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Special Education Administrator of the Year

2016 NYCASE Award Recipient

 
Saratoga Springs, New York: The New York Council of Administrators of Special Education (NYCASE) has established the "Special Education Administrator of the Year" Award to recognize an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and accomplishment for the benefit of students with disabilities. The award was announced at the 2016 NYCASE Summer Institute at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs New York. The 2016 NYCASE Special Education Administrator of the year award recipient is Yvette Goorevitch, Director of Special and Alternative Education for the City School District of New Rochelle.
 
Mrs Goorevitch has spent close to 40 years in public education dedicated to working with students with disabilities and their families. Mrs.Goorevitch has been the Director of Special and Alternative Education for the City School District of New Rochelle for over 25 years. While under her leadership, the District has been awarded numerous grants and awards, including the Model Transition Program award, a demonstration grant to support the implementation of Positive Behavioral Strategies (PBS) and Project SEARCH, a nationally recognized Transition Planning Model. Under Mrs. Goorevitch’s administrative leadership, her school district became the first district to implement programs for students with Autism and currently serves as training site for doctoral students. Most recently, Mrs. Goorevitch continues to develop programs to support greater student participation in Committee on Special Education meetings and transition planning for life after high school.
 
Mrs. Goorevitch’s has been described as a person who goes, “above and beyond” promoting inclusion and has been said to “force change in a calm yet demanding way and the New Rochelle community is more accepting and accessible because of her.” Mrs. Goorevitch has also contributed to the academic field having presented at numerous local and national workshops and conferences on a variety of topics, and has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses. She is a Past Co-President of NYCASE, and continues to be active on the Board of Directors and legislative committee. She has also served as a member on the National Board of the Council for Administrators of Special Education, and recently just returned from presenting at their conference in Washington D.C.

Congratulations on a well deserved award! 

Friend of Special Education Award

The New York Council of Administrators of Special Education (NYCASE) has established the "Friend of Special Education" Award to recognize the lifetime achievement of an individual who has advocated for the needs of students with disabilities and their families by influencing the development of policy or legislation.
The 2016 NYCASE "Friend of Special Education" Award recipient is:
James P. DeLorenzo
Retired Assistant Commissioner, New York State Education Department Office of Special Education
 
The award ceremony took place on Wednesday July 20th at the 2016 NYCASE Summer conference at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs New York.  The ceremony included congratulatory comments via video from the US Secretary of Education Dr. John King, and New York State Education Department Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia. In addition Dr. Rebecca Cort, Retired Associate Commissioner of the Office of Special Education NYS Education Department sent written remarks and commendations.
 
Mr. DeLorenzo completed his undergraduate studies at The SAGE Colleges in Albany, NY. He began his teaching career at Chatham Central Schools as a special education teacher at the elementary level. Even as a novice teacher, he understood the benefits of the least restrictive environment for students with disabilities and started the first resource room at the elementary level at Chatham Central. Other early career work was in service to individuals with developmental disabilities and at the Office of Mental Health. Mr. DeLorenzo pursued his graduate studies through coursework at The SAGE Colleges and SUNY Albany where he earned a Master’s degree and a post graduate certification in administration. His work at the NYS Education Department began in 1988 as an Associate in the Office of Special Education. His assent to leadership in the department included serving as Supervisor of the Eastern Regional Office and Statewide Director of Special Education, before being appointed Assistant Commissioner in 2013.
 
Mr. DeLorenzo is known to be a strong leader who did not shy away from difficult issues. Throughout the education reform movement, Jim upheld the pursuit of higher standards for Students with disabilities, while being mindful of the need for supports and safety net options. As a result of his leadership, more students with disabilities gained access to the general education curriculum and graduated with Regents diplomas.
 
Mr. DeLorenzo's deep understanding of students with disabilities was rooted in his early career experience as a classroom teacher, which served to inform his work in policy throughout his career. But he never failed to value the voice of students. One of his signature contributions to the department has been establishing the Youth Advisory Panel which is a comprised of youth who receive or have received special education services.  The Youth Advisory Panel is an enduring part of Jim's legacy.
 
He was also a strong advocate for the Special Act schools, private approved schools and preschool programs. Jim led policy changes that eliminated the use of aversive interventions, required the implementation of RTI, PBIS and least restrictive environment. He also worked hard to support parent centers and to enhance programs at preschools. During his career Mr. DeLorenzo traveled extensively to visit schools and interact with students and school personnel. His accessibility and approachability has been a mark of distinction in his service in the State Education Department. 

Congratulations on a well deserved award! 

 

 

The Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (DADD) 

The Council for Exceptional Children is committed to being both relevant and invaluable to practitioners who work with individuals with autism, intellectual disability, and other developmental disabilities. DADD has recently created an ad hoc committee to explore issues related to practitioners in the field including: engagement in the organization as well as experiences and perspectives on professional supports and services. Your input on this quick survey will inform the board and organization as a whole on the needs and viewpoint of practitioners in the field.
In addition to completing this survey, we ask that you please consider forwarding this to your colleagues working in some way with students who have autism, intellectual disability, or other developmental disabilities. We look forward to hearing from members, former members, and non-members alike.
For questions or comments on the survey, please contact the practitioner committee co-chairs: Jordan Shurr (shurr1jc@cmich.edu) or Polly Parrish (pollyparrish@mac.com.
Please follow this link or copy and paste this address to complete the survey
goo.gl/forms/HIJKlo7q5GZx11u43
 Thank you for your time,
 Members of the DADD Practitioner Committee
 

Appointment of Yvette Goorevitch to State Rehabilitation Council


NYCASE Board members are pleased to announce the appointment of NYCASE board member, Yvette Goorevitch, to the New York State Rehabilitation Council (SRC). This is a voluntary appointment that Yvette was proud to accept. It is an appointment by the Board of Regents to the State Rehabilitation Council which makes policy recommendations on behalf of young adults with disabilities. This work is critical to supporting the community based integrated work opportunities for the students we have dedicated our professional lives to serve. As a member of the SRC Yvette hopes to represent the work we do proudly!

Appointment Letter from State Education Department

 

2017 NYCASE Special Education Administrator of the Year Award

The NYCASE Special Education Administrator award is presented annually an individual who excels in the service of special education, demonstrates solid leadership skills and advocates for the needs of students with disabilities.

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2017 New York State Teacher of the Year Award

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