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The CEC Special Education Lifetime Achievement Award

This award recognizes an individual who has made continued and sustained contributions to positive outcomes for children and youth with exceptionalities.  

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Deadline:
October 18, 2022
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The CEC Special Education Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has made continued and sustained contributions to positive outcomes for children and youth with exceptionalities.  

Nominations may be made by an individual or a CEC-affiliated organization (unit, chapter, division, or subdivision). Self-nominations are not accepted. 

 

Award Benefits

The Special Education Lifetime Achievement Award recipient will be:  

  • invited to attend the CEC 2023 Convention & Expo, March 1 – 4, 2023, in Louisville, KY, compliments of CEC (CEC will cover the recipient’s registration);
  • recognized and receive a commemorative plaque at an Awards Luncheon during the CEC 2023 Convention & Expo
  • given a $500 cash honorarium; and 
  • featured in a press release on the CEC website (https://exceptionalchildren.org

Eligibility Requirements  

  • The nominee must be a CEC member at the time of nomination and granting of the award.  
  • The work of the nominee must be consistent with CEC’s mission statement, as stated above. 
  • The nominee must have a prominent national or international reputation in the field of special education and must have made significant, documented contributions to positive outcomes for children and youth with exceptionalities in two or more of the following areas: research and scholarship; bridging research and practice; personnel preparation and professional development; effective programs and services (e.g., identification, assessment, instruction); and dynamic leadership. 

 

Selection Considerations

  • The CEC Honors Committee has the authority to give only one Lifetime Achievement Award or opt not to grant the award in any given year.
  • NOTE: Individuals nominated for this award but not selected may be included in the pool of nominees the following year, with their permission. If the nominator who originally submitted the nomination intends to resubmit it for a second year, they may do so by sending a letter of intent to the Honors Committee Staff Liaison (see below). The previous nomination materials can be reused. 

Rules and Instructions for Nomination  

  • All nomination materials must be submitted by 12:00 pm ET, September 19, 2022.
  • The nomination form is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TKSJ3PM 
  • Supporting materials may uploaded into the online nomination form as PDF, doc or docx files. If you are unable to upload them, please email them to Sharon Rodriguez.  
  • Please use the file name to clearly label each section and all nomination materials (e.g., “John_Smith_2023_Lifetime_Achievement_Award.doc” or “John _Smith_Vitae.doc”). 
  • All materials submitted become the property of CEC and will not be returned. 
  • Nominations may be made by an individual or a CEC-affiliated organization (unit, chapter, division, or subdivision). 
  • Posthumous nominations are not accepted.  

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Required Materials 

The nomination packet is divided into three sections: 

  • Areas of Award Relevance 
    • Please describe the nominee's lifelong professional contributions to the education of children and youth with exceptionalities in at least two but not more than four of the following areas:
      • Professional Development and/or Publications;
      • Research;
      • Development of new concepts, approaches, or programs;
      • Improved evaluation procedures;
      • Improved administrative procedures;
      • Practical application of improved teaching techniques; or
      • Dynamic leadership.
  • Vita/Resumé of Nominee  
  • Letters of Recommendation
    • Please attach at least three to up to five letters of recommendation documenting the nominee’s efforts in meeting the award criteria. 
2023 William K. "Bill" Bogdan    
2022

Kathleen Lynne Lane, Ph.D.,
University of Kansas

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2021 Cynthia Okolo, Ph.D.,
Michigan State University
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2020 Tim Lewis    
2019 David Test    
2018 Susan Fowler    
2017 David H. Rose    
2016 Ann P. Turnbull    
2015 Martha L. Thurlow    
2014 Ann P. Kaiser    
2013 Barbara D. Bateman    
2012 Louis C. Danielson    
2011 Rud Turnbull    
2010 Donald D. Hammill    
2009 James Ysseldyke    
2008 Michael Behrmann    
2007 Randy Sprick    
2006 Frederick Weintraub    
2005 Douglas Carnine    
2004 Janet Lerner    
2002 John F. Cawley    
2001 Martin J. Kaufman    
2000 Gerald Wallace    
1999 Robert M. Smith    
1998 Corrine E. Kass    
1997 Donald D. Deshler    
1995 Lyndal M. Bullock    
1994 Jean R. Hebeler    
1993 Nancy L. Peterson    
1992 Steven R. Forness    
1991 Harold W. Heller    
1990 Donn E. Brolin    
1989 Edward N. McKeown    
1988 Willard Abraham    
1987 Elizabeth M. Boggs    
1986 Natalie C. Barraga    
1985 Evelyn N. Deno    
1984 Frank H. Wood    
1983 Reginald L. Jones    
1982 Frances P. Connor    
1981 Edwin W. Martin    
1980 Lloyd M. Dunn    
1979 William C. Geer    
1978 Romaine P. Mackie    
1977 William C. Morse    
1976 Harrie M. Selznick    
1975 John W. Melcher    
1974 Mamie Jo Jones    
1973 Merle B. Karnes    
1972 Leo Cain    
1971 Maynard C. Reynolds    
1970 Samuel R. Laycock    
1969 James J. Gallagher    
1968 Alice Streng    
1967 Francis E. Lord    
1966 Samuel A. Kirk    
1965 William M. Cruickshank    
1964 Harley Z. Wooden    

 

Last Updated:  24 January, 2023

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