The Council of Administrators of Special Education, Inc. (CASE) acknowledges the need for a professional association to recognize outstanding individuals among the ranks of its members as well as individuals whose accomplishments have improved the field of special education. CASE has established awards for which nominations are annually solicited from the membership.
An individual may be nominated for one of the CASE awards by a
Nominations for CASE awards are accepted upon the receipt of
Selection will be based on information submitted to the CASE Memberhip Committee. The selected individual(s) will be honored at the annual CEC convention
The Harrie M. Selznick CASE Distinguished Service Award was instituted for recognition of individuals who have been career-long leaders in the administration of special education programs. The intended recipients of the award are individuals who have made significant contributions to the field over extended professional careers. The Harrie M. Selznick Award is the highest CASE honor, and it is accompanied by a cash award. Nominees must be a current member of CASE. Note the winner of this award will be nominated by CASE for the CEC J.E. Wallace Wallin Special Education Lifetime Achievement Award.
The award is named after Harrie M. Selznick who served as the first Executive Director of the Council of Administrators of Special Education, a post he held from 1973-1983. He served CASE in many roles throughout his long, distinguished career.
Under Dr. Selznick's leadership, CASE became incorporated as a professional education association and grew from 223 members to 3600, while its subdivisions grew from none to 28. It was under Dr. Selznick's leadership that CASE was first consulted at the federal level for input on national public policy in the U.S. The number of persons touched by Dr. Selznick's personal attention regarding professional assistance is beyond estimation. His influence is still felt today through a vibrant CASE organization, which would have made him proud. CASE honor's him by naming the most prestigious award after him.
The CASE Outstanding Administrator of Special Education Award was instituted for recognition of individuals making significant professional contributions to leadership behavior and field practice in the administration of programs for students with disabilities and/or who are gifted. Nominees for this award must have had ten (10) years experience in the field of special education. Nominees must be a current member of CASE.
The Outstanding Service to CASE Award was instituted for recognition of individuals who have made significant contributions to the CASE organization. Recipients of this award should have a history of contributions to CASE, resulting in a positive and significant impact on the work of the organization. This award is not necessarily given on an annual basis. Nominees may or may not be a current member of CASE.
The CASE Early Career Special Education Administrator Award will be presented to a Special Education Administrator who is a member of CASE and in their first three years administering special education programs and/or services, and who embraces 5 of the pre-selected values of the 17 Gersh Values.
Download the Early Career Special Education Administrator Award Nomination Form
2019 CASE Award Nominations are due May 3, 2019Download Nomination Form (PDF File)