NAPSEC press releases


written from 2001 to 2002

2001-2003 NAPSEC MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY PUBLISHED

WASHINGTON, DC — The National Association of Private Special Education Centers (NAPSEC) has released its highly anticipated 2001-2003 Membership Directory. This publication offers complete information on NAPSEC’s nearly 300 members, consisting of schools and programs nationwide, as well as Council of Affiliated State Association (CASA) members, professional individuals, and organizations affiliated with NAPSEC.

Each member entry provides important contact information, a list of the disabilities served, an overall program description, appropriate admission procedures, accreditation information, and funding approval details. Readers can then determine if the program might potentially be suitable for their child or client.

Using this directory, parents, professionals, and groups across the country also learn more about NAPSEC’s mission and obtain tips and questions to consider when choosing a program. The categories covered range from “Academics” and “Staff” to “Discipline and Supervision” and “Community Involvement.

NAPSEC has provided over 30 years of leadership in the field of special education through advocacy, publications, services, and conferences. For more information, visit www.napsec.com.

EDITOR’S NOTE: NAPSEC Membership Directory 2001-2003. Paperback, 294 pages, $25.00. To order, contact NAPSEC, code R01, at 202-408-3338 or napsec@aol.com.



NAPSEC ANNOUNCES ITS 2002 ANNUAL CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

WASHINGTON, DC — The National Association of Private Special Education Centers (NAPSEC) has released the list of speakers headlining its 2002 Annual Conference, "Inviting Change, Embracing Core Values," being held in Marco Island, Florida, from January 22-25.

The following special education professionals and educators will be sharing their knowledge and expertise with conference attendees:

Norm Bossio of Norm Bossio Enterprises, Keynote Address, "Managing Change" and Concurrent Session, "How to Remain Motivated on the Titanic." Mr. Bossio, an independent management consultant, trainer, and public speaker, provides technical assistance and training in a wide variety of management areas throughout the private and public sectors. Prior to founding Norm Bossio Enterprises, he was a teacher, principal, and superintendent in public schools and served for eight years as an adjunct faculty member and consultant to the Management Certificate Program of Stonehill College.

Matthew McNamara of McNamara and Associates, The Symposium, "Managing the Difficult Placement: Before Acceptance and the Years After Discharge" and Concurrent Session, "Child Proofing and Employer Proofing Our Workforce." Mr. McNamara’s practice is focused on the representation of special education in areas such as employment, regulatory compliance, and public contracting. Prior to practicing law, he was the deputy director of the Massachusetts Association of 766 Approved Private Schools and executive director of an agency that operates residential special education schools.

Dr. Alba Ortiz of the University of Texas, General Session. Dr. Ortiz, currently Professor of Special Education at the University of Texas, is a nationally recognized expert on the education of linguistically and culturally diverse learners with disabilities. In 1992, she served as the President of the International Council for Exceptional Children and in 1994 was awarded the President’s Achievement Award by the National Association for Bilingual Education. She recently co-chaired the Exceptional Needs Committee for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Earl Stuck of the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), "Behavior Management Regulations and Legislation." Mr. Stuck brings 35 years of experience to his current role as Associate Director for Membership Services. In this position, he focuses on the management, recruitment, and retention of CWLA’s over 1,200 members. He is a well-known teacher and lecturer on subjects such as administration, group care, juvenile justice and youth issues, and how to work with the families of children and youth in out-of-home care.

Dr. Bruce Ettinger of the Children’s Institute, Jack Pumphrey of the Jefferson School, Dr. Andrew Ross of the Children’s Guild, and Randy Sovich of R.M. Sovich Architects, "Building for Change." This discussion will focus on building, acquiring, and renovating space to accommodate the growing and changing needs of the diverse population that NAPSEC members serve.

Kurk Lalemand of NAPPI International, "Changes in the Challenges of the Workplace." The issues explored in this session include how acceptable behavior management techniques have changed over the past 25 years, what societal pressures produced these changes, the elements that any effective behavior management program should include, and how to evaluate your program for efficacy, efficiency, integration, and pro-social impact.

John Littleford of Littleford and Associates, "What’s a Head Worth: Creative and Current Strategies in Compensation and Rewarding Heads of Schools." This session covers the patterns that demonstrate the changing and creative marketplace for head compensation, including contract design, incentives to attract, retain, reward, or professionally develop heads, and the key role of evaluation in the head’s compensation decision.

Mary Claire Toohey of Hanover Hospital, "Constant Change: How Can We Live With It?" The focus will be on how human resources, special education’s greatest strength, have affected the way that management deals with individual issues, develops policies and procedures, and conducts business.

Dr. David Holmes of the Eden Institute and Dr. George W. Niemann of Bancroft Neurohealth, "Executive Leadership Development." This workshop will present various examples of effective leadership and help participants evaluate their personal leadership style.

Sherry L. Kolbe, NAPSEC Executive Director and CEO, Federal Update. Ms. Kolbe will present a review of the issues, legislation, and events that affect the private special education community. This informative and popular session will bring attendees up-to-date and solicit their active support to achieve the common goals of NAPSEC and private special education programs nationwide.

NAPSEC has provided over 30 years of leadership in the field of special education through advocacy, publications, services, and conferences. For more information, visit www.napsec.com.



SPECIAL EDUCATION ISSUES TAKE CENTER STAGE
AT THE 2002 NAPSEC LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE

WASHINGTON, DC — The National Association of Private Special Education Centers (NAPSEC) will hold its annual NAPSEC Legislative Conference on May 9-10. NAPSEC members from across the nation will be briefed on the legislative issues that impact private specialized services. They will also be afforded the opportunity to meet with their Congressional representatives.

On Thursday, May 9, conference attendees will begin their day with sessions by Ed Kealy, Committee for Education Funding, and Charles Hokanson, Majority Professional Staff Member, House Education and the Workforce Committee. At a luncheon in the Rayburn House Office Building, Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT) will be honored as the "NAPSEC Legislator of the Year."

Attendees will spend the rest of the afternoon on their Congressional visits, followed by an evening reception and dinner at B. Smith’s restaurant in Union Station. The conference concludes Friday, May 10, with sessions by Connie Garner, Majority Staff, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and JoLeta Reynolds, Office of Special Education Programs.

NAPSEC has provided over 30 years of leadership in the field of special education through advocacy, publications, services, and conferences. For more information, visit www.napsec.com.

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