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TED Leadership Message May

May 12, 2023

Happy May, everyone!

I know most of you are short on time as you hit grading and semester’s end so I’ll keep things brief this month.

The end of the academic year is always bittersweet for me. I see it as an ending and a beginning—as a student, I was pretty excited to get my summertime away from school. As faculty, I wave goodbye to students who are so excited about beginning their teaching careers. Tomorrow, I leave to go to my daughter’s graduation from college—hard to believe. It’s a joyous time to celebrate graduates and all the work they have put into getting to this day. With all of the negative in the news and the world these days, we often forget to take a moment and reflect on the successes we experience in our interactions with our students, our programs, and our schools. We don’t talk enough about these successes, particularly the ones in preparing the next generation of teachers for the hard job of being special educators. I know they are out there! So I’m hoping you will share your success stories with me for two reasons: (1) to boost my spirits when I need it (I call it my rainy day file) and (2) to have success stories that TED can share with others who need to know what we do and why. Send them to me at In the near future, we’ll have a portal set up for you to submit them through the website. But, for now, I hope you have productive and rejuvenating summers!

Peggy Weiss


And now to what’s happening around TED!

Teaching Exceptional Children

Congrats to TED members who are now the new co-editors of TEC! Cornelius, Freeman-Green, and Williamson Named New Editors of CEC’s TEACHING Exceptional Children Journal | Council for Exceptional Children

Leadership CEC

Jennifer Sears and David Peyton are TED’s representatives to Leadership CEC! We are excited to learn more with them. Thank you both for your service.

TESE Journal Editors/Publications

The TED Publications Committee is forming a subcommittee to review applications and select the next editor(s) of TESE. The tentative timeline for editor selection is as follows:

• Finalize TESE Editor Selection Committee and call for applications by TED Long Beach (October 30th, 2023)

• Send out call for TESE editor applications (November 2023 – February, 2024)

• Review applications and select editor by CEC 2024 (March 2024)

• Onboard new editor(s) over summer and Fall 2024 in collaboration with exiting Editors

The Selection Committee will be responsible for developing a call for applications, reviewing applications, and making a recommendation to the TED Executive Board. We would like to have two TED Members and one Kaleidoscope representative on the selection committee.

If you are interested in serving on this important committee, please send a 1-page (maximum) letter of interest to the selection committee chair (Andy Markelz – by May 15th, 2023. Please include why you are interested in serving on this committee and any qualifications you bring.

Policy Committee

Lots happening in the Policy Committee! We have a working group creating materials that we hope will be useful- more details coming in the next few months! We identified 10 members to sponsor at SELS (hopefully there will be MANY more TED members at SELS!). In the meantime, we look forward to seeing everyone virtually at the next Washington Update on May 25th at 3pm- make sure to register here. And of course, make sure to read and share with colleagues the weekly newsletter provided by Kaitlyn Brennan.

Have 30 seconds? Visit the CEC Legislative Action Center to share our priorities. (Before you go, check out the fact sheet that allows you to see what the impact would be in your state with the current proposals).

Have 30 more seconds? Visit the AACTE Advocacy Center to do the same!

TED Conference—Long Beach, CA. Oct. 30-Nov. 2

The conference committee reports they received more proposals than last year! It should be a great conference. Reviewers are busy at work right now. Look for decisions in June. And join us in Long Beach. For more information, click here.

CEC 2024 Convention – Call for Reviewers

The Call for Reviewers will open May 1 through May 31 (the link above will open May 1). Please share as the more reviewers we have, the less work for each reviewer!

Journal of Special Education Preparation

JOSEP has recently published a special issue on special education teacher shortages guest edited by Dr. Sarah Nagro. The first part of this two-part series focuses on strengthening existing pathways into the profession. Check out these six consequential articles on JOSEP’s website: Read “From the Guest Editor” to get an overview of the special two-part series.

Posted:  12 May, 2023

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