Throughout the year, AzCEC and our partner divisions and chapters offer opportunities for learning, collaborating, networking and professional growth. Join us in being the Voice and Vision of Special Education. 

Principal's Institute - January 26, 2018

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Presenters: Denise Lowell-Britt and others from the Law Firm of Udall Shumway PLC.
The goal of this Principals Institute is to provide legal information and practical advice to help principals, building administrators charter school directors & others in their daily work with students. 

Sessions will focus on:
  • Legally defensible ways to improve services and reduce liability risks
  • Legal updates – recent court cases that impact your decisions
  • Top 10 critical things a principal needs to know about Section 504
  • Q & A – Bring your questions to ask a panel of legal experts
  • Hot topics in disability issues for schools

Trauma Informed Practices for Schools - January 31, 2018

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This is an encore presentation of our sold out event in October 2017. Register early to learn about 
Trauma Informed Practices and interventions for behavior, school, families, and students

One out of three children in the United States will experience at least one traumatic event by age 16.  These experiences frequently elicit a traumatic stress response, which can impact students’ learning, behavior, formation of relationships, and accomplishment of developmental tasks. The goal of this one-day training is to equip participants with the knowledge of the impact of trauma on the development and behavior of children and youth and the skills to help traumatized students thrive. Activities in this training will help participants to integrate trauma informed practices into the school culture and provide a supportive learning environment for students. 

A Special Education Day at the State Capitol - February 1, 2018

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Ignite your passion, energy and advocacy for Special Education by joining a select group of educators for A Special Education Day at the State Capitol. Learn how to let your State Representatives know what children and youth with exceptionalities, and educators, need to succeed. We’ll prepare you to advocate in a meaningful way, connect you with other passionate educators from our state, and guide you to make appointments with the locally elected legislator from your home district. Once you are at the State Capitol, you will have the opportunity to speak with your representative and Stand Up for Special Education!

At this year’s Special Education Day, state policy and education experts will provide you with:

  • Briefings and insider perspectives that explain the critical issues facing special education and early intervention.
  • Coaching and practice sessions on delivering effective and compelling advocacy messages.
  • Strategies to share our messages and your students’ success stories with your local state representative.

Registration Closes December 1, 2017. In December you will receive emails and activities to help prepare you for the event. No cost for participation and training in this advocacy event. 


Chapter 588 - Crisis De-Escalation in the Classroom - February 24, 2018

February 24, 2018
9:00 - 12:00
Phoenix Metro Area 

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😡 SNAP! Trauma and crisis can happen at anytime in or out of school for students - be prepared and know how to respond. This workshop explains the different phases of crisis escalation and the appropriate adult response to de-escalate a student who is losing emotional control. Participants will practice effective de-escalation and personal safety techniques, discuss and practice how to avoid triggering a student, and learn how to talk a student through an incident that has occurred to encourage self-management skills in the future.

Presenter: Dr. Daniel Gulchak's passion is sharing the good news about bad behavior to build the capacity of educators and empower students to succeed. He specializes in school-wide systems change including Positive Behavior Interventions and Support, classroom and behavior management strategies, and leveraging technology to improve student behavior and academic achievement.


Annual State Conference - March 2, 2018

All the juicy details - including registration - on our Conference page. 


Annual Planning Retreat - May 5, 2018

Come one and all (CEC members only) to collaborate with colleagues to plan events and activities for 2018/2019. Help us evaluate our Strategic Plan and continue to move forward to advance our profession. Details will follow - be a part of the solution! Registration will open in the spring, after the Annual State Conference.