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EIASE's History 2016

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Eastern Illinois Area of Special Education
Deaf & Hard of Hearing
"Do right things right"
Students who were deaf had three options:
They could attend the Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville,
attend deaf education classes in the Champaign School District,
or go to a private school for the deaf in St. Louis.
If the students had some hearing, they could attempt to get by in their local district school.

Mattoon /
Adapted PE
EIASE 2016 - the beat goes on.
Separate elements
Eastern Illinois Area of Special Education
January 4, 2016
The Formative Years
September 21, 1961: Representatives from 12 area school districts met in Dining Rooms A & B of the EIU Student Union in order to form EIASE.
EIASE became one of the first special education cooperatives in Illinois.
EIASE was housed in Bennett School in Mattoon. EIASE paid $50/month rental & this included all utilities.
Founding Member Districts:
Villa Grove
During the 1960's
EIASE constantly struggled with finding enough certified staff. They cited the reasons for the shortage as, "d
ire shortage of staff (special education) due to geography and salaries."
EIASE struggled financially due to the lack of state funding.
The first Director of EIASE left after only 4 years.
A few families who had deaf preschool children asked EIASE to develop a program for their children. The board denied this request, however, the summer preschool deaf program was developed. It was funded by Title VI and culminated at Camp Venture in Bloomington.

Parents of deaf children demanded classes. The program was then developed at Mark Twain School in Charleston and the first Certified Deaf Education Teacher, Nan Spauliding was employed
Audiological services were first offered in conjunction with four other special education coops. The services were provided in Champaign.

Mary Gherardini was employed as our first administrator and counselor for the Hearing Impaired Program where it then expanded to later include classroom assistants and interpreters to assist the students integrate into regular education classes. The program expanded into 4 classrooms in the Charleston school district: Carl Sandburg Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, Middle School and High School.

An audiologist was hired by EIASE and an Audiology booth was installed at Central School in Mattoon.
The first full-time and part-time Itinerate Teachers were hired and worked directly with students in their home districts and provided support to students, teachers and staff. In 1989, the part-time position became a full-time position. The program continues to have 2 full-time itinerant teachers.
Mary Gherardini retired as Principal of the program, however she worked part-time for one year.

Pam Uptmor was appointed the Principal of the program and the name of the program changed to the “Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program.”
The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program moved the classrooms to the Mattoon School District. There are now 2 classrooms at Williams Elementary; 1 classroom at the Mattoon Middle School and 1 classroom at the Mattoon High School. The program has 4 teachers, 4 interpreters and 2 paraprofessionals.
Pam Uptmor accepted another position and Debbie Rotramel was appointed the supervisor of the program.
January of 62, EIASE hired Mattoon High School student, Linda Carrell, to be the secretary of EIASE. Ms. Carrell worked after school and on weekends. She was paid $1 per hour.
EIASE hired Donald Dickinson, school psychologist, at an annual salary of $8,500.
The total annual budget for EIASE was $35,497.
Virgil Judge, Mattoon Superintendent was the first President of the EIASE Executive Board.
Aaron Gray was hired by EIASE as the first Director.
EIASE established a policy of reimbursing traveling employees for mileage costs. EIASE paid $0.06 per mile.
New Member Districts:
New Member Districts:
Tower Hill
Paris Crestwood
New Member Districts:
Paris 95
Beecher City
New Member Districts:
New Member Districts:
Virginia Dolce was hired as the first full-time EIASE secretary. She replaced Linda Carrell.
Part of EIASE's role was to "approve" EMH classrooms which were operated by member districts. EIASE member districts could place students in an EMH classroom for an annual flat fee of $300 per student.
In 1963 the EIASE Director proposed the idea of EIASE providing in-service training for the staff of EIASE districts.
The EIASE office was moved to the Mattoon Area Adult Education Center building.
EIASE held the first in-service training for EMH and TMH teachers on October 5, 1964. The title of the training was "Essential Classroom Materials and New Methods."
Aaron Gray, the first Director of EIASE resigned on June 21, 1965 to take the position of Director at BASCC (Belleville).
Don Grewell was hired as the second Director of EIASE on July 1, 1965
EIASE started Lake Land Community College
Problems facing the EIASE districts...

"Illinois stats show '...a need for 200,000 special education teachers. There are 60,000 available in the state.'"
Don Landis, psychology intern, attended an EIASE board meeting to explain what learning disabilities were and what effect they have on children.
EIASE started the Prevocational Department. Part of the program was the EIASE Summer Camp Program in Wisconsin.
EIASE began experiencing financial difficulty. The reason cited... EIASE was experiencing financial shortfalls because the state was delaying payments that were owed to EIASE.
Virgil Judge, the first president of the EIASE board, was named the first college president of Lake Land Community College.
Illinois passes HS-1407 which mandates special education services for eligible students by the 69-70 school year. Prior to 1969, it was "permissive" for districts to provide services, but not required.
Arthur & Herrick are the last two districts to join the EIASE cooperative.
Don Grewell first proposes the idea of a TLC school to the EIASE board in March of 1968.
EIASE is approximately 4000 square miles
This makes up 7% of the land mass of Illinois.
EIASE serves approximately 5000 students with disabilities.
This makes up approximately 2% of the students with disabilities in Illinois.
In spite of the difficulties, EIASE continued to expand the services provided and the districts served.
EIASE played a major role in the formation of Lake Land Community College.
EIASE Hired our first Physical Therapist, Alta Burgett in 1972. She was paid $8 per hour. (This is roughly equivalent to $45 per hour today)
“I remember at one of our schools, a young elementary girl with cerebral palsy created concern for the teachers and building principal. They felt she would fall down and get hurt if she went to recess with the other children so they may her stay in her room. They also made her eat at a different lunch table because she had difficulty swinging her legs under the lunch room tables. The girl and her mother were rightfully upset and pleaded for consideration. Even though outraged by the attitude of so called educated professionals, Alta worked patiently with the principals and teachers to convince them that the girl could indeed go on the playground and eat lunch with everyone else. She was very tactful and persuaded the district to move forward. They did and the girl eventually graduated from high school and went on to be successful in life.” – Don Grewell about Alta Burgett
EIASE Hired our first Occupational Therapist, Susan Anderson.
Sandra Durham joined the EIASE management team as a Master Therapist.
EIASE hired our first Vision teacher, Shirly Dale.
Diagnostic & Development Center
The "Program for the Inexplicably and Severly Aflicted" was originally formed by CCAR in the early 1960's as a day care center for mentally impaired children.
The U.S. Congress passed P.L. 94-142 in 1975. It was heralded as the "Emancipation of All Handicapped Children Act."

