CEC 2017 - Boston

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The work has already begun for Boston 2017!  My Co-Chair, Claudia Renaldi and I are working to develop the Program with the help of the PAC.  This convention will be much closer to Pennsylvania.  Plan your car pool partners now!  

 Here is some info on our Keynote Speaker!!!

Rick Guidotti, an award-winning photographer who uses the visual arts to change people’s perception of beauty, will join the CEC community as the Opening General Session Keynote Speaker at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.

What is beauty? As a fashion photographer, Guidotti was constantly being told what to think was beautiful, but one day
he realized that beauty was all around him—in every person in different ways. This realization led him to create the nonprofit organization, Positive Exposure.

Through Positive Exposure, Guidotti works to change the way that society sees people living with genetic, physical, intellectual, and behavioral differences through photography. Rather than capturing a victimizing image, Guidotti captures images that empower the subjects. With these photographs, the organization works to promote and advocate for a more inclusive, compassionate world where diversities are celebrated. Learn more about Guidotti and his work with Positive Exposure.

We have some new and exciting features to this year's convention.  We have 30 hours of sessions devoted entirely to Classroom Teachers!  Claudia and I are very excited about this and hope that you will attend these sessions! We have some important and serious topics to discuss as well.  There will be legal sessions, updates from Washington and some very special strands featuring topics such as the maltreatment of individuals with special needs.  Boston is a great city and we hope that you will make the trip up to see us!

Laura Receveur

2016-17 CEC Program Co-Chair



Join CEC and get the professional development, resources and peer-to-peer support you need to meet today's new challenges in special and gifted education with confidence and make a difference for children and youth with disabilities and gifts and talents. Save the dates, spread the word and don't miss out on this great deal! 
Our PACEC Membership Chair is Samantha Goldman.  Please contact her with questions at goldman.samantha.b@gmail.com


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Our new PACEC officers for 2017 are:

PresidentMichelle Kirias

President ElectAmber McAdoo 

Vice PresidentRichard A. Sabousky 

Immediate Past President - Lorie Taylor 


Please welcome our new PASCEC Board members!

Katelyn Burkhart
Clarion University of Pennsylvania
457 Kennedy Drive Harrisburg, PA 17112


President Elect:
Kimmy Benkovic
East Stroudsburg University
7732 Althea Avenue Harrisburg, PA 17112


Robyn Nicewonger
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
1174 Rte 156 Hwy Shelocta, PA 15774


CAN Coordinator:
Emily Goodall


Convention Exhibit Liaison:
Julia Monge
East Stroudsburg University


Erin Neely
Clarion University of Pennsylvania


Media Officer:
Ann Stone
Clarion University of Pennsylvania


State Representative:
Chelsea Waidlich
East Stroudsburg University
11 Pawnee Avenue Oakland, NJ 07436


PACEC Conference





The Annual PACEC conference will be held on 

November 9-10, 2017

at The Sheraton-Harrisburg/Hershey

Our Keynote Speaker is Dr. Michelle White, PHD 

She is a teacher, adjunct professor, and author.

You can follow her on Twitter @DrWhite2014 or visit her website to find out about her book The Worry Jar!

Our conference committee has been working hard all year with conference chair Amber Hathorn to bring you another wonderful professional development opportunity.  


On the evening of Thursday, November 9th, there will be a President's Reception and awards ceremony that will be open to all conference attendees.  We invite everyone to attend the reception which begins at 5:30 pm and to stay for the special awards ceremony which will follow.  We encourage all members to nominate individuals and/or to apply for these awards and scholarships.  


PACEC is honored to have Dr. Michelle White serving as our keynote speaker on Friday morning.  Considering the theme of the 58th annual PACEC convention, What Keeps You up at Night?, her keynote will shed light on some important topics in the field of special education, one being inclusion.  


As part of Friday's opening keynote session, we will also have our annual PACEC General Membership meeting where you will find out what is going on in CEC at the state and national levels and will have an opportunity to hear the proposed 2017 resolutions.  New this year, we will have an extended opening session to allow for our CAN Coordinator, Dr. Janet Sloand, to give a brief overview of what is happening in legislature.  During this time, we will also hold PA CEC Region Meetings.


On Thursday, there will be a Youth Mental Health First Aid training with registration/check-in from 7:30 am - 8 am and the training will begin promptly at 8 am and run until 5 pm.  There will be a limited number of spots for this training, be sure to reserve your spot today!


In addition to Friday's conference, PA SCEC will host a pre-conference day for students on Thursday, November 9th with registration beginning at 8 am and sessions starting at 10 am.  


On behalf of the entire PACEC board and the PACEC President, Michelle Kirias, the PACEC student board and officers, the 2017 conference committee and all of the volunteers, we invite you to register, attend, connect, collaborate, and learn.  Together let's talk about What Keeps You up at Night at the 58th Annual PACEC Conference.


Amber Hathorn

PACEC President - Elect

2017 Conference Chair

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