Hello Alberta CEC members. I am pleased to present my report for the 2017-18 year, as provided at the AGM. The format I have chosen breaks our activities into three sections, relating to what we have done, what we are working on now, and what we are looking forward to.
What we have done:
U of C Presentation and Workshop - On January 16, 2019 ACEC collaborated with Integrated Services in Education at the University of Calgary to present Dr. Steven Feifer, who delivered a full day workshop on the Neuroscience of Mathematics. This presentation was very well received, with over 150 participants in attendance. Dr. Feifer provided great insights into the importance of quality math instruction, how to recognize and address various types of math challenges, and the connection between math difficulties and anxiety.
What is happening now:
Canadian Committee - After much deliberation, the CEC Board of Directors has unfortunately decided not to renew our charter as a specific Canadian committee. The following is an excerpt from the response to our recharter application:
The main reason for the decision was to ensure equity across CEC’s membership; CEC does not have a formal committee that supports any of the other geographic groups. Please be assured that CEC is committed to providing the affiliated provincial units with the support currently provided to all units, per policy.
The online Canadian Community through CEC will remain active. All CEC members within Canada are automatically included in that community. Provincial unit leaders and all Canadian members are encouraged to maximize the benefit of the Canadian Community by using it to connect, collaborate and share information – like the All-Member Forum.
Looking to the future:
CEC Leadership Summit in July - The CEC will host its annual leadership summit in July 2019 in Arlington, Virginia. Of particular relevance to our Canadian units will be the meeting of our Canadian Committee, where we will discuss potential events and initiatives.
CEC 2020-Indianapolis, Indiana - The next CEC Convention and Expo will be held in Portland, Oregon, on February 5 to 8, 2020. CEC is currently accepting proposals for presentations.
Collaborations - ACEC continues to be active in reaching out to other organizations in Alberta to discuss opportunities for collaboration in meeting the needs of students with exceptionalities.
Thank you for reading this report. As always, your ACEC executive would love to hear from you. In particular, we would love your ideas and thoughts about potential events and activities that the ACEC can participate in!! Please contact one of your executive should you have any news or comments to pass along. Please also look for us at an upcoming event!
Member at Large
Shawn Crawford, PhD. (R. Psych.)
President, Alberta Council for Exceptional Children