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CEC 2024 Virtual

CEC 2024 Virtual Convention

The virtual component of the 2024 CEC Convention & Expo will include more than 20 on-demand sessions. A selection of the most popular sessions from the in-person convention program will be offered to virtual convention attendees starting April 10, 2024 (following the in-person convention in San Antonio). You'll have access to a curated library of on-demand sessions selected from the in-person convention program through July 10, 2024.

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Important Virtual Convention Dates to Know
April 9, 2024 Live virtual workshops
(additional registration rates apply)
April 10, 2024 Access to on-demand content begins
July 10, 2024 Access to on-demand content ends

Virtual Conference Includes:

  • Access to two Keynote presentations on Inclusive Leadership at the Building Level and Mental Health Panel.
  • Over 50 recorded presentations available on-demand through July 9.
  • Including access to session materials and handouts if provided by the presenter. 
  • 12 Virtual Workshops featuring a wide range of pertinent special education topics from national experts (additional fee applies)

Live Virtual Workshops

April 9th Schedule
11 am – 1 pm ET

Best Practices in Transition Planning

Presenter: Stacie Dojonovic

This workshop begins with best practices for transition planning beginning in middle school. You will explore evidence-based (and practical) practices for career development and transition assessment for middle school students. This will provide a foundation for best practices for transition planning and post-school goal writing. In Part One: Career Awareness and Transition Assessment, presenters will cover topics including understanding work, education, independent living, and community options; appreciating and understand types of work/careers; understanding and developing disability awareness; writing initial postschool goals with compliance and fidelity; and choosing a course of study for high school. Part Two: Career Preparation Activities and Focused Planning, will cover topics including developing meaningful and realistic postschool goals; understanding career and technical education options; increasing transition activities and services (classroom & community); and preparing for transition to post-high school environments.

11 am – 1 pm ET

Supporting Students with Challenging Behavior within an MTSS Framework

Presenter: Kathy Randolph and Brittany Hott

Challenging behavior occurs during the school day, especially in less structured settings (e.g., bus, cafeteria, hallway, gym). This session will extend evidence-based positive behavioral intervention and support in the classroom and beyond and include ways to implement coaching strategies for adults outside of the classroom, such as paraprofessionals, bus drivers and monitors, along with other school staff. This workshop will provide a review of evidence-based strategies that are seen in the research base, and then presenters will guide and work with participants to utilize evidence-based interventions and practices used throughout the school day in all school settings. Presenters will share research from coaching studies and use those to drive implementation plans, and share ideas for coaching support.

11 am – 1 pm ET

Demystifying SDI

Presenter: Sara Evans and Amy Peterson

Are accommodations Specially Designed Instruction? What about UDL or HLPs? This interactive session will help demystify specially designed instruction, or SDI, for students with disabilities and clarify why accommodations, UDL, and HLPs are not SDI. Participants will gain access to freely available tools to assist with the design and delivery of SDI to meet the unique academic and functional needs of students across grade spans.

11 am – 1 pm ET

Data That Makes a Difference: Assessment and Progress Monitoring Tips for Responsive, Inclusive Educators

Presenter: Lindsey Pike and Adam Moore

This live session, hosted by Drs Lindsey Pike (Roger Williams University) and Adam Moore (University of Rhode Island), focuses on the essential elements of High Leverage Practices 4 and 6 as they pertain to data-based decision-making. Through this interactive session, participants will deepen their knowledge around classroom assessment, progress monitoring, and data-based decision-making to enhance instruction and intervention for students. Practical strategies for collecting, analyzing, and using data in meaningful ways will also be shared.

2 – 4 pm ET

Come here, Stay here!

Presenter: Lynn Holdheide and Patricia Wons

Teacher retention and well-being is top of mind of many and likely no one is more aware than a school leader. At a time when states and districts are working to accelerate post-pandemic learning gains for students with disabilities the need to develop and retain a high-quality workforce is essential. Workforce challenges have been exacerbated with increased attrition, a decline in teacher preparation program enrollment, and more challenging working conditions leaving districts in a bind as they are working to ensure SWDs get the services they need. Research confirms what teachers know: that school leaders are pivotal in retaining quality teachers (Hitt & Tucker, 2016; Leithwood, Louis, Anderson, & Wahlstrom, 2004; Osborne-Lampkin, Folsom, & Herrington, 2015) and that principals can take specific actions to facilitate effective mentoring and induction systems ( Brock & Grady, 2001; Carver, 2000; Darling-Hammond, Berry, & Fideler, 1999). This session will review emerging research and practical strategies designed to build school leader capacity to create a mentoring and induction program that empowers, strengthens, and retains teachers of students with disabilities. Participants will have opportunities to engage, learn, and problem solve leading toward action.

