Special Education Today

Professional Development: A visit to the spa, not the dentist

To teachers, professional development is often akin to going to the dentist. Why, you ask? Every year, we get those dreaded emails telling us that we are required to attend an all-day workshop to help us improve professionally. What happens next? We sit in a cold room with someone we don’t know at the front, with a PowerPoint presentation―if we’re ...

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A teacher’s perspective: End of year blitz

The end of the year is a challenging time for all teachers, especially special education teachers. The end of the year blitz often starts in February or March, as we are inundated with annual IEPs, ESY addendums, and last-minute service changes in anticipation for the next school year. From there we have the battle of classroom management, as the students ...

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Board Appoints Leadership Development Committee

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) has instituted a comprehensive and inclusive process to ensure a highly competent, diverse, and inclusive volunteer leadership base by establishing a Leadership Development Committee (LDC). Duties of the committee include intentionally identifying, cultivating, recruiting, and orienting a well-qualified and diverse pipeline of volunteer leaders for board of director and committee positions that are responsive ...

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Education matters: Investing in America’s future

The opioid epidemic has rapidly emerged as a substantial health crisis in West Virginia and has become one of the greatest issues facing educators in the state—especially special educators. As the Director of Preschool and Special Education Programs in Fayette County in West Virginia, Dr. Linda Palenchar shared this during last week’s Capitol Hill briefing launching the Committee on Education ...

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CEC advocacy matters

Remember when more than 250 special education advocates stormed Capitol Hill to advocate on behalf of children and youth with exceptionalities? It was last July during the CEC/CASE 2017 Special Education Legislative Summit. Advocacy is one way that CEC fulfills its mission to advance the success of children and youth with exceptionalities. The ongoing advocacy work done by CEC and ...

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Board Approves New Leadership Model Recommendations

In early March, the CEC Board of Directors approved recommendations put forward by the Governance Assessment Workgroup to implement a new leadership model for CEC. The new model revises the eligibility, selection process, size, and composition of the Board of Directors. Workgroup members, who must have been a current member of the Board, or have been a member of the ...

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Celebrating the success of public schools

 The Council for Exceptional Children joins national education groups representing principals, superintendents, parents and other civic organizations for Public Schools Week, March 12-16, 2018, which celebrates the achievements our public schools are making in this country and the critical roles they play in developing future generations of successful students. “Public schools and public school educators play a significant role in ...

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Connecting teachers, students, and families

Hearing from students and families can be tremendously enriching experiences for teachers—they hear how valuable their work is and student success stories. For seven years, CEC Convention & Expo attendees have had the opportunity to attend the Exceptional Lives, Exceptional Stories panel session. In 2011, the Educators with Disabilities Caucus transformed a discussion about the rich knowledge that families and ...

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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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