2023 General Sessions
As we recover from the rollercoaster that has made up the last three years, is our field in need of a revolution? Or an evolution of what we know? Join eight thought leaders as they discuss their vision of the future of special education in this interactive panel.
- Derek Govin, Special Education Teacher, Ewa Makai Middle School, Hawai'i
- Darla Gundler, Associate Director, Early Childhood Personnel Center
- Lindsay Jones, Chief Executive Officer, CAST
- Ruth Ryder, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, United States Department of Education
- Dr. LaRon Scott, Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum, Instruction & Special Education, University of Virginia
- Dr. Felicia C. Smith, President, National Center for Families Learning (NCFL)
- Dr. Zelphine Smith Dixon, Chief Student Support Officer, Office of Student Services, Rockdale Public Schools
- Laurie VanderPloeg (Moderator), Associate Executive Director for Professional Affairs, Council for Exceptional Children
Each day in the classroom it is all about getting students from where they are to where they need to be. This challenge can be more than meets the eye because culturally diverse students walk into our classrooms at all different levels with many different life experiences. When it comes to teaching learners from diverse backgrounds, we understand there is a disconnect somewhere - but how do we solve this issue? Dr. Woodly offers strategies educators can put in place to transform learning objectives that students perceive as mundane or boring, into genuinely interesting, engaging and authentic learning experiences!
A graduate of Hampton University, Dr. Shaun Woodly obtained his Bachelor’s degree in 2004, Master’s degree in 2005, followed by his Ph.D. is 2014. Dr. Woodly has dedicated his professional career to education. He is a decorated K-12 teacher, University professor and author whose deep passion and research have allowed him great success as an educator and entrepreneur.
Dr. Woodly has received multiple honors including being named teacher of the year, receiving a district inspiration award, and several commendations of distinction for outstanding teaching and leadership. He is the architect behind the educator movement “Teach Hustle Inspire”, and has written the best-selling book MC Means Move the Class: How to Spark Engagement and Motivation in Urban and Culturally Diverse Classrooms.
His philosophy of education subscribes to a collaborative style that harnesses the power of others and promotes a sense of teamwork and community, all with the aim of preparing students to become effective, contributing members of society.
In both education and life, Dr. Woodly believes in having fun! He educates with love, enthusiasm, motivation and hustle!
Each year at the CEC Convention & Expo, the Yes I Can Awards recognize 12 outstanding students with exceptionalities in six categories: Academics, Arts, School & Community Activities, Self-Advocacy, Technology, and Transition. Join us as CEC leaders interview this year's recipients and celebrate their incredible achievements.
CEC would like to thank Pearson for their continued support of the Yes I Can Awards.