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President's Letter January 2020

31 Jan 2020 5:17 PM | Laura Foody (Administrator)


Happy Third Decade, NEALS!                                                                   January 30, 2020


We are pleased by your continued involvement in NEALS, thanks to our Board members who collaborate so well to make so many services available to over 130 members and, by extension, to over 7000 students with learning difficulties.  We enjoy greater camaraderie and networking thanks to their voluntary efforts. With newly improved communications, website, and governance, NEALS has taken great strides forward in our mission of promoting​ ​professional development​ ​for​ ​learning​ ​specialists​ ​creating community through​ ​collaboration,​ ​support,​ ​and​ ​advocacy!


We are so grateful to Jen McMahon and New Hampton School for hosting our 21st annual conference this spring! We look forward to speaking with Dr. Robert Brooks on April 6th. Ever a good friend to NEALS, his intimate knowledge of processing issues, mindsets, motivation, and resilience is sure to enhance our services and the language we use in advocating for struggling students.  


Kudos and thanks are due to Janet Davis of Clarkson Davis who, with decades of nonprofit management and consulting experience throughout the United States, has donated her time and expertise to help our Board build and improve an effective, sustainable organizational plan and programs on the front lines of change in services to students with disabilities. 


With her expert guidance and building on last year’s momentous efforts, the Board has worked this year:

  • To reorganize our Board governance to increase our reach, depth of services, and sustainability

  • To keep you involved and informed via our interactive website, newsletters, and member’s forum,

  • To keep our services free to members by seeking new nonprofit funding sources

  • To enhance members’ benefits, privacy, and security, and 

  • To maintain our integrity as a Gold Star Level nonprofit on Guidestar.


From the day when you sign up for NEALS, you receive 12 months of continuous access to members’ invitations, newsletters, and access to our password protected resources and discussion group on NEALS’ website. The invaluable archives of two decades of resources and discussions remain fully available to current members from the website as well. Please consult with your fellow learning specialists now by visiting your discussion forum (Sign in using your password - or sign up for a new one, click on Discussion, and enjoy rich discussions available to your email inbox.)


Sincerely,

    Susan

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