President’s Message:

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 (safowler@illinois.edu).

The Mackie nomination deadline has been moved to November 2 to accommodate recipient travel time to the convention.   Please contact Gloria Taradash (gtaradash@gmail.com) 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

Pioneers Division Goals for 2018

As part of the focus for the Pioneers Division of CEC, the Board approved the following goals:
  • Continue to provide leadership and advice to CEC and increase visibility within CEC as legacy leaders.
    • Conduct with CEC in Fall 2018 “The State of the Profession Survey”, developed by a joint workgroup of the Pioneer Division and CEC and as a 20 year follow-up to the Bright Futures Report on “The Conditions and Quality of Teaching”
    • Continue our natural alignments with TED and CASE divisions, but consider commonalities with some of the smaller divisions,
    • Work with CASE in mentoring special education directors, especially those with limited special education expertise
  • Grow Pioneer membership through our representation of Leadership and Legacy
    • Continue to be responsive to changes in CEC and to initiate recommendations to support the development and growth of CEC
    • Continue to emphasize membership through leadership experience with CEC—Pioneer membership is open to those who have been presidents of units, divisions, subdivisions or CEC Board without regard to years of membership
    • Send Pioneer information (and ribbons) to potential members either prior to conference or as their leadership terms are ending
  • Assess relationship of mentoring initiative
    • Initiate efforts to focus on novice teachers, which will build on current conversations with CEC and CASE in determining mentoring needs. Place an article in CASE newsletter to assist with recruiting beginning teachers.
  • Continue additional professional services based on PD expertise
    • Consensus was strong that legacy is important. Assisting with the 2022 CEC 100th anniversary is a priority, including our work with the archives which the Pioneer Division has spearheaded. These include minutes from the first CEC meeting and a plethora of original artifacts and documents. June Jordan initiated work on the archives and Diane Johnson has continued this work. We will identify additional members to expand the Archives committee.


Romaine P. Mackie Leadership Award

Purpose: The Romaine P. Mackie Award is to honor an outstanding professional who has demonstrated leadership in CEC and other organizations for an extensive period of time in various areas within the field: service delivery, teacher education and professional development; research; policy; assessment; publications. The individual should be nominated by someone who is familiar with the nature and qualify of his/her work and who can speak to the nominee’s character.

Deadline for Applications is Friday, November 2nd, 2018
For more information contact:
Dr. Gloria Taradash,
Honors and Awards Committee Chair




Any person who has been a member of CEC for a period of at least fifteen (15) years, or has served as an officer of a CEC Division or state/provincial unit, or is a Past President of CEC shall qualify for membership.   All members of the Pioneers Division must hold concurrent membership in CEC.

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