NCSECS' Monthly Newsletter: May 2018

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Looking Back: NCSECS' May

June 4, 2018


NCSECS Growth

NCSECS is excited to welcome another talented new staff member to support our work on behalf of students with disabilities.

Julia K.M. Hesselton, who will serve as NCSECS' Operations Manager, has a diverse background in healthcare and education operations. Julia received her bachelors in Political Science and Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Prior to joining NCSECS, Julia worked as a healthcare policy analyst for the Massachusetts House of Representatives and as an Operations Assistant in the Molecular and Systems Biology Department at Dartmouth College. Julia is a strong advocate for women and children and is a crisis line volunteer at WISE, whose mission is to end gender-based violence in rural Vermont through survivor-centered advocacy, prevention, education, and mobilization for social change.

Please join us in welcoming Julia to the NCSECS team!


NCSECS on the Road

Senior Fellow Paul O'Neill took part in the annual summit held by the New Schools Venture Fund in San Francisco and connected with a broad range of leaders and funders on key issues facing the education reform sector.

In San Francisco, O'Neill also represented NCSECS at the latest working group convening by Bryan Hassel of Public Impact on serving the highest needs students.

NCSECS continues to serve in the New York City Special Education Working Group, composed of various stakeholders who seek to collaboratively address key issues and challenges related to educating students with disabilities.

O'Neill provided testimony in Las Vegas before the Education Committee of the Nevada State Assembly. He addressed the role of Local Education Agency status on charter schools and special education, providing input on legal considerations and recommendations for best practices.

Executive Director Lauren Morando Rhim attended the Education Writers Association's Annual National Seminar in LA, participating in its deep dive in special education.

NCSECS hosted convenings in both Denver and Buffalo this month with charter school leaders, philanthropists, and government officials, with the objective of assessing each city's special education infrastructure and the potential for creating a collaborative support organization.

Morando Rhim attended the spring convening of the National Collaborative on Inclusive Principal Leadership in Washington DC alongside principal associations, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) member organizations, technical assistance centers, researchers, educator preparation programs, and other nonprofits.


NCSECS Resources and More

Be sure to check out our most recently released resources, three case studies that document promising practices and innovative models adopted by Thrive Public SchoolsBrooklyn Laboratory Charter Schools (LAB), and Mott Haven Academy Charter School.

The CCSSO developed this guide in collaboration with education partners to help states establish a vision for effective, inclusive principal leadership and advance that vision statewide to improve outcomes for the success of each child, including those with disabilities.


Special Education News


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