Michigan Association of Administrators of Special Education

MAASE is a statewide professional educational organization affiliated with the National Council of Administrators of Special Education and the Council for Exceptional Children. MAASE members are dedicated to the enhancement of the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of each individual in society.

Those who receive special education services are individuals who possess basic rights and responsibilities, and who command respect at all times. Special education embraces the right to a free appropriate public education.

The Mission of MAASE is to provide leadership for the development and implementation of quality programs and services for students with disabilities within the total education community.

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President's Corner

MAASE President Eric Hoppstock
Eric Hoppstock

June 7, 2017

 

First things first, you the MAASE Membership did it! Excellence was recognized! On April 19, 2017, the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) presented to MAASE the 2016-2017 Outstanding Achievement Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Area of Professional Development.

This month I will transition from MAASE President to Immediate Past President; in the blink of an eye my role with change and the organization will roll on. That is as it should be because the organization represents a piece of us all. It is made up of many excellent individuals who just happen to be fine leaders, but they are first and foremost excellent people. With that in mind, please take a moment to thank those significant people in your life for sharing you with MAASE and the energy they put in you has benefited MAASE, it has benefited me.

There is a quote that brings a smile to my face each time it is brought to my working memory, “some drink from the fountain of knowledge, others just gargle.” I have stated in the past that MAASE is that collaborative body of fellow administrators where we help each other keep the proper orientation or focus on students. It is the place where we help each other observe the world as it truly is, but dream of how it could be. It is the place where we decide how to change the future, sometimes with success and other times with failure, but always together. It is the place where we learn to act in powerful and responsive ways. So my final plea is that you engage others at MAASE, ask questions, ask more questions, tap into other leader’s thinking, challenge their thinking, because we need each other. If this work were easy everyone would do it, but it has been left to us. I am forever optimistic on what we can accomplish.

Each time I am at MAASE I couldn’t be more proud to be a member and more humbled to have the opportunity to serve so many high skilled and talented administrators. You are creative, hardworking, and the best support that any special education administrator could hope for.

Remember, Simple Improvement Together.