CEC Professional Awards

The CEC Professional Awards give us a unique opportunity to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our colleagues, who have worked tirelessly to advance the field and the quality of special education, as well as move CEC forward in significant ways. 

Congratulations to the 2020 Professional Awards winners, who were honored at the CEC 2020 Convention & Expo in Portland, OR.

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Tim Lewis, Ph.D., University of Missouri
  • Special Education Research Award: Mitchell Yell, Ph.D., University of South Carolina
  • Teacher of the Year: Kelly Grillo, Ph.D., Lafayette, IN

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The CEC J.E. Wallace Wallin Lifetime Achievement Award

This award recognizes an individual who has made continued and sustained contributions to the education of children and youth with exceptionalities.

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The Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year Award

This award honors a CEC member who currently provides direct services to students with exceptionalities and whose work exemplifies the best in special education teaching.

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The CEC Special Education Research Award

This award recognizes an individual or team whose research has made significant contributions to the education of children and youth with exceptionalities.

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The Frederick J. Weintraub Outstanding CEC Leadership Award

This award honors a CEC member who has made significant contributions to the Council’s programs and activities at the local, state/provincial, and national/international level over an extended period of time.

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The CEC Business/Organizational Award

This award recognizes a business/organization that has promoted and provided for the enhancement, awareness, and inclusion of individuals with exceptionalities to support their full participation within the community. This award is not currently accepting nominations.

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Please contact Kevin Jacobs at kevinj@cec.sped.org with any questions.