Thousands of special educators gather for CEC 2018

Yesterday marked the opening of the Council for Exceptional Children’s 96th annual convention and Expo in Tampa, Florida. Four thousand educators from around the globe have gathered together to gain insights and explore solutions to the most important and challenging topics facing special education today.

CEC President Laurie VanderPloeg describes the CEC 2018 Convention & Expo (CEC 2018) as a celebration of the best that public education has to offer and an event where all educators are encouraged to help every child access learning without limits.

CEC 2018 features 500 sessions and workshops highlighting the latest research and strategies in special education and policy developments that affect teachers and their work every day. Presentations range from diversity and inclusion to universal design for learning, differentiated instruction, and positive behavioral practices.

Convention Co-Chairs, Claudia Rinaldi (Lasell College, Boston) and Cindy Perras (Educational Consultant, Ontario), have also developed a rich and substantive invited program that will engage attendees in dialogues focused on current topics affecting the field of special and gifted education and early intervention. The invited sessions are hosted by special education and policy experts including: Johnny Collett and Kimberly Richey (U.S. Department of Education), Mary Ruth Coleman (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), Mitchell Yell (University of South Carolina), and many more.

The convention will also feature two general session speakers, Marcia Tate and Ron Suskind. Marcia Tate, a renowned education leader, will open the convention on Wednesday by sharing ready-to -implement classroom strategies. Ron Suskind, an acclaimed journalist and best-selling author of “Life, Animated,” will share his son’s inspiring journey with autism during the Second General Session.

The Convention & Expo will close on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018.

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