Winter 2015
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Student Chapters
Are you Interested in starting a CEC Student Chapter?

Do you already have a Student Chapter but want to get more connected with NJCEC and other Student Chapters?
Dr. Lynn DeCapua
Student Chapter Advisor

Visit the CEC Convention blog to learn more.
Attending the 2015 CEC Conference in San Diego? The executive board of the New Jersey CEC would like to invite all New Jersey members who are attending the conference to a networking event. Details will be provided to interested parties. Please contact our secretary, Christine Van Duyne at christinevd83@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

Graduating Senior

Mark Bergen


International Award


Council for Exceptional Children 2015 Outstanding Undergraduate Student


Mark Bergen, a Kean University senior with a double major in English and Special Education, is the 2015 recipient of the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Member of the Year Award presented by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).  The award is given to one undergraduate student internationally who has made outstanding contributions to CEC and to exceptional children. CEC is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities. 


Click to read full article.   


Article of Interest:

How Children Learn to Read
by Maria Konnikova
Why is it easy for some people to learn to read, and difficult for others? It's a tough question with a long history. We know that it's not just about raw intelligence, nor is it wholly about repetition and dogged persistence. We also know that there are some conditions that, effort aside, can hold a child back.Socioeconomic status, for instance, has been reliably linked to reading achievement. And, regardless of background, children with lower general verbal ability and those who have difficulty with phonetic processing seem to struggle. But what underlies those differences? How do we learn to translate abstract symbols into meaningful sounds in the first place, and why are some children better at it than others?

This article provided by the Council for Exceptional Children and The New Yorker(Feb 2015).
The New Jersey CEC would like to thank all who attended the Literacy Conference on February 5th.

We would also like to thank all of the vendors who participated.
Summit Camp




Andrea Lockard

Banyan Schools

Fern Goldstein




Director and Literacy Consultant

Dr. Gravity Goldberg




Anthony Dovi




Brianna Nurse




Educational Resource Partners

Dr. Brian Chinni 





Profectum Online Course: "Connect Experience Write: Evidence-based practice. Using music and movement to teach handwriting."


In this short course you will learn the research base supporting the use of music and movement in teaching handwriting.  We will share research findings demonstrating efficacy in the use of the Connect Experience Write handwriting program in mainstream and special needs settings.  You will walk away with practical clinical strategies that can be implemented in your treatment and lesson plans (even without the use of the program).  You will learn how to implement the Connect Experience Write program in your setting.  You will also receive a 10% discount on the purchase of Connect Experience Write upon completion of this course.  

This course will take place in a virtual room supported by Webex, courtesy of Profectum (www.Profectum.org).  You will receive a link to the "classroom" upon registering.  You will also receive information regarding how to set up and use Webex.  The course instructors will be available prior to the course to assist you if needed.  Once we all enter the "classroom" via the Webex link we will be able to see one another and communicate as if we were in the same place.  This allows you to receive this information and engage in question and answer sessions live from the comfort of your home!


 The cost is $65.00. Click here to learn more. 


This information is being provided as a courtesy by NJCEC. NJCEC does not take any responsibility for the accuracy of the information.

This information is being provided as a courtesy by NJCEC. NJCEC does not take any responsibility for the accuracy of the information. 

This information is being provided as a courtesy by NJCEC. NJCEC does not take any responsibility for the accuracy of the information.

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