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Special Education Administrator of the Year
2017 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 will be announced at the 2017 NYCASE
Summer Institute at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs New York.

The 2017 NYCASE Special Education Administrator of the year award recipient is Debra Kienke, Executive Director of Special Education with the Oceanside School District.
 

Ms. Kienke’s work supporting families and students with disabilities, strong leadership role within her district and region, her drive to prepare students for success in the community, and her leadership roles in Special Education organizations demonstrate the fundamental tenants of the New York Council of Administrators of Special Education Administrator of the Year award.

Dr. Phyllis S. Harrington, Superintendent, at Oceanside School District has shared that Ms. Kienke has demonstrated exceptionally strong interpersonal skills and is able to communicate her knowledge and expertise regarding special education at all levels. She has been actively involved in LISEA where she served as president. She is perceived as a leader among leaders.

The award ceremony was held on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 8:45 AM during the NYCASE Summer Institute in Saratoga Springs to celebrate Ms. Kienke's prestigious honor.  Thank you for your support of a fellow colleague with her well earned success in a role we all know first hand is very challenging and demanding.  We appreciate your participation in this unique opportunity for networking and sharing the company of very talented administrators that truly understand the unique role of a Special Education Administrator

Congratulations on a well deserved award! 

 

 

Friend of Special Education
2017 NYCASE Award Recipient

Saratoga Springs, New York: 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 Award was announced at the July 2017 NYCASE Summer Institute at the Gideon Putnam Resort.

 

 

Each year, the Co-Presidents of this organization have the distinct honor of selecting the recipient for the Friend of Special Education Award. This year, we proudly announced and humbly presented this award to   Karen Norlander.  Dr. Heidi McCarthy shared that Karen is recognized as one of our State’s leading authorities on special education law, there is no question that this award belongs to Karen. If all those  
  whose lives have been positively impacted by Karen were given an opportunity to share their thoughts and/or experiences with Karen, we would have had to add an additional day on to this institute.

 

Karen’s colleagues have expressed that through the years, she has often shaped the law and practice in the area, with key cases, guidance and insight.  Karen would foresee the next big chapter in IDEA, was frequently offering strategies, policies, procedures and approaches to help Districts grow, change, and adapt to the new expectations more effectively, and implement promising practices in special education. 

Prior to joining the Girvin and Ferlazzo law firm, Karen served for five years as managing attorney for the State Education Department. While there Karen led the way in non-confrontational dispute resolution resulting in many successes.  Karen has demonstrated an unparalleled knowledge of both the law and what constitutes a free appropriate public education. Karen has always focused on resolutions that will benefit students with a disability. She truly is “A Friend of Special Education”.

Over 30 years later, Karen is still leading the way for schools, advocates and attorneys.

 

Congratulations on a well deserved award!

 

 

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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