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CEC 2013 Annual Convention And Expo
 
San Antonio, Texas
4/3/2013 - 4/6/2013

 

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Wednesday, 03 April 2013Collapse
 
Registration fee covers the Opening General Session on Wednesday, April 3, 5:00-6:30 p.m. and sessions on Thursday, April 4 through Saturday, April 6, 2013 (more than 800+ professional sessions included)

4/3/2013 - 4/6/2013
PRESENTER REGISTRATION fee covers the Opening General Session on Wednesday, April 3, 5:00-6:30 p.m. and sessions on Thursday, April 4 through Saturday, April 6, 2013..

4/3/2013 - 4/6/2013
8:10 AM
The Winston School San Antonio 8565 Ewing Halsell San Antonio, TX 78229-3718 Departs: 8:10 a.m. Returns: Noon Actual Program: 8:30-10:00 a.m. and 10:15-11:45 a.m. Tour Capacity: 20 Focus: Learning Disabilities; Emotional and Behavioral Disorders; Instructional Design and Strategies; Research Description: The mission of the Winston School San Antonio is to provide a personalized, college preparatory education for students with high potential and identified learning differences. A Winston School graduate is confident, well-rounded, and a lifelong self-advocate. Visitors will learn about the school's specialized approach to learning for all students where the focus is on hope and achievement, self-esteem, social and organizational skills, as well as academics and consistent reinforcement for positive behavior. Web site: www.winston-sa.org

8:10 AM - 12:00 PM
8:10 AM
The Nellie Reddix Center 4711 Sid Katz San Antonio, TX 78229 Departs: 8:10 a.m. Returns: Noon Actual Program: 8:30-10:00 a.m. and 10:15-11:45 a.m. Tour Capacity: 20 Focus: Career Development/Transition Description: The Nellie Reddix Center is a one-of-a-kind school located in the Medical Center area of the Northside Independent School District (NISD). Housed at the Reddix Center are a number of NISD special education support programs as well as vocational and habilitation classes. Visitors will tour the Center and learn about these programs and classes. Web site: www.nisd.net/reddixww/

8:10 AM - 12:00 PM
9:00 AM
This institute will provide special educators with the most current information about the use of physical restraint and seclusion procedures with students. The presenters will provide an overview of the current status of federal and state policies, discuss ethical and practice issues, propose preventative and alternative procedures including de-escalation which could prevent the need for the use of restraint or seclusion, and suggest policy guidelines for schools and districts.

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) or share with neighbors as class profiling and goal selection act as a catalyst for exploring how apps, accessibility features, and the integration of the iPad with external devices (switches, interactive whiteboards) can provide multiple means of representation, expression and engagement for ALL in collaborative, inclusive learning environments. Accessibility features of iOS 6 along with new apps and class examples will be highlighted. An update on our action research -iPads for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder will be shared. Time will be allotted for audience "Inclusioneers" to share apps, accessibility tips/tricks used for "inclusioneering" of their classrooms for student success.

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM
Competition, Privatization, Funding and New Accountability Systems? What Every Educator Needs To Know About the Changes Coming to Special Education Policy (Half-Day) Leaders: Deborah Ziegler, Lindsay Jones, and Kimberly Hymes, Council for Exceptional Children, Arlington, VA

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
9:00 AM
Workshop 15 (1/2 day)--Implementing Tiered Instruction for Preschoolers With Diverse Abilities. Leader: Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, Kent State University, OH Planning effective learning opportunities for young children with diverse abilities can be a challenge, particularly with increasing pressures around Kindergarten readiness. This half-day workshop will provide guidance on how to plan and implement effective and intentional teaching sequences across daily routines and activities. Participants will increase their skills in identifying "who needs to learn what," delivering developmentally appropriate instructional opportunities, and engaging in differentiated performance monitoring efforts.

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
9:00 AM
Workshop 16--The Highly Engaged Inclusive Classroom: Practical Strategies to Boost Student Achievement and Motivation Leader: Susan Hentz, Susan Hentz & Associates, Sarasota, FL In this fast-paced workshop, the presenter will share practical strategies, tools, and ideas for creating a highly engaging classroom where every student is an active learner. Learn successful techniques to motivate your students, maintain their involvement, and improve their achievement. From super-charged warm-up ideas to dynamic exit activities, you'll recieve countless tips, tools, and strategies for creating the kind of learning environment that encourages students to listen, participate, and be fully engaged. You will leave with no-cost/low-cost ideas to positively impact students, along with the inspiration to fully engage every learner in your classroom.

