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Thank you for your participation in the 72nd Annual ICEC Virtual Convention, November 4-6, 2021. A special thanks to the members of the Convention Committee who worked so hard to make this outstanding professional development event possible. We thank Dr. Jennifer Buchter, Eastern Illinois University for her outstanding work as the Program Chair for this Convention. During 2021-2022, we celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the founding of the Council for Exceptional Children, and the theme of this year’s ICEC Convention was Collegiality and Best Practice in the Spirit of Elizabeth Farrell, foundress of CEC. We thank our expert presenters who provided outstanding presentations on a variety of topics including culturally responsive practices, collaborative programming for students with challenging behaviors, opportunities for schools after a year of disruptive learning, working with high functioning students with autism, legal issues after a pandemic, and so much more. We honored six outstanding ICEC professional award recipients and five outstanding students who received Yes, I Can! awards. Look out for more details in the upcoming ICEC Newsletter. This is the perfect time to put the ICEC 73rd Annual Fall Convention, November 3-5, 2022, on your calendar. We are planning to hold this Convention in person at the Chicago Marriott Hotel Naperville, IL. We need your help on the 2022 Convention Committee. Please consider serving on the Convention Committee, look out for the upcoming Call for Presentations, consider nominating a colleague for a professional award, and a student for a Yes, I Can! award. There are so many ways to be involved. Illinois Council for Exceptional Children is the best it can be with your help and support!

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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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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. Seventh presentation is scheduled for Thursday, February 10, 2022 at 7 pm presented by Dr. Dave L. Edyburn on "Special Education Technology Past, Present, and Future."

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