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CEC 2024 for First Time Attendees

There’s a lot to do at CEC 2024 and if it’s your first time attending, don’t worry—we’re here to help! Here are some suggestions on what not to miss, how to plan your time, and how to make the most of your experience.

Planning Sessions

With hundreds of sessions, it can be hard to know what to do! Use our session browser and mobile app (coming late February) to search for sessions by topic, professional role, students' grade level, and more.

First Time Attendee Reception

First time at a CEC Convention? We’re here for you! Join fellow first-time attendees and future friends on Wednesday, March 13 for a casual reception immediately before the Opening General Session. Convention pros and the CEC Board of Directors will be there to welcome you and help you figure out how to navigate all that the Convention has to offer, from selecting the perfect session to attending special events to connecting with colleagues who share your interests and ideals. Light appetizers and drinks will be served.

Wednesday, March 13, 4:00-4:45 PM, Room 221-A

The Expo Hall

Visit exhibitors offering products and services designed to help you. Stop by the CEC Hub to get your questions answered or shop the CEC Store for new resources and gear. Stop by membership to learn more about resources and tools available for you.

Social Events

A number of networking and social events allow time to meet up with friends and fellow colleagues as well as to make connections with special education professionals. From the Expo Hall to Division Social Safari, there are plenty of opportunities for fun while at the CEC Convention. Remember add a ticket to our CEC Celebration on Friday night for an evening of food, drinks, and fun.

Social Media

Follow @CEC_Headquarters on Instagram to connect with professionals and fellow students, receive Convention updates, and learn about other social media activities taking place during the Convention. Use the hashtags to connect with other attendees during the event. Tag your posts with the hashtags #CEC2024 to connect with the special education community.

Attendees at CEC 2023

"As a first-time attendee, I was amazed by CEC Convention 2023! I was able to meet so many individuals passionate about advocating for students with disabilities from all experience levels. Everyone was incredibly welcoming."

Last Updated:  1 June, 2023

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