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Welcome to the ICEC 73rd Annual Fall Convention November 3-5, 2022. This in-person professional event at the Chicago Marriott Naperville will be in full compliance with CDC health and safety recommendations. Special educators, related service providers, teacher educators, preservice special educators, administrators, policy makers, parents, and special education advocates are all encouraged to attend this Convention. Presentations and posters address this year’s theme "Forging Resilience, Building Positive Outcomes For ALL." Presentations will address a legal update, academic and behavior development, co-teaching, collaboration, collaborative partnerships, protecting and enhancing special educators’ and students’ health, safety, and motivation. Other topics include enhancing professionals’ and students’ self-advocacy, competence, confidence, and capacity. Earn a special prize for being among the first 50 registrants. ICEC is at its best with your participation, help, and support! Peruse the program and help to spread the word.

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We celebrated Exceptional Children’s Week (ECW) during the first week of May this year to promote awareness of exceptionalities in children and youth. This is a time to celebrate diverse learners. The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) established this week to remind all individuals about the importance of acceptance and understanding. This is how we celebrated Exceptional Children’s Week: Monday, May 2: Monday Musings – Shared literature featuring exceptional children! Tuesday, May 3: Talk About it Tuesday – Used social media to spread advocacy and awareness! Wednesday, May 4: Wacky Socks Wednesday – Wore our wackiest socks! Thursday, May 5: Thankful Thursday – Wrote a note to our favorite teacher, mentor, or student! Friday, May 6: Friendship Friday – Shared a favorite activity with a new person! Saturday, May 7: Saturday Stroll – Participated in ECW’s virtual 5k! Nominated students for the “Yes, I Can” Awards.

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The Illinois Council for Exceptional Children will honor the 100th Anniversary of the International Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). CEC was founded on August 10, 1922. A series of events will take place virtually via Zoom every month for the next twelve months. Zoom links will be sent prior to each event. Twelfth presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, August 10, 2022 from 6-8 pm with ICEC Historians presenting "Innovators in Special Education in Illinois Past, Present and Future.'"

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Ray Graham-First Director of Special Education in Illinois


The Council for Exceptional Children is a professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the success of children with exceptionalities. We accomplish our mission through advocacy, standards, and professional development.

As a state unit, Illinois has over 1,000 members. Become an advocate, engage in professional discussion and learning, participate in webinars for PDHs. Joining CEC automatically gives you membership in the Illinois State Unit. Advocate for students and your profession.


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