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Voices From the Field:
Educating Children with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Era


April 15th at 1:00 pm ET

This webinar is part of Rethink Ed's SEL Expert Webinar Series

Experts in the field will discuss both challenges and strategies specific to educating children with IEP's during this challenging time.

Panelists will cover a variety of topics including social-emotional learning, addressing goals and services, managing and amending IEPs, managing virtual meetings, the current national climate and the latest from the US DOE. Tune in to learn from leading experts in the field of special education!


About the Presenters

 


 

Dr. Kurt Hulett, Author, and Special Education Advocate

Dr. Hulett is a leading special education advocate and educational consultant based in Central Texas.  He works extensively on behalf of children and families engaged in the IEP and Section 504 process.  He is well-known for his ability to navigate difficult situations and secure the educational services, goals and desired outcomes for the parents and students he serves.  In addition, he trains principals and administrators in the utilization of both best practices and legal approaches to special education management.  Dr. Hulett is the author of the best-selling text “Legal Aspects of Special Education.”  He is committed to helping all stakeholders meet the needs of students with disabilities.

He has extensive experience in many aspects of school administration including over ten years as a school principal, work in assessment as vice president for Triumph Learning in New York, head of research and development for Pearson Assessment in San Antonio, legal issues and compliance specialist for Henrico County Public Schools in Virginia, and grants and budget analyst for the Office of the Secretary of Education in Virginia.

Dr. Hulett has a bachelor’s degree in public administration from James Madison University, a master’s in special education from the University of Virginia, and a doctorate in education administration and supervision also from the University of Virginia. Dr. Hulett is the proud of father of two children currently attending South Bosque Elementary School and the spouse of a Baylor University professor.

 

 

 


 

Dr. Adam Leckie, CASE Board Member, and Assistant Superintendent

Adam has worked with individuals with disabilities for over 18 years and in public education for the past 13 years. He has worked as a Special Education Teacher, Special Education Department Chair, Special Education Instructional Specialist, Special Education Director, and currently is an Assistant Superintendent for Student Services. In that time Adam has improved the outcomes for students with disabilities in his local school district through a focus on inclusive practices, high-quality instruction, and effective behavioral supports. In addition to his work in the public school system, Adam taught college courses on applied behavioral analysis (ABA) and autism to master’s students. He is Past-President of AzCASE and currently serves as the Publications Chair for the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE). He was named the 2015 Early Career Special Education Director of the Year, 2019 Arizona Distinguished Administrator of the Year, 2019 Arizona Outstanding Dissertation Award winner, and 2019 PBISAz Director’s Award winner. Adam’s publications include contributions to the Journal of Special Education Leadership (2016), the Journal of Access, Equity, and Compliance (2019) and the book Lucky 21: The General Education Teacher’s Guide to Special Education (2018).

 

 

 


 

Gary Myrah, President Wisconsin CASE and former SPED Director

Gary was hired as the Executive Director of WCASS in 2011. He retired from the Port Washington-Saukville School District after 27 years of service and prior to that he served as the director for the Adams-Friendship Area Schools for 7 years. He has been active in WCASS since the merger of WCAPS and WCASE in 1994 and has served as the chair of the conference committee as well as the president of the association. He received the Dan O’Sullivan award twice and the John Melcher Award (now referred to as the Administrator of the Year Award) once in his career. He was formerly the Professional Development Chair, and is currently President-Elect, for CASE International (Council of Administrators of Special Education).

 

 

 

 

Phyllis Wolfram, CASE Executive Director, and former SPED Director

Phyllis Wolfram is the current Executive Director for the National Council of Administrators of Special Education.  Just prior to this role, Phyllis served as the Executive Director for MO-CASE and resides in Springfield, Missouri. She has worked in the field of education for
36 years. Phyllis’ administrative experience spans 29 years in the field of special education administration at the local level. She has been a local special education director in three different districts ranging in size from a small rural district to the largest urban district in the state of Missouri. In addition, she has experience in the area of gifted education, Section 504, ELL and early childhood.
Phyllis is currently the President of CASE. Prior to this position she served as the chair of the CASE Policy and Legislation Committee for three years. She has also chaired the CASE Ad Hoc Committee on IDEA Reauthorization in 2010, and served as a member of the CASE Task Force, Design for the Future, 2005. In her home state of Missouri, Phyllis has served on the Governor’s Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders and has served on various state-level committees including Early Childhood Special Education, Electronic IEP Development, Missouri’s RTI initiative, Transition from School to Work and the Elementary English Language Arts Advisory Committee. Phyllis has also served on the Board of Directors for the Council for Exceptional Children and the CEC IDEA Reauthorization Workgroup. She is currently the Chairman of the Board for Burrell Behavioral Health, the second-largest mental health provider in Missouri.

 

 

 


 

David Adams, SEL Director Urban Assembly

Adam has worked with individuals with disabilities for over 18 years and in public education for the past 13 years. He has worked as a Special Education Teacher, Special Education Department Chair, Special Education Instructional Specialist, Special Education Director, and currently is an Assistant Superintendent for Student Services. In that time Adam has improved the outcomes for students with disabilities in his local school district through a focus on inclusive practices, high-quality instruction, and effective behavioral supports. In addition to his work in the public school system, Adam taught college courses on applied behavioral analysis (ABA) and autism to master’s students. He is Past-President of AzCASE and currently serves as the Publications Chair for the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE). He was named the 2015 Early Career Special Education Director of the Year, 2019 Arizona Distinguished Administrator of the Year, 2019 Arizona Outstanding Dissertation Award winner, and 2019 PBISAz Director’s Award winner. Adam’s publications include contributions to the Journal of Special Education Leadership (2016), the Journal of Access, Equity, and Compliance (2019) and the book Lucky 21: The General Education Teacher’s Guide to Special Education (2018).

David is the Director of Social-Emotional Learning at The Urban Assembly. He previously served as the Social-Emotional Learning Coordinator for District 75 where he shaped the District's approach to social-emotional learning for students with severe cognitive and behavioral challenges. He has worked internationally in schools in England, standing up and evaluating programs of positive behavioral supports and Social-Emotional Learning as a research intern at Yale University’s Health, Emotion and Behavior Lab, and published multiple academic papers around the relationship of social-emotional competence, and student academic and behavioral outcomes. He is married with two children, serves on the Board of Directors of CASEL and is an Engineering Officer in the Army Reserve. David holds an M.Ed in Educational Psychology from Fordham University.

 

 

 


 

Kindel Mason, Special Services Director, Jerome School District (ID), CASE President-Elect

Kindel has 29 years of experience in special education, and has served as the Special Services Director in Jerome, Idaho since 2005.  Prior to becoming a director, Kindel worked with the Idaho State Department of Education as a consultant and taught special education at the elementary and middle school levels. He holds a B.A. in Elementary/Special Education, M.A. in Special Education from Idaho State University, and earned an Ed.S. in School Administration from the University of Idaho. He was selected as the 2013 Idaho Outstanding Special Education Administrator, and the 2015 Idaho State University Outstanding Educator.  Kindel has been an active member of CASE for 14 years and a CEC member for 25 years.  Currently, he serves on the CASE Executive Committee as the CASE President-Elect.  His past leadership experiences include: CASE Professional Development chair, CASE Membership Committee member, Idaho CASE President, Idaho CEC President, President of the Idaho Association of Special Education Administrators, and President of the Marsh Valley Education Association. He served on the Idaho Medicaid Advisory Committee and the Governor’s Interagency Student Services Support Committee. His spare time is spent enjoying Idaho’s outdoor recreation opportunities with his family.