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The Illinois Council for Exceptional Children (ICEC) will hold the Fall Convention 2022 in-person at the Chicago Marriott Naperville Hotel in full compliance with 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. We invite presentations and posters that address our theme "Forging Resilience, Building Positive Outcomes For ALL." Presentations may address academic and behavior development, co-teaching, collaboration, fostering collaborative work, protecting and enhancing special educators’ and students’ health, safety, and motivation. Other topics may include enhancing professionals’ and students’ self-advocacy, competence, confidence, and capacity. This is the perfect time to put the ICEC 73rd Annual Fall Convention, November 3-5, 2022, on your calendar. Illinois Council for Exceptional Children is the best it can be with your help and support!

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We celebrate Exceptional Children’s Week (ECW) during the first week of May each 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. Celebrate Exceptional Children’s Week with daily themes: Monday, May 2: Monday Musings – Share literature featuring exceptional children! Tuesday, May 3: Talk About it Tuesday – Use social media to spread advocacy and awareness! Wednesday, May 4: Wacky Socks Wednesday – Wear your wackiest socks! Thursday, May 5: Thankful Thursday – Write a note to your favorite teacher, mentor, or student! Friday, May 6: Friendship Friday – Share a your favorite activity with a new person! Saturday, May 7: Saturday Stroll – Participate in ECW’s virtual 5k! Nominate your students for the “Yes, I Can” Awards. All completed nominations are due May 15th.

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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. Eleventh presentation is scheduled for Friday, June 10, 2022 at 3:00 pm with Dr. Paul L. Morgan, "Equity in Special Education.'"

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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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