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The Council for Exceptional Children celebrates Exceptional Children’s Week (ECW) during the first week of May every year. Celebrate ECW with us this year by participating in our themed week as follows: Monday, May 3: Social Media Monday - Post: "I celebrate Exceptional Children’s week because…" #ICEC #ECW Tuesday, May 4: Wear Red to Rally Against Bullying Wednesday, May 5: Wacky Socks Wednesday - Bring out your most wacky socks to support being different! Thursday, May 6: Thankful Thursday - Write a kind message to someone who works with individuals with exceptionalities. Friday, May 7: Wear Your Special Apparel - Special Olympics apparel/medals, Best Buddies gear, or represent your school/organization. If you would like to learn more about our organization, Illinois Council for Exceptional Children (ICEC), please visit our website:

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CEC's Resources offer educators many aids to assist them in providing the best of special education services. From publications for new teachers and tools to use in the classroom each week to the latest in education policy news and information on the Department of Education resources, CEC is the place to find the tools you need for your classroom!

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Good News! CEC L.I.V.E. will be available until June 30, 2021. CEC’s Learning Interactive Virtual Event (L.I.V.E.) offers outstanding recorded presentations featuring 700+ on-demand sessions, 3 keynote presentations, 29 mainstage sessions, 400 poster videos, and more.

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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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