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Kaleidoscope Student Committee


Graduate Student Committee 
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Welcome to Kaleidoscope!  

Kaleidoscope is the Teacher Education Division (TED) of CEC’s Graduate Student Committee. Membership in Kaleidoscope is open to all graduate student members of CEC/TED who are full or part-time students during the academic year at an accredited college or university. Kaleidoscope provides a venue for student researchers early in their doctoral careers to present professionally and receive constructive feedback from faculty reviewers. It also provides professional development opportunities specifically tailored to future teacher educators. Students’ voices are valued by TED. Thus, Kaleidoscope members are encouraged to participate in all standing committees providing opportunities for students to engage in national service, participate in professional discussions on special education teacher preparation, and develop leadership skills. 

Kaleidoscope holds two graduate student symposiums a year, one at the TED conference in the fall and one at the CEC conference in the winter/spring. These sessions provide students with opportunities to present their research in poster sessions where they receive feedback from faculty members and peers. The Kaleidoscope program also typically includes presentations by faculty members and opportunities to participate in break-out sessions with peers to discuss topics pertinent to academic life in the field of special education.  



Are you a student member of TED? We're asking student members to complete a brief survey so that we can gauge student needs and interests for this upcoming year. You can access the survey here until March 1, 2024. We appreciate your feedback!



Join us at the 2024 CEC Conference at the following events!

  • Wednesday, March 13th
    • 10-10:50a: Kaleidoscope General Business Meeting (Room 008B) - Come learn more about Kaleidoscope, get involved, and network with other students!
  • Thursday, March 14th
    • 9:00 - 10:00a: Kaleidoscope Social Event at Commonwealth Coffeehouse at their Hemisfair location - A time to meet other graduate students, network, and socialize.
    • 11:45 - 12:30p: Kaleidoscope Poster Session (Expo Hall 3)
    • 1:00 - 2:00p: Kaleidoscope Roundtable Discussions (Room 220) - During these roundtable discussions special education faculty from across the nation will share about the following topics. Attendees will be able to select three tables of their choice to visit and discuss for about 15 minutes at a time. We will also be announcing the poster winners at the end of this session.
  • Publishing in TEC
  • Navigating the Academic Job Market
  • Hidden Curriculum in Doctoral Programs
  • Creating Work-Life Balance
  • Networking for Future Success
  • Building Your Research Agenda


Monique Pinczynski M.Ed. BCBA

Doctoral Candidate, Snyder Fellow

University of North Carolina Charlotte

Monique Pinczynski

Florence Bason

Doctoral Student

University of Florida

Florence Bason

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Last Updated:  13 January, 2024

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