Dear Colleagues,

I want to share with you some of the highlights of our upcoming California CEC conference: Teachers Connecting Through CEC: You’re Not Alone! this Friday & Saturday, October 11 & 12, in Burlingame, CA.

The all-day Friday workshop will feature Dr. Michael Kennedy presenting: Identification, Implementation, and Assessment of High-Leverage Practices for Special Education Teachers.

Our Saturday keynote address will be presented by Dr. Sara Werner Jaurez and Dr. Alicia Brown Becton.  They will be speaking on Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, Secondary Trauma, and Self-Care for Special Education Teachers. I think all of us will be able to benefit from the message that they will share with us.


   Keynote Information


Some of the workshop sessions include:

  • Transition to Adulthood: Increasing Independence and Employability Utilizing Evidence-Based Strategies
  • Hard Questions vs Hard Test
  • The What and How of Teaching Teachers to Teach Reading
  • Building Social Skills through Behavior Skills Training and Video Modeling
  • Stop the Clock: Maximizing Credit Recovery for Students with Disabilities
  • Improving Outcomes for Students with Disabilities who are English Learners
  • AND many more


Some of the poster presentations include:

  • Best Practices to Support Foster Youth with Special Needs
  • Navigating and Negotiating the IEP Process for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families
  • Strengthening Special Education Teams – Teachers and Paraeducators Support One Another
  • An Examination of Highly Inclusive Education that Promotes Positive Outcomes for Students with Disabilities
  • Supporting, Assessing and Reclassifying English Language Learners in Special Education
  • AND many more


One of the major highlights of our conference is the Yes I Can Awards!! presentation to students with disabilities for their outstanding achievements.  This year awards will be given to students in the areas of Academics & Self-Advocacy.

I hope you will be able to join us for some great professional development, to meet the outstanding award recipients, and collaborate with others in the field of special education.



Carolyn Nunes, President

California Council for Exceptional Children