Pennsylvania Federation Council for Exceptional Children
44th Annual Convention

November 6 and 7, 2003 --- Hershey-Harrisburg Holiday Inn, Grantville, PA



Vicki McGinley, PFCEC Convention Chair, has issued an initial "Call for Papers" for the 44th Annual PFCEC Convention - "NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND IN PENNSYLVANIA - MOVING AHEAD IN 2003". The deadline for the "call for papers" is May 31, 2003. Below are listed some topic suggestions that our planning committee thought would be of interest to participants:

bullethow to do a functional behavioral analysis,
bullethow to do a manifestation determination,
bullethow to implement effective in-school suspension techniques,
bullethow to create and implement effective behavioral management plans,
bullethow to use out-of-school suspensions effectively,
bullethow to interface (teachers, administrators, parents and others) effectively during incidents of mild to severe behavioral outbursts,
bullethow to implement school or district-wide behavior management systems,
bullethow to run a school-within-a-school system,
bullethow to handle aggressive behavior effectively and safely.

bullethow the IDEA '97 affects teachers, teachers-in-training, higher education instructors, administrators, specialists and parents
bullethow to write quantifiable goals, objectives and benchmarks and how to measure progress effectively
bullethow to create/write a special education quarterly report card
bullethow to write effective IEPs using the new state form
bullethow to provide meaningful alternative assessments or how to provide effective assessment accommodations
bullethow to write IEPs so that they address the Rgeneral curriculumS requirements, % how to incorporate regular education teachers into the IEP process effectively.

bulletin early intervention services delivery
bulletin vision services delivery
bulletin hearing services delivery
bulletin life skills support classes
bulletin speech and language services delivery
bulletin occupational therapy services delivery (especially handwriting)
bulletin physical therapy services delivery
bulletin the delivery of services to students with learning disabilities (elementary, middle-school/junior high and high school levels)
bulletin emotional support classes
bulletin multidisabilities support classes
bulletwith children who have ADD or ADHD
bulletwith students who are gifted
bulletin collaboration among ESL and special education teachers
bulletwith students with autism
bulletwith students who are medically fragile
bulletwith students who are physically impaired
bulletwith teachers-in-training
bulletfor administrators.

bullethow to communicate effectively with parents and agencies (CYF, MH/MR, Juvenile Probation, etc.)
bullethow to communicate effectively with district administrator,
bullethow to communicate effectively with regular education teachers (consulting and co-teaching)
bullethow to implement computer technology in the classroom (life skills support, learning support, etc.)
bullethow to make effective placement decisions along a continuum of placement options
bullethow to include students of all categories, age levels and functioning levels in the general curriculum
bullethow to co-teach
bullethow to prepare for an IEP meeting
bullethow to run an effective and efficient IEP meeting
bullethow to learn about, understand and work effectively with parents and the school nurse regarding student medications
bullethow to integrate a culturally and/or racially diverse group of students
bullethow to survive the first year of teaching
bullethow to thrive in the 20th-30th year of teaching
bullethow to assist students in transition between early intervention and kindergarten, between elementary school and early secondary school and between late secondary school and the world of work
bullethow to write an effective transition plan
bullethow to record data and make effective extended school year recommendations
bullethow to develop and deliver extended school year services
bullethow and when to contact the PA mediation office and use this service effectively
bullethow to handle a visit from the Office of Civil Rights
bullethow to handle a complaint filed by a parent with the Office of Compliance
bullethow to handle the fear associated with a due process hearing
bullethow to adapt or modify general education curricula in the various subject areas (reading, language arts, math, science, etc.) to comply with IEP goals, objectives and benchmarks
bullethow to incorporate the new research on "phonetic analysis" into the teaching of reading
bullethow to make effective use of assistive technology
bullethow to handle stress and burnout effectively
bullethow to parent a child with exceptionalities and still manage your other family responsibilities
bullethow to incorporate enrichment activities for students who are gifted into the regular classroom without upsetting the general educator(s)
bullethow to provide effective, meaningful programming at the secondary level for students who are gifted
bullethow it feels to be a regular education teacher facing the new IDEA requirements
bullethow it feels to be an administrator facing the new IDEA requirements.

These lists could go on and on and on. I hope that you get the idea of the kinds of topics the committee would like to see treated and the approach ("How to ....."). Whatever you submit, make it practical, implementable and usable!


bulletFormal individual presentations
bulletFormal group presentations
bulletDemonstration presentations
bulletMake it/Take it presentations
bulletVideo presentations
bulletPanel presentation or discussions
bulletPoster sessions (Short 10-15 minute presentations that are repeated several times during a specified time frame)
bulletInformal discussions among convention participants with similar interests (life skills support teachers, learning support teachers, administrators, mixed groups, etc.). During Division lunches.


bulletRegular education teachers
bulletRegular education administrators
bulletSpecial education teachers
bulletSpecial education administrators
bulletHigher education faculty
bulletParents of students with exceptionalities
bulletState department personnel
bulletCommunity agency representatives

We would like to have regular educators (teachers and administrators) attend and participate in the November convention. Can you help us? Talk up the convention among your regular education colleagues. Get them to come along with you.

Call For Papers

When completing the form, an abstract of the proposed presentation must be prepared and attached. The abstract should be a 100-200 word description specific enough for reviewers to be able to grasp the nature of the program, its scope, and the planning done in preparation. All proposals are required by May 31, 2003 in a fully completed format. Those received which are not complete may not be reviewed.

Plans include a format different than typical education conferences with an emphasis on practical ideas for special educators and a de-emphasis on pure research. The committee is asking each presenter to bring ideas and strategies that participants can take home and use right away. Practicing teachers especially are being encouraged to submit proposals.

For those interested in presenting, but not familiar with the process, contact Janis for contacts from around the state to assist with the process. For more information, or to submit a proposal, contact Vicki McGinley, the Convention Chair.

Workshop Session

These will be scheduled in segments as indicated on the "Call for Papers" form. The actual workshop room, day, and time will be determined by the Program Chairperson. Notice of acceptance is expected to be mailed prior to August 31, 2003.

Poster Session

The purpose of these sessions will be for educators to display programs that have been successfully implemented effective strategies, research studies/results, dissertations, curriculum adaptations, teacher-made products, prepared literature, program developments, and best practices. One room will be designated for poster session presenters to display their materials. They will be scheduled for one hour in duration and the presenter will be expected to stay with the display for that time. No audio-visual equipment is provided for the Poster Sessions.

Audio-Visual Equipment

An overhead projector and screen will be provided for each workshop session. Any other necessary equipment or special needs must be supplied by the presenter. A very limited number of TV/VCRs are available. If these are required, contact the Program Chair well in advance to discuss availability.

Presenter Registration

All presenters will be charged a pre-registration fee, but at a reduced rate. Presenters will be sent special Presenter Only Conference Pre-Registration materials when notified of acceptance of proposal.

How to Apply

Click here to view the Call for Papers form. Print out the form, complete it, and send the completed application and abstract attachment packet in duplicate by May 31, 2003 to:

Vicki McGinley
Department of Early Childhood & Special Education
309B Recitation Hall
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
Voice: 610-436-1060
Fax: 610-436-3102
Email: [email protected] 


Contact Program Chair Vicki McGinley.

Go to Call for Papers form.
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