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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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It is time to start planning for the CEC 2023 Convention and Expo, March 1-4, 2023. This is a professional event that brings together special educators and all related professional personnel from all over the world. Just imagine: Over 500 posters and concurrent sessions; two general sessions and the Yes I Can Awards; access to the Expo Hall with hundreds of exhibitors; option to add on Convention Workshops on Wednesday, March 1 or Saturday, March 4; option to add on Virtual Convention at a 50% discount; Virtual Convention; Access to live virtual sessions selected from the in-person programs on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 25 and 26; and access to more than 40 hours of curated on-demand content from the “best of the best” in-person convention sessions, accessible for 6 months. Register today and see more details on the CEC website:

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On August 10, 1922, now one hundred years ago, a group of her students asked Elizabeth Farrell to attend a meeting "to discuss ways to promote fellowship among educators as well as a means of exchanging ideas among workers in special education" (Elizabeth Farrell and the history of special education, Kode, 2017, p. 47).    The Illinois Council for Exceptional Children honored the 100 th Anniversary of the International Council for Exceptional Children (known today as CEC). We held a distinguished lecture series that took place virtually on Zoom on either the 9th, 10th, or 11th day of every month beginning August 10, 2021. All the sessions are recorded and available to you on this website under the Communications tab dropdown and recent posts. We deeply appreciate all our presenters who gave so generously of their knowledge, time, and talent in support of this Series. We are ever grateful for each speaker Dr. Michael Gerber, University of California, Santa Barbara; Dr. James M. Kauffman, University of Virginia, Charlottesville; Dr. Sarup Mathur, Arizona State University, Tempe; Dr. Marilyn Friend, University of North Carolina, Greensboro; Dr. Nancy Mather, University of Arizona, Tucson; Dr. Kimberly Kode Sutton, York College of Pennsylvania; Dr. Dave Edyburn, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Dr. John W. Lloyd, University of Virginia, Charlottesville; Dr. Daniel P. Hallahan, University of Virginia; Dr. Paige Pullen, University of Florida, Gainesville; Dr. Debra LeBlanc, DKG Society International, Key Women Educators; Dr. Paul L. Morgan, Pennsylvania State University, University Park; Illinois Historians, Beverley Johns, Iris Kerbis Cantor, Joyce Meyer, as well as Melissa Taylor, Cody Pullium, and Jamillah Gilbert. We appreciate all who helped in any way to make these events possible. We thank especially Haley Caulfield who developed the posters for each event, Cody Pullium who provided professional development hours for attendees, and Betsy Murphy for sharing her website expertise. We also thank all who attended these events and look forward to the times we will share in the months and years ahead.

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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.

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