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.
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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.
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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
HAVE YOU CONSIDERED ANOTHER WAY TO IMPACT SPECIAL EDUCATION?
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.
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
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
Send articles to:
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: