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June 2020 OAPSA Executive Board Meeting 2020-06-24 04:00:00Z 0

NAPSA Statement in Support of Our Young People in the Wake of Violence and Trauma


NAPSA's Vision Statement avers that: "All students will be provided appropriate supports, services and programs to overcome their barriers to learning." In light of the recent events in Minneapolis, Georgia, throughout our country, and around the world, NAPSA expresses our support to fight injustice, violence, and systemic racism, which are barriers to learning and living. 

As educators, our most precious commodity is our children, who come to us in all shapes, sizes, colors, creeds, and religions.  We take them as they are, love them, feed them, care for them, and educate them. 

Sadly, racism has a longstanding history in the United States and a systemic and pervasive foothold in many societal institutions, including criminal justice, healthcare, and education. Episodes of violence and trauma in young people’s communities, especially those that arise from a place of systemic inequality, prejudice, and racism, negatively impact young people’s lives in a variety of ways. As educators, we are uniquely positioned to help young people process these experiences by providing a space to express their emotions, ask for help, and channel uncertain feelings into positive, constructive action.

As educators, our support as allies to young people trying to make sense of their feelings is critical. In the aftermath of tragic incidents of racial profiling and violence resulting from police actions, and the words and actions of those in positions of authority who may be perceived as uncaring, dismissive, and/or threatening, many young people may feel unsafe, angry, confused, frustrated, sad, and powerless.

NAPSA is committed to creating a world where everyone can live a life free of injustice and inequality, and we must demonstrate that commitment through our thoughts and actions. We know we will be successful in making our vision a reality only when we effectively confront and address these inequities and, as pupil services administrators, play a vital role in this indispensable endeavor.

To view NAPSA's Vision and Mission Statements, please  click here

NAPSA Statement in Support of Our Young People in the Wake of Violence and Trauma 2020-06-08 04:00:00Z 0

CASE Statement on Equity and Social Justice

June 3, 2020
Dear Colleagues,
The Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) is dedicated to the enhancement of the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of each individual in society and we reaffirm these commitments and beliefs as leaders in the field of special education today.  We recognize, however, that beliefs and commitments are not enough and, as an organization, we believe the systemic conditions and underlying factors including institutional racism resulting in the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor and many other untold victims require immediate actions to redress the harms caused. Our country is in the midst of two national crises - the COVID-19 pandemic and the racial unrest.  Both of these crises are disproportionately impacting communities and individuals  of color across our country.
We can and must do more.  CASE commits to working with its members across the country to strengthen our systems, engage in difficult conversations, and develop resources to bring about meaningful, positive change so the civil rights of everyone, and in particular, those who have been marginalized in society, are honored. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”  CASE will engage in a planning process to ensure our policies and positions are inclusive. We will also focus on strategies to increase representation of people of color in leadership roles in special education across the country.  We will consider actions and mindsets that center equity, inclusion, respect, collaboration, deep listening, and unity in a way that brings us all together toward better outcomes. Members or others with specific ideas about how to undertake this important work should contact Phyllis Wolfram at or our President, Erin Maguire at
In partnership,
Erin Maguire, President
Dr. Mike Asip, Unit Development Chair
Dr. Pam Baker, Product Committee Chair
Dr. Mary Lynn Boscardin, Journal Editor
Dr. Julie Bost, Membership Committee Chair
Eric Hoppstock, Treasurer
Dr. Adam Leckie, Publications Chair
Myrna Mandlawitz, Legislative Consultant
Kindel Mason, President-Elect
Gary Myrah, Past-President
Heath Peine, Professional Development Chair
Dr. Kevin Rubenstein, Policy and Legislative Chair
Dr. Gina Scala, Research Chair
Greta Stanfield, Secretary
Carrie Turner, Technology & Communications Chair
Phyllis Wolfram, Executive Director
CASE Statement on Equity and Social Justice 2020-06-04 04:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to OAPSA's 2020 Retirees! 2020-05-09 04:00:00Z 0

Join us in Welcoming Our New OAPSA Secretary and Saying Thank You to Paul Kidd

Jacqueline Vance will begin her duties as OAPSA Executive Secretary May 1, 2020.   Please welcome Jackie to our OAPSA Executive Board! 
Each year in the spring,  when we bring a new member into the Executive Board, it's time for one of our Executive Board Members to move back into the role of an OAPSA member. Thank you to Paul Kidd, OAPSA's Past President, who will be moving off our OAPSA Executive Board as Jacqueline joins us.     Paul has served faithfully as he has moved through the typical rotation of our officers  from being  OAPSA's Secretary to President Elect to  President and to Past President over the past four years.    We are so very grateful that Paul shared his  time, his leadership, his many talents and expertise with OAPSA for four years and we look forward to continuing to have our paths cross with him in the future in his role as a member of our OAPSA membership committee.   I know you join me in thanking Paul for his dedication and hard work over the past four years. 
Join us in Welcoming Our New OAPSA Secretary and Saying Thank You to Paul Kidd 2020-05-01 04:00:00Z 0

CEC/CASE Membership:  Take Advantage Now!  

The Good News!
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is offering a free basic membership for now through May 31. This allows access to journal articles, discounts on publications and events, and an online support membership community. This special free membership will expire on May 31, 2020.
The Better News!
New members who join CEC and also join the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) for the cost of $60, will receive a FULL YEAR membership to CEC and CASE! That's right! If you join CEC for free and CASE for $60 prior to May 31, your membership to both organizations will be valid for ONE YEAR! That's two memberships for the price of $60!
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OAPSA Conferences: Save the Dates! 2019-08-01 04:00:00Z 0

Dates for Upcoming OAPSA Conferences 

Posted by Valerie Riedthaler on Jul 01, 2019

OAPSA Conference Dates 

9/18/2020 Virtual

12/4/2020 at Quest Conference Center 

2/25 & 26/2021 at Nationwide Conference Center

5/7/2021 at Quest Conference Center

2/24 & 25/2022 at Nationwide Conference Center


Dates for Upcoming OAPSA Conferences Valerie Riedthaler 2019-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

OAPSA Membership Registration 2019-2020:  NOW ONLINE


OAPSA Membership Registration is now online!  You can register online at:

OAPSA membership is $125 for members, and free for retirees. 

OAPSA Conference Dates for 2019-2020

9/20/2019 at Quest Conference Center

12/6/2019 at Quest Conference Center 

2/27 & 28/2020 at Nationwide Conference Center 

5/1/2020 at Quest Conference Center

Thank you,

Gwenn Spence, Treasurer

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OAPSA Business Meeting: THANK YOU to the Exec Board! 2019-05-05 04:00:00Z 0
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OAPSA is excited to be a CEC CASE Affiliate! Thank you Phyllis Wolfram! 2019-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Welcome Talia St. Clair, the new Secretary for OAPSA! 2019-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Deb Dennis, the Dr. John Opperman Outstanding Contribution Award Winner! 2019-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Stacey Spencer, a Dr. John Opperman Outstanding Contribution Award Nominee! 2019-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Thank you to Past President Paul Kidd! 2019-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
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ODE's OEC Presenting at May 3, 2019 OAPSA Conference 2019-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Please see the resources under our link for Special Education and Related Services Staff Shortage! 2019-03-18 04:00:00Z 0
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