It has been a while since we have sent you an update from the ACEC. Sorry for being incognito, but rest assured that your ACEC executive has been working to make an impact on inclusive education, both locally, nationally and internationally. Here are some things we've been up to at the CEC:
Canadian Committee - As of January 1, 2017, the International CEC will have a Canadian Committee, comprised of the leaders from CEC’s provincial units. This is a transformational change from the existing Canada/US Committee. The purpose of the committee will be to advise the Board of Directors on ways to meet the needs of Canadian members relative to membership, professional development, publications, products and services. In addition, the Canadian Committee will provide a forum for Canadian units to discuss and address shared concerns specific to provincial/ territorial and federal education systems, legislation, and teacher preparation.
Alberta Teachers' Association Council for Inclusive Education Conference in Kananaskis - The ACEC will have a notable presence the ATA Council for Inclusive Education Conference "Waves of Inclusion; An Ocean of Opportunity," held in Kananaskis this year on October 13-15. Our own ACEC secretary, Kathy Howery, will be presenting two sessions: AAC in the classroom: Supporting Students with Complex Communication Needs, and Literacy for Students with Significant Disabilities. Our ACEC executives will also be sharing apps at the Art and App Reception, and will also be providing several prizes to delegates throughout the conference. Please come visit us at our display in the exhibitors area. For more information about the conference, please visit https://cieducation.ca/initiative/celebrating-the-challenges-2016.
U of C Speaker -On November 14, 15, 2016, Integrated Services in Education at the University of Calgary, in partnership with ACEC, will be hosting a speaker who share his extensive knowledge on Behavioural RTI and implementation in schools. More information will be available soon at http://werklund.ucalgary.ca/ise/.
As always, your ACEC executive would love to hear from you. Please contact one of your executive should you have any news or comments to pass along. Please also look for us at one of the upcoming events!
Member At Large
We hope you are having a great start to your school year, and look forward to seeing you soon!
Shawn Crawford, PhD. (R. Psych.)
President, Alberta Council for Exceptional Children