Michigan Association of Administrators of Special Education

MAASE is a statewide professional educational organization affiliated with the National Council of Administrators of Special Education and the Council for Exceptional Children. MAASE members are dedicated to the enhancement of the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of each individual in society.

Those who receive special education services are individuals who possess basic rights and responsibilities, and who command respect at all times. Special education embraces the right to a free appropriate public education.

The Mission of MAASE is to provide leadership for the development and implementation of quality programs and services for students with disabilities within the total education community.

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Four Focus Areas

President's Corner

MAASE President Andrew Claes
Andrew Claes

March 28, 2018

Spring is here and with the changing of seasons, another flurry of activities.  Yes, the UP will likely get more snow flurries, but being positive, the XC skiing is still good.  I hope all have had a great spring break or are headed someplace fun and relaxing. 

Certainly the activities throughout the MAASE organization continue, with several committees and workgroups engaged in our four focus areas and pushing the system to improve outcomes for students.  On the legislative front, we continue to make strides educating our state government. Through your engagement with legislators, there is continued support for Early On funding in the state budget. Lt. Governor Calley has supported the idea of utilizing the existing state funding formula for  distribution of the proposed state allocation. Naturally, there has been much discussion of school safety in Lansing, too, Make your voice heard, so that we may shape this discussion, find common ground, and develop solutions to keep our students safe at school and focused on learning.

This April, MAASE will offer two professional learning opportunities along with the various committee meetings, updates and networking opportunities.  Be sure to come and engage with your colleagues, to refresh and learn, to catch up, deepen understanding and revitalize your work.

May 9-11 will bring the annual ISD Compliance Reps. Collaborative Conference to St. Ignace.  All are welcome to what will surely be another exceptional learning opportunity. There will be sessions on the technical aspects of the IEP process, implications of the new reading law, and  bridging MTSS with SDI, along with many others. Come enjoy the warm hospitality of the UP.

MAASE members have taken on prominent roles at the national level through our commitment and partnership with CASE and CEC. Our national organizations offer another means to engage in the work and advocacy for students. Please support MAASE on a national level through a  unified membership with CASE and CEC. I would also encourage you to support our MAASE colleagues who have taken on leadership positions at the national level. As a member of CEC and CASE, you gain access to some amazing resources! The most recent issue of Teaching Exceptional Children is packed with great articles you can use or pass on to your teachers.  

MAASE will again be offering support for 2, $500 scholarships to first time attendees to the CASE Legislative Summit scheduled for July.  Be on the lookout for an announcement for application in the near future.

There are many opportunities to advance the mission of our organization and advocate for students.   Get engaged with MAASE.


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