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Michigan Council for Exceptional Children 77th Annual Conference 

March 1-3, 2017

Amway Grand • Grand Rapids, Michigan

Registration is Now Open!

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.

  • Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Marcia Tate.
  • Four exciting Wednesday workshops. 
  • 100+ breakout sessions - sharing best practices in Michigan

We hope to see you in 2017!! 

Click here to visit the conference website for information on conference rates, speakers, schedule and exhibitor/sponsor opportunities.

Take a look at our 2016 Conference Program.

Click here to register!

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Call for Presentations

MCEC is now accepting proposals for presentations for our 77th Annual Conference to be held on March 1-3, 2017 at the Amway Grand in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Presenter Application

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Congratulations to Greg LaMore, 2016 MAASE Beekman Award

Greg LaMore, Assistant Superintendent, Ottawa Area ISD, and former MCEC Children's Action Network (CAN) Representative was recently honored by his colleagues with the Beekman Award.  This is the preeminent award presented annually by the MI Association of Administrators of Special Education to acknowledge individuals who have distinguished themselves in the administration and leadership of special education programs on the local, regional (ISD) or state level.

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 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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