Message from the President
INVITATION TO JOIN OR RENEW YOUR IAASE MEMBERSHIP FOR 2014-2015

By Melissa Taylor.
IAASE President
July 2014

The Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education is an influential, progressive organization dedicated to increasing positive outcomes for students with disabilities through legislative activism, high-quality professional development, collaboration, and increased networking opportunities for its members. IAASE members represent the organization on all of the key statewide committees and are actively involved at the state and federal levels. The key to our success as an organization continues to be directly linked to the dedication, time, talent, and diligent efforts of all of our members.

As administrators, we are faced with unprecedented economic conditions coupled with significant education reform. These are, indeed, challenging times. IAASE is committed to supporting members through increased networking opportunities within regions and is focused on best practices for maintaining quality special education programs under fiscal duress. IAASE continues to work collaboratively with the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois General Assembly, and other statewide organizations for the benefit of students. The IAASE is known as a premier special education organization and acknowledged leader in the field of education. We are the largest such organization in the country, with nearly 1200 members. The strength of our organization is directly related to the collaborative efforts of all of our members and your role is vital. Now is the time to renew your membership in IAASE or to initiate membership if you just now have the opportunity. The evidence of our collective work is repeatedly seen in our award-winning conferences, committee work, state work, and networking with other organizations to make a positive impact for all students. With the size and influence of our organization, IAASE continues to be a model for other groups in terms of talent, commitment, and ability to affect positive change.

Annual IAASE membership runs from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. Please note that the IAASE membership application is only available electronically at www.iaase.org. Please encourage your colleagues, both within and outside your organization, to join. If you would like more information about our organization, please feel free to contact me. With the challenges we are facing in education, it is more important than ever to be involved and active with IAASE. There are so many ways for you to be active in the organization! If you have a specific interest or would like to discuss committee options, please contact me at 618-222-8273 or e-mail me at mtaylor@bths201.org. All members are also cordially invited to attend and participate in our Executive Board meetings (the dates, times, and locations are posted on our website: www.iaase.org).

Our Fall Conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, 18501 South Harlem Avenue, Tinley Park, IL on September 25-26, 2014. The conference promises to provide research-based strategies, timely updates, and engaging keynotes. Our Winter Conference is February 19-20, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Springfield, 3000 S. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL. You may register for all IAASE conferences online at www.iaase.org. If you are new to the organization, welcome!! We are so pleased that you’ve joined us. If you are a returning IAASE member, thank you for all you do. I look forward to seeing you soon!

Sincerely,
Melissa Taylor
IAASE President


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