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Upcoming Events

Making Mathematics Meaningful Through Collaboration Conference 

October 3, 2016 • 8:30am - 3:15pm

Washtenaw Community College

Ann Arbor, MI

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 will be holding our 2nd annual conference on October 3, 2016 at Washtenaw Community College. We are excited to have Dr. Valerie Faulkner, North Carolina State University, as our Keynote and Morning Institute Speaker.

Review the Conference Flyer for further details

Conference Registration Opens on May 1, 2016

Call for Papers Accepted Until June 1, 2016

Lodging Information for Conference

Please direct questions to Kevin Dykema at, Laurie Jefsen at, or Kate Fanelli at


Michigan Council for Exceptional Children 77th Annual Conference 

March 1-3, 2017

Amway Grand • Grand Rapids, Michigan


The Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC) will hold it's 77th Annual Conference on March 1-3, 2017, at the Amway Grand in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Take a look at the schedule for our 2016 Conference. We hope to see you in 2017!!

Policy Insider: Legislative Update

  • Special Ed Teachers Share Why They Love Teaching: ED's Office of Special Education highlighted some dedicated special education teachers on their blog who shared why they love teaching. Sing It: Spotify created a Teacher Appreciation Playlist with some dedications by artists you'll recognize to special teachers they've had. Some Of Our Favorite #ThankATeacher Videos: Educational Testing Service employees; The Ellen Show; Heroes Rock by Shelby County Schools (Tenn.); Kleenex (you’ll need one); the White House thanks the Teacher of the Year.


 Congratulations to Newly Elected Michigan CEC Board Members


Michigan CEC would like to congratulate the newly elected members to the 2016-17 Board of Directors, (terms begin July 1, 2016). 

Vice President

 Nichole MoorePlymouth-Canton Community Schools


 Darnella DelfineWayne RESA

Children's Action Network (CAN) Rep: 

 Carolyn Smith-GerdesMuskegon Area ISD

Members at Large: 

 Amanda BrennanPlymouth-Canton Comm Schools  

Corrie Thornton, Mattawan Consolidated Schools


We are celebrating the formation of two new Michigan Special Interest Divisions:

Council for Children with Behavior Disorders (CCBD)

Teacher Education Division (TED)


Michigan units of CCBD and TED recently elected officers, approved bylaws and were recognized by their national divisions.  We look forward to the participation of their representatives on the MCEC Board, to their contributions to our state professional development efforts, including the 77th Annual MCEC Conference, and to strengthening the efforts of educators in Michigan providing specialized services to all children.


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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. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with exceptionalities and their families through professional excellence and advocacy. 
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Tool of the Week

  • This week’s free tool is a table for teachers who are implementing peer-mediated instruction in their classroom. The table, Strategies for Initiating and Maintaining Attention, lists strategies for use by peer mediators who are helping their classmates with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) initiate and maintain attention. Strategies such as talking through play can help peer ...