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New Opportunity – Latin American Learning Collaborative Call for Committee Members

Open: May 9th, 2024 - July 17th, 2024


In 2023, the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children, Confederación Plena inclusión España and the Catholic University of Valencia entered a formal collaboration agreement. Our goal is to open a pathway for practitioners and others interested in the work of early intervention to share wisdom and resources between the U.S., Spain, and 14 additional Latin American countries. In 2024 we will start the Latin American Learning Collaborative as a means to meet this goal. We hope to recruit a group that includes 8-10 members from the US and 1-2 members from each country. These members will serve as ambassadors for the work and ambassadors for Recommended Practices. If you are interested in this work, please apply to the call for members below.


Are you a current Early Intervention (EI) practitioner, someone who leads or prepares practitioners (local supervisors, professional development providers, faculty, etc.), a family member who has received EI services, or someone who shares a passion for early intervention across and is ready to level up their leadership?  If you answered YES to any of these please consider applying to join the Latin American Learning Collaborative!


We seek members with background, knowledge, and experience in EI service provision.  Members representative of the diversity of DEC membership are encouraged to apply, including race, ethnicity, culture, language, dialect, age, ability, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion/spirituality, and national origin. We seek representation of geography, organizations, agencies, universities, and experience. We seek members representing all member categories (practitioners, family members, higher education faculty, etc.). Applicants should be knowledgeable about the DEC Mission and Policies (including the Priority Issues Agenda), and Racial Equity Point of View. Members will be required to join DEC as members of this committee. Options for support for the cost of membership will be available as needed.


We encourage members to apply who can:

  1. Participate in monthly committee meetings;

  2. Help develop and provide guidance in partnership with the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children, Confederación Plena inclusión España and the Catholic University of Valencia to ensure a highly effective workforce is prepared, ready, and available to serve families; and

  3. Contribute to product development and/or review of educational and awareness materials needed to promote the work of early intervention.

Need more information to help you make a decision?

  • Read on for more information about the Committee, including expectations, qualifications, and benefits of becoming a Committee member.

  • Email your questions to Peggy Kemp peggy@dec-sped.org or Marga Canadas margarita.canadas@ucv.es


Submit your application here by Wednesday, July 17th, 2024, 11:59 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) for consideration. The online application and resume/CV must be submitted in order for the application to be complete.

What is the Latin American Learning Collaborative Committee?

The committee will be located logistically at DEC and serve as an extension of the Executive Office (EO) and Executive Board (EB) to help carry out the DEC mission and priority issues of the organization as it pertains to the work of early intervention (EI).  The Committee will collaborate with the EO and the EB. Through strategic planning and the oversight and development of products and materials promoting high quality early intervention, this Committee will engage and support professionals in the EI field, invite family perspectives, and encourage leaders to implement high quality early intervention as aligned with the Recommended Practices. Learn more about DEC Committees here.

The Committee Composition

Benefits of Becoming a Committee Member

Committee Member Qualifications and Expectations

Example activities to expect from the Committee


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