The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) leads the field of special education in advocacy, standards and profession learning only because of an army of amazing volunteers. CEC offers a variety of ways for our members to become involved and engaged, from short-term opportunities, to committee and board service. Every new volunteer is valued, brings something to enrich the organization, makes us more diverse and inclusive, and a step closer to achieving our mission.
This page is under construction. More oppurtinities are available and will be added. Return often or contact Sharon Rodriguez, Governance and Executive Services Coordinator, for further information.
Calling ALL Members
Volunteer opportunities are announced via Special Education Today, e-blasts, social media, and the CEC website.
CEC encourages broad participation in volunteer leadership opportunities. We also strive to balance demographic characteristics (e.g., student/professional role status, unit/division affiliation, geography, gender/gender identity, age, ethnicity, disability) across committees.
We encourage ALL member to deepen their engagement with CEC, its units and divisions, and your professional association peers. Volunteer today!
What volunteer opportunities are available?
There are about two dozen positions annually through CEC HQ’s Board and Committees. Further opportunities are availabe with CEC units and divisions. Board and committee members must be members of CEC and must maintain membership for the duration of their term. Failure to do so will result in removal from the board/committee.
The board has the authority to determine annually the number of board members necessary to fulfill the mission of the organization. This is typically three to five positions. Applications are taken annually.
CEC has two types of committees: standing and advisory. Standing committees, established by the bylaws, are permanent and fundamental to the governance and/or operation of CEC. Advisory committees are established by and accountable to the Board of Directors to perform a specific service or function.
Committee chairs are appointed by the President, subject to approval by the board. Membership on CEC Committees is determined by the chair, or chair-designate where one exists, subject to approval by the President.
Applications for committees are accepted at various times throughout the year based on the committee’s operating cycle.
Workgroups are established, as needed, by the Board of Directors and are assigned a specific charge and outcomes to be completed within a designated period of time. Workgroup members have knowledge, skills, and expertise in a particular area of strategic importance to CEC.
Workgroup chairs are appointed by the President, subject to approval by the board. Workgroup members are appointed by the President, in consultation with the Workgroup Chair.
Myriad opportunities exists within CEC Units (state/provincial) and special interest Divisions. Click on the link to find contact information so that you can explore the many interesting and rewarding volunteer opportunities to become involved either locally or in your area(s) of interest.