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Issue Date: Winter 1998

PFCEC NAMES TEACHER OF THE YEAR

The PFCEC Teacher of the Year Award is presented to the special education teacher who continues to make contributions within the field. This year's recipient is Mrs. Dreamalee Brotz, a special education learning support teacher in the Colonial School District, Plymouth Whitemarsh High School. Click here for the rest of the story.



PFCEC PRESENTS AWARDS

The Pennsylvania Federation Council for Exceptional Children recently presented awards at the recent annual banquet held in conjunction with the 1997 PFCEC Conference. In addition to announcing the Teacher of the Year, awards and scholarships were presented to a number of other accomplished individuals. Click here for the rest of the story.



SPECIAL KIDS NETWORK

The Department of Health's Special Kids Network (SKN), which provides an information service, has been helping Pennsylvania's children with special health care needs since June 1996. Anyone seeking help for a child with a chronic or disabling health condition can call toll-free from anywhere within Pennsylvania. The call will automatically be routed to one of the six regional offices throughout the state. Click here for more on this fantastic resource.



HAVE YOU CONSIDERED ANOTHER WAY TO IMPACT SPECIAL EDUCATION?
NOW MAY BE THE TIME TO ACT

If you have been working in special education for a few years and are interested in contributing in another way, consider earning a Ph.D. and moving into higher education. By working at a university or college teacher preparation program, you can help new special education teachers learn how to effectively meet the needs of special education students. Currently there is need for experienced special education teachers with Ph.D.s to work as faculty at colleges and universities and the need is expected to continue for several years. For more on this great opportunity...



MEMBERSHIP NEWS - WHAT'S UP WITH PA?

That's what National CEC asked! Pennsylvania membership has remained strong while membership in other areas is declining. What are we doing in PA?



PENNSYLVANIA TEACHER ELECTED

PFCEC has scored another first! Our very own Rosalie Dibert was recently elected to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). She is the first CEC member to be elected to this board in its ten- year history.

Ms. Dibert, a career teacher of students with disabilities in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, is a past president of PFCEC. Long active on PFCEC's Executive Board, she presently serves as our Journal Editor.

In future issues of ACTION, watch for news on the Exceptional Needs Standards Certification and other news from the NBPTS.

Congratulations Rosalie!



AN INVITATION FROM THE PFCEC JOURNAL COMPONENT OF ACTION

You are invited to submit an article to the PFCEC Journal.

The intent of the Journal component is to provide information to persons who work directly with children and youth with disabilities and children and youth who are gifted. This information might come from experience or research. We wish to publish information that describes applications of changes in curriculum, instructional modifications and technology.

Special education practitioners have a great deal of information, but typically do not write for publications. However, there are many other practitioners in the field who want to hear what their colleagues are doing and thinking.

Selection of articles is made on the basis of reader interest, importance of the topic, implications for the practice of special education and quality of writing. The article should not exceed five double spaced 8 1/2" x 11" pages. Materials will not be returned unless a self-addressed, stamped envelope is included.

Send articles to:
Rosalie Dibert
581 Plum Run Road
Canonsburg, PA 15317



658 REASONS TO ATTEND THE CEC ANNUAL CONVENTION IN MINNEAPOLIS:

April 15 - 18, 1998 Between Wednesday, April 15, and Saturday, April 18, there are at least 658 opportunities to enhance your knowledge and skills, interact personally with practitioners, researchers and authors to gain first hand information on important topics, earn CEU's for your participation in workshops and strands, and visit TechCentral for demonstrations of state of the art assistive and adaptive technology.

You can attend numerous sessions led by renowned educational leaders in areas you want to know about, including behavioral disorders, collaboration, career development/transition, early childhood, learning disabilities and teacher education. In addition, you can gain information and expertise in administration/supervision, cultural/linguistic diversity, inclusive schools and communities, mental retardation/developmental disabilities, practices and interventions for general education and technology and media.

The 1998 CEC convention will also offer strands in:

bulletAlternative Education Settings
bulletCultural and Linguistic Diversity
bulletAdvances in Learning Disabilities
bulletParaeducators in School Settings
bulletStandards and Students with Disabilities
bulletCurriculum Reform-Rising Standard Need Not Sink
bulletAdolescent Learners

For more information, see the CEC Web site: or call (888) CEC-SPED.

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