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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President's Corner

MAASE President Andrew Claes
Andrew Claes

January 22, 2018


In the midst of a brief respite from cold and awaiting another snow storm, it is time again to make preparations.  I have topped off the gas in the snow blower, shined up the snow shovel, and stockpiled some CEC books and magazines to read, while we shelter from the storm.   After the holidays it always seems like the school year just hits the accelerator as we move from semester exams, to a host of professional learning, budget reviews, committee projects, staff evaluations, and the beginnings of planning for next school year.   Spring Break and graduation will be right around the corner.  

Similarly, our MAASE organization follows a cycle of predictable and planful events, with the much anticipated attorney panel in February.   This is always a well attended professional learning opportunity and an opportunity to engage with our legal eagles as we ask questions and receive updates on the most recent interpretations of special education court decisions.   

This year there are a few modifications to the February agenda.  MAASE will be facilitating our annual silent auction to support scholarships through the MCEC foundation.  Please partner with your colleagues to create an auction item and come join in the fun on Tuesday after the session.  Wednesday there will be an additional session after the general membership meeting to further describe the IFSP and IEP Consideration for Student with ASD receiving Insurance-based Treatment and Intervention by the ASD COP.  Also, the Legislative Action Summit has been rescheduled for Wednesday evening and Thursday following MAASE.  This change was precipitated by the desire to engage with legislators early, as they prepare for state budget allocations.  Your voice does make a difference; come out and solicit your state legislator.  

The Michigan Council for Exceptional Children annual conference is also coming up fast at the end of February.  MCEC has an exceptional professional learning event in store along with the Honors and Awards Banquet on Thursday March 1st.   The Honors and Award event will put a spring in your step, lasting all year, as we celebrate the achievement of some incredible students, teachers, and parents.  

CASE will also provide a Hybrid Conference on March 8-9.  This is an excellent and cost effective way to bring quality professional learning to your district. This year the conference theme is Data Driven Accountability with speakers Julie Weatherly and Randy Sprick on Thursday and Friday, respectively.  

There is always a way to engage with MAASE through a wealth of professional activities and leadership duties.  By extension, you are part of a larger family of  educators through Michigan CEC and CASE.  Hope to see you all in the coming months as we improve the educational system and advocate for students with disabilities in conjunction with the larger educational community.


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  • Special Ed Connection
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