The members of NJACTE are truly an active group of individuals. In addition to our large monthly meetings, many NJACTE members are involved in a variety of other professional associations and communities, with crossover interest for teacher education. For example, I am currently serving as President of the New Jersey Council for Exceptional Children (NJCEC), the state affiliate of the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the success of children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. As a national association, CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.
I often think about the synergies between NJACTE and NJCEC. With this blog post, I invite you to join us at the New Jersey Council for Exceptional Children’s Conference that will be held at Ramapo College on Monday March 13, 2023. We have an exciting day planned. Kimberly Murray, Director of the NJDOE Office of Special Education, is the keynote speaker. Her address will provide an overview of new NJDOE initiatives. In addition, we have many NJDOE leaders presenting sessions as well! In addition you will be able to choose from over 40 exceptional sessions on cutting edge topics that focus on; NJDOE updates, school safety, mental health, differentiation, curriculum, pre-school etc…. Here is a link to the list of sessions.
There will be a short award ceremony in which we will be presenting scholarship money to HS seniors who have exceptionalities as well as recognizing a teacher of the year. Visit the NJCEC website for more information and to register to attend. https://njcec.org/conference
Julie Good, Ramapo College
NJACTE Member and NJCEC President