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South Carolina Council for Exceptional Children

Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year

Here we are again, CEC Membership!

We are faced with another year of navigating through hard times and paving a way that seems impossible. As I sit here debating what is most important, I am reminded that there are few things we can do as we push on and push through during another tough school year.

Here are my thoughts:

1. Hope is most important. We got into this work because we had HOPE for the future. Hold on to that HOPE. Hold on to it for you and for all those that you serve. They need HOPE now more than ever.

2. Focus on what you can control, NOT what you can not control. Stop worrying about all the things you can not control. It will stop you from accomplishing anything. Trust me - set your eyes on what you can control - your attitude and your behavior.

3. Stop making things about you. Everything that happens to you is not about you. People hurt people when they are hurt. It has nothing to do with you. Your students, your colleagues and your families will hurt you and it has NOTHING to do with you.

As we move forward with this year, be the light for others.

Looking forward to a great year with all of you!

Dr. Ann Marie Taylor, SCCEC President

SCCEC Annual Conference

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Award Nominations are Open!

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2021-2022 SC Council for Exceptional Children awards. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, November 30. You can access the nomination page through this link: This year has been hard. Nominate someone you know for an award to celebrate their hard work!

Below you will find a list of all awards. If you want to know the criteria and necessary documentation for each individual award, visit or email


  • Advocate of the Year

  • Betty Brown Training Grant

  • Exceptional Teacher of the Year

  • General Educator of the Year

  • Laura Mohr Scholarship

  • Instructional Mini Grant

  • Para-Educator of the Year

  • Principal of the Year

  • Rookie Teacher of the Year

  • SCCEC Member of the Year

  • Student Member of the Year

  • YES! I Can Award

  • VIP Award

2021-2022 Dates to Remember

Executive Board Meetings

October 2nd, 11:00am

April 2nd, 11:00am

Newsletter Submissions:

October 9th

March 2nd

April 9th


February 25th and 26th

Important Dates:

November 1st - Proposals for SCCEC Conference Due

November 30th - Officer Nominations Due

November 30th - Award Nominations Due

January 15th - Submit Names of Representatives for TA

February 1st - Completed Presentations Due

February 15th - RA Reports Due

February 26th - Representative Assembly

National Leadership Training Institute Update

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