EIASE took over the program operated by CCAR and renamed it the Diagnostic & Developmental Center. Ida Cockrum was the first principal of the DDC.
Students with severe/profound disabilities were excluded from enrolling in Illinois public schools. Parents were forced to develop their own "home schools" and support services. Many community agencies were launched to assist parents, such as CCAR.
EIU partnered with EIASE by providing two classrooms free of charge to house the DDC program.

Ida Cockrum left EIASE to become the principal of the Armstrong Center.

Linda Kirby became the second principal of the DDC.
The DDC moved to Franklin school on 6th Street in Mattoon. The program is still housed at Franklin school today.
The DDC has grown to serve over 70 students.

The DDC now operates two programs within the school. The Star classrooms are designed for students with Autism and the Unique2Learn curriculum is used in the "traditional" DDC classrooms.
Susan Yeck became the principal of the DDC.
Prior to 76
The DDC was moved to Columbian School in Mattoon in 1989.

Mark Finn became the 3rd principal of the DDC.
1965 - The coop was primarily concerned about evaluating students for EMH classes but teachers were more concerned about disruptive and "out-of-control" students and wanted EIASE to develop a program.

1967 - Don Grewell first proposed the idea of the TLC program to the EIASE Executive Board. The idea was rejected due to the cost of the program.
1975 - US Congress passed PL94-142 The Education for All Handicapped Children Act. This act created funding for school districts to assist with providing educational programing for students with disabilities.
Ken Cottet, EIASE Chief Psychologist & Don Grewell, Executive Director wrote the initial grant.
1977 - Ann Lewellen, a school psychologist was hired as the TLC's first director. Rita McCollum was hired as the psychologist for the TLC. The first semester was used for planning & students began ariving in January 1978.

TLC was founded on Dr. William Glasser's "Schools Without Failure" & Reality Therapy
The charting system, earned weekly field trips, early morning pickups, & late stay procedures were designed by Ann Lewellyn and Rita McCollum to implement Dr. Glasser's theory.
Ellen Humphrey & Cindy Posey were hired as the first teachers of the TLC program.
Leroy Johnson & CJ Johnson were the first teacher assistants.
Judith Hagen with the first itinerant BD Consultant.

Kansas TLC
A second TLC program was created in 1982 at the Edgar County Children's Home in Paris, IL.

Cindy Hurst was assigned as the Principal of the Paris TLC.
The program was moved to Kansas in 1986
Principals of Kansas TLC:
Bud McMillan
Ann Robinson
Janet McAlister
April Fox
Jane Gregory

Fresh Start
Funkhouser TLC was started in 1996

Greg Petty has been the Principal of the FTLC program since it was founded.

Funkhouser TLC was relocated to the East Side Elementary School in Effingham and renamed Fresh Start TLC in 2008.
Judy Hagen became the HTLC Principal in 1984 and served as the Principal for 32 year.
David Logsdon became Principal of HTLC in 2013
EIASE offered Early Childhood child-find services prior to 1984.
In 1984 Illinois began the Preschool for All grant. EIASE was approached by ISBE to apply for the grant and run a regional preschool program for our member districts.
Directors of the Project HELP have included:
Sally Somebody
MaryNan Zimmer
Laura Shull (since 2010)
Project HELP

I trust the senior leaders at EIASE
Morale is good at EIASE
I trust the supervisor in my department/program
EIASE is a good place to work
I have the opportunity to participate in decision-making and problem solving in my department/program
In general, I feel respected by those with whom I work
EIASE has a positive work environment
I would recommend EIASE as a good place to work to a close friend or family member
EIASE workplace satisfaction survey results
We surveyed EIASE empoyees in 2013 and again in 2015 on various questions relating to their satisfaction with EIASE as a workplace.

96 people responded to the 2013 survey &
51 people responded to the 2015 survey
EIASE Labor/Management Committee:
The purpose of the EIASE/EIASEA LMC is to investigate, study and discuss possible solutions to mutual interests or concerns affecting labor/management relations.
Our goal is to move away from a traditional style of positional based problem solving
And move toward collaborative problem solving.
In "traditional" problem solving the primary question is, "What do you want?" Then the other side has to decide if they want to give it up or demonstrate why it shouldn't be given.
Interest-based problem solving asks "Why."
Why is this a problem for you
Is this a problem for me?
Do we have any shared interests regarding this problem?

By identifying mutual interests and working to mutually agreeable solutions, both sides win.

The DDC program was later moved to the First Presbyterian Church in Charleston.
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