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The Council for Exceptional Children, Chapter 99

2015-2016 PROGRAMS

HAMILTON’S BANQUET HALL, 110 North East Street, Jacksonville, Illinois

Cookies made by Pathway Stakeholders will be served for dessert at all meetings.

Monday, September 14, 2015Presenter: Sharon Mann

“5 Strategies that Bring out the Best in Students, Reduce Behavior Referrals, & Increase Academic Achievement”

Sharon is a certified facilitator for The Virtues Project and a teacher at the Schuyler-Industry Middle School.

Menu:  Baked Spaghetti with Meat sauce, Romaine Salad with Assorted Dressings, Crackers, Garlic Bread, Coffee/Iced Tea

Tuesday, October 20, 2015Presenter: Bev Johns

“Keeping Students in School: Alternatives to Suspension and Dealing with Truancy”

Bev authored a book on Alternatives to Suspension + 16 other books.  She is a Professional Fellow at MacMurray College.

Menu: Soup & Salad Buffet, Chicken Cheese Tortellini Soup, Romaine Salad, Assorted Dressings, Crackers, Rolls, Coffee/Iced Tea

Thursday, November 12, 2015Presenter: Rita Emmett

“Blast Away Procrastination.  Effective Strategies for Working with Children who Procrastinate”

Rita is the President of Emmett Associates and author of books on this topic and is a sought-after speaker on this topic.

Menu: Baked Lasagna, Fresh Romaine Salad with Assorted Dressings, Assorted Crackers, Garlic Bread, Coffee/Iced Tea

Tuesday, February 23, 2016Presenters: Beth Knollhoff and Kim Nelson

In the Trenches:  Successfully Implementing Evidence-Based Practices for Children with Autism”

(in a Less Than Perfect Setting)

Elizabeth Knollhoff, SSP, NCSP is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist

Kim Nelson, BS, MA, is the Administrator for the Early Childhood and Multiple Disabilities Programs

Both work at the Four Rivers Special Education District and have a wealth of experience in working with students with autism.

Menu: Soup and Salad Buffet, Chili, Fresh Romaine Salad, Assorted Dressings, Crackers, Rolls, Coffee /Iced Tea

Tuesday, March 15, 2016Presenter: Valerie Black

“Creating a Welcoming Environment that Engages Your Students and Their Families”

Valerie brings 36 years of experience teaching junior/senior high school general education & early childhood special education.  She was the Illinois Council for Exceptional Children Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year for 2013.

Menu: Mostaccioli w/Meat sauce, Parmesan Cheese, Romaine Salad, Assorted Dressings, Crackers, Garlic Bread, Coffee/Iced Tea

Monday, April 18, 2016 – CEC Chapter 99 Awards Banquet at 6:00 p.m.

Menu:  Fried Chicken, Romaine Salad, Assorted Dressings, Crackers, Green Beans, Garlic Potatoes, Gravy, Rolls, Coffee /Iced Tea

  • Everyone (parents, students, friends, educators, community members) is invited to attend Chapter 99’s meetings.
  • Participants at all meetings (except the banquet) will earn 3 Professional Development Credits. Bring your license number for the required sign in.  Certificates will be available for students and those who don’t need PD credits.
  • Registration is available online through PayPal by going to the website,, or clicking on the QR code.
  • The registration form and fee are due 5 days before each meeting: $12 for CEC members, $25 for non-members,  $12 for paraprofessionals, and $6 for students.  On-site registrations will be charged an additional $10.
  • Make checks payable to CEC Chapter 99. Send to: CEC Chapter 99, PO Box 475, Jacksonville, IL 62651.  Please include your registration form or give your name, address, phone, e-mail.
  • Join CEC or renew membership at a Chapter 99 meeting and receive a $10 rebate. (Students receive a $25 rebate).
  • Reserve your place for ALL meetings and receive one free meeting by sending a check to the above address by September 9.  (CEC members – $60; Non-members – $125 which includes a basic CEC membership, Students – $30)
  • Scholarships (paraprofessionals/parents/family members). Contact a Chapter 99 officer or email

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