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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. View a complete list of 2017 Poster Sessions.

Click here to register!

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Notice of 2017 MCEC Board of Director Elections

Elections for open positions on the 2017-18 Board of Directors will be conducted from January 30- February 29, 2017.  CEC members who reside in Michigan will receive an email from Michigan CEC on January 30th that will contain a link to an online ballot.  Members will need to enter their membership number and will want to review the list of candidates and their statements/bios.  Click here for candidate document.

Questions about the election may be directed to: Laurie Jefsen

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2017 Michigan CEC Annual Assembly

March 2, 2017, at 1:00p, during the 77th Annual MCEC Conference

Amway Grand Plaza, Grand Rapids, Michigan


Proposed bylaw revisions: Click here for a copy of the bylaw revisions that will be proposed at the MCEC Annual Assembly on March 2nd.

Comments may be directed to: Laurie Jefsen

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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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 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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