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Success in Mathematics for Students with Disabilities: Expectations and Best Practices in the General and Alternate Curriculum

posted Dec 20, 2013, 8:14 PM by Maryland CEC Webmaster

Please join us!     Registration* is now open at


Light refreshments will be served. 

The conference is open to all, and is free for all CEC members.

A $15.00  cash registration fee will be collected at the door for non-members. 

We  encourage you to join and enjoy the numerous professional  benefits of membership including attending the conference for free.    For membership info or to join CEC, visit


 Saturday, February 1, 2014

9 a.m. to noon

Loyola University Maryland Graduate Center

 8890 McGaw Road, Columbia, MD 21045

“Snow Date” February 8, 2014, 9 a.m. to noon   


Keynote Speaker

Marci Frye,

Mathematics Instructional Specialist

 Maryland State Department of Education


Poster Session and Panel Discussions: 

Current and Future Special and General Educators of Students with Disabilities

in the Pre-K, Elementary, Secondary, General and Alternate Curriculum  


Sponsored by

Maryland Council for Exceptional Children:  MDCEC

Montgomery County Maryland Council for Exceptional Children: CEC Chapter 246 

District of Columbia Council for Exceptional Children

Maryland Chapter of the Council for Learning Disabilities

Members of CEC, colleagues and friends are invited to join us for this professional development conference.  We hope you will take this opportunity to meet other professionals and paraprofessionals serving students with disabilities and learn from each other. 


If you are interested in presenting a poster or being on a panel to share best practices in mathematics for students with disabilities,  or if you wish further information,

please contact Rosemary Garr or Laila Richman

Tell Your Senators: Vote NO on Anti-Disability Amendments!

posted Jun 12, 2013, 6:54 AM by Maryland CEC Webmaster   [ updated Jun 12, 2013, 6:55 AM ]

On June 11th, the Senate Education Committee will be starting debate to reauthorize - rewrite - the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, better known as No Child Left Behind.


During this debate, CEC believes amendments will be offered that will (1) exclude many students with disabilities from the accountability system, and (2) weaken qualifications for special education teachers. If enacted, these amendments will turn back the clock on progress that has been made on behalf of children with disabilities (read more). Urge your Senators to reject these proposals today by usingCEC's Legislative Action Center!

Congratulations to Maryland's Yes I Can! Award Winners

posted Apr 12, 2013, 6:46 PM by Maryland CEC Webmaster

Maryland CEC would like to extend our most heartfelt congratulations to Matthew Villanueva of Montgomery Village and Elizabeth Claire Menke of Middletown for being selected as two of the twenty-one 2012 CEC Yes I Can! award winners.  Matthew was honored for his academic achievement, while Claire received her award for her outstanding participation in school and community activities.  Way to go, Matthew and Claire!  We are so proud of you! 

Nominees Sought for Maryland Council for Exceptional Children Executive Board Positions 2013-2014

posted Mar 2, 2013, 8:14 PM by Maryland CEC Webmaster

Nominations are being accepted for the following Maryland CEC Executive Board positions: President, President Elect, Treasurer, Representative to the State Unit for 2 years, and Student Representative. A brief description of each position’s duties is identified in the table below. You must be a member in good standing with The Council for Exceptional Children and the Maryland Unit CEC.


If interested, please submit a letter of interest and a resume’ to Val Sharpe at: For questions, please contact Val Sharpe at 410-480-9667.



Position Duties

Nomination Deadline



1.     To serve a two year term as chief executive officer of the State Unit with the powers and duties usually belonging to such a position;

2.     To give leadership to general policy making and carry out the directives of the membership;

3.     To call and preside at meetings of the Executive Committee, the annual meeting, meetings of the State Representative Assembly, and all other Unit sponsored meetings;

4.     To recommend chairs of standing committees (with the exception of the Program, Finance, and Nominations Committees), with  a quorum vote approval of the Executive Committee;

5.     To serve as an ex-officio nonvoting member of all committees with the exception of the Nominations Committee;

6.     To recommend to the Executive Committee the types of ad hoc committees and other appointive bodies needed;

7.     To submit the annual Unit report and list of State Unit officers to the Council for Exceptional Children by June 30.

