Children and Youth Action Network – C.A.N.

Chair: Debra Lively, Ph.D.

Director of Clinical Experiences     

Professor of Teacher Education:  Elementary, Early Childhood, and Special Education  Saginaw Valley State University, Michigan.                                                                       

Email:  dlively {at} svsu.edu

What is the Children and Youth Action Network?

CEC’s Children and Youth Action Network (C.A.N.) is an organized group of volunteers who are dedicated to helping advance policy affecting students with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.

CAN seeks to:

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  1. Affect the necessary governmental changes at the local, state, and federal levels, which will make possible the implementation of CEC policies relating to the education of exceptional children.
  2. To further vitalize CEC units by providing meaningful vehicles for membership and CEC public visibility. Each state and subdivision is represented by a CAN Coordinator.

How Can I Become Involved?

There are many ways to help support the goals of CAN. Below are some of the ways to help advance policy affecting students with disabilities and/or gifts and talents:

  1. Email your members of Congress directly from CEC’s Legislative Action Center – and tell your family, friends and colleagues to do the same!
  2. Sign up for CEC’s Weekly Policy Updates by emailing pubpol@cec.sped.org.
  3. Sign up for CEC’s Smart Brief for the latest news send directly to your inbox five times per week by visiting www.smartbrief.com/cec.
  4. Continue to monitor CEC’s web site for breaking news and information.
  5. Contact your State of Subdivision’s CAN coordinator.

Where Can I Get More Information?

Please visit the CEC Web Site.

For More Information Please Contact:

Chair: Debra Lively, Ph.D.

Director of Clinical Experiences     

Professor of Teacher Education:  Elementary, Early Childhood, and Special Education  Saginaw Valley State University, Michigan.                                                                       

Email:  dlively {at} svsu.edu

Office:  (989) 964-4975                                                          

Retired:  Early Interventionist and Coordinator of a Birth-5 Program, Saginaw Public Schools, Saginaw, MI

Specializations: Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Visually Impaired, Deafblind, Early Intervention, Online Instruction, International collaboration

Interests/Research: Early Intervention, Home-visiting, Reflective Practice, Professional Development for Special Educators, specifically early intervention, Coaching and Mentoring, and working collaboratively with international partners