DCASE's Vision is to fulfill the promise of a quality education for all children.

DCASE is an alliance of nonpublic and charter schools that provide special education services to students from the District of Columbia. Members are dedicated to improving educational opportunities for all DC students with disabilities. Improving special education in every school – DC Public Schools, nonpublic and charter – will benefit all students. We are inspired by the motto: "a rising tide lifts all boats."

Looking for an Effective Crisis Management Program?

Right Response is an effective and largely non-physical crisis prevention and intervention program used by schools, hospitals, correctional settings and other environments challenged by sudden and frequent behavior management crises.

PHILLIPS Programs will be hosting a Right Response™ Trainer’s Training course, and is opening it to interested nonpublic school colleagues. The course will take place at PHILLIPS Laurel, MD campus and will be scheduled at a time that is convenient for the majority of particpants.

For more information, please contact Sarah Headley, Program Director, at sarah.headley@phillipsprograms.org

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PHILLIPS Program Director Honored for Distinguished Educational Leadership

Congratulations to PHILLIPS Programs’ Trudy Bell for being recognized as a 2015 Washington Post Principal of Excellence! Ms. Bell has been guiding special education programming at PHILLIPS’ northern Virginia campus for more than 40 years, sharing her talents with hundreds of staff and thousands of students during that time. Read her Washington Post profile here.

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DC Special Education Reform Legislation Long Overdue

The special education legislation reported in today’s Washington Post, proposed by Councilmember Catania is long overdue, well-conceived and on-point with the most pressing challenges still plaguing the District’s special education system. All three reform bills deserve swift passage, and Council Members should hear from any parents and professionals that have struggled to obtain, maintain or fund appropriate services for their students with special needs. If you have a story, now is the time to tell it. Please call or write your Council Member in support of these much needed special education reforms.

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