountable for the provision of special education services to approximately 160,000 Massachusetts students with disabilities, there is no greater challenge than keeping pace and being informed regarding key elements of Special Education administration.

As we wind down the school year after a long, unprecedented winter, ASE proudly announces the ASE Spring Statewide Conference: The State of the State: What is Current and Planned for Special Education in Massachusetts, featuring Massachusetts State Education Leaders. The ASE Spring Statewide Conference promises relevant and timely presentations on key elements of Special Education - information that is central to school special education teams and school committee decision- making and for short and long term administrative planning. Similar to prior ASE conferences, the Spring Conference will be a Full Breakfast Conference.

We welcome and look forward to presentations from the following Massachusetts' Special Education Leaders:

• Jay Sullivan, Executive Director, School Finance and District Support Center, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

• MaryAnn Stewart, Member of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

• Co-Chairs, State Special Education Advisory Council, Melanie Perkins McLaughlin, Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker, a public speaker and a children's rights advocate and Tere Ramos, Esg. Equal Justice Works fellow at the Disability Law Center, founder Special Education Advocates.

• Marcia Mittnacht, State Director of Special Education, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Planning and Policy Development Office .

Knowledge is power and leading and learning together is power. It's critical to school special education accountability and student success. Additionally, it's essential, as special education school leaders, tomentor special education staff and provide them with joint learning/professional development and networking opportunities. Let's empower our school districts by registering for the June 8th ASE Statewide Conference and registering key special education school team staff from your district. This conference promises to benefit ALL school special education administrators and TEAMS!

Register EARLY-space is limited! Registration will close on (Thursday) May 28, 2015. Please see the attached Program and Registration Form for more detailed information.

Additionally, the program and registration form for the June 8, 2015 ASE Conference is posted on the ASE website: www.asepage.org

Registrations are now being accepted, preferably by email directed to ASE at contactase@asepage.org . The June 8, 2015 ASE Statewide Conference Registration form must be submitted/received with the form of payment by (Thursday) May 28, 2015 at ASE.

Within 10 business days of ASE receiving the completed registration forms with the identified form of payment (PO), you will receive an email confirming your registration. Regrettably, due to conference venue security and registration needs, we will not be able to register anyone the day of the conference.

In advance, thank you for your understanding of the above registration process. It is important that ASE adheres to the above to ensure a registration process commensurate with sound security for all.

Best Wishes for a Wonderful Spring Season!

Carla

Carla B. Jentz, Executive Director



 Leadership Training Opportunity: SEPAC and School Special Education Administrators

ASE encourages and supports the Advancing Parent and Professional Leadership in Education (A.P.P.L.E.) Institute

The Federation for Children with Special Needs and MassPAC, with support from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Special Education Planning and Policy Development Office), is offering a 3-day leadership training program for up to 6 school district teams. District teams should consist of three parents and a district special education administrator or designee. The teams will learn and apply collaborative leadership skills and develop team action plans for increasing parent involvement in the district.

This program will be held on April 14-16, 2015 (Tuesday-Thursday) at the Edward House Retreat Center, Framingham, MA. The Institute runs from approximately 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM each day. SPACE IS LIMITED - apply today! Applications are due by March 2, 2015.

For more information, contact Marilyn Gutierrez at marilyng@fcsn.org or call the Federation at 617-236-7210 x 351.


Please visit the Federation website for more information and to download an application. www.fcsn.org/apple



 Conference Information: ASE Winter Conference is March 13, 2015


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ASE March Conference Registration closed March 6, 2015



 CASE 4th Annual Hybrid Conference

To the ASE Community,

Register for the 4th Annual CASE Hybrid conference where the second day is all about RDA and Leading by Convening — click here for the Schedule -in Eastern Time, click here for a flyer and click here to register!


 Announcing ASE Co-Sponsors:

ASE is honored to thank each co-sponsor for their continued support to the ASE Professional Development Series

  • Bay Path College
  • eSped
  • Franciscan Hospital for Children
  • Guild for Human Services
  • Kurzweil Education
  • Murphy, Lamere, and Murphy
  • New England Center for Children
  • Perkins School for the Blind
  • Public Consulting Group
  • Speech Therapy Group, LLC
  • Supplemental Health Care
  • Teach Town
  • Walker Partnerships





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