Welcome to the Alberta Council for Exceptional Children

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Dear Colleagues,

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with inclusive/exceptional needs. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

CEC is the leading voice for diversity and inclusive education. Through the vision and dedication of its nearly 35,000 members, CEC ensures the needs of children and youth with exceptionalities are met in educational legislation, establishes professional standards for the field, and develops initiatives to improve inclusive education practice. And, CEC is known as THE source for information, resources, and professional development for inclusive educators.

At Alberta CEC we are committed to providing our members in Alberta with quality services which extend the benefits of belonging to the international organization. At ACEC we partner with other organizations (such as Dynamic Development) to offer quality training at a reduced cost for members. Members receive significant cost benefits for all workshops and training provided by ACEC. Newsletters provide valued and valuable information on current events within Alberta and insights on working with students with exceptional learning profiles. We are responsive to the thoughts, ideas and suggestions of the Alberta members!

Services Provided by the CEC

  • Professional development opportunities and resources
  • 17 divisions for inclusive education information
  • Journals and newsletters with information on new research findings, classroom practices that           work, federal legislation, and policies
  • Conventions and conferences
  • Inclusive education publications

 

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Fall 2016 – Message from the President

NOTICE:   This site is being discontinued.  You can visit us on our new website at http://www.albertacec.ca

Hello Members!

It has been a while since we have sent you an update from the ACEC. Sorry for being incognito, but rest assured that your ACEC executive has been working to make an impact on inclusive education, both locally, nationally and internationally.  Here are some things we’ve been up to at the CEC:

            Canadian Committee – As of January 1, 2017, the International CEC will have a Canadian Committee, comprised of the leaders from CEC’s provincial units. This is a transformational change from the existing Canada/US Committee.  The purpose of the committee will be to advise the Board of Directors on ways to meet the needs of Canadian members relative to membership, professional development, publications, products and services. In addition, the Canadian Committee will provide a forum for Canadian units to discuss and address shared concerns specific to provincial/territorial and federal education systems, legislation, and teacher preparation.

Alberta Teachers’ Association Council for Inclusive Education Conference in Kananaskis – The ACEC will have a notable presence the ATA Council for Inclusive Education Conference “Waves of Inclusion; An Ocean of Opportunity,” held in Kananaskis this year on October 13-15. Our own ACEC secretary, Kathy Howery, will be presenting two sessions: AAC in the classroom: Supporting Students with Complex Communication Needs, and Literacy for Students with Significant Disabilities. Our ACEC executives will also be sharing apps at the Art and App Reception, and will be providing several prizes to delegates throughout the conference. Please come visit us at our display in the exhibitors area, and join us at our “Hospitality Sweet” on Friday evening.  For more information about the conference, please visit https://cieducation.ca/initiative/celebrating-the-challenges-2016.

U of C Speaker -On November 14 & 15, 2016, Integrated Services in Education at the University of Calgary, in partnership with ACEC, will be hosting a speaker with extensive knowledge and experience in implementing Behavioural RTI in schools. More information will be available soon at http://werklund.ucalgary.ca/ise/.

As always, your ACEC executive would love to hear from you. Please contact one of your executive should you have any news or comments to pass along.  Please also look for us at one of the upcoming events!

 

Shawn Crawford President shawn.crawford@outlook.com
Kathy Howery Secretary howerykathy@gmail.com
Dwaine Souveny Treasurer dwaine.souveny@gmail.com
Jan Palmer Member At Large janpalmer27@telus.net

We hope you are having a great start to your school year, and look forward to seeing you soon!

Shawn Crawford, PhD. (R. Psych.)

President, Alberta Council for Exceptional Children

Happy New Year from ACEC

Happy New Year to all ACEC members!  We hope you had a restful winter break with family and friends and are energized to return to your important work with students.  We wanted to take this opportunity to inform you of some upcoming events with ACEC.

As you know, on November 29, 2014, we held our AGM and elections.  We are very pleased that the following individuals were elected by acclamation into their new positions.

President                        Shawn Crawford

Secretary                        Kathy Howery (CEC representative assembly)

Treasurer                       Dwaine Souveny

Member at large            Jan Palmer

Member at large            Teresa Fowler

 

Contact information for our executive will be available for members on our website, which we are in the process of updating.  I would like to personally thank each of our executive for their commitment to the ACEC and to students with exceptional needs.

On February 4 and 5 the ACEC, in partnership with the Calgary Regional Consortium (CRC) is providing workshops for educators entitled “Level B Testing – What Now: from Interpretation to Implementation”  These workshops, facilitated by Dwaine Souveny (registered psychologist and ACEC treasurer) are designed to explore how we move from assessment results to practical strategies in the classroom.  More information and registration can be accessed through the CRC website.

The CEC National Convention will take place in San Diego on April 7 to 11, 2015.  As always, there will be a wealth of information, presentations and workshops.  In addition, the Canadian units will have the traditional Canadian Coffee Party, this year hosted by our own Alberta unit!  Hope to see you all there.

As always, the ACEC welcomes your feedback and questions.  Please feel free to contact us.  Have a great start to 2015!!

