“Great leaders don’t set out to be a leader….they set out to make a difference. It’s never about the role – always about the goal.” Having worked with many of you individually and collectively over the years I know that to be true – your goal, our shared goal in our field of special education, is to improve special education services for students so that they can have meaningful opportunities to participate to the furthest extent possible in their educational programs with peers and prepare for life after high school.
We take great pride and put forth tremendous energy towards achieving this goal by:
- supporting students with (and often without) disabilities,
- actively engaging parents and guardians as partners,
- educating and empowering teachers and fellow administrators,
- and energizing (as well as re-energizing) each other through the good and not so good times.
Our efforts impact both general educators and special educators. Training we develop, implement and evaluate supports students in all educational settings, not just special education settings. While the mission of the SEAA is to improve special education services, we make a difference throughout the educational landscapes we encounter, across classrooms, campuses and communities. We do that through networking, collaborating and communicating with one another promising practices in education and human service. This continuous partnering creates momentum for positive change, positive outcomes, and positive climates where students with disabilities, and educators who support students with disabilities, learn to embrace their strengths, recognize and compensate for their unique needs, and thrive in the experiences they encounter along their educational journeys.
Check back monthly for encouraging quotes, helpful tips and legal updates. Be willing to share resources that colleagues may benefit from so that we can pay forward best practices. Be present at SEAA meetings so we can all benefit from the amazing knowledge and expertise each other has to share with one another.
You make a difference as an educational leader. Not because of your role, or title, within your organization but because of your passion, your beliefs, your vision, and your goal to improve special education services for students. Thank you for being a great leader in the field of special education. We look forward to hearing from you and sharing with you at meetings, in providing and benefitting from the library of resources for Members Only, via the list serv, and in learning how we as an organization can assist and support you in achieving your goal.
With warm regards,