CEC is encouraging all of its members to participate in the upcoming expert panels focused on early learning. Here is a summary of the upcoming events and additional information on how to become involved.
Last week, over 6,500 professionals concerned with the education of children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts and talents gathered in Nashville, Tennessee for CEC’s Annual Convention and Expo.In addition to the 900 professional development sessions offered at the Convention, attendees heard directly from policymakers and leaders on the future of special and general education laws.
This week at its Annual Convention and Expo, the Council for Exceptional Children unveiled to its members a comprehensive series of recommendations calling on Congress to revamp the Elementary and Secondary Education (ESEA), recently known as No Child Left Behind. In the eight years since ESEA/NCLB was signed into law, CEC – with the input and feedback of its members – has been sharing with Congress changes that are necessary to fully address the unique needs of students with disabilities and/or gifts and talents and the professionals who work on their behalf.
On May 6th, communities around the country will observe National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day to demonstrate that children and youth with mental health needs thrive at home, at school, and in the community. In 2010 and 2011, the focus is on the importance of recognizing and addressing mental health needs in early childhood.