As the recognized leader for special education professional standards, CEC develops standards, ethics and practices and guidelines to ensure that individuals with exceptionalities have access to well-prepared, career-oriented special educators.
Through the vision and dedication of more than 30,000 members, CEC sets the standard for high quality education for children and youth with exceptionalities. And, CEC is known as THE source for information, resources and professional development for special educators.
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You’ll find professional development offerings to meet the needs of all special educators – including those of you who are time-crunched, cost-conscious or in need of CEUs in order to meet state obligations. Please join us and invite others to engage the potential!
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Special Education Topics includes information about the different exceptionality areas; international special education; hot topics in special education; and professional practice topics such as assessment, evidence-based practices and inclusion.
As a CAN Coordinator, you are one of CEC's premier grassroots advocates. To help you prepare for this role, CEC has developed the following resources to assist you in starting or enhancing your grassroots network.
CAN Training Materials Resources
Responsibilities of a CAN Coordinator
CEC's Responsibilities to CAN Coordinators
Strengthening Grassroots Advocacy: A Toolkit for the Everyday Activist
Do's and Don'ts When Dealing with Elected Officials
Legislative Action Center Flyer
Advocacy for Everyone: Meeting and Building Relationships with Legislators and Staff!
How to Conduct a Training Workshop for Your Unit
Establishing, Building, Organizing and Maintaining a CAN Network
Navigating Your Way Through the Legislative Process
Influencing Policy Making at a Grassroots level
Advocacy Presentations (CAN Meeting 2012)
Walk Down Civics Memory Lane: Navigating through the Legislative and Appropriations Process
Education Sciences Reform Act
What Else is Happening in Washington?
The Future of Testing
Federal Appropriations Process
Tips for Organizing a Successful Advocacy Phone Call
Tips for Organizing a Successful Advocacy Visit
The Legislative Process
Top 5 Advocacy Tips
CAN Do Newsletters