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2003 PACEC Convention -

 PACEC's 44th annual convention will be held November 6-7, 2003 at the Hershey/Harrisburg Holiday Inn in Grantville, PA! It is destined to be another great success.

We ask each presenter to bring ideas and strategies that participants can take home and use right away. Practicing teachers (both Regular Ed & Special Ed) especially are encouraged to attend. 

The annual PACEC conference is the largest special education event in Pennsylvania.  The convention provides the opportunity for special and regular educators, paraprofessionals, administrators, parents and students to all come together for a single purpose: to find out what is "happening" in special education.  The convention is a time to learn and to "take back"
information that is relevant to the education of children and youth with exceptionalities.

Mark your calendars now and plan to attend PACEC¹s 44th annual conference, NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND IN PENNSYLVANIA - MOVING AHEAD IN 2003 at the Hershey-Harrisburg Holiday Inn, next November 6 and 7.  Printable registration information is available online now,  and a list of sessions is now available here. 



Vicki McGinley, PACEC Convention Chair, has issued an initial "Call for Papers" for the 44th Annual PACEC Convention - "NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND IN PENNSYLVANIA - MOVING AHEAD IN 2003". The deadline for the "call for papers" is May 31, 2003. Visit the Call for Papers page for more information.



We are recruiting exhibitors for the 2003 PACEC Convention.  All school districts, IUs, CEC chapters, subdivisions and businesses are welcome to exhibit.  If you would like to exhibit or would like more information, contact Tanya Wessells at [email protected] 


Each year, the program cover of the PACEC Convention has an illustration that represents the theme of the convention.  The company that prints the program usually develops the artwork for the cover.  This year, we again invite students with disabilities to submit original artwork for  the program cover for the 44th Annual PACEC Convention.

We invited students with disabilities to submit their artwork depicting our convention theme for 2002, "Imagine the Possibilities".  Mrs. Faith Skillman, a multiple disabilities support teacher for I.U. #13, along with her staff and students developed this theme.  Mark Sulkin submitted "Spaceships: Me...Going to the Moon" which was selected to be on the cover of the convention brochure.

This was an exciting opportunity for students to show what they can do! All artwork submitted will be on display during the 2003 PACEC Convention, November 6 & 7, 2003.  The convention committee will choose one entry to be on the cover for the convention program.  The deadline for submission of entries is June 1, 2003.

 Entries should be at least 8 1/2" by 11".  Please include the student¹s name and age, your name, the name of the school, the school's phone number and address plus the school district or I.U.


Lehigh University¹s College of education presented a Special Education Law Institute: Current Issues and Answers in June. This terrific learning opportunity happens every summer at Lehigh. Contact them for more info on next year's institute.

This one week intensive update concentrates on analysis of legislation, regulations and case laws relating to the education of students with disabilities. Topics include the current IDEA and Section 504 regulations; eligibility categories and cases; least restrictive environment; IEP issues, including related services; discipline, including FBAs and BIPs and remedies, including compensatory education and money damages. Presenters include attorneys with national reputations, such as the keynote speaker, Attorney Peter Wright, Deltaville, VA; Bruce Goldstein of Buffalo, NY; Deborah Mattison of Birmingham, AL; Kathy Mehfoud of Richmond, VA; Rebecca Spar of Hackensack, NJ; Charlie and Julie Weatherly of Atlanta, GA; and Perry A Zirkel, Iacocca Professor of Education at Lehigh University.

The institute was available on a three credit and non-credit basis. See the Special Programs website,, or for additional information, contact: Theresa Freeman College of Education 111 Research Drive Room A-219 Bethlehem PA 18015-4794 specprog 610-758-6563.

TEC Author Online

CEC, in collaboration with the National Center to Improve Practice (NCIP) is pleased to bring you TEC Author Online. Each issue of Teaching Exceptional Children features an article which is followed up by an online discussion with the author and other readers like yourself.

Each article has a specific time-frame for discussion. During the three-week electronic event you are encouraged to visit as often as you like. CEC and the authors look forward to having you share your comments and experiences with them as well as other TEC readers.

For more information, click here to go to the TEC Online homepage.

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