I got an email from the Council on Exceptional Children (CEC) offering a special on membership: 20% off and the ability to pay over three monthly installments. I took it.
The cost to me was $94. I know that since our State Unit (Nevada) is currently inactive, our state dues are pretty low. Still, even at $94 or $114 dollars, that is a significant chunk of money, especially with uncertainty all over the country over who may get pink slipped, who may decide to take early retirement and whose department is getting cut. I put off renewing my membership because of the cost of moving from Pennsylvania to Nevada. This offer made it really attractive.
Still, I think it's an important international organization to belong to. Membership includes subscriptions to several outstanding professional publications including a couple of weekly electronic newsletters that I read religiously for my blogs. Not only does the CEC serve as a conduit for information about children with disabilities and best practices for educating them, the CEC also employs a full time lobbyist, Lindsay Jones, Esquire, who is in constant contact and conversation with the national legislators and the Department of Education policy makers who effect our students. You know all the reservations we special educators share about plans to link compensation to student performance. You can bet that one of the reasons that plans have not become law is because Lindsay is challenging those legislators to consider their impact on special education and special educators.
So, if you want the excellent resources provided to members, and want to be a contributing member of an organization that protects both our children and our jobs, visit their membership page by clinking on the blue word, membership. When you are asked for a promotion code, enter SMART1. Then, I hope you'll put your oar in and help the CEC see that we continue to have the resources we need to continue to support students with disabilities.