We're very excited to share this term in role of President of Massachusetts Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC). We've been friends and colleagues for over 20 years, having first met when we were both teaching - Renee for the Newton Public Schools and Elizabeth for the Wellesley Public Schools. Many years later, we represent special education professionals in both school based settings and higher education. Renee is a Specialized Instructional Coach for the Amherst Public Schools, while Elizabeth is a faculty member at Lesley University. Check our bios here & here!
We started our planning as Co-Presidents months before we assumed the Presidency, talking with members, reaching out to colleagues, examining what we liked about other professional organizations, and thinking about how we could help to build member resources in Massachusetts through new and thoughtful initiatives. We also recognized that we needed to branch out to reach our members across the state, so for the first time ever, our meetings are mobile - intended to make it easier for members across Massachusetts to attend our Board meetings - with the help of school & university colleagues. We're excited to announce our MCEC Speaker Series as our first initiative of the year. We're building the capacity to offer more tangible resources - for example, the first 50 people that register for our 10/6 speaker event featuring Susan Cole (of the Trauma & Learning Policy Institute and Harvard University Law School) will receive a copy of TLPI's book. And, we're excited to announce that we will soon be opening applications for our very first scholarship which will support a graduate student pursuing a career in special education. We're also cognizant of the work ahead of us, given that we will welcome colleagues from all over the world at the CEC Annual Convention, which we will host in Boston in April!
One important thing to know about MCEC is that we are a 100% volunteer organized and run 501 (c) 3 non-profit in Massachusetts. We can always use your support! Please contact us to learn about ways you can help.
We'd love to hear from you and welcome feedback. We will be rotating this blog for the remainder of this year, and occasionally posting together. Please contact us! And hang in there - September is ALMOST OVER!