Caucuses

Caucuses within the Council for Exceptional Children are defined as voluntary groups that represent the interests of a specific demographic or socially defined segment of membership supporting the interest of CEC. Caucuses are not official bodies of CEC. They are supported by CEC as a courtesy to both the caucuses and interested members. Caucuses must adhere to CEC’s core values and non-discrimination policy.

Caucuses are responsible for providing CEC headquarters staff with a description of their caucus and point of contact for caucus leadership for inclusion on CEC’s website. 

CEC provides the following support to caucuses:

• Six months prior to annual convention, CEC convention and meetings staff will contact caucus leaders on record to verify any on-site needs for meeting space during the annual convention and exposition. 
• Caucuses will be provided a meeting space, either in the exhibit hall or nearby location, as determined by space availability at the convention venue.
• CEC convention and meetings staff will list caucus meetings in the convention app and on-site signage as appropriate.

American Indian Caucus

The American Indian Caucus (AIC) is a network of pre-service students, educators, and other advocates interested in advancing the education of gifted and disabled American Indian children by supporting the professional advancement of educators and advocates working on behalf of the children. The AIC serves as a forum to exchange information, share concerns and provide information to CEC. The group publishes a newsletter and raises funds to help Yes I Can! American Indian award winners.

Contacts:

Roberta Unger, Chair
Route 3, Box 307
Patterson Creek, WV 26753
304-788-4215 (office)
runger@access.k12.wv.us 
Rose Matuszny, Co-Chair
404 Trojan Horse Circle
Fleetwood, NC 28626
828-262-7251 (office)
matusznyrm@appstate.edu 

Asian/Pacific Islander Caucus

The CEC Asian/Pacific Islander Caucus is a network of educators and researchers interested in advancing the education of Asian/Pacific Islander children with disabilities and supporting the professional advancement of Asian/Pacific Islander special educators and researchers. The Asian/Pacific Islander Caucus serves as a forum for pre-service students, faculty, researchers, educators, and administrators to exchange information, share concerns, and provide information to CEC. For more information, visit the API Caucus blog at http://apicaucus.wordpress.com/about/.

Contact:

Kim Doan, Chair
West Chester University
210C Recitation Hall
West Chester, PA  19383  
434-409-3232
kdoan@wcupa.edu
 Allisence Chang, Co-Chair 
Longview Elementary School 
1209 E Indian School Road 
Phoenix, AZ 85014 
508-308-8172 
achang@osbornnet.org
 

Black Caucus

The CEC Black Caucus is a network of educators interested in advancing the education of black children with disabilities and supporting the professional advancement of African American special educators. The Black Caucus serves as a forum for pre-service students, faculty, educators, and administrators to exchange information, share concerns, and provide information to CEC.

For more information, visit the Black Caucus Web site.

Contact:
Angela McIntosh, President
13306 Bavarian Drive
San Diego, CA 92129-2358
619-594-4814 office
mcintosh@mail.sdsu.edu

Canadian Caucus

The Canadian Caucus is a network of educators interested in advancing the education of Canadian children with special learning needs and supporting the professional advancement of Canadian special educators. The Canadian Caucus serves as a forum for pre-service students, faculty, educators, and administrators to exchange information, share concerns, and provide information to CEC.

Contact:
Sheena Lewis, Chair
3207 Mariner Way
BSMT
Coquitlam, BC V3C 4N2 Canada
604-683-9331 office
slewis@cisva.bc.ca

Educators with Disabilities Caucus

The Educators with Disabilities Caucus (EDC) is a national network of teachers with disabilities and persons interested in the topic of educators with disabilities. EDC serves as a forum for preservice students, faculty, educators, and administrators to exchange information on recruiting, hiring, and supporting teachers or related services personnel who have disabilities.

For more information, visit the EDC Web site. We're now on Facebook!

Contact:
Jennifer Diliberto
jdil@email.unc.edu
919-966-5078

Faith-Based Schools and Organizations

Faith-Based Schools and Organizations is a network of those interested in advancing the field as to how children with disabilities are served in faith based schools and organizations.  The network seeks to understand how theological beliefs are applied to teach compassion, understanding, and acceptance of those with disabilities while determining what types of inclusive environments exist and how services are provided. Faith Based Schools and Organizations is a forum for students, faculty, researchers, educators, and administrators to exchange information, share concerns, and provide information to CEC.

Contact:
Julie Lane, Chair
Fresno Pacific University
1717 S. Chestnut Street
Fresno, CA 93702
559-453-5682
julie.lane@fresno.edu

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Caucus of Special Educators

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Caucus of Special Educators provides educational information and resources supportive of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students, teachers, and parents or guardians. The GLBT Caucus serves as a forum for preservice students, faculty, educators, and administrators to exchange information, share concerns, and provide information to CEC. 

Contact:
Bryan E. Cichy-Parker, Chair
Pacific University
Forest Grove, Oregon
Office: 503-352-1453
cichyparker@PacificU.edu
caucus website:  http://cecglbtcaucus.org

For more information, visit the Web site. We're now on Facebook!

Hispanic Caucus

The CEC Hispanic Caucus is a network of educators interested in advancing the education of Hispanic children with disabilities and supporting the professional advancement of Hispanic special educators. The Hispanic Caucus serves as a forum for pre-service students, faculty, educators, and administrators to exchange information, share concerns, and provide information to CEC.

Contact:
Diana Morales, Chair
1445 SW 13 Street
Miami, FL 33145
786-457-4200
CEC.Hispaniccaucus@gmail.com

We're now on Facebook!

Interdivisional Caucus

The CEC Interdivisional Caucus consists of two representatives from each division and was formed for the following purposes:

To create an organizational structure to address the common issues and concerns of all Divisions.
To create a forum to facilitate communication between Divisions.
To unify and enhance the influence of Divisions in CEC and the field of Special Education.
To increase interaction and visibility of Divisions within CEC.

Contact the IDC.