Kristine J. Melloy, Ph.D.
Your Executive Committee Hard At Work!
“CCBD is an international community of educators which is the voice and vision of special education for children and youth with or at risk of emotional and behavioral disorders. CCBD is a diverse, vibrant professional organization that works together and with others to ensure that these students are valued and included in all aspects of life. CCBD is a trusted leader in shaping education policy and practices and is globally renowned for its expertise and leadership in:
- Promoting and publishing research that improves policy and practice for children and youth with or at risk of emotional and behavioral disorders;
- Providing professional development opportunities that improve policy and practice for children and youth with or at risk of emotional and behavioral disorders;
- Advocating on behalf of individuals with emotional and behavioral disorders and partnering with other organizations and individuals who share this commitment; and
- Extending critical professional support to our colleagues in these endeavors, the members of CCBD. “
(CCBD Mission Statement, Adopted by the CCBD Executive Committee, January 6, 2009)
As a member of CCBD you may wonder who ensures that the mission of CCBD is lived out and how the work of CCBD gets done. The CCBD Executive Committee (EC), an elected and appointed body of 18 volunteers, are responsible for collaborating with you, the CCBD committees, and others to complete the work entrusted to us on behalf of children and youth with EBD. Jamie Thompson, Executive Secretary, is our one paid staff person who masterfully coordinates the behind the scenes work and gently manages all of us to make things happen. Throughout the year, the EC meets in two face to face meetings per year and on monthly conference calls. In between face to face and conference call meetings, members of the EC in collaboration with many of you complete work through many hours of service. The work gets done virtually, through committee work and just plane old fashioned hours of labor in order to get the work done!
During the first week of April, the EC met in one of their two annual face to face meetings in conjunction with the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Convention in San Antonio, Texas. Although the agenda was full for the EC’s day and a half of meetings, one significant thing we completed was in the form of a statement that was developed in response to the NRA’s School Shield Program that was released on April 2.
The CCBD statement, adopted by the EC, reiterates our stance that arming educators and our partners with prevention strategies to promote mental, academic, social and behavioral health is crucial for school safety. In essence, the statement provides recommendations for interventions that include the following for preventing the behaviors that may lead to violent acts:
- Universal screening of all children for mental health and school safety risk factors.
- Explicit instruction in academic and social/emotional learning in our nation’s schools.
- Timely referral and ready access to mental health services for individuals identified as needing such resources.
- A continued effort at heightening public awareness of mental wellness, including reducing the stigma associated with mental illness.
Addressing these issues through a partnership between education, juvenile justice, mental health, social welfare and community engagement systems must be a critical part of any effort to keep everyone safe, including our most vulnerable young citizens. The entire statement may be accessed at http://ccbd.net/?q=node/141 .
Following our EC meetings, committees of the EC met including the Professional Development, Advocacy and Governmental Affairs, Publications, and Regional Services and Membership. Each of these meetings resulted in moving forward the EC’s strategic plan.
The Professional Development Committee (PDC) co-chaired by Kelley Lassman and Claudia Rinaldi, continues to successfully plan the upcoming conference “A Brighter Future: Prevention and Intervention on Behalf of Students with Challenging Behaviors” to be held September 26 – 28, 2013 Chicago, Illinois. Be sure to register for the conference at http://www.ccbd.net/?q=node/138. The PDC also discussed other work that will meet the needs of members regarding professional development including ideas for e-learning. To that end, the EC assigned J.T. Taylor, Representative A, to the PDC to work on special projects related to use of technology to promote professional development opportunities.
During the Advocacy and Governmental Affairs Committee meeting, facilitated by chairperson Susan Albrecht, the members discussed the recent publication of the paper on disproportionality in an upcoming issue of Behavioral Disorders and posting of CCBD’S Position Summary on Federal Policy on Disproportionality in Special Education on CCBD’s website http://www.ccbd.net/?q=node/140. They also moved forward on the development of a white paper on school mental health to be completed by summer, 2013.
The Publications Committee, chaired by Carl Liaupsin, focused on the fact that our journals, Behavioral Disorders and Beyond Behavior are on track for publication and distribution. There was discussion that the CCBD Newsletter continues to have high readership given its online nature. Members of the committee discussed that they put out a call for applications for new editors for Beyond Behavior and they received an immediate positive response. The committee is confident that they will have new editors in place by July 1, 2013.
Lonna Moline, chairperson of the Regional Services and Membership Committee, reported that the Regional Coordinators, Subdivision Presidents and State Representatives meeting was very well attended. The enthusiastic discussion and reports on involvement from all regions in the country was heartening. This group of leaders provided good representation of the 3400 current members of CCBD. As of the meeting, many regions in the country have active involvement or promises of someone to promote that involvement. In addition, Lonna coordinated the “CCBD Member Roundup” which was the theme for our booth in the CEC Expo where hundreds of convention attendees stopped by to visit with one of the many volunteers available at the booth to chat about CCBD. Please see Lonna’s RSM report in this newsletter for more RSM information.
In addition to the committee meetings, members of the EC facilitated two other meetings during the CEC Convention. J.T. Taylor, Representative A, and Shelley Neilsen Gatti, Representative B, facilitated the Membership Concerns Meeting. A record number of persons attended the meeting and expressed concerns related to issues including teaching conditions and ideas for professional development. J.T. and Shelley planned to share their concerns at the Representative Assemble meeting during the CEC Convention week and with the CCBD EC.
The CCBD General Business Meeting was very well attended with standing room only. As President, I facilitated the meeting that included great reports by members of the EC for each of their respective offices. Joe Ryan, Vice President, presented the CCBD awards as follows:
- Outstanding Professional Performance Award – David Sudia
- Fenichel Award – Mickey Losinski
- Howard Muscott Distinguished Service Award – Sheldon Braaten
Outgoing members of the EC were recognized for their service with words of thanks and plaques that were presented to the following persons:
- Ed Cancio – Secretary
- Shelley Neilsen Gatti – Representative B
- James Collins – Student Member at Large
- Susan Albrecht – Advocacy and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairperson
- Carl Liaupsin – Publications Committee Chairperson
- Peter Altier – Beyond Behavior, Editor
- Tim Landrum – Beyond Behavior, Editor
If you get a chance, please send an email to these persons to thank them for their years of service on the EC. Their email addresses can be found http://www.ccbd.net/?q=node/2.
Another event of the week was the CCBD President’s Reception. It was very well attended by members of CCBD and friends. US Assistant Secretary Michael Yudin and OSEP Director Melody Musgrove stopped by along with many familiar faces of CCBD. Most encouragingly though is that many new faces were there – I hope that you were among those of us who were able to take part in the fun and celebration. If not, perhaps you will join us in Chicago at the CCBD Conference in September.
One final event of the week was the CCBD Foundation Fundraiser on Friday night. Twelve persons met at the Alamo for a walk on The King William Historic District. This tour was designed to introduce the participants to the district's culinary finds while including some of the history of this unique, downtown neighborhood. Naomi Schoenfield, CCBD Foundation President, and EC member, chose a fabulous event for this year’s fundraiser!
Your CCBD EC works tirelessly in service to you as members and on behalf of children and youth with EBD. Without you, our work would be meaningless. Thank you for the privilege to serve.
Thank you for your great work too,