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM
Attend this workshop and learn about the processes and procedures for implementing the assessment and instructional components of the Life Centered Education curriculum, a motivating and effective classroom, home, and community-based curriculum designed to prepare students to function independently and productively. This in-depth and comprehensive life skills curriculum, aligned with the Common Core State Standards, identifies three critical domains for adult living in the 21st century - daily living skills, self determination and interpersonal skills, and employment skills. It incorporates 94 life skills and competencies, with differentiated lesson plans and objectives for each one. Leader: Pat Burch, Framington, MO

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM
To be successful, the teacher and paraeducator must view themselves as a team and partners in the educational process. This workshop will present an overview of effective teamwork with a focus on paraeducator and teacher teams. Topics will include creating a positive environment, building a foundation for effective communication, role clarification, time management strategies, goal setting, and team leadership. Additional topics will include effective communication and meeting techniques, problem solving, and dealing with different personalities found in a work environment. Strategies to build trust and improved communication will be addressed including ethical guidelines for effective communication. Leader: Kent Gerlach, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM
In this educator-friendly workshop, attendees will be equipped to do what works to create a healthy and positive classroom learning environment. Attendees will come away with doable strategies to establish the positive classroom culture they envision and to keep it going all year. Attendees who apply the content of this workshop will experience reduced teacher stress, improved teacher job satisfaction, and more time to teach. Their students will see improved academic engaged time, academic success, and greater social and emotional well-being. Culturally responsive classroom management practices and strategies for differentiating to meet diverse student needs will be emphasized. Leader: Gregory J. Benner, University of Tacoma, Washington

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM
The CEC Program Developer Workshop assists individuals developing CEC Preparation Program Recognition Reports. Participants have the opportunity to interact with colleagues and the consultants and learn the components of a performance-based teacher preparation program. All participants completing the workshop will receive What Every Special Educator Must Know: Ethics Standards and Guidelines, the CEC Program Developer Resource manual, and .6 CEC Continuing education units. Leader: Joni Baldwin, University of Dayton, Ohio

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM
The CEC Preparation Program Review Report Reviewer Workshop is designed to assist individuals preparing to become a CEC Preparation Program Reviewer. Participants learn to review CEC Preparation Program Recognition Reports on the preparation of special education professionals and to prepare CEC Program Review Reports. Principles for and examples of performance-based program review, strategies for efficiently reviewing reports, and examples and strategies for successfully writing the sections of the CEC Program Recognition Review will be presented and discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with colleagues and the consultant. All participants completing the workshop will receive What Every Special Educator Must Know: Ethics Standards and Guidelines, the CEC Program Developer Resource manual, and .6 CEC Continuing education units. Leader: Christy Hooser, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM
Using the national work of both presenters, this engaging workshop will provide practical strategies for those in leadership roles related to co-teaching: from developing a collaborative culture, to scheduling, to staffing, to the use of technology, to classroom observations, to data collection of outcomes. Be prepared to laugh and learn. If co-teaching partners lack the co-planning, shared instruction, and differentiated practice that is supposed to be the hallmark of effective co-teaching, it is unlikely that any real change will be seen for students with or without disabilities. Those in positions to support co-teachers need to ensure that co-teachers are engaged in those collaborative activities that distinguish co-teaching from the type of traditional instruction that has not been effective in meeting students' needs in the past. This workshop will provide practical strategies for those in leadership roles related to co-teaching by presenting them in a clear, engaging, and co-taught format. Leader: Lisa Dieker, University of Central Florida, Orlando; Wendy Murawski, California State University, Northridge

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
12:45 PM
The Brighton Center 14207 Higgins Road San Antonio, TX 78217 Departs: 12:45 p.m. Returns: 3:30 p.m. Actual Program: 1:15-3:00 p.m. Tour Capacity: 20 Focus: Early Childhood; Developmental Disabilities; Parent/Family/School Partnerships Description: Founded in 1966, the mission of the Brighton Center is to provide family and community education and developmental services to children (ages birth to 22) with disabilities or delays, empowering them to achieve their individual potential and making them successful in every community. The overall objective of Brighton Center is to improve the quality of life for children with disabilities accomplished through Brighton School's four major programs including Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) services, Bright Beginnings Child Development Center, the Parent Alliance for Learning and Support (PALS) program, and Precious Minds, New Connections (PMNC) parenting program. Visitors will tour the facility and learn about the various programs. Web site: www.brightonSA.org

12:45 PM - 3:30 PM
1:00 PM
Many students with intellectual and developmental disabilities struggle with reading and writing, particularly those students who experience challenges with short- and long-term retention and generalization skills. This workshop will focus on four evidence-based strategies, including errorless teaching, mastery-based learning, positive reinforcement, and multisensory teaching, and apply those strategies to teaching reading and language arts. Examples from two programs the lead presenter has authored, the PCI Reading Program and Environmental Print Series, will be provided. Participants will learn how to apply these strategies within any reading or language arts curriculum and leave with several hands-on activities to use in the classroom. Leader: Jill L. Haney, PCI Education, San Antonio, TX

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
1:00 PM
The Student Inventory for Behavior Support (SIBS) helps determine supports for behavioral challenged students. Intensity of behavior is described with graphs and frequency of teacher intervention. The data helps decide level of support required on a continuum from accommodations to Paraeducator help. SIBS assists administrators to allocate resources more effectively. Leader: John Caliso, Winsor Learning, St. Paul, MN

