Message from the President

By Melissa Taylor.
IAASE President
July 2015

The Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education is an influential, progressive organization dedicated to increasing positive outcomes for students with disabilities through legislative activism, high-quality professional development, collaboration, and networking opportunities for its members. IAASE members represent the organization on all of the key statewide committees and are actively involved at the state and federal levels. The key to our success as an organization continues to be directly linked to the dedication, time, talent, and diligent efforts of all of our members.

As administrators, we are faced with unprecedented economic conditions coupled with significant education reform. These are challenging times. IAASE is committed to supporting members through increased networking opportunities within regions and is focused on best practices for maintaining quality special education programs under fiscal duress. IAASE continues to work collaboratively with the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois General Assembly, and other statewide organizations for the benefit of students. We took a significant step forward as an organization in 2015 by partnering with the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA) to employ a full-time policy analyst/government relations specialist. We took this step in an effort to give our members the voice they deserve on important policy issues in our state. While the partnership is new, we believe it is already paying off for our members. Hopefully, you have noticed the frequent legislative updates and find them a valuable benefit of your IAASE membership. The IAASE is the largest organization of special education administrators in the country, with nearly 1200 members. The strength of our organization is directly related to the collaborative efforts of all of our members and your role is vital. Now is the time to renew your membership in IAASE or to initiate membership if you just now have the opportunity. The evidence of our collective work is repeatedly seen in our award-winning conferences, committee work, state work and networking with other organizations to make a positive impact for all students. With the size and influence of our organization, IAASE continues to be a model for other groups in terms of talent, commitment, and ability to affect positive change.

Annual IAASE membership runs July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. Please note that the IAASE membership application is only available electronically at Please encourage your colleagues, both within and outside your organization, to join. If you would like more information about our organization, please feel free to contact me. With the challenges we are facing in education, it is more important than ever to be involved and active with IAASE. There are so many ways for you to be active in the organization! If you have a specific interest or would like to discuss committee options, please contact me at (618)222-8273 or e-mail me at All members are also cordially invited to attend and participate in our Executive Board meetings (the dates, times, and locations are posted on our website:

If you are new to the organization, welcome! We hope you consider joining us. If you are a returning IAASE member, thank you for all you do. I look forward to seeing you soon!

Melissa Taylor
IAASE President

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