Maine Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

CEC Maine logoSyntiro hosts the Maine Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children. Our professional development is co-sponsored by the Chapter. Syntiro staff facilitates meetings of Chapter members and provides on-going support to Chapter officers. 

Contact: Therese Bernier Burns – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 Maine CEC means

  1. Leadership and structure
  2. Professional development in the form of synchronous and asynchronous learning
  3. Monthly communication with membership about current issues
  4. Opportunity to come together
  5. Collaborative connection/working relationships  with Maine Parent Federation, Maine Association of Special Education Directors, Learning Disabilities Association of Maine, Maine Arts Commission, Maine Department of Education, Disability Rights Council in order to represent all of Maine’s unique needs.
  6. Representation at the national convention.
  7. Working knowledge of the unique needs of schools in a rural state.
  8. Resources on the Syntiro/Maine CEC website.
  9. Support/resource for special educators in Maine.

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

 Join CEC - and join the very best in special and gifted education.

Messages From the Maine Chapter President


January 2013

Greetings fellow CEC members!

The CEC 2013 National Conference in San Antonio is just around the corner!  (4/3/2013 - 4/6/2013). We are hoping that many of you will have the opportunity to attend.  We wanted to remind you about  Early Bird registration. Special EARLY BIRD rates now apply through January 15, 2013. You can save up to $100 off onsite registration rates. Register early and save!

The CEC National Conference is the largest professional development event dedicated to special and gifted education. There are hundreds of educational sessions conducted by leading experts and endless opportunities to network with others working with children and youth with exceptionalities and their families.

The Conference gives educators a chance to catch up on what’s happening in the field, broaden their perspective of special education, and further their professional growth.

Have a great day!


March 2012

Fellow CEC members,

I hope things are going smoothly for all of you.  I know that the spring is a time of meetings and planning for all of our students.  Maine CEC is looking for a few volunteers to help us continue to support CEC in Maine.  We would love to have current members that are interested in volunteering their time to be officers for the Maine branch.  We meet 3 times per year, and host a multitude of learning opportunities through Syntiro.  If anyone is interested in learning more, please contact Therese Burns at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.









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