Dear Pioneer Members,
We are pleased to announce that the State of the Profession Survey of Special Education Teachers has gone live and is available by clicking the link. The survey will close in early November. We have advertised it in Special Education Today and through 9300 direct emails to special education teachers. Please encourage teachers that you know to sign up for it. We will present the findings at the CEC 2019 Convention and Expo in Indianapolis in January. Many thanks to members of the Design Team and to my collaborators, Bill Bogdan and Mary Ruth Coleman who chaired the workgroup to produce the survey.
We have completed elections for the 2019 President-Elect. Emily Collins will serve in that role as of January 1, 2019. Congratulations to Emily. Dr. Collins is a special educator with several decades of experience as a teacher, administrator and school psychologist in public schools and as an adjunct professor for several colleges and universities. She has done training and given presentations both nationally and internationally. She is a long-time member of the Council for Exceptional Children and the Council of Administrators of Special Education and served as the President of CASE as well as held several other offices. She is also a member of the Division of International Special Education. Dr. Collins served as the Chair of the CEC Interdivisional Caucus and was a member of the CEC Workgroup on Membership.
Pat Dowey, Membership Chair will be contacting 1735 potential Pioneer members—those with 15 years of CEC membership to invite them to join the Division.
Georgia Kerns, President Elect has volunteered to work with Pat. As with CEC, our membership has dropped and is holding near 230-250 members. We are pushing the concepts of Legacy and Leadership as we seek to continue to add to our division. With that intention we have also begun planning to support CEC in 2nd Century Celebration in 2022. At the last major celebration-75 years--- Linda Marsal served as CEC President and was very active on the 75th Committee. Please contact us if you would like to be part of the 100th year celebration (email@example.com).
The Mackie nomination deadline has been moved to November 2 to accommodate recipient travel time to the convention. Please contact Gloria Taradash (firstname.lastname@example.org) to submit a nomination.
Congratulations to Jamie Hopkins for her informational mentoring article, which is in the current issue of Teaching Exceptional Children.
Finally, please note that our newsletter for Mid2018 is on the website.
Best wishes and hope to see you in Indianapolis in 2019
Susan Fowler, President