Shawn Crawford, ACEC President

President’s Message Fall 2012

President’s Message

Hello ACEC members and welcome to the start of the 2012/2013 year!  We hope that you had a relaxing summer and are rested and ready for a new school year.  The fall always brings with it the promise of excitement and new beginnings!  As students, parents and teachers settle into their new routines, many of us are setting goals regarding our learning and professional growth.

As our province continues to move toward more inclusive education practices, more educators and other professionals are requesting learning opportunities related to working with diverse learners and in inclusive classrooms.  At the international level, the CEC continues to offer professional learning opportunities, such as a webinar on Tuesday, September 24, (4-5pm EDT) entitled The promise and practice of peer supports, Meaningful inclusion for students with moderate and severe disabilities.  The CEC also has several resources available, including Collaborate Smart: Practical Strategies and Tools for Educators, a “how-to” guide for improving co-teaching and collaborative communication for every educator.  Post-secondary students are also returning to classes and are already heavily into their studies.   Students save $10.00 off CEC student membership when they join or renew by Oct. 31.  They can pay their dues in three easy payments, too!  Visit www.cec.sped.org/backtoschool for the special membership application and other campaign materials.

At the Alberta level, we are busy planning events and activities for your professional development.  As you may recall, our spring workshop on Models of Coaching for Educators workshop was cancelled  We are pleased, however, to announce a new Models of Coaching for Educators workshop will take place in Calgary, at Mount Royal University, on November 3, 2012.  Registrations are available through the Calgary Regional Consortium at http://www.crcpd.ab.ca/programs/category/25#programs.  For this event, we will have some very distinguished speakers, including Jim Knight (Instructional Coaching), John Clarke (Cognitive Coaching) and Dwaine Souveny (Solution Enhanced Coaching).  Mark your calendars, as this event promises to be informative and inspirational.  This workshop is offered at a substantial discount for CEC members!

As always, we welcome communication and feedback from our membership regarding the ACEC, our website, workshops, or other CEC activities.  In addition, if you are interested in becoming more involved in the ACEC, please contact us!

Have a great fall and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Shawn Crawford

President

Alberta Council for Exceptional Children (ACEC)

2013 CEC Student Awards and Scholarships

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2013 CEC Student Awards and Scholarships

CEC’s Student Committee is seeking nominations/applications for its 2013 awards and scholarships.

Students – nominate someone today for the following awards:

  • The Susan Phillips Gorin Awardhonors a CEC professional member, especially a CEC student chapter advisor, who demonstrates exemplary personal and professional qualities and has made outstanding contributions to CEC and to children with exceptionalities.
  • The Outstanding CEC Student Member of the Year Awards recognize both an undergraduate and a graduate student who have made outstanding contributions to CEC and to children with exceptionalities.

Students – apply today for these scholarships:

  • The CEC Undergraduate and Graduate Student Scholarships present two $1,000stipends, one to an undergraduate and one to a graduate CEC student member.
  • The Kayte M. Fearn CEC Ethnic Diversity Scholarship presents $1,000 to a CEC student member from a culturally diverse background who has made outstanding contributions to CEC and children with exceptionalities.

More information, including the nomination/application packets, is available on CEC’s Web site.

Deadline: Oct. 19, 2012.

Apply or nominate someone today.

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President’s Message Spring 2012

President’s Message

Welcome to the Alberta Council for Exceptional Children (ACEC) and to the launch of our new website!  We are very pleased to be able to provide information to our membership and others through this medium!  Across Alberta, we continue to see changes in education, as the principles and strategies of Alberta Education’s Action on Inclusion initiative are operationalized and implemented.  We hope our information provides a source of information, renewal and encouragement as we head towards the busy end of the school year.

At the ACEC, regular communication with membership continues to be important, and through our website we hope to keep you updated on news and events from around our province.  We encourage feedback and comments on our site, as well as suggestions regarding other information you may find valuable.  At the national level, the Canadian Caucus met at the CEC Convention and Expo in Denver, CO in April and discussed ways for Canadian CEC colleagues to share ideas and discuss issues that are specific and relevant to our unique needs.  We will post more information on how to connect with our Canadian colleagues as it becomes available.

The ACEC continues to grow and develop ways to provide professional development for our colleagues throughout the province.  Our Models of Coaching for Educators workshop, presented last year in Red Deer, was a great success!  It was so great, in fact, that we are providing a similar workshop this year!  The Models of Coaching for Educators workshop will take place in Calgary, at Mount Royal University, on May 29, 2012.  Registrations are available through the Calgary Regional Consortium at http://www.crcpd.ab.ca/programs/category/34#programs.  Mark your calendars, as this event promises to be informative and inspirational.  This workshop is offered at a substantial discount for CEC members.  Please note that the ACEC is also offering a $10 membership discount to anyone who joins CEC within the month of May!  Please see the membership registration section of our website for more details.

We welcome communication and feedback from our membership regarding the ACEC, our website, workshops, or other CEC activities.  In addition, if you are interested in becoming more involved in the ACEC, please contact us!

Have a great spring and we hope to see you soon.

Shawn Crawford

President

Alberta Council for Exceptional Children (ACEC)