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Agenda at a Glance
Thursday June 8th
7:30am -500pm Registration Table Open
7:45-8:45 Breakfast Served
9:00 – 10:00 Keynote
10:00-10:30 Exhibitor Walk Through
10:45 – 11:30 Breakout Session One
11:30- 1:00 Lunch (on your own)
1:00 – 1:45 Breakout Session Two
2:00 – 2:45 Breakout Session Three
3:00 -3:45 Breakout Session Four
4:15 – 5:00 Poster Sessions
5:00 -6:00 Student Reception/Presidents Reception
Friday June 9th
7:30-11:00 Registration Table Open
8:30-9:15 Break Out Session Five
9:30-10:15 Breakout Session Six
10:30-11:15 Legislative Update
11:30-12:30 Awards Luncheon and Business Meeting
12:30-1:00 Closing Remarks
1:00 Executive Board Meeting
Join us for our 2017 TCEC Annual Conference!
This summer, we want you to "Build your Skill Set and Challenge your Mindset" during two days of:
Student Chapter Presentations
Keynote Address by Dr. Heather Hughes
The TCEC Board of Directors Announce the nominees for the following Board Positions:
President-Elect (Posted 6/8/17)
The Nominee for President-Elect
Dennis Cavitt, Ed.D. Dr. Dennis Cavitt is currently the acting Vice-President for Texas CEC. He has worked in the field of Special Education for over 30 years.He received his B.A. in Psychology from Pepperdine University, an M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Abilene Christian University, a M. Ed. from Tarleton State University in Education Leadership, and and Ed.D. in Special Education from Texas Tech University. He currently teaches special education courses for Abilene Christian University’s Teacher Education Program. Prior to his time at ACU he was the Director of Special Education for Decatur ISD. He has also worked as an LSSP for both large and small school districts and the TDCJ School System. He also was an Education Consultant for Education Service Center in Fort Worth. He is currently the Chair of the RA Committee, the steering committee for National CEC. He is also a past President of Texas CEC.
Vice-President: (Posted 5/23/17)
The powers and duties of the vice president shall be:
1. To serve in the place of, and with the authority of, the president in case of
absence or inability to serve by the president and president elect; and
2. To plan and coordinate the Texas Social at the annual conference of The
Council for Exceptional Children
Nominee for Vice President
Kathleen L. Pfannenstiel. Ph.D., researcher at American Institutes for Research (AIR), provides technical assistance and professional development to states and school districts with an emphasis on improving results for students with disabilities. Currently, she serves as the mathematics content specialist and lead of the mathematics cross-state learning collaborative for the National Center on Systemic Improvement (NCSI). She also assists in training and reviewing mathematics curriculum for an I3 development grant to support intensive interventions in mathematics for students with disabilities. For the Center for Collaboration for Effective Educator Development (CEEDAR), Dr. Pfannenstiel supports intensive states by assisting in the collaboration between state education agencies and institutes of higher education.
Prior to joining AIR, Dr. Pfannenstiel was an educational specialist in special education at the Region 13 Educational Service Center in Austin, TX and a project coordinator for three grants at the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk. At the university level, she currently serves as a lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin and has served as an adjunct at Southwestern University and Texas State University. Prior to her work at the university level, Dr. Pfannenstiel taught in public schools, elementary – high school in Illinois and Texas.
Dr. Pfannenstiel earned a doctorate in Special Education from the University of Texas at Austin; with an emphasis on learning disabilities and behavior disorders. She also has a master’s degree in Education Psychology from UT and a bachelor’s degree in Special Education high incidence disabilities from Northern Illinois University.