Upcoming Events

Michigan Council for Exceptional Children 78th Annual Conference 

February 28th-March 2nd, 2018

Amway Grand • Grand Rapids, Michigan

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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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Leading Special Education at the School Site: A Comprehensive Workshop

This spring, CEC will bring its most sought-after workshop to two different locations in Michigan—that means TWO opportunities to development the skills that you need as an administrator to serve all the students in your school.


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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 May 26, 2017

Conference Flyer

Registration will open May 1, 2017

Policy Insider: Legislative Update

  • We hope you will be joining us and thousands of special educators in Boston, Massachusetts for CEC’s Annual Convention and Expo! CEC’s Convention will provide us all with an opportunity to reflect on special education and how we can continue to advance the profession and support better outcomes for children and youth with disabilities and gifts and talents. This year’s convention will offer over 500 sessions, workshops, town halls and more, featuring the most pressing issues in the field, as well as speakers and celebrations you won’t want to miss! CEC’s Policy and Advocacy team and U.S. Department of Education...


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 of Directors

Election results for open positions on the 2017-18 Board of Directors are:

  • Vice-President – Ben Hicks, Charlevoix-Emmet ISD
  • Secretary – Mary Bradley, Muskegon Area ISD
  • Membership Director – Heather Blankenship, Monroe County ISD
  • Member at Large – Candi Bush, Parent/Family Center for Children with Special Care Needs
  • Member at Large – Andrea Jasper, Central Michigan University
  • Member at Large – Lydia Moore, Oakland Schools

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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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