2012-2013 Board

We’re happy to announce the new DSCEC executive board for the 2012-2013 academic year:

Theresa Shannon, President
Gillian Skorka, President Elect/Vice President
Marissa Musso, Treasurer
Dr. Constance Lyttle, Faculty Advisor
Allison Shusterman, Promotions and Membership Chair

You’ll be hearing from us soon!

The DSCEC is still looking for a Secretary. Interested? E-mail drexelstudentcec@gmail.com

Our founding board was honored e this past Friday at the Goodwin College Honors Convocation. Thanks to our active members for a great first year!

**Below article was published on the Goodwin Live Blog**

The Drexel Student Council for Exceptional Children (DSCEC) is having a busy spring term.

By Mike Duffy

The Drexel Student Council for Exceptional Children (DSCEC) has been going nonstop since early April. From April 11-14, DSCEC board members Samantha Goldman and Gillian Skorka attended the 88th Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Convention and Expo at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.  The convention featured a keynote address by Sir Ken Robinson, and the exposition hosted more than 200 organizations and vendors who previewed a wide range of state-of-the-art educational products and services. Ms. Goldman and Ms. Skorka gave a detailed report of their trip at the DSCEC meeting on April 24, 2012.

Saturday, April 14 saw board member Amanda Katzias anchoring the DSCEC effort in the Relay for Life.  Her strong leadership produced $835 in new donations for the American Cancer Society with more to come when pledges are fulfilled. DSCEC is happy to have represented Goodwin College in the fight against cancer and is grateful to Ms. Katzias for spearheading the effort.

DSCEC members at Autism Awareness Day at the Philadelphia Zoo. From left: Gillian Skorka, Ben DeSantis, Theresa Shannon, Mike Duffy, Christie Ruggieri, Amanda Katzias, Samantha Goldman, Allison Shusterman, Anna Cataldo Grosso. (Not pictured: Lauren Smith.)

Autism Awareness Day at the Philadelphia Zoo on Sunday, April 15 provided an awesome opportunity for service. Dozens of volunteers entertained hundreds of families and guests at theGreater Philadelphia Chapter of the Autism Society of America’s flagship annual event.  DSCEC board member Theresa Shannon organized ten Drexel volunteers who served at the information and merchandise tables, the button-craft activity table, and as costume characters to the delight children and parents alike.

The Day at the Zoo is a large venue that provides public information about autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and offers families living with ASDs a fun-filled day to network and enjoy one another’s company and community. The DSCEC made sure that Goodwin and Drexel were well-represented at this heartwarming event.

The generous support of the Drexel University Alumni Association powered the DSCEC’s education technology workshop on Monday, April 16. Special education teacher, Drexel graduate student, DSCEC member, and technology wizard Ben DeSantis gave a scintillating presentation on the many different types of electronic innovations—most available at little or no cost—that can help teachers boost their students’ performance in today’s diverse classrooms.Integrating Technology in the Inclusive Classroom featured a brief but comprehensive overview the latest applications, hardware, software, and cloudware, as well as a strong rationale for trying them, and, most helpful, instructions on where to find them and how to use them.

Using a website model, Mr. DeSantis deftly maneuvered his audience to “playtime” where they spent the remainder of the session using, sharing, and rating the latest toys.

Want to get involved in the Drexel Student Council for Exceptional Children? Emaildrexelstudentcec@gmail.com. Visit their website or “like” their Facebook page for more information.

Mike Duffy is a graduate student in Goodwin College’s School of Education.

Join us this May:

May 22- Art & Special Education Workshop from 6-8PM in Goodwin Room 004. Workshop is free pre-registration required. More info 

May 29-Last DSCEC Meeting of the Spring Quarter. Elections for 2012-2013 Exec Board- Vice President, Treasurer, & Secretary! 5PM in Goodwin Room 004

Check out this great piece by Amanda on her “battle to end cancer”

New Logo!

We’re happy to share our new logo!

The Drexel Student Council For Exceptional Children proudly invites you to:

Art & Special Education
May 22, 2012 6-8PM
Room 004
Goodwin College Building
3001 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA
Free–Pre-Registration Required
Art is something that all children should be able to experience but, unfortunately, for students with special needs, creating art is often a challenge.  If you want the answers to…


·      What are the benefits of art projects for special needs students?
·      How can I modify classic crafts for students with fine-motor impairments, cognitive disorders, and/or sensory integration disorders?
·      What are the best practices for implementing art based classroom activities with exceptional students?
Then you don’t want to miss our Art & Special Education workshop facilitated by Dr. Judith K. Weinstein.

