Annie Baldauf

Putting High-Leverage Practices into practice

Developing high-leverage practices (HLPs) to codify practices of effective special educators has been a top priority of CEC and the CEEDAR (Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform) Center during the past few years. To support the CEC-CEEDAR Center HLPs initiative, the March-April 2018 issue of the CEC TEACHING Exceptional Children (TEC) journal focused on “Putting High-Leverage Practices Into ...

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Continuing to define professional standards

Starting this month, the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), in collaboration with The Association for the Gifted (TAG), will become the Specialized Professional Association (SPA) of record for gifted educator preparation programs, which will allow teacher preparation programs to continue to seek National Recognition through the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) accreditation process. For over a decade, ...

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Board to strengthen CEC leadership

In April 2016, the Board appointed a Governance Assessment Workgroup. The workgroup has been charged to: Analyze the size, composition, and charges of CEC’s Board of Directors, committees (standing and non-standing), and advisory groups―then make recommendations to address inefficiencies, if any, and incorporate best practices from the field of association management. Develop systems or policies to facilitate adaptability and to ...

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Teacher of the Year: Caring, dedicated, and life-long learner

A caring teacher who wants her students to succeed in her classroom, in other teachers’ classrooms, and in life—that’s how the CEC 2018 Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year Award recipient’s students describe her. Sara Klug is an ESE teacher at Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School in Largo, Florida and has been part of that community for almost 40 years. Klug explains ...

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Thousands of special educators gather for CEC 2018

Yesterday marked the opening of the Council for Exceptional Children’s 96th annual convention and Expo in Tampa, Florida. Four thousand educators from around the globe have gathered together to gain insights and explore solutions to the most important and challenging topics facing special education today. CEC President Laurie VanderPloeg describes the CEC 2018 Convention & Expo (CEC 2018) as a ...

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CEC works to mitigate maltreatment

February 10 marks the inaugural meeting of the CEC Maltreatment Policy Workgroup. The newly appointed workgroup will meet during the CEC 2018 Convention & Expo to begin their work developing a maltreatment of children and youth with exceptionalities policy, which will be presented to the CEC Board of Directors in July 2018. Establishing a policy is just the beginning of ...

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How we serve our members

We are excited to announce that CEC will—for the second year in a row—offer its members access to free live webinars throughout the year, in addition to our fee-based live webinars. Mark your calendar for this year’s first free member webinar, “Working with Diverse Families in the IEP Process” presented by Dr. Clara Hauth and Dr. Catherine Creighton Martin. Join ...

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CEC and Special Olympics celebrate exceptional!

CEC Past Presidents Mikki Garcia and Jerry Hime with Special Olympic Chairman Timothy Shriver.

From the playing field to the stage On Wednesday, Feb. 7 we will recognize Special Olympics during the CEC 2018 Convention & Expo Opening General Session. Thomas Shervington, a seventeen-year-old Special Olympics Athlete, will take the stage to accept the 2018 CEC Organizational Award on behalf of Special Olympics. Thomas is an accomplished athlete and promising leader who is no ...

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A member (and his motorcycle) making moves for special education

Daniel on his motorcycle holding Arizona's state flag.

Last July, CEC member Daniel Gulchak rode his motorcycle 2,000 miles—from Phoenix to Washington D.C.—to speak with his senators and representatives during the CEC 2017 Special Education Summit. But this member and his motorcycle didn’t stop there. Feeling empowered after visiting Capitol Hill, Daniel crossed the country again and initiated a similar advocacy event for the Arizona CEC/CASE state units. ...

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2018, the year of smart resolutions

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Welcome to 2018 and our new and improved weekly newsletter, Special Education Today. Each week, this communication is sent to more than 100,000 professionals in special education. Last year began with a great deal of uncertainty—a new Congress and a new presidential administration.  My colleague and friend, Mikki Garcia, pledged during her CEC presidency that CEC would “not back down ...

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It’s Just a Game. Or is it?

Female teacher working with a young female student.

A booming gaming industry has flooded the market with educational software applications in recent years, but little evidence exists to prove or disprove student achievement using these games. In this podcast, we speak with author Nancy Nelson about the obstacles and benefits of using educational games and apps. Nancy coauthored the article “Considerations for Realizing the Promise of Educational Gaming ...

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Instead of That, Say This

Children with disabilities perform lower in mathematics than their peers without disabilities, a trend that raises questions about why. In this R2P podcast, we speak with authors Elizabeth Hughes, Sarah Powell, and Liz Stevens about how imprecise language can contribute to students’ difficulty learning math. Elizabeth, Sarah, and Liz coauthored the article “Supporting Clear and Concise Mathematics Language: Instead of ...

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