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Michigan Council for Exceptional Children 78th Annual Conference 

February 28th-March 2nd, 2018

Amway Grand • Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Friday, March 2, 2018 Keynote Speaker: Holly Robinson Peete


Holly Robinson Peete Bio

Check back here to find updates on the conference and links to our registration site. 

We hope to see you in 2018!! 

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Making Math Meaningful through Collaboration

3rd Annual Joint Conference- sponsored by Michigan CEC and Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics, in conjunction with Michigan's Integrative Mathematics Initiative

October 23, 2017, 8:30a-3:00p

Lansing Community College-West

Lansing, Michigan

Speaker Proposals accepted until June 16, 2017

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Registration opening soon!

Policy Insider: Legislative Update

  • On May 23 the Trump Administration released its fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget, and it dismisses the needs of children and youth with exceptionalities—the proposed budget calls for deep cuts to the U.S. Department of Education funding. Without adequate funding for special and gifted education and early intervention programs, efforts to close the achievement gap will be hindered, overall student achievement will lag, high school graduation rates will decline, college access will be obstructed, and college completion rates will fall. Even more disheartening, without adequate funding, too many vulnerable children will be without access to a high quality education. The...

Announcements

77th Annual MCEC Conference

The 77th Annual MCEC Conference was held on March 1-3, 2017 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We had another successful conference with over 1,100 participants; 4 Wednesday workshops; 120 breakout sessions; and an amazing Honors and Awards celebration.

2017 Conference Program

Marcia Tate's Keynote Handout

Presenter handouts can be found on the conference app – search your app store for: MiCEC Events. 

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2017-18 MCEC Board Members

Concetta Lewis, President

Nichole Moore, President Elect

Ben Hicks, Vice President

Ann Walton, Past President

Mary Bradley, Secretary

Darnella Delfine, Treasurer/DADD Representative

Carolyn Smith-Gerdes, CAN Coordinator

Heather Blankenship, Membership Coordinator

Amanda Brennan, Member at Large

Candi Bush, Member at Large

Corrie Thornton, Member at Large

Andrea Jasper, Member at Large

Lydia Moore, Member at Large

Joe DeMarsh, Student CEC Advisor

Megan Foreman, Student CEC President

Andy Claes, CASE Representative

Rachel Fuerer, CCBD Representative

Rebecca McIntyre, DAS Representative

Adam Danapillis, DCDT Representative

Lohren Nzoma, SEAC Representative

Laurie Jefsen, Executive Director

Denise Smith, Executive Associate

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Laurie VanderPloeg is the 2017 CEC President Elect

We are very pleased to announce that Laurie VanderPloeg, former President of Michigan CEC and 2013-14 CASE President is the 2017 President Elect for CEC.  She will serve as President of CEC in 2018.  Our very proud congratulations to Laurie, who has continued to be an active supporter of Michigan CEC through her service at the national level and in her work as the Director of Special Education for Kent ISD. Laurie will be a Wednesday workshop speaker this year at the 77th Annual Michigan CEC Conference, presenting on "Whatever Happened to Specially Designed Instruction", on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

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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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