2 – 4 pm ET

"FAPE in the LRE"

Presenter: Kelly Rogers, Psy.S., BCBA, LBA

Central to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the requirement that districts provide students with disabilities a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). Additionally, according to the conclusions of the U.S. Supreme Court (Endrew, F., 2017), the offer of FAPE (outlined in an IEP) must confer Meaningful Educational Benefit (MEB) that enable the child to achieve appropriately ambitious goals.

Because FAPE in the LRE is central to the education of students with disabilities and the development of the IEP, all school staff should receive training every year on the relevant law and research in this area. This session will outline, clarify and deepen knowledge in the key elements of FAPE, LRE and MEB and how these elements relate to the authentic development of the IEP. Participants will leave with access to resources, facilitation guides, and other tools to support implementation and professional learning in their own districts.

2 – 4 pm ET

What’s Important in Mathematics at Tier 2 and 3

Presenter: Sarah Powell

Do you teach math at tiers 2 and 3? Do you want to know what’s essential in how you teach math? In this session, we’ll focus on five essentials for your math intervention efforts. First, we’ll talk about effective modeling, practice, and feedback. Then, we’ll highlight how to emphasize math language with your students. Next, we’ll talk about why it’s important to use multiple representations in intervention. Finally, we will discuss how to build fluency and provide word-problem intervention to your students. Come ready to elevate your math teaching!

2 – 4 pm ET

Executive Functioning in the Classroom

Presenter: Cassie Frost

5 – 7 pm ET

Trauma Informed IEPs

Presenter: David Bateman

This presentation is designed to educate educators, special education professionals, and related service providers on the development and implementation of trauma-informed IEPs for students eligible for special education. We will explore the intersection of trauma, its impact on learning and behavior, and how to effectively integrate trauma-informed practices into the IEP process. Participants will gain insights into identifying trauma responses in students, adapting educational approaches to support these students, and collaborating across disciplines to create a supportive and understanding educational environment.

5 – 7 pm ET

Putting Paras in Play: Tips for Teachers Supporting Paraeducators in Your Classroom

Presenter: Ritu Chopra and Peggy Yates

Paraeducators deliver an array of special education services with little or no formal preparation for their duties. Additionally, they often work with teachers and licensed professionals who are legally and ethically responsible for directing the paraeducators’ work but typically do not have preparation for their supervisory role. As a result, paraeducators are often not effectively utilized with students with disabilities. In this interactive workshop, the presenter will share research based paraeducator supervision content, tools, and resources aligned with CEC Core Competencies for Special Education Paraeducators that can used by teachers to appropriately guide and direct the work of paraeducators.

5 – 7 pm ET

Facilitating Effective Meetings and Strengthening Collaboration with the IEP Team

Presenter: Amy Colpo and Dena Slanda

In this session, participants will develop a deeper understanding of the essential components of High Leverage Practices \aligned with facilitating effective Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings and collaborating with the IEP team, including:
• HLP 1: Collaborate with professionals to increase student success.
• HLP 2: Organize and facilitate effective meetings with professionals and families.
• HLP 3: Collaborate with families to support student learning and secure needed service.
• HLP 5: Interpret and communicate assessment information with stakeholders to collaboratively design and implement educational programs.

5 – 7 pm ET

Assistive Technology Process in IEP Development

Presenter: Lauren T. Tucker and Diane P. Bryant

Description: Every IEP asks whether Assistive Technology is necessary to implement this IEP. In this seminar, we will discuss the foundation of AT evaluation and consideration, followed by some of the most common AT tools implemented in our schools and some of the challenges and strategies for effective AT implementation. During the seminar, we will share specific considerations and practices from multiple states across the US as examples.


Virtual Convention Rates

  Early Bird Rate
Ends 10/26/23
Regular Rate
Ends 1/31/24
Late/On-Site Rate
After 2/1/24
Pre-Service $75 $95 $155
Graduate Student $165 $185 $245
Early Career $205 $225 $285
Professional $265 $285 $335
Paraeducator FREE FREE FREE
Retired $205 $225 $285
Family/Affiliate $205 $225 $285
Non-Member $345 $385 $425


Virtual Convention Workshop Rates

  Early Bird Rate
Ends 10/26/23
Regular Rate
Ends 1/31/24
Late/On-Site Rate
After 2/1/24
Pre-Service $65 $75 $105
Member $99 $119 $159
Non-Member $149 $169 $229


Last Updated:  28 November, 2023

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