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CEC 2021 Convention & Expo
Online Event
Mar. 8, 2021 - Mar. 13, 2021

Justification Toolkit

“If you are a professional in the field of special education, the CEC Convention is a must-attend event. You will not find another conference with a variety of hot topics in the field of special education with such high-quality presenters anywhere. The excitement of so many professionals in one setting is contagious and the networking opportunities with like-minded professionals is invaluable in my work. I always leave the CEC Convention energized, rejuvenated, and armed with a full toolbox that cannot be replicated anywhere.”

At CEC 2021, the focus will be on special educators with a single goal: making a difference for children with exceptionalities. Whatever your role—general or special education teacher, district administrator, principal, teacher educator, teacher in training, or paraprofessional—you can drive educator and student success by attending CEC 2021.

Attending the CEC 2021 Convention & Expo will allow you to:

  • Keep your fingers on the pulse of trends, hot topics, and emerging practices in special education.
  • Gain insights from leading special education experts to help make your practice better.
  • Get great ideas to use in your classroom as you connect with educators practicing in different settings from around the world.
  • Choose from over 350 sessions across all topics of education related concerns.
  • Earn up to 23 professional development hours by attending sessions Wednesday – Saturday. If you only have a day to attend, you can earn up to 6 hours.
  • Enhance your convention experience by visiting the Expo and the Technology Playground. You will experience new technology offered by vendors and can see it in action in the technology playground.
  • And, so much more!

Design your own experience by checking out sessions in these topic areas. Session information will be updated in August. Be sure to check back frequently.

  • Accountability Systems (IDEA/ESSA) for Children and Youth with Disabilities
  • Administration/Supervision (including recruitment and retention of special education and early childhood professionals)
  • Arts in Special Education
  • Assessment (including assessments for accountability (IDEA/ESSA), diagnosis, eligibility, and program planning)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder/Intellectual Disability
  • Career Development/Transition
  • Collaboration and Inclusive Practices (including models for co-teaching and other methods for providing access to the general education curriculum and classroom)
  • Communicative Disabilities and Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Cultural and/or Linguistic Diversity (including culture, language, race/ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, disability, families and/or educators with disabilities)
  • Early Childhood and Early Intervention
  • Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
  • Gifted and Talented
  • International Programs/Services
  • Learning Disabilities (including instructional strategies for students “at risk” or with learning disabilities.)
  • Maltreatment
  • Measuring Special Education Teacher Effectiveness (including High-Leverage Practices)
  • Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS)
  • Parent/Family/School Partnerships
  • Personnel Preparation (including High-Leverage Practices)
  • Complex and Chronic Conditions:
    • Physical/Health/Multiple Disabilities
  • Pioneers/Historical Perspectives
  • Public Policy
  • Research
  • Starting the Teaching Career
  • STEM (instructional strategies for learning in science, math, and technical subjects)
  • Technology in Special Education and Early Intervention (including Adaptive and Assistive Technology)
  • Visual Impairments and Deafblindness

Calculate your cost to attend.

We’re here to help you get support from your principal or administrator to attend CEC 2021 in Baltimore. You can customize the following draft “justification letter” to make the case for your attendance.

  • Emphasize impact. Attending CEC2021 will benefit you as an educator, the students you serve, your colleagues, and ultimately your school. Talk about the new ideas and strategies you will discover that are based on solid research and academia.
  • Highlight the savings. Your school or district can save money while investing in professional development for individual teachers or entire teams. BEST RATE savings are in effect through July 31, 2020. There are more savings for volunteers.
  • Stress the connection. Make sure you explain that your attendance will help you meet knowledge requirements of your school or state. You can earn up to 23 PDHs over four days (three days with possible six hours + one day with five hours).
  • You can direct your own learning and design the program that meets your specific needs—and enrich your colleagues’ knowledge as well.
  • Highlight the opportunity to learn firsthand from experts delivering the Optional Workshops presentation/materials. They are a great way to enhance your professional development at the convention―please note that additional fees are required. See the following page for a sample Justification Letter you can personalize and use.
CEC 2021 Justification Letter Example

CEC has negotiated great rates for CEC 2021 in Baltimore! Housing will open on or before June 1, 2020. Here is a sneak peak at some of the hotels:

Hilton Hotel (HQ) connected to the Baltimore Convention Center $209
Hyatt Regency $165
Holiday Inn Inner Harbor $139
Days Inn Inner Harbor $139
Sheraton Inner Harbor $169
Renaissance $191
Marriott Waterfront $191



Mar. 8, 2021 - Mar. 13, 2021
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Carol Serrano
Convention Director

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