Our Mission

The New Hampshire Association of Special Education Administrators was begun in the mid-1970s by a small group of local and regional directors who recognized the need to have a professional organization to support those involved in special education administration in New Hampshire.

The concept of a professional organization was not new - The New Hampshire School Principals and The New Hampshire School Administrators were also organized to support a specific constituency of school administrators. Support from colleagues, continuing in-service education, and representing the interest of members at the State, Regional and National level were also seen as part of the mission of the Association.

Over the years, the Association has functioned with a strictly volunteer Executive Board with eight members - President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, 3 Members At-Large, and a Past-President.

With the encouragement of the New Hampshire Department of Education, primarily from Steve Gordon and Dr. Mary Ford, the Association entered into a collaborative arrangement with the DOE. This collaboration resulted in a grant to the Association to allow the hiring of an Executive Director, beginning in early 2003. We added a full-time Administrative Assistant in February 2004.

Now incorporated as a non-profit organization in New Hampshire (since May, 2002), the Association has an office in Concord, with an Executive Director and a full-time Administrative Assistant. The Association began offering a year-long training program for "new directors" during the 2003-04 school year, and we have continued to offer “Directors’ Academies” since 2003-04, expanding the Academies to “Level II” and “Level III” offerings over the years.

In addition to our Directors’ Academies, we offer multi-day sessions on Case Management and Building Coordinator training, to help build more capacity at the building level, and to provide opportunities for those involved in special education to participate with their peers in high-quality professional development.

Other major professional development events include our annual Education Conference in Portsmouth in mid-March, our April Law Day, and monthly membership meetings, usually held in Concord. We strive to provide members and guests with current and useful information in the area of special education.

NHASEA has established its presence over the years as an organization committed to two goals - support for its members, and to assist in helping schools as they provide quality services to children with disabilities. The Association's membership is open to those in both public and private schools, and we have members who work in advocacy and consulting agencies, as well as others involved in working with families of children with educational disabilities. We continue to maintain a strong partnership with the New Hampshire Private Special Education Providers’ Association, the New Hampshire School Administrators’ Association, and we work closely with the Parent Information Center to assure quality services for children with educational disabilities and their families. We welcome comments or suggestions. Our office is located at 2 Pillsbury Street in Concord, NH.

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