76th Annual Conference

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76th Annual MCEC Conference

March 2-4, 2016 • Grand Rapids, MI

MCEC looks forward to seeing you in 2016! We are pleased to bring to you:

Wednesday One Day Workshops

  • Explicit Instruction - Dr. Anita Archer
  • Multi-Tiered System of Supports - Dr. Kathleen Lane
  • Engaging Teachers and Learners with the Essential         Elements - Dr. Patricia Drake
  • Stop Talking and Use the Visuals - Ms. Mary Meldrum & Ms. Allison Geist

Keynote Speaker - Friday, March 4th

  • Brad Cohen, 2015 National CEC Keynote Speaker

State of the State Address - Thursday, March 3rd

  • Teri Johnson Chapman, State Director of Special Education

Thursday and Friday Breakout Sessions - March 3rd & 4th

2016 Conference Presenters Application 

Call for presentations for the 2016 MCEC Conference will be accepted until 5:00pm December 4, 2015. We are seeking presentations related to Assistive Technology, Behavior, Curriculum, Data Collection, Early Childhood, High Incidence, Instruction, Leadership, Low Incidence, Parents and Families, School Social Work, System Change, and Transition; and ranging in rigor from basic to advanced level of information. As a professional courtesy, reduced rates are given to teams of up to four presenters. 


1st Annual Making Mathematics Meaningful Through Collaboration Conference 

September 28, 2015 • Macomb ISD 

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The Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC) and the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) in conjunction with Michigan's Integrated Mathematics Initiative (Mi)2 are excited to announce a brand new conference coming this fall.

Making Mathematics Meaningful Through Collaboration brings math educators, including general and special education teachers, interventionists, coaches, administrators, consultants and support staff together for one day of learning and sharing.

  • What instructional strategies do you use to address the wide range of learners in one classroom
  • How do you meet the needs of students with disabilities in special and general education settings
  • How do you communicate the needs of students to other colleagues who share in the education of those students
  • What are your tips for successful co-teaching
  • How do you support collaboration through school structures

Please direct questions to Kevin Dykema at kdykema@mattawanschools.org, Joe DeMarsh at jdemarsh.mcec@gmail.com, or Kate Fanelli at kate.fanelli@misquared.org


Welcome to MCEC

The Michigan Council for Exceptional Children is a state chapter of the National Council for Exceptional Children, and part of the national community of educators who are the voice and vision of special and gifted education.

The mission of the Michigan Council for Exceptional Children is to improve the educational outcomes and quality of life for individuals with disabilities by providing professional development, support and advocacy for children, youth, families, special and general education. We are the voice and vision that provides and supports effective professional practices within the education community. Join Now!

Contact Us:

527 Grand St. • Portage, MI 49024

Ph: 269.366.4673 • Fax: 269.365.9578

Laurie Jefsen, Exective Director

Denise Smith, Executive Associate


Congratulations to Kathy Barker on 

Receiving the 2015 Beekman Award from MAASE


Congratulations to Kathy Barker, Oakland Schools Executive Director of Special Education, MCEC member and former Executive Director of MCEC. The award committee cited Kathy's efforts as as an extraordinary role model for MAASE members, both seasoned and new, committed to assuring that students with disabilities are provided access to a quality continuum of programs and services, and dedicated to providing the tools and knowledge to leaders that will allow them to perform at a high level. "She is passionate about the field of not only special education - but Educationworking hard to create a system of supports that best meets the needs of all students. She is tenacious in delivering the message, energetic and ever willing to serve, contributing much to the legacy of special education in the state of Michigan."







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