Photos from CEC ‘23: 6
Isn’t it great to connect with international guests?
I was way happy to get to see Ana Paula Martins and Anabela Cruz-Santos 2 March at a reception at the Council for Exceptional Children conference. Anabela and Paula are professors at the University of Minho in Braga, Portugal. I got to know Paula when she was a student at UVA. In 2006, she invited me to spend time as a Fulbright Scholar at Minho; that’s when I met Anabela.
Paula studies students literacy development using curriculum-based measurement. Anabela studies language development among young children with disabilities. They may not have been the attendees who traveled the farthest to get to CEC, but it’s a long way from Braga to Kentucky. They’ve been great colleagues and friends for nearly 20 years.
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It is wonderful when special educators from countries other than the US or Canada--with no offense meant to those from these two countries--make it to the CEC Convention. For a number of years CEC would acknowledge their presence during the opening session by asking them to stand. That wasn't occurring at the last couple of Conventions I attended, though maybe it happened in Louisville.