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MCEC 78th Annual Conference

February 28 – March 2, 2018

MCEC Conference 2018


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

Holly Robinson Peete Bio

Click here to find information on the conference and links to registration. 

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

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Policy Insider: Legislative Update

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Call for Presentations

MCEC would like to invite you to submit a proposal to present at our 78th Annual Michigan Conference. We are interested in presentations that promote best practices and networking for educators in Michigan, and collaboration between educators, parents, students and community resources. Proposals are requested for breakout sessions on Thursday and Friday, March 1 & 2. Presentations will be accepted until December 1, 2017, at 5:00pm.

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Welcome MiDCDD

We are excited to announce that we now have a new active special interest division in Michigan! We are proud to welcome the Michigan Division for Communicative Disabilities and Deafness (MiDCDD).  Please take a minute to read their Newsletter.

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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

Camila Stewart, CCBD Representative

Rebecca McIntyre, DAS Representative

Cheryl Brown, 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. 




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