Date: March 31st, 2021



Dear Florida CEC Members, 

I hope this message finds you and your family keeping well. 

Over a year has now passed with the worldwide acknowledgment and effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. This has been a year of complicated challenges as difficulties continue to shape our professional and personal lives and additionally so with the racial injustices impacting our communities. Through these troubling times, you have remained resolute in your commitment to assist each other, to ensure your students receive high quality educational experiences virtually, hybrid or in person, and support their families in whatever capacity you can. You have done this while managing your own personal concerns and matters. I, and the Florida CEC board, are very much appreciative of you for all you do for our exceptional community! As this year continues, I hope that you are spending spring break with loved ones and sharing in relaxing moments. 

Florida CEC will continue to focus on social justice, equity, and inclusion, as our mission states. We pledged to participate in CEC’s Project 20/20; presented a webinar on intersectionality; had a 3-day Florida Special Education Advocacy Legislative Summit, and completed our first book study on Cultural Competence Now

A couple of important events to highlight. First, our Florida CEC Leadership Virtual Conference will be Saturday, June 26, 2021 from 9 am to noon. Information about this event is on our website. Second, we are planning our Florida CEC Annual Conference this year on October 21-23, 2021. Due to the pandemic, last year’s conference was canceled. Please review the Call for Proposals. I highly encourage your submissions. 

Please review this document for Public Comments on B.E.S.T. Standards Revisions. Your input as an educator serving our exceptional student community matters tremendously. 

Lastly and importantly, our Florida CEC board is a dedicated group of volunteers whose continued service to our exceptional student community is unwavering. There are opportunities for you to become actively involved in Florida CEC, by service at the state level or within the state. Please review these opportunities here


Sincerely and with kind regards,

Karen Ramlackhan, Ph.D. 
Florida CEC President

Florida CEC 2020-2021
Board of Directors

Dr. Karen Ramlackhan
Dr. Jaqua Lewis
Christy Fulater
Past President
Dr. Ashley Pennypacker Hill
Christine Woods
Dr. Marissa Kase
Conference Program Chair

CAN Representative
Grace Holley
Awards Chair
Bianca Stidham
Communications Chair
Diane Johnson
Advisor & Historian
Dr. Dena Slanda
University Student Advisor

Lyndsey Pike
University Student Representative

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