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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.

The schedule for Thursday/Friday breakout sessions will be published in late December.

Take a look at our 2016 Conference Program for further information about the type of schedule and sessions offered.

Click here to register!

Policy Insider: Legislative Update

  • Last week, President-elect Donald Trump announced his nomination of Betsy DeVos for the position of U.S. Secretary of Education. DeVos, a former Michigan Republican Party chairwoman, serves as the current chairman of The American Federation for Children, an education advocacy group that pushes for school choice policies. The mission statement of the organization reads “The American Federation for Children and the American Federation for Children Growth Fund seek to improve our nation’s K-12 education by advancing systemic and sustainable public policy that empowers parents, particularly those in low-income families, to choose the education they determine is best for their children.”


Call for Presentations

MCEC is now accepting proposals for presentations for our 77th Annual Conference to be held on March 1-3, 2017 at the Amway Grand in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Applications will be accepted until 5:00pm on December 2, 2016.

Presenter Application

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MCEC is currently seeking candidates for our 2017-18 Board of Directors

Positions open this coming Election Year include: 
Vice President (4 year term includes serving as 2019 President) 
Secretary (2 year term) 
Membership Coordinator (2 year term) 
Member-at-Large (2 year term), 3 positions open 

 Interested?  See further information, click here or email: MCEC@michigancec.org

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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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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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