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Information and Research

At the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), we know you are responsible for teaching multiple students with very different sets of needs and strengths. 

That’s why staying up-to-date on current research, evidence-based practices, and strategies is a critical part of your job. As you work to support your students, here’s some of the latest special education information and research from CEC.

High-Leverage Practices

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Developed by CEC and the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform (CEEDAR) Center, the High-Leverage Practices (HLPs) are 22 practices that every K–12 special education teacher should master and be able to demonstrate.

State of the Profession

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CEC's State of the Special Education Profession Survey Report examines the survey responses of 1,460 special education teachers, providing a current snapshot of the state of the profession and a foundation for CEC leadership and program development .


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Each year at the annual CEC Convention & Expo, CEC TV shares the latest developments in special education research, explores new trends, and highlights the information being shared at the convention. 

CEC Publications

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Discover CEC's publications and award-winning journals! TEACHING Exceptional Children features research-to-practice information and materials for the classroom, while Exceptional Children publishes research, scholarly reviews, data-based position papers, and policy analyses on the education and development of children and youth with exceptionalities.

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