We hope you will be joining us and thousands of special educators next week in Denver, Colorado for CEC’s Annual Convention and Expo!
As CEC celebrates its 90th anniversary, the Convention will provide us all with an opportunity to reflect on how far the special education field has come and what more we need to learn to advance the profession and support better outcomes for children and youth with disabilities and gifts and talents. This year’s convention will offer over 900 professional development sessions featuring the most pressing issues in the field – autism, co-teaching, response-to-intervention, instructional design and strategies, and much more!
CEC will bring the hot political education reform debates of Washington to Denver! Highlights include:
- Thursday, April 12 – Update from the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER): NCSER Commissioner, Dr. Deborah Speece, will share how the federal government has invested in special education research and plans for future research initiatives.
- Friday, April 13th - What’s Happening in Washington Session: Hear from Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO), Colorado State Senator Mike Johnston (D), Lynn Holdheide, National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality; Kathy Christie, Education Commission of the States; and CEC staff Guest speakers will tackle the major issues in special/gifted education policy including evaluating teachers based on student performance, special education funding, NCLB waivers, and more!
- Saturday, April 14 – Teacher Evaluation: CEC’s Town Hall: CEC’s President, Dr. Margaret McLaughlin, wants to hear how teacher evaluation systems are impacting special educators to help guide CEC in crafting a position statement for the organization.
- Saturday, April 14 – Getting To Results: Update from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), U.S. Department of Education: OSEP Director, Dr. Melody Musgrove will share an update on OSEP’s initiatives, including redesigning special education accountability.
- Saturday, April 14 – IDEA Reauthorization Town Hall: Share what aspects of IDEA are working well and implementation challenges you face to help CEC develop its IDEA reauthorization recommendations.
Click here for more info on CEC’s 2012 Convention! Hope to see you in Denver!