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Representative Assembly

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The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)’s Representative Assembly (RA) is the Council’s membership advisory body. The RA includes two representatives from each state/provincial unit, division and the student membership. It provides input to the Board of Directors on positions CEC is considering on issues related to the field and profession, strategic direction, policy initiatives, and other similar issues. The RA meets formally once a year at the CEC Convention and conducts business online throughout the year.

Recent small group discussions and online opportunities to provide feedback to the Board or other CEC bodies include: 

Courtesy Resolutions: Honoring CEC Members

The annual RA meeting is also a time to honor members who have made notable contributions in conducting the business of the international organization to fulfill its obligations to the general membership and/or the field. Find out more about Courtesy Resolutions and members/entities recently recognized.

Questions, comments or find out who your unit or division representative is.

2020 Meeting of the Representative Assembly - Minutes - February 7, 2020; Portland, OR

2019 Meeting of the Representative Assembly - Minutes - February 1, 2019; Indianapolis, IN

2018 Meeting of the Representative Assembly - Minutes - February 9, 2018; Tampa, FL

2017 Meeting of the Representative Assembly - Minutes - April 21, 2017; Boston, MA

2016 Meeting of the Representative Assembly - Minutes - April 15, 2016; St. Louis, MO

2015 Meeting of the Representative Assembly - Minutes - April 10, 2015; San Diego, CA

2014 Meeting of the Representative Assembly - Minutes - April 11, 2014; Philadelphia, PA

Student RA Representatives

We are your elected Student Representatives to CEC’s Representative Assembly (RA), which serves as the membership advisory body to the Board of Directors.

Kelly Acosta


Student Representative

Hi CEC Student Members! My name is Kelly Acosta and I’m a fourth-year doctoral student at the University of Florida studying special education and teacher education. My emphasis is professional development and policy. This is my first year as a Student Representative and I look forward to supporting you all in this role. Feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, or suggestions at




Jordan McNeill Lukins 

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Student Representative

Hi fellow students! My name is Jordan McNeill Lukins, and I am a fourth year PhD candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I am interested in teachers’ training and experiences specific to supporting students with autism. In my first year as a Student Representative, I am excited to support and advocate for future teachers and leaders in special education! I’d love to hear your ideas and priorities and can be reached at

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