We hope you will be joining us and thousands of special educators in San Antonio, Texas for CEC’s Annual Convention and Expo! CEC’s Convention will provide us all with an opportunity to reflect on special education and how we can continue 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, as well as speakers and celebrations you won’t want to miss!
CEC’s Policy and Advocacy team will bringing to you the hot policy topics from budget to teacher evaluation and beyond! Here is the schedule of events from CEC’s Policy team:
- All Week – CEC’s Legislative
Action Center: Come by CEC’s Legislative
Action Center in CEC Central to learn more about the 113th
Congress, CEC’s policy initiatives and the advocacy that you can do on
behalf of children and youth with disabilities, their families and the
professionals who work with them!
April 4 – Inclusion, Equality and Opportunity: Join Michael Yudin, Acting
Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of
Special Education and Rehabilitative Services and learn about vision and
priorities for achieving inclusion, equity and opportunity for all
- Thursday, April 4 – 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.
April 5 - What’s Happening in Washington Session: Hear from Debbie Speece, NCSER Commissioner, as well
as Melody Musgrove, Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office
of Special Education Programs, in an interview with CEC’s policy
staff. CEC’s policy team will also
give updates on current initiatives and policy discussions happening in
Washington, and share CEC’s perspective.
- Saturday, April 6 – Global Special Education: Where Have We Come From, Where Are We Going?: Come learn more about major trends in global special needs education, focusing on the vital United Nations Conventions, Resolutions and international initiatives.
- Saturday, April 6 – The Policy Behind Education Research: CEC’s Recommendations for the Education Sciences Reform Act (ESRA): In 2013, CEC approved its recommendations to Congress for the reauthorization of ESRA. Come hear from leaders in special education research about these recommendations as well as the importance and impact of the legislation on the field.
- Saturday, April 6 – CEC’s Position on Special Education Teacher Evaluation: Current Local Efforts, Issues to Consider and Recommendations for Fairness: Join CEC’s Policy Team as well as experts in the field for a conversation about CEC’s new Position on Special Education Teacher Evaluation, the policy discussions and climate that lead to its creation and examples for you how you can use the Position to advocate for strong meaningful evaluation systems in your schools.
Click here for more info on CEC’s 2013 Convention! Hope to see you in San Antonio!