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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.

To review a complete list of our 2017 breakout sessions click here.

Click here to register!

Policy Insider: Legislative Update

  • On Wednesday, January 11th, the Supreme Court justices heard a case deliberating what the level of educational benefit that school districts must confer on children with disabilities to provide them with the free appropriate public education (FAPE) guaranteed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District was focused on a Colorado boy with autism, whose family asked the justices to clarify what education benefits an Individualized Education Program (IEP) must provide. Endrew F. (Drew) was provided an IEP from preschool through 4th grade, where he was a student in Douglas County School District....


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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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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