75th Annual Conference

Thank You to Everyone Involved for a Very Successful 75th Annual Conference!

MCEC appreciates your attendance at our conference. We are happy to provide you with handouts from our workshops and special events:

Conference resources can continue to be found on the mobile app, ConfPlus


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



2015 Learning Environments

for ALL Summer Institute 

June 15-18, 2015 • Hagerty Conference Center

Traverse City

This year's event focuses on powerful ideas to support learning and teaching in diverse classrooms and with the format and confirmed speakers, it promises to be an inspiring week of idea sharing. The institute's format will feature a TED-style conference day, a 90-minute breakout sessions day and one and two-day sessions from state and national speakers. Featured sessions from national speakers include:

Joy Zabala – Accessible Content and Assistive Technology: Two Sides of the AEM Coin! and SETTing the Stage for the Success of EVERY Student

Janet Sturm – Building Foundations of Writing for Diverse Learners

Denise DeCoste – The New DeCoste Writing Protocol: A Two-Day, Short Course on PK-12 Writing

Schedule, speakers and session information

Conference Brochure

Questions? Please email Jim Stachowiak



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


Laurie VanderPloeg

Receives National Award


Congratulations to MAASE member and special education leader Laurie VanderPloeg, the 2015 recipient of the CASE Harrie M. Selznick Distinguished Service Award!

The Harrie M. Selznick CASE Distinguished Service Award was instituted in recognition of individuals who have been career-long leaders in the administration of special education programs. The intended recipients of the award are individuals who have made significant contributions to the field over extended professional careers. The Harrie M. Selznick Award is the highest CASE honor, and it is accompanied by a cash award.

Laurie received this award on April 8th at the Annual CEC Conference in San Diego, California. Congratulations, Laurie! You deserve it!


Election Results for 

2015-16 Board of Directors 

Vice President – Concetta Lewis 

Secretary – Mary Bradley

Membership Coordinator – Heather Blankenship

Members at Large – Candi Bush, Monica Harris, and Ben Hicks


Congratulations to Kathy Fortino, Muskegon ISD

Associate Superintendent for Special Education and Early Childhood

Kathy has been named one of Ed Week's

2015 Leaders to Learn From








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