February 25, 2019
Dear Dr. Cichy-Parker:
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), thank you for your correspondence of February 4, 2019. Below is our initial response to your letter. Because some of your questions need to be discussed further by the CEC Board of Directors, there will be more follow-up coming beyond this letter.
Advertisers, Exhibitors and Sponsorships
To address your concerns about sponsors and exhibitors, CEC’s professional staff is consulting with its adverting sales company and legal counsel, as well as reviewing the best practices of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), to implement a policy and process to review organizations interested in promotional opportunities with CEC. Our goal is to ensure we partner with organizations whose core values are congruent with those of CEC, as reflected in the following:
Visionary Thinking: Demonstrated by forward-thinking and courageous decision making dedicated to excellence and influence in an evolving environment
Integrity: Demonstrated by ethical, responsive behavior, transparency, and accountability
Inclusiveness: Demonstrated by a commitment to diversity, caring, and respect for the dignity and worth of all individuals
The result of this review will be placed on the agenda of the board of directors for their April 2019 meeting in the form of additions to CEC’s operational policy manual for their consideration and action.
Role of Caucuses within the Council
To address the concerns and suggestions that you have raised about CEC’s Caucuses, this issue also will be placed on the agenda for April 2019 meeting of the board of directors. During this meeting, CEC’s board will be reviewing its strategic plan. The plan is updated on a continual basis and is integral to determining how CEC uses its resources on behalf of its members. The board will review the policies and procedures concerning the role of caucuses within the Council, especially how caucuses relate to other entities within the Council, such as state and provincial units, divisions, and chapters.
As mentioned, once the issues outlined above have been addressed, we will be back in touch with you and the rest of the CEC leadership to communicate the actions taken.
We would like to thank you for your service as Chair of CEC’s LGBT+ Caucus of Special Educators and for bringing these issues to the attention of CEC’s leadership.
Mary Lynn Boscardin, President
Alexander T. Graham, Executive Director
cc: CEC Board of Directors