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76th Annual MCEC Conference:

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March 2-4, 2016 • Grand Rapids, MI

 Amway Grand Plaza 

           2016 Conference Agenda            

Breakout Sessions: March 3 & 4    Thursday/Friday 

MCEC looks forward to seeing you in 2016! We are pleased to bring to you:

Wednesday One Day Workshops

• Explicit Instruction - Dr. Anita Archer

• Multi-Tiered System of Supports - Dr. Kathleen Lane

• Engaging Teachers and Learners with the Essential Elements - Dr. Patricia Drake

• Stop Talking and Use the Visuals - Ms. Mary Meldrum and Ms. Allison Geist

State of the State Address - Thursday, March 3rd

• Teri Chapman, State Director of Special Education

Keynote Speaker - Friday, March 4th

• Brad Cohen, 2015 National CEC Keynote Speaker

• Front of the Class Movie Trailer


Experience Grand Rapids -  while you are here, take some time to experience what Grand Rapids has to offer!


Policy Insider: Legislative Update

  • Acting U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. just released new guidance to states to help identify and eliminate low quality, redundant or unhelpful testing. This guidance addresses the use of current federal dollars under NCLB during school years 2015 – 2016 and 2016 – 2017 only. King talks more about the guidance in this video.


Michigan CEC BOD Elections

Online voting will be conducted from February 8-March 4.  Voting closes at noon on March 5, 2016 

Michigan CEC announces the  ballot for the 2016-17 Board of Directors, terms beginning July 1, 2016.  Open positions and candidates include:

Vice President, 4 year Presidential succession- (vote for 1)
    Nichole Moore, Plymouth-Canton Community Schools
Treasurer, 2 year term (vote for 1)
    Darnella Delfine, Wayne RESA
Children's Action Network (CAN) Representative, 2 year term (Vote for 1)
    Carolyn Smith-Gerdes, Muskegon Area ISD
Members at Large, 2 year terms (Vote for 2)
    Amanda Brennan, Plymouth-Canton Community Schools
    Rhonda Kraai, Eastern Michigan University
    Shalika Robie, 
Hamtramck Public Schools

    Corrie Thornton, Mattawan Consolidated Schools

Click Candidates2016.pdf to view candidate statements of interest regarding serving on the MCEC Board. 

All CEC members who live in Michigan are eligible to vote and will receive a ballot link via email.  Anyone who does not receive a survey ballot may contact Laurie Jefsen.


Michigan CEC Annual Assembly

Thursday, March 3, 2016, 12:00p-1:00p

Amway Grand Plaza, Grand Rapids, Michigan 

The Michigan CEC Annual Assembly will be held during the 76th Annual MCEC Conference in Grand Rapids on March 3rd, at 12noon in the Pantlind Ballroom of the Amway Grand Plaza.  The agenda will include: (1) Approval of minutes from 2015 Annual Meeting; (2) Review of budget; (3) Review of the new MCEC Strategic Plan; (4) Special Interest division updates; (5) Presentation from international CEC. No changes to current bylaws are proposed.  All members of Michigan CEC and other interested participants are invited to attend.


Two New Websites!   

The MCEC website you are currently viewing is designed in collaboration with the National Council for Exceptional Children. Note that we receive information sometimes daily from CEC, particularly Tool of the Week and Policy Insider: Legislative Update.

If you click on the Register Now link, you will see your new Conference Registration website. Visit this website for information on conference agenda, registration rates, and Wednesday pre conference training workshops, to assist you in preparing for the 76th Annual MCEC Conference!

Making Mathematics Meaningful Through Collaboration Conference  

The Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC) and the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM), in conjunction with Michigan's Integrated Mathematics Initiative (Mi)^2 held the first annual conference on September 28, 2015. The conference featured a variety of sessions for the day, as well as a Keynote from Karen Karp and the Michigan Department of Education. Stay tuned as we plan for our second annual conference coming up in 2016!

Please direct questions to Kevin Dykema at, Joe DeMarsh at, or Kate Fanelli at




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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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Tool of the Week

  • Students can learn so much from each other! That’s why this week’s FREE tool is a table, “Cooperative Learning Strategies,” which lists a variety of cooperative learning activities through which students can develop their social skills. Activities such as “turn-to-your-neighbor” and “think-pair-share” allow students to directly interact with one another so they can practice social ...