CEC 2018 for Students

CEC 2018 for New & Future Teachers

As a new teacher or teacher-in-training, it may seem like you are expected to know everything about special education the moment you enter the classroom. We know how overwhelming that can seem, and we have you covered. At the CEC 2018 Convention & Expo, you’ll find the information you need from the experts you trust on critical topics ranging from writing IEPs to UDL to writing effective behavior plans.

You can create your own experience with over 600 sessions, workshops, panels, and posters specifically relevant to students and new teachers on all of the topics you want (and some you may not have known you needed!).

Need help navigating the convention? We’ve put together a recommended schedule for you, highlighting the sessions new teachers need most. Download a quick guide of the sessions we think you’ll love, and check out all of the sessions and workshops at CEC 2018 here. Don’t miss the CEC Student Forum, created specially to address one of the hottest topics for new teachers—family engagement.

We know getting time off of school and out of the classroom can be to manage, so we want to help you get the support you need to attend the CEC convention from your professors and administrators. Use our Justification Toolkit to help make your case—we know you are going to love the convention and come back with invaluable information to share with your fellow students!

To save the most money, here are a few tips:

  • Register early. Early bird rates have been extended until Nov. 8! Advance pricing ends on Feb. 5.
  • Volunteer. You’ll get an even better rate if you give a few hours to volunteer at the convention. Volunteers receive up to a 40% discount off the advance rates according to the number of volunteer hours worked.
  • Book travel and housing now. The best rates are available to convention attendees at the CEC 2018 official hotels . You can get special travel discounts on your flights, trains, or car rentals as well.


Student Forum

Thursday, Feb. 8, 9:45-10:45 a.m.
Tampa Convention Center, Ballroom B

Don’t miss the CEC Student Forum, THE place to be at the convention for new teachers —a session designed by students for students to get invaluable information as you start your career.

This year’s Forum will focus on one of the most important topics for any new teacher—effective family engagement. You’ll hear from expert Sean Roy of TransCen on the most important things you need to know when you meet with families, and common missteps to avoid as a new teacher. Then, a panel of family members will speak candidly about their best—and worst—experiences, and how you can make sure you’re in the former category.

Student Forum Featured Presentation
A Valuable Partner: Setting the Stage for Effective Family Engagement

Sean Roy, TransCen

Engaging families of students with disabilities is a crucial skill for any new special educator. Unfortunately, it is common for families to be viewed as barriers to the work of education. In his remarks, long time parent advocate and national technical assistance provider Sean Roy will show the importance of compassion and understanding, and encourage family engagement through the lens of high expectations. Common pitfalls will be explained and useful strategies shared, including a “dual capacity” approach to building parent/professional connections. Cultivating a better understanding of the parent perspective and focusing on effective and respectful communication can help us move from “families are the problem” to families are valuable partners.


Don’t miss the Student Forum or any of the other great events at CEC 2018—make sure you register today!

Check out some highlights from last year’s Forum:

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