The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)’s committees are responsible for advising the Board of Directors in their particular areas and/or execution of specific activities/programs. All committees report to the Board of Directors.
Committee Call for Applications
The following opportunity is currently available to CEC members:
Committee Calls for Applications
Deadline for applications: January 20, 2022
This is YOUR Leadership Opportunity!
The Council for Exceptional Children seeks a Program Co-Chair for the 2023 (Louisville, KY) and 2024 (San Antonio, TX) CEC Convention and Expo, to lead the Convention Program Advisory Committee (PAC). The Convention Program Co-Chair will play a pivotal leadership role in the success of CEC's annual convention, the largest and most comprehensive professional development event in the field of special education. The term begins February 21, 2022, through May 31, 2024.
This year, CEC is seeking applications for the Convention Program Co-Chair from special education professionals that are currently working in Birth–Grade 12. The Co-Chairs along with representatives from CEC’s Divisions and individuals representing various topics and areas of expertise comprise the Program Advisory Committee and collectively select the sessions that comprise the conventions learning program.
ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Convention Program Chairs will collaborate with CEC divisions, units, staff, and the field. The Chairs will preside over program planning process, the development and selection of the program components and serve as program spokesperson, as necessary. Specific responsibilities include:
- Soliciting input from CEC leadership, divisions, state and provincial units, and the field to determine content areas of high interest to the profession, identify emerging areas of research and/or importance and consider demographic trends and their effect on schools and the profession.
- In collaboration with the Program Advisory Committee, develop a comprehensive, focused, in-depth, and balanced professional learning program reflecting the current needs in the field of special education.
- Identifying content gaps and soliciting sessions, as needed, to ensure a rich program reflective of new and current directions in special education, research, evidence-based practices, and public policy.
- Collaborating with the Program Advisory Committee, CEC units and staff to recommend convention keynote speakers. (All invitations and negotiations will be conducted by CEC staff.)
- Overseeing the proposal review and selection process to ensure the program is diversified and of the highest quality.
- Facilitating continuous quality program improvement through innovation, creativity, and evaluation.
- Representing and promoting the program during the annual convention and expo and other professional meetings, as requested throughout the Chairs’ term of service.
- Collaborating with CEC staff and reporting to the Board of Directors on the direction and status of program planning, as needed.
• Extensive knowledge and significant experience in the field of exceptional education and broad knowledge of the professional development needs of practitioners, administrators, teacher educators, researchers, and others concerned with the education of children and youth with exceptionalities.
• Knowledge of trends and issues in the field with proven ability to engage and collaborate with a variety of stakeholders from diverse backgrounds representing distinct perspectives.
• Prior experience developing a successful professional development symposium, institute, conference (national, regional, or state/provincial, international) or equivalent experience.
• CEC member in good standing.
• Strong interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with others.
• Demonstrated organizational and management skills.
CONVENTION WEEK. The Program Chairs will introduce the opening keynote speaker, host the First Timers’ session, and attend and monitor Program Chair featured sessions throughout the week.
POST CONVENTION. Program Chairs will submit a report offering convention feedback and recommendations for future conventions to the CEC professional development staff. The report is due 45 days following the convention.
LODGING, TRAVEL, AND REGISTRATION. CEC provides compensation for travel to and from the convention and complimentary lodging and registration for the dates of the 2023 and 2024 CEC conventions.
SELECTION PROCESS. CEC staff, along with selected reviewers, will review applications and make recommendations to the Board of Directors.
APPLICATIONS. Special note: Program discussions around the 2023 Convention and Expo programming will begin in February 2022. More information will be sent to the Program Advisory Committee ahead of the initial meeting.
CEC members who wish to be considered should submit:
- Letter of intent
- Response to the following:
- A statement of the extent of the applicant’s participation in previous CEC conventions or other professional development events.
- A statement of the applicant’s assessment of the most critical issues and trends affecting special education over the next 3 years and how these could be addressed through the convention program.
- A statement of how the convention program (program content, formats, presenters), should advance diversity, equity, and professional practice.
- A statement addressing ideas and suggestions on attracting teacher participation and overall attendance.
- Curriculum vita or résumé
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: January 20, 2022
Email your response to:
CEC Professional Development Team
Interested in other volunteer opportunities? If you don’t want to apply for a committee, check out our new Volunteer Square. There are a variety of ways to engage locally and nationally, and through short- and long-term projects.
The Finance and Audit Standing Committee addresses the financial stability of CEC and recommends to the Board of Directors the action to be taken on the annual program plan and budget. Other duties relate to the review of financial policies. The Committee is chaired by the Treasurer. The President Elect also serves as a member of the committee.
- Yvonne Bui, Chair (CEC Treasurer)
- Danielle Kovach (President Elect)
- Julie Bost
- Mark Francis
- Cindi Nixon
- Laura Nugent
- Jane Quenneville
The purpose of the Leadership Development Committee is to identify, nurture, and develop leadership potential and skills in emerging leaders. Its duties include intentionally identifying, cultivating, recruiting, and orienting a well-qualified and diverse pipeline of volunteer leaders for board and committee positions that are responsive to the current and future needs of CEC.
- Mikki Garcia, Ed.D. (Chair)
- Robin D. Brewer, Ph.D.
- Amy Braddock, M.A.
- Dennis Cavitt, Ed.D. (ex officio)
- Wendy Gonzales, Ph.D.
- Kim Moffett, Ph.D.
- Gloria Niles, Ph.D.
- Laura Nugent, Ed.D.
- Wendy Otheim, Ed.S.
- Jonté Taylor, Ph.D.
Read the 2018 Annual Report.
Charge: Organize, implement, and evaluate volunteer leadership training and orientation programs; create communications plans and marketing/promotional activities and events related to volunteer leadership within CEC; and to facilitate attracting, preparing and retaining volunteer leaders within CEC units and divisions.
- Bill Bogdan, Ed.D., Chair
- Anna Adl, M.S.
- Marilyn Friend, Ph.D.
- Mikki Garcia, Ed.D. (ex officio)
- Gloria Niles, Ph.D.
- Laura Nugent, Ed.D.
- Serve an advisory function to the Board of Directors and staff on the mutual implication and impact of activities of CEC and divisions.
- Facilitate collaboration and communication among divisions and between divisions and CEC.
- Provide leadership to enhance the functioning and benefits offered by divisions and the diversity of the association’s members.
- Make proposals to enhance structural, functional and policy relations between CEC and divisions and among/within divisions.
- Facilitate division member recruitment, engagement and retention initiatives.
- Act as a facilitator in resolution of disputes among divisions.
- Review division annual reports and ensure compliance with all CEC policies.
- Michael Faggella-Luby, Co-Chair
- Debbie Lively, Co-Chair
- Jugnu Agrawal
- Sheila Bailey
- Ted Burke
- Juliann Dorff
The Honors Committee selects the recipients of the CEC Professional Awards. The Honors Committee also periodically reviews the CEC Awards program and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors for enhancements.
- Kathy Boisvert (Chair)
- Alissa Combs-Draughn
- Pam Epler
- Anita Granger
- Megan, McMillan
- Sandy Shacklady-White
The Policy Steering Committee develops recommendations for consideration by CEC’s Board of Directors regarding special education legislative and regulatory issues at the national level and provide information to units that may be relevant at the state or local level; assists in ensuring that the organizations’ position statements are current, relevant, reflect CEC’s mission and values and adhere to CEC’s Principles and Guidelines for Developing Position Statements; stays informed about policy and legislative issues related to the education of infants, toddlers, children, and young adults with exceptionalities.
- Mitchell Yell (Chair)”
- Shawn Bernard
- Nate Marsden
- Loretta Mason-Williams
- Kimberly Osmani
- Kevin Rubenstein
- Amanda Schwartz
- Danielle Kovach (President Elect )
The Professional Standards and Practice Committee studies the area of professional standards and their implication to CEC members and others involved in the education of children and youth with exceptionalities; advises the Board of Directors regarding CEC standards and related activities; and develops guidelines and other materials to assist the field in meeting CEC professional standards.
- Theresa Garfield (Chair)
- Tammy L. Barron
- Dee Berlinghoff
- Toni M. Franklin
- Kevin Miller
- Maria B. Peterson-Ahmad
- Michelle Powers
- Recommend editorial policy of CEC’s two journals to the CEC Board of Directors
- Oversee journal editor selection (for approval by CEC Board of Directors)
- Provide feedback on annual reports of editors
- Provide general oversight and support for the editors
- Ensure the high quality of CEC journals as a trusted source of research findings that support and enhance advances in the field and facilitate putting research into practice
- Ensure equity in editor and reviewer selection, as well as in published authors
Publications and Products
- General oversight of books other publications published and sold by CEC
- Direct a regular needs assessment, market research and product evaluation to set publishing priorities
- Recommend strategies for solicitation, review, and approval of new publications, as well as ongoing review of current publications’ viability
- Monitor the relationships between CEC publications; specifically, potential issues of overlap, competition, and/or, redundancy
- Promote equity and engagement of diverse members in publications-related activities
- Incorporate input from subject matter experts as needed to ensure diversity of ideas and topics in publications
- Brittany Hott, Co-Chair
- Meredith Walling, Co-Chair
- Mildred Boveda
- Kimberly Buenger
- Kinberly Bunch-Crump
- Christopher Cormier
- Michael Kennedy
- L. Lynn Standberrry-Brusnahan
- Victor Torres, III
- Katie Veneziale
The Representative Assembly Committee advises the presiding officer of the Representative Assembly (the CEC President) on procedures, formats, and field-based issues for Assembly meeting discussions or online input opportunities. Other duties include approval of Assembly meeting minutes, conducting orientations and online discussions, and determining eligibility for courtesy resolutions.
- Jenn Katz-Borrin, Chair
- Kelly Carrero
- Anthony England
- Ben Hicks
- Cheryl Wold
The Student and Early Career Committee advises the Board of Directors on ways to recruit, mentor, and support individuals entering the profession, especially those from diverse backgrounds, and enhance the experience of student and early-career CEC members. It also plans and conducts a Student and Early Career Special Educator Forum and/or other events relevant to students and early-career teachers at the annual CEC Convention & Expo, providing opportunities for student attendees to engage with CEC in order to improve their practice, network with peers, and maximize their experience.
- Travis Cooper (Chair)
- Lindsay Carlisle (Student Representative to the Representative Assembly)
- Belkis Choisel-Praslin
- Anna Malone
- Jordan McNeill (Student Representative to the RA
- Ashley Virgin
- Richard Williams
The Yes I Can Committee publicizes the Yes I Can Awards to ensure outstanding entries; seeks and solicits nominations; evaluates the nominees for each category; select recipients; and periodically reviews award categories and criteria.
- Samantha Riggleman (Chair)
- Rita Brown
- Helen Flores
- Karen Holland
- Kimberly Krug
- Aylssa Marcum
- John Wright
Workgroups are established by the Board of Directors and are assigned a specific charge and outcomes to be completed within a designated period of time. Workgroup members have knowledge, skills, and expertise in a particular area of strategic importance to CEC. The workgroup chair reports to the Board of Directors.