Texas CEC 2015 Annual Summer Conference
June 14-16, 2015

"Connecting Texas Special Educators in Bridging Research and Practice " 

The 2015 Texas Council for Exceptional Child
ren- Annual Conference will be held at the Fort Worth Fossil Creek Radisson Hotel conveniently located near the Fort Worth Stock Yards

Special Conference Keynote Speaker: Dr. Diane Myers
Meeting all Students’ Behavioral Needs Through a Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support System

Monday June 15, 2015 8-10 AM 
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Download the 2015 Conference Call for Proposals Document
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Registration Fees:
Register Before 5/14/2015
CEC Member--$150
Non-Member--$175
Lead Speaker--$125
CEC Student--$90
Group CEC Members (5 registrations for the price of 4)--$600
Group Non-Members (5registrations for the price of 4)--$700
Pre-conference Professional--$50
Pre-conference Student--$20

Register After 5/14/2015
CEC Member--$175
Non-Member--$200
Lead Speaker--N/A (Must register by 5/14/2015 to receive reduced fee)
CEC Student--$105
Group CEC Members (5 registrations for the price of 4)--$700
Group Non-Members (5registrations for the price of 4)--$800
Pre-conference Professional--$60
Pre-conference Student--$25


TEXAS Council for Exceptional Children
Call for Candidates for the 2015-2016 Texas CEC Slate of Officers 
Due by April 1, 2015

The Texas Council for Exceptional Children (Texas CEC) nominations committee welcomes Texas CEC member nominations for the 2015-2016 Texas CEC Slate of Officers.
Positions for candidates include: 
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer 
If you are interested in being a part of this exciting and meaningful organization, please download the following:
Call for Candidates for 2015-2016


TEXAS Council for Exceptional Children
Awards and Nomination Applications
We recognize winners of awards at the yearly Summer conference. Consider nominating a colleague for these prestigious awards. 


Outstanding Professional Award
This award recognizes an outstanding CEC-TEXAS member who contributes to the special education field by being an exemplary professional who serves in an educational capacity other than a classroom teacher (e.g., diagnostician, therapist, administrator, etc.). This award can recognize a single outstanding achievement or continued service over a period of time. The award recipient will receive a complimentary registration to the current year's CEC-Texas conference.
Teacher Educator Award
This award was established to recognize a CEC-TEXAS member who contributes to the special education field as an outstanding Teacher Educator in special education. This award can recognize a single outstanding achievement or continued service over a period of time. The award recipient will receive a complimentary registration to the current year's CEC-TEXAS conference.
Charlotte Lewis Award
This award is presented annually to the local chapter with the highest percentage of its members pre-registered for the annual state CEC-TEXAS Conference. The winning chapter will receive a one complimentary registration for the following year's CEC-TEXAS Conference and an award certificate. There is no application for this award.
Super Chapter Awards
Two awards are offered annually to chapters that have made outstanding contributions in two or more of the following areas: membership growth, organization of regional conferences, workshop presentations, state program participation, service at the national or state level of CEC, contributing articles to the CEC-TEXAS Newsletter, service to individuals with disabilities, and new or innovative contributions. The awards include $200 for first place and $125 for second place. Each chapter will also receive a certificate. Email Clark Cavin, ClarkCavin@ssbcglobal.net for Application.
Chapter Excellence Awards
Two chapter excellence awards of $50 each are offered to chapters excelling in one of the areas listed above for Super Chapter Award consideration. Email Clark Cavin, ClarkCavin@suddenlink.net for Application.
Teacher of the Year Award
The Texas Council for Exceptional Teacher Award recognizes a CEC member who currently provides direct services to students with exceptionalities, and who is an outstanding member of the profession whose work exemplifies the best of teaching in special education. The work of this recognized teacher 

All completed applications should be sent as email attachments by 
May 1, 2015 to Dr. Clark Cavin, ClarkCavin@sbcglobal.net

Announcements

Save the Date for:
The Division of Early Childhood's (DEC)31st Annual International Conference On Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families

October 7-9, 2015

Conference will be held in:
Atlanta at the Hilton Atlanta Hotel
255 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

For more information:
http://www.dec-sped.org/conference  Or call 310-428-7209

The Texas Autism Research & Resource Center
has issued a Call For Presentations for their June 18-19th Conference


Download the Call for Presentations


Download the Current TCEC Newsletter:
TCEC Newsletter Spring 2015.pdf
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TEXAS Council for Exceptional Children
Call for Candidates for the 2015-2016 Texas CEC Slate of Officers

Due by: April 1, 2015
Download the Call for Candidates Document Here!


We welcome Meredith Walling to the TCEC Board as Vice President for the 2014-2015 term.

We also welcome Dr. Brittany Hott to the TCEC Board as our Communications Chair.

Save the Date for the 2015 TCEC 34th Annual Summer Conference: June 14-16, 2015


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