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The Yes I Can! Foundation for Exceptional Children
The Yes I Can! Foundation for Exceptional Children
designs and implements programs that help improve the quality of life for
children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. The Foundation's
exciting programs - Yes I Can! Awards, Scholarships, Minigrants for Special
Educators, and others - help hundreds of children with special needs attain
their greatest potential every year. Contributions from its supporters help make
To learn more about the Yes I Can! Foundation, please
visit their Web site at
STUDENT CEC MEMBERS!
GEORGE O’NEILL MEMORIAL
Þ Nominations must be postmarked by
September 10, 2004 (extended deadline).
This scholarship was established by the PACEC
in September 1981 to recognize the student
CEC member whose
involvement in special education is judged to be most exemplary.
Þ Proof of PACEC membership (submit a
copy of your membership card with your chapter
Personal information so we may contact you prior to the November Convention:
phone, email address and permanent address).
A resume, including employment and volunteer experiences.
Two faculty recommendations, one of which must be from your student CEC
helpful to your application if the faculty recommendations specifically refer to
activities in which you have been engaged and the reasons you are deserving of
based upon their personal and professional observations.
PLEASE SEND APPLICATION TO:
Dr. Constance Fox Lyttle, Esq.
Chairperson, George O’Neill Scholarship
907 Wildwood Road
Oradell NJ 07649
TO BE AWARDED AT THE NOVEMBER 2003 AWARDS
THE SEARCH FOR THIS YEAR’S
DESERVING CANDIDATE IS ON!
Representative Assembly approved amendments to the CEC Constitution at its April
meeting allowing for individual federations to determine how chapters within
their borders will function. The PACEC Board has examined this issue to determine how we will proceed.
Participants at the 2002 convention were invited to meet with PACEC's
Representatives to the CEC Representative Assembly to discuss the impact this
will have on PACEC, and were invited to provide input. Their comments and
suggestions formed the framework of a major overhaul of our Constitution and
By-laws as the PACEC Executive Committee moves into the next phase of this
process. The full Executive Board discussed a final draft at
its March meeting. Look for more information
in upcoming issues of ACTION and here on the website. A
Constitution and By-laws will be voted on at the convention
in November, 2003.
Resolutions - The PACEC Representative Assembly approved two
resolutions at the 2002 convention supporting professionals seeking National
Board certification and regarding the No Child Left Behind Act.
Read them here.
Success Stories for
CEC's Annual Budget Book It's time for CEC to begin
preparing the FY '05 Budget Book. CEC's annual Budget Book, officially known as
the "Federal Outlook for Exceptional Children," is an education tool that our
members use with their members of Congress and staff from a variety of federal
agencies. If you have a story you'd like to share, click here for
details and examples of past stories.
Revised Basic Education Circulars
have been published on the PDE Website, effective December 7, 2001. Please take
a copy off the website to update your BEC book. These BECs replace BECs
of the same names and numbers previously published.
CEC Special Alert - Washington Post Seeks
Special Ed Success Stories -
Washington Post reporter Jay Mathews is asking
for special education success stories. He recently wrote an article for
Washingtonpost.com criticizing special education but asked that if people knew
of successes to please send him the details. Please send stories of your
successes with students with disabilities to Jay Mathews. Let's be the source
for a positive media story about special education! Send your successes to
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CEC Special Alert
Please Act Now to Preserve Services for Students with Disabilities, Full
Funding, and Gifted Education! Congress continually acts on issues of
vital importance to special educators and their students. Topics such as
expelling children with disabilities, voting to mandate full funding for the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and supporting legislation
for programs for students with gifts and talents are just a few of the items of
continued interest. It is vitally important that members of the House and
Senate know how critical these issues are to you. Please visit your
Congressional representatives in their local offices or
send them an e-mail or letter today. Keep them
informed! Remember, they're not the experts - YOU ARE!
CEC has completed development of performance-based standards for the
preparation and licensure of special educators in preparation for approval by
the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATEP) The
knowledge and skill standards are reorganized into ten content area standards
that correlate closely to the Interstate New Teacher and Assessment Consortium
(INTASC) principles. In the performance-based approach, CEC will review
preparation programs for accreditation at the standard level, using the
appropriate knowledge and skills to inform the standards. We invite you to
review these standards. They are available at the CEC web site
Each set of standards includes a form you can use to e-mail your comments to
CEC. CEC welcomes your comments and would appreciate your feedback.
PSSA have you scrambling? Several years ago the
predecessor to PaTTAN published a booklet titled Testing
Accommodations ... Click to read the text of this document and breathe
a little easier.
CEC has issued a "Talking
Review it, then contact your legislator to voice your
concerns about how their actions affect our kids
Subdivision pages are again in need of updating.
Check them out today, then if you know of something
that would be of interest to others,
let us know so we can share it here.
The latest issue of ACTION
On-Line is here!
Read it today.
PACEC NEEDS YOU!! Are you
interested in working to improve the lives of students with disabilities in
Pennsylvania? Why not consider becoming involved in the Pennsylvania Federation
Council for Exceptional Children? Meet interesting people, travel to
fascinating places, see exciting things and help many people. If you are
interested, contact one of the PACEC officers or
Jannis Floyd. We would love to hear from
PENNSYLVANIA CEC NEEDS YOU!!
Pennsylvania General Assembly
has launched a web site to give the public easy access to legislative goings
on. Committee schedules, texts and histories of current bills, and some records
dating back to 1993 can be found here.
PACEC Career Connections page is off and
running. Now it's time for employers to act and advertise available positions
for free. Let the world know what's available. Are you taking advantage of
this great opportunity?
Pennsylvania School Code is interpreted? Visit PDE's site listing the
Circulars which administrators use for guidance.
the deadline for applications for the George O'Neill
Memorial Scholarship is approaching. Now is the time to apply for the
Teachers, do you know of a truly
exceptional special educator? Nominate them for the PACEC
Teacher of the Year.
Are you a Professionally Recognized Special Educator?
Click here to see how you can
obtain this prestigious recognition from CEC.
The PACEC Website is the proud recipient of the HandiRamp
Award for service to the disabled community, and has been named a Pennsylvania
Destination of the Day.
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