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
1:00 PM
Many students with developmental disabilities never develop the most basic writing skills. This presentation brings together 15 years of work focused on methods that help these students learn to write. Workshop participants will focus on : (1) the first scientifically-based writing curriculum for students with developmental disabilities; (2) a new writing scale sensitive enough to detect the smallest writing growth undetectable by other methods; and (3) new writing technology funded by an NIH grant that supports the writing process while collecting formative and summative data for progress monitoring. Attendees will hear case examples and see writing samples and results from our research with 150+ student participants with autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, and speech and severe physical impairments. Leader: Janet Sturm, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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8:00 AM
Single Day Convention Registration - Thursday, April 4

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
8:15 AM
Site Visit 3: Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children 603 E. Hildebrand Avenue San Antonio, TX 78212 Departs: 8:15 a.m. Returns: 10:15 a.m. Actual Program: 8:30-10:00 a.m. Tour Capacity: 20 Focus: Communicative Disabilities and Deafness; Technology and Media Description: Founded in 1947 because of a mother's love, the Sunshine Cottage has improved the lives of children who are deaf and hard of hearing by giving them the necessary skills to learn in a rich auditory-oral environment. Visitors will learn about the school which is a center for hearing and speech. The Center promotes listening and spoken language through programs that help children utilize state-of-the-art technology to communicate naturally and effectively with intelligible speech, using residual hearing without the use of sign language. In addition to providing the very best early identification and intervention services for infants, birth to three years of age, Sunshine Cottage offers a comprehensive day-school program for children, preschool through fifth grade, with state-of-the-art educational and hearing technology. Classes are taught by master-level educators, certified in deaf-education. Web site: www.sunshinecottage.org

8:15 AM - 10:15 AM
9:30 AM
Site Visit 4: Morgan's Wonderland* 5223 David Edwards Drive San Antonio, TX 78233 Departs: 9:30 a.m. Returns: 2:30 p.m. Actual Program: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. *A box lunch is included in the ticket price. Tour Capacity: 100 Focus: Collaboration and Inclusive Practices Description: In 2009, this ultra-accessible 25-acre family fun park began as a dream of what an inclusive park could be. It became a reality thanks to philanthropist Gordon Hartman, whose daughter Morgan has special needs. His vision was to create an environment for inclusion and understanding, where those needing a safe place to relax and enjoy the outdoors with family and caregivers would find an oasis. Visitors will go behind the scenes of this one-of-a-kind family fun park and then experience the wonders of Morgan's Wonderland. Web site: www.morganswonderland.com

9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
10:00 AM
Site Visit 5: TEAMability Learning Center (TLC) 1711 N. Trinity San Antonio, TX 78201 Departs: 10:00 a.m. Returns: 12:30 p.m. Actual Program: 10:30 a.m.-Noon Tour Capacity: 20 Focus: Physical/Health/Multiple Disabilities; Parent/Family/School Partnerships Description: TEAMability was recently showcased on national television and is currently the only one of its kind in the nation. The mission of TLC is to ensure that children with severe multiple disabilities have the opportunity to benefit from therapeutic educational intervention to participate actively in life. The Center is dedicated to serving only children with severe multiple disabilities and their families with a focus on children with a combination of profound motor, cognitive, and sensory impairments. Visitors will learn how TEAMability advocates for and uses a collaborative team evaluative and intervention process that involves the child, parent/caregiver, and members of a transdisciplinary team. Web site: www.teamability.org

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Friday, 05 April 2013Collapse
 
8:00 AM
Single Day Convention Registration - Friday, April 5

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:30 AM
Site Visit 6: Morgan's Wonderland 5223 David Edwards Drive San Antonio, TX 78233 Departs: 9:30 a.m. Returns: 2:30 p.m. Actual Program: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. *A box lunch is included in the ticket price. Tour Capacity: 100 Focus: Collaboration and Inclusive Practices Description: In 2009, this ultra-accessible 25-acre family fun park began as a dream of what an inclusive park could be. It became a reality thanks to philanthropist Gordon Hartman, whose daughter Morgan has special needs. His vision was to create an environment for inclusion and understanding, where those needing a safe place to relax and enjoy the outdoors with family and caregivers would find an oasis. Visitors will go behind the scenes of this one-of-a-kind family fun park and then experience the wonders of Morgan's Wonderland. *A box lunch is included in the ticket price. Web site: www.morganswonderland.com

9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Saturday, 06 April 2013Collapse
 
8:00 AM
Single Day Convention Registration - Saturday, April 6

8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
10:30 AM
Honor the Best of the Best at the Teacher of the Year Brunch Special educators who go the extra mile deserve to be recognized for their efforts and accomplishments. CEC's Teacher of the Year Brunch honors several truly remarkable special education teachers each year. You'll be inspired by the teachers' stories while you enjoy a sumptuous meal and the conviviality of colleagues and friends.

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM