CEC Annual Convention and Expo 2013
San Antonio, Texas

CEC's Policy and Advocacy Team's presence at convention brings a packed agenda filled with hot topics from Washington, D.C., policy insights, and the opportunity to find out more about how you can participate in CEC's advocacy efforts. Below is the CEC Policy and Advocacy team's schedule of events for the 2013 Annual Convention and Expo as well as links to the resources and presentations available at convention. Contact us with any questions by emailing 

General Resources:

CEC's Public Policy Agenda for the 113th Congress 

CEC's Recommendations for the Reauthorization of the Education Sciences Reform Act

Federal Budget 101: What You Need to Know

CEC's Position on Special Education Teacher Evaluation Packet

CEC's Presentation from the Policy and Advocacy Pre Convention Workshop

Schedule for CEC 2013 Annual Convention and Expo 

  • All Week – CEC’s Legislative Action Center: Come by CEC’s Legislative Action Center in CEC Central to learn more about the 113th Congress, CEC’s policy initiatives and the advocacy that you can do on behalf of children and youth with disabilities, their families and the professionals who work with them!

  • Thursday, April 4 – Inclusion, Equality and Opportunity: Join Michael Yudin, Acting Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services and learn about vision and priorities for achieving inclusion, equity and opportunity for all individuals.  

  • Thursday, April 4 – Update from the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER): NCSER Commissioner, Dr. Deborah Speece, will share how the federal government has invested in special education research and plans for future research initiatives. 
  • Friday, April 5 - What’s Happening in Washington Session: Hear from Debbie Speece, NCSER Commissioner, as well as Melody Musgrove, Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs, in an interview with CEC’s policy staff.  CEC’s policy team will also give updates on current initiatives and policy discussions happening in Washington, and share CEC’s perspective. 
  • Saturday, April 6 Global Special Education: Where Have We Come From, Where Are We Going?: Come learn more about major trends in global special needs education, focusing on the vital United Nations Conventions, Resolutions and international initiatives.
  • Saturday, April 6 – The Policy Behind Education Research: CEC’s Recommendations for the Education Sciences Reform Act (ESRA): In 2013, CEC approved its recommendations to Congress for the reauthorization of ESRA. Come hear from leaders in special education research about these recommendations as well as the importance and impact of the legislation on the field. 
  • Saturday, April 6 - Special Education in the Past, Present and Future: U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs Director Melody Musgrove will share information on the current status of special education, its history and initiatives within the Department.

  • Saturday, April 6 – CEC’s Position on Special Education Teacher Evaluation: Current Local Efforts, Issues to Consider and Recommendations for Fairness: Join CEC’s Policy Team as well as experts in the field for a conversation about CEC’s new Position on Special Education Teacher Evaluation, the policy discussions and climate that lead to its creation and examples for you how you can use the Position to advocate for strong meaningful evaluation systems in your schools.