Join us in this interactive workshop and gain the tools you need to facilitate art exploration with children with disabilities. Dr. Weinstein will share student artwork and parents of exceptional children will share how art engagement has benefitted their child. Workshop participants will be guided through a basic arts and craft activity that may be conducted in their classroom with students with exceptionalities. Participants will leave the workshop with project ideas and resources for project implementation.

About Dr. Judith K. Weinstein
Dr. Judith K. Weinstein is the Founder and Director of Jubilation Creations. Jubilation Creations provides art and craft classes to children and adults with disabilities, including Development Disabilities. She is also the owner of Jubili Beads & Yarn, a “do-it-yourself” beaded jewelry and mixed media craft store.

Registration Information:
The workshop is free and open to all.  Please pre-register by May 20th by e-mailing drexelstudentcec@gmail.com.
Pizza and refreshments will be served. 

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April has been a busy month for the DSCEC! Two of our board members went to the CEC National Convention in Denver, we participated in Relay for Life, volunteered at the Autism Awareness Day at the Philadelphia Zoo, and organized a workshop on Integrating Technology in the Inclusive Classroom. A big thank you to all the participants in this month’s activities!


Kudos to our Treasurer Amanda Katzias for raising almost $500 for the American Cancer Society through Relay for Life! Overall our team raised $835.

Kudos to Theresa Shannon for organizing 10 volunteers for the Autism Awareness Day at the Philadelphia Zoo. DSCEC Members made buttons with kids, dressed up as Brobee and Clifford the Big Red Dog, helped sell fundraising merchandise for the Autism Society of America and more! Thanks everyone. We look forward to doing it again next year. In the meantime check out these photos.

Kudos to the Executive Board for securing their second PACEC Member Group Grant!

Kudos to Ben DeSantis for presenting at our Integrating Technology in the Inclusive Classroom. We all learned a lot!

Get Connected:

Missed our last workshop? Still want to hear about Integrating Technology in the Inclusive Classroom? Watch the presentation here

Our next meeting is April 24th at 6PM in Goodwin Room 004. Hear a report back from the CEC National Convention & ways you can get involved the DSCEC. We want to hear YOUR ideas.

Upcoming Events

We hope you can join us this Spring at one of our upcoming events:

Relay for Life, April 14 from 2pm-2am at The Drexel Armory or virtually by making a contribution

We are making a difference by teaming up to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. On April 14, our team will camp out overnight and take turns walking around the track to raise money and awareness to help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Saving lives from cancer starts one team, one participant, and one dollar at a time. Our team is doing our part to make sure that cancer never steals another year of anyone’s life.  Please join our team or make a donation (our team goal is $2,000). The impact we can make together is much greater than what any of us could do alone! This year the Relay for Life starts at 2PM on April 14th at the Drexel Armory. Even if you can’t attend you can join our team as a fundraiser.

Autism Awareness Day at the Philadelphia Zoo, April 15 from 2PM-4PM

Please join the DSCEC for a fun day of volunteering on April 15 for Autism Awareness Day at the Philadelphia Zoo. We will be
volunteering from 12-4PM. Autism Awareness Day at the Philadelphia Zoo is organized by the The Greater Philadelphia Chapter Autism Society of America in an effort to raise awareness for autism in the Philadelphia community as well as provide a fun day for families and friends in the Autism Community.

Technology in the Inclusive Classroom Workshop, April 16 from 6-8:50PM at MacAlister Room 2019 or virtually through Adobe Connect

Currently, there is a need for teachers to have additional skills and abilities in technology, especially as our educational system encourages an inclusive setting for students with disabilities. In this workshop, pre-service and in-service teachers will learn the how’s and why’s to integrating technology into the curriculum of the inclusive classroom. Participants will have the opportunity to recognize and experience the benefits of technology as a potential tool to support instructional programs for all students, including those with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. There will be opportunities to explore, hands-on, the use of some of the technologies. Aside from technologies that will support the diverse learning styles of students, participants will acquire knowledge about assistive technology for students with disabilities. From 6:00-6:45 there will be food and drink as well as networking with presenters and PACEC members. While the workshop is free, pre-registration is required by e-mailing drexelstudentcec@gmail.com.

DSCEC Monthly Meeting, April 24 from 6-7PM at Goodwin Room 004

Stay tuned for information about Art and Special Education Workshop to happen later this Spring as well as volunteer opportunities at HMS.