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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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This year's ICEC Fall Convention is going virtual on November 6, 2020. This event is evergreen with options to register for the live event as well replays of the sessions and speakers. Don't miss this interactive virtual event. Check out these outstanding offerings: Patrick Schwarz, Mindfulness in the Classroom Carla Tantillo Philibert, Matt Dewar Mindfulness Workshop, Lunch with the Legal Eagles, Diversity & Equity Lunch Chat, Susan Hentz Workshop, Teacher Talk - Primary, Teacher Talk - Middle School & H.S. and Pioneers Session for New Teachers

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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 1,400 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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