8.     To prepare and submit an annual set of assurances to the Council for Exceptional Children by September 30.

May 15, 2013

President Elect

1.     To serve a two year term;

2.     To serve in the place of, and with the authority of, the President in case of the President's absence or  inability to serve;

3.     To serve as chair of the Program Committee for the annual meeting;

4.     To plan other meetings according to the policies and directives of the Executive Committee

May 15, 2013



This position is appointed by the Executive Board Officers.

1.     To serve a two year term;

2.     To serve as custodian of the funds of the State Unit;

3.     To pay out money for expenses approved by the Executive Committee and accompanied by the signature of an Executive Board member.

4.     To make a line item annual report of the financial status of the State Unit to the Executive Committee, the Unit’s Board, and the Unit’s Representative Assembly at the annual meeting;

5.     To act as Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee;

6.     To prepare and submit a line item annual budget for approval by the Executive Committee for adoption by the State Representative Assembly at the annual meeting;

7.     To submit records of all monies collected and expended to the Finance and Audit Committee for auditing; and

8.     To transfer all monies and records to the new Treasurer within 30 days after installation.

May 15, 2013

Representative to the State Unit

1.     To serve a two year term;

2.     To represent the State Unit at meetings of the Representative Assembly and to participate in balloting and other activities necessary to the functioning of the Representative Assembly;

3.     To report regularly to the State Unit Executive Committee, State Board, State Representative  Assembly, and general membership on activities of the Representative Assembly and CEC;

4.     To communicate issues and concerns from the State Unit to the CEC Representative Assembly;

5.     To inform the state about the disposition of Representative Assembly issues and advice forwarded to the CEC Board of Directors; and

6.     To take other specific direction from the State Unit concerning the activities of the CEC Representative Assembly.

May 15, 2013

Student Representative

1.     To serve a one to two year term dependent upon the year of school program completion;

2.     To represent the body of student members of the State Unit at Executive Committee meetings.

3.     To communicate issues and concerns from the body of student members of the State Unit to the Executive Committee.

4.     To take other specific direction from the Executive Committee concerning the incorporation of the body of student members of the State Unit as a whole; and

5.     To provide leadership in the planning, coordination and implementation of oversee State Unit SCEC events.

May 15, 2013



National Day of Action

posted Feb 7, 2013, 2:38 PM by Maryland CEC Webmaster   [ updated Feb 7, 2013, 2:39 PM ]

On Monday, February 11, CEC, will join with over 3000 members of the Non-Defense Discretionary Coalition, and hold a National Day of Action. We asking CEC members to email their Senators and Representatives and tell them to prevent further cuts to save education, and other non-defense discretionary programs that serve children and youth.

The National Day of Action is Monday, February 11. Please go to this site for more information on how you can make your voice heard.

Help CEC Help Others

posted Jan 17, 2013, 5:19 PM by Maryland CEC Webmaster   [ updated Jan 17, 2013, 5:21 PM ]

As tragedy struck in Newtown, Connecticut, we want to reach out and help those who helped those in need. The CEC USG - Towson Chapter #288 will be building a care package by collecting donations to send to the first responders that aided during the Sandy Hook crisis.


We are collecting items such as:

·        Blankets

·        Non-Perishable Food Items

·        Travel Sized Toiletries

·        Household Items (cleaning supplies, kitchen utensils, etc.)


If you can help, please drop any items off between January 28th and February 8th in the ‘Sandy Hook Heroes’ Box located in the Student Services office in Building III of The Universities of Shady Grove (9630 Gudelsky Drive  Rockville, Maryland).

Speak out on behalf of special education and share your story with CEC!

posted Jan 15, 2013, 5:16 PM by Maryland CEC Webmaster

Every year, CEC publishes the Federal Outlook for Exceptional Children, providing an overview of federally-funded programs – IDEA and Javits grants – that impact the lives of children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.  The Outlook is distributed to members of Congress, federal agencies, and other leaders in the education community with the hope that a better understanding of such programs will lead to increased federal funding for special/gifted education programs.  

Make your voice heard. Throughout the Outlook are personal stories and photos of children and youth participating in special education, early intervention, and gifted education programs across the country.  These success stories help put a human touch on the graphs and charts that typically illustrate the need for increased funding for programs such as IDEA and the Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act.

Stories may be submitted by anyone in contact with a student with disabilities and/or gifts and talents (with parent’s permission) – including, teachers, related service providers, school administrators, and parents.

Submit your success story and become a part of this year’s Outlook!

Fiscal Cliff Legislation on Deck TODAY - Tell Congress VOTE NO!

posted Dec 20, 2012, 3:38 PM by Maryland CEC Webmaster   [ updated Dec 20, 2012, 3:40 PM ]

Join CEC and tell Congress VOTE No TODAY on HR 6684 and pass a balanced budget solution that invests in education. Representatives should Vote no because if enacted, the Budget Resolution and HR 6684 would:

· Replace the sequester,but do so by imposing dramatically deeper cuts to education and all other nondefense discretionary programs. (!!!!)

· Fail to extend the teacher tax deductionwhich provides a deduction for educators who have out-of-pocket expenses for classroom supplies.

· Overall, if enacted, this would reduce funding for IDEA and other programs that serve children and youth with disabilities to record low levels and greatly impede educators’ ability to provide the appropriate services children are entitled to under IDEA.

This plan won’t work for children and youth, educators or our country. Help us Tell Congress - We need more investment in Education – NOT Less.And education programs have already suffered significant harmful cuts. The final FY 11 Continuing Resolution (CR) cut education programs (exclusive of changes to Pell grants) by an aggregate $1.25 billion with more than three dozen education programs eliminated and another four dozen cut. The FY 12 omnibus appropriations bill cut Education Department funding by another $233 million. Since FY 10, funding for over 50 education programs has been terminated, cutting over $1.2 billion.

Send a letter TODAY via CEC’s Legislative Action Center and Tell Congress to Vote NO!

Prince George's County Chapter Bi-Annual Awards Reception

posted Oct 27, 2012, 7:47 PM by Maryland CEC Webmaster

The Prince George’s chapter (CEC Chapter 263) held its bi-annual Awards Reception on April 26th, 2012, supported partially by a mini-grant from the Maryland Council for Exceptional Children.. This was an opportunity to honor outstanding PGCPS professionals who go above and beyond in providing services to people with special needs. Nominees were nominated for one in the following categories: The “Dr. Jessie B. Mason Award” is awarded to an outstanding special education administrator; the “Frances Fuchs” is awarded to an outstanding special educator; the “Robert J. Janus Award” is awarded to an outstanding related service provider; and the “James E. Duckworth Award” is awarded to an outstanding non-special educator. The turnout was great. Joan Rothgeb, Director of Special Education, PGCPS addressed the crowd, while a riveting piano mini-recital was performed by Ernest Serry, a young man who attends Dodge Park Elementary School’s CRI Program. Young Mr. Serry brought everyone to their feet. A good time was had by all as we celebrated with the award nominees, recipients, their family and friends as well as our colleagues. Our chapter also presented a check to the Prince George's County Special Olympics during the Awards Reception Program.

CEC 2013 Convention & Expo: San Antonio, TX - April 3-6, 2013

posted Oct 21, 2012, 6:45 AM by Maryland CEC Webmaster

Join us in San Antonio for the CEC 2013 Convention & Expo – the largest professional development event dedicated to special and gifted education. There, educators from around the world will discuss the most pressing issues in special and gifted education and share information in areas such as common core state standards; administration and supervision; autism spectrum disorders; emotional and behavior disorders and supports; instructional strategies for math, reading, and science; policy; technology; and response to intervention.

The CEC Convention & Expo offers hundreds of educational sessions conducted by leading experts and endless opportunities to network with others working with children and youth with exceptionalities and their families. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about new and pending legislation and explore cutting-edge products and services in the exhibit hall. Educators won’t want to miss this chance to catch up on what’s happening in the field, broaden their perspective of special education, and further their professional growth. CEC's Convention & Expo is the heart and soul of the special education community and your premier professional development event.

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