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Session Formats

Whatever you're looking for in your learning, CEC 2023 will have it. Learn more about the different session formats below.

Concurrent Session

60 minutes of content that may be structured as a presentation with Q&A, a panel presentation, or an interactive presentation engaging participants in a specific activity.

Data Blitz

60 minute sessions comprised of are a series of short presentations in a 5-minute, rapid-fire format; each session may be comprised of up to 10 presentations in succession on research topics spanning the field.

Multi-Presentation Session

60 minute sessions comprised of 2-4 presentations on a common topic, followed by Q&A. The presentations within a multi-presentation session are grouped together by the Program Advisory Committee (PAC) based on content. Each presentation within the session may be presented by one or more presenters.

Poster Session

An opportunity to share research projects and results, poster sessions are a visual presentation with an opportunity for attendees to ask follow-up questions of the presenter. Presenters prepare a poster exhibit of high quality that can stand alone in conveying information and address questions from attendees.  The second Call for Proposals for poster sessions has been extended through November 17. Please note: Poster sessions will not be presented in a virtual format.

Research-to-Practice Deep Dives

A 90 minute interactive learning experience. Half of the session will focus on presentation of research and resulting implementable strategies, and the other half of the session will bring together facilitators and fellow attendees for experiential learning opportunities focused on enacting the research.

Teacher Slam

A 60 minute, fast-paced, dynamic session with up to 7 speakers; each presenter is working in the classroom and has 8-minutes to cover 8 slides on a single topic. The Call for Proposals for Teacher Slam presentations has been extended through November 17!

Convention Workshop

A half- or full-day deep dive into a particular topic, strategy, or idea. Please note: Convention workshops each require an additional registration fee and are not included in general registration.


Kentucky International Convention Center
221 South Fourth Street, Louisville, KY 40202


March 01, 2023
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Add to Calendar 2023-03-01 07:00:00 2023-03-01 20:30:00 CEC 2023 Convention & Expo Kentucky International Convention Center 221 South Fourth Street Louisville, KY 40202 United States Council for Exceptional Children America/New_York public

I'm submitting a proposal. How do I know which session format to choose?

The session formats you can choose from are based on the number of presenters and the content focus of your proposal (primarily presenting research or primarily presenting practice/strategies). Please carefully consider the content of your presentation and which presentation formats could work well to deliver the information.

Accepted proposals will be slotted as one of these formats by the Program Advisory Committee (PAC), based on the content of the presentation and how it might complement, align or combine with others (i.e. a multi-presentation session) to create a dynamic education program for 2023 Convention Attendees. A limited number of slots for each session format will be available. The chances of having your proposal accepted increases substantially by selecting all of the available format options so that the PAC members have the option to incorporate your presentation into the program in a variety of ways.

Last Updated:  9 November, 2022

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