General Sessions

CEC 2019 General Sessions

Be inspired by our general session speakers and award recipients!

Carla Tantillo Philibert

Carla Tantillo Philibert is a recognized expert on social-emotional learning (SEL), mindfulness, and yoga practices in the school setting. With more than 15 years of experience in education, professional development and SEL services, Carla is a sought-after speaker who empowers and excites audiences on the importance and benefits of including SEL and movement in the classroom.  Her mantra: “Relaxed teachers teach better. Relaxed students learn better.” She is also the author of Cooling Down Your Classroom: Using Yoga, Relaxation and Breathing Strategies to Help Students Learn to Keep Their Cool and many other publications.

Opening General Session
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 | 5:00–6:30 p.m.

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Dan Habib

Dan Habib is the creator of the award-winning documentary films Including Samuel, Who Cares About Kelsey?, Mr. Connolly Has ALS, and many other short films on disability-related topics. Habib is a filmmaker at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability and is currently working on a new documentary Intelligent Lives, which examines our society’s narrow perceptions of intelligence. For his films, Habib has received multiple awards and recognition including: the Champion of Human and Civil Rights Award (2012) from the National Education Association, the Justice for All Grassroots Award from the American Association of People with Disabilities (2013), and in 2014 was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.

Second General Session
Thursday, January 31, 2019 | 8:00–9:00 a.m.

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Yes I Can

Honor the accomplishments of children and youth with exceptionalities during the Yes I Can Award Ceremony! Twelve outstanding children and young adults will share their stories of success—this is why you became a special educator! Award recipients will be recognized in one of the six following categories: Academics, Arts, Self-Advocacy, School & Community Activities, Technology, and Transition.

Third General Session
Friday, February 1, 2019 | 8:00–9:00 a.m.

Learn more about the 2019 Yes I Can recipients.