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Issue Date: Spring 1999

CEC TO CONSIDER RESTRUCTURING

As you may be aware, CEC had authorized a task force, along with a consultant, to study the following points:

bullet How we, as an organization, could be more effective in our governance;
bulletHow we could be a more knowledge-based organization;
bulletHow our organization could be more proactive instead of reactive;
bulletHow our organization could react in a more timely manner.

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SOME THOUGHTS ON IDEA

I hope that you all endured the winter well and are now enjoying the wonders of spring. Along with the wonders of spring, have come the long awaited federal regulations. Despite the controversies raised with their initial publication, I think, in general, that these regulations are ones that we can live with without excessive burden. MORE...


NATIONAL CEC'S POSITION STATEMENT ON CHILDREN WITH EXCEPTIONALITIES IN CHARTER SCHOOLS

The Pennsylvania public charter school movement is still in its infancy; however, how well this legislation protects the rights of children and youth with disabilities or anticipates and addresses the developmental and educational needs of exceptional populations has not been firmly established. MORE...


1999 PFCEC CONVENTION THEME

The New Millennium that we are facing as a society has received lots of press. As educators of children with exceptionalities, we are also entering a New Millennium in special education. With the passage of Idea '97, the release of new Federal regulations and the promise of changes at the state level, we are moving into a new century in education (regular and special). These changes will lead to new opportunities for all kids which leads to the 1999 PFCEC Convention theme: "New Horizons in Pennsylvania!" What's in Store?


PFCEC PARTICIPATION IN BD-ONLINE CONFERENCE

During February, Special Education students from Shippensburg and West Chester University participated in an on-line conference. A list-serv called BD-Online was the venue for this conference. Along with Shippensburg and West Chester, other participants were from the University of Texas, Missouri University, Northern Michigan University and Washington State University. Participants were able to interact with Dr. Polly Nichols, an expert in behavioral principles from the University of Iowa. The participants interacted by sharing experiences, concerns and possible solutions faced in today's schools. MORE...


LET'S GET REAL

The 1998-99 Let's Get Real competition has successfully concluded. In its first state-wide year, the competition drew entries from 128 students in eleven counties. We hope for an even wider participation in the coming year. What is it, and who won?


PARAEDUCATOR TRAINING ON THE 'NET

As we all know, paraeducators (associate teachers, teachers' aides and one-on-one student helpers) are becoming increasingly popular, particularly as parents ask that their children be included in regular classes. Many "paras" are natural teachers and need little or no training. However, in order to maintain the quality and high standards that are expected of us all in special education, training opportunities need to be offered to these valuable personnel. A great opportunity!

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