The Fall 2016 TCEC Newsletter is now Available!!

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Please Congratulate your new TCEC Board Officers:

Vice President

Lucretia Gartrell, Ph.D.

Executive Director of Special Services, Burleson ISD Dr. Gartrell is currently the Executive Director of Special Services for Burleson ISD in Burleson, Texas. Throughout her 27 years in Special Education, Dr. Gartrell was the Special Education Coordinator and the Autism Specialist for Burleson ISD. She also taught preschool special education and elementary life skills for 16 years in both Rockwall ISD and Grand Prairie ISD in Texas. Dr. Gartrell served as the Curriculum Coordinator for Preschool Special Education at the Arkansas River Educational Service Cooperative in Pine Bluff, AR. She completed her Early Childhood Special Education Graduate Internship with the University Affiliated Program in conjunction with Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Gartrell has served as the current secretary for the Texas Council for Exceptional Children. Previously she served as the president for the Arkansas Council for Exceptional Children Division for Early Childhood.


Stacey Callaway

Stacey Callaway, Ph.D. Dr. Stacey Callaway has over 20 years of experience working with students with autism and other developmental disabilities. She is currently Allen ISD’s In-home/Parent Trainer. Previously she served as an Autism Specialist in Keller ISD. She is an adjunct professor at Stephen F. Austin State University teaching classes on educational programming for students with autism and other special education courses. She is a recent graduate of the University of North Texas with a Ph.D. in Special Education, with an emphasis on teacher preparation and students with autism spectrum disorders. She has presented internationally, nationally, and locally on topics related to teaching students with autism spectrum disorders.



The Spring 2016 Texas Council For Exceptional Children Newsletter

is now available.

 The Newsletter is filled with significant information that will help you be an active member of TCEC.


 The full Texas CEC Board for the 2015-2016 Academic Year is as follows: 

Past President: Dennis Cavitt

President: Kathleen Kyzar

President Elect: Meredith Walling

Vice President: Emily Rutherford

Secretary: Lucretia Gartrell

Treasurer: George Williams

Standards Committee Chair: Brenda Gilliam

Membership Committee Chair: Clark Cavin

Governmental Relations Committee Chair: Lisa Cavin

Constitution Committee Chair: Jerrie Jackson

Publications Committee Chair: Brittany Hott

 In our work this year, the Texas CEC Board and Committee Members will be dedicated to carrying out the mission of Texas CEC, which is to “improve, through excellence and advocacy, the education and quality of life for children and youth with exceptionalities and to enhance engagement of their families.” In the remainder of this letter, I will highlight a few accomplishments and also upcoming activities that align with the Texas CEC mission.

 At the time of this writing, Texas CEC is coming off the heels of a successful annual conference. The conference theme was “Connecting Texas Special Educators in Bridging Research and Practice” and we succeeded in accomplishing this goal. A total of 166 Texas CEC members attended the conference. There were a total of 77 presentations and 85 presenters. Participants and presenters represented a wide range of stakeholder roles: teachers and other practitioners, professional organizations, educational service centers, higher education (students and faculty), private or not-for-profit, state representatives, and self-advocates. Texas CEC was pleased to present awards to leaders in the state in the areas of teaching, research, and service. Please read Clark Cavin’s remarks in this newsletter to learn more about the award recipients.

 At the 2015 conference, Texas CEC was excited to partner with two CEC state-level divisions: Texas Division on Career Development and Transition (Texas DCDT) and the Texas Division of Early Childhood (Texas DEC). Texas DCDT and Texas DEC sponsored conference strands and were active during the conference in networking with members. Over the next year, Texas CEC will be working with those interested in strengthening current state-level CEC divisions and/or establishing CEC divisions in Texas. Texas CEC will host a leadership summit prior to the 2016 conference in Austin as a culmination of this year’s efforts to strengthen CEC and state divisions in Texas. If you are interested in joining this workgroup, please e-mail k.kyzar@tcu.edu.

 Please mark your calendars for the 2016 Texas CEC Conference, which will take place in late June 2016 (final dates to follow). Meredith Walling, President Elect, is already hard at work on plans. The conference is moving this year from the North Texas area the state capitol—Austin! The conference agenda will include off- and on-site pre-conference sessions and networking opportunities during the conference in addition to traditional presentation formats. You won’t want to miss this conference. We look forward to seeing you there! If you have an interest in participating in the conference committee, please e-mail Meredith at walling.meredithg@gmail.com

 The Board will meet this month to plan the year’s activities. We look forward to posting announcements about additional professional development and networking events as they are confirmed. Please look for these announcements in the Texas CEC Newsletter, and also follow Texas CEC on Twitter (@texas_cec) and Facebook (Texas Council for Exceptional Children Fans).

 I look forward to being a part of the continued energy CEC and divisions are building in the state of Texas. Here’s to the exciting possibilities!

 Most sincerely,

 Kathleen Kyzar, Ph.D.

President, Texas CEC 


CEC and Texas CEC need your input!!!!

The Representative Assembly is discussing High Leverage Practices (HLP) in Special Education Instruction:

What are HLP? 

High-leverage practices are the basic fundamentals of teaching. These practices are used constantly and are critical to helping students learn important content. The high-leverage practices are also central to supporting students’ social and emotional development. These high-leverage practices are used across subject areas, grade levels, and contexts. They are “high-leverage” not only because they matter to student learning but because they are basic for advancing skill in teaching.

What can you do?

Read the following CEC Draft Document regarding the proposed CEC Position on HLP and then complete a short survey providing your opinions about the proposed position statement:

CEC HLPs Draft Document

Survey: https://survey.zohopublic.com/zs/7ODXTX

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Texas Social 2014 update

This year's Texas Social turned out to be a huge success. The Texas Social was held on Thursday night from 8-Midnight during the National CEC Conference in Philadlphia. We had over 750 give away items (cowboy hats, bandanas, LED Blinkies, and Glow in the dark tubes) that were gone in the couple of hours. We had a superb band, Jakes Country Band as the entertainment. Door Prizes were collected from venders at the expo and winners returned to the expo to pick up door prizes. We had great response from the expo venders. Texas Social next year will be in San Diego, California at CEC 2015 Convention & Expo.  Expected date and time is April 9th from 8-12pm.

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Register for the Texas Assistive Technology Network Statewide Conference June 10-12, 2014,. Region 4 ESC

AIM for Students with Hearing Loss 
This brief discusses two issues associated with the provision of accessible instructional materials (AIM) to students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The first section describes the physical basis of reading challenges experienced by many students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The second section focuses on research pertaining to the use of sign language representations in conjunction with print and digital text for this population of students.

The State of Learning Disabilities 2014
The updated and expanded third edition of NCLD’s The State of Learning Disabilities report captures data about the 5 percent of our nation’s school-age population whose learning disabilities (LD) have been formally identified, and provides a critical lens through which to understand and address the needs of the additional 15 percent or more of students with unidentified and unaddressed learning and attention issues. 

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  • In less than a month, education professionals from all over the world will travel to Boston for CECs 2017 Convention and Expo. So this weeks FREE tool involves the story of a pair of mallards who raise their ducklings in the city of Boston! The story is part of a K–3 science lesson about life ...
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