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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

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Policy Insider: Legislative Update

  • Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) pulled the Senate Republican bill, Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) last week. Overwhelming public opposition and “no” votes from at least four Republican Senators led to the abandonment. The congressional Republican’s seven-year campaign to undo health care reform once again failed due to the advocacy of CEC members and the larger community. Thank you for your dedication to CEC’s save Medicaid advocacy campaign to ensure children with disabilities have access to health related services in schools and early intervention programs. Mitch McConnell is expected to bring up the Motion to Proceed to begin repealing health...

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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