2018 MO-CASE AWARD RECIPIENTS
Mr. Steven Beldin
2018 Distinguished Service
Over the past four decades Steven has played an instrumental role in leading, developing and implementing a variety of initiatives in the field of Special Education. In 2014, he retired from the North Kansas City School District after serving in special education for 28 years where he was a teacher, learning specialist, coordinator and he spent the last 19 years as the Director of Pupil Services. In addition, Steven has volunteered with MO-CASE for ten years and has most recently accepted the MO-CASE position of Director of Learning and Innovation.
Steven is credited with launching the MO-CASE “Reinvent” initiative, which promotes unification and collaboration between special education and general education by providing leadership throughout the state of Missouri around the concept of Response to Intervention and the framework of Multi-Tiered System of Supports. He has been instrumental in leading and promoting the initial exploration and implementation of these systemic frameworks within districts, as well as putting together resources which provide ongoing support and assistance to those districts who have detailed implementation plans and are developing infrastructure in order to adopt the model.
Steven’s acumen and understanding of MTSS and how to bring about large-scale organizational change is unparalleled. As a result of his leadership, Missouri schools have sent into motion the practices of Benchmark Universal Screenings in reading and math, formal Collaborative Team Problem-Solving, precise Progress Monitoring, and Data-Based Decision Making.
Mrs. Janet Earl
2018 Recognition Award Winner
Throughout a career spanning almost fifty years, Janet Earl has worked in the field of special education as a teacher and special education director in Washington D.C., Kansas, and Missouri. She has been instrumental in developing multiple programs for the Joplin School District along with being a voice for children and parents with special needs. Her exceptional ability to partner with administrators, counselors, students, parents, teachers and staff has placed her in a position of trust and deemed as the “go-to leader”. Janet’s work ethic, positive attitude and problem-solving skills could not be hampered by a devastating F-5 tornado that passed through Joplin in 2011. She worked diligently to ensure the funding for immediate and long-term trauma and mental health recovery for the district’s students, staff and families. Janet has served on the founding Board of several community organizations including Children’s Haven, Success by Six and The Alliance. She also directed a collaborative consisting of three neighboring districts in the establishment of the Beacon School, a day school for students with significant behavioral challenges; which to date has served around 1,000 students.
Janet is the type of leader who works tirelessly and although she has tried to retire, she continues to be available for support for new leaders in the Joplin School District. When needed, Janet returned to work to support her district and the special education department. Janet’s collaborative approach consistently exudes “it is not about ‘me’ but about ‘we’ and that ‘we’ support students together.” She consistently goes above and beyond to help any team she works with.
Mrs. Kari Kraichely
2018 Outstanding New Special Education Administrator Award Winner
Kari is the Director of Special Services for Kipp Academy, Charter Schools in St. Louis. Upon her start at Kipp, Kari was faced with a significant corrective action plan addressing state performance indicators; Kari successfully addressed these areas of concern. As a part of this effort, Kari has developed a comprehensive system to ensure compliance within the Kipp system across all campuses. In addition, Kari is working to standardize instructional models for intervention for all students, including those in special education, to ensure evidence-based instruction is in place and student growth is monitored.
GRAIN VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
2018 Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) award
Kansas City Local Administrators of Special Education
Mid-Missouri Local Administrators of Special Education
NWMO Local Administrators of Special Education
2018 Charles W. Cummings Scholarship winners