ArizonaCEC/ArizonaCASE 2023 Virtual State Conference

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ArizonaCEC/ArizonaCASE 2023 Virtual State Conference

Announcing the 2023 Virtual AZCEC/AZCASE Annual Conference on February 14, 15,16. 202. New & exciting topics! Easy-to-use virtual format!

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About this event

  • 2 days 5 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

Power Up!

Power Up! Our theme says it all! Its time to Power Up our teaching skill set, Power Up our classroom management, and Power Up ourselves through self-care.

This virtual conference focuses on issues facing all special educators, general educators, principals and related service providers! Our virtual format allows for more keynote presentations and participants can attend more sessions and follow up with recordings of those missed. Help us recognize excellence by viewing the AWARD presentations to deserving students and leaders in special education. Don't forget to check out our vendors and sponsors who help support this conference. Our vendors are providing raffle prizes and gift cards to participants who can earn points by visiting booths and sessions.

Three Great Keynote Speakers!

Tuesday Feb 14 - "Preventing Reading Failure: The Importance of Explicit, Foundational Skill Instruction for ALL Students"

  • Barbara Steinburg -An elementary teacher for more than ten years, Barbara witnessed so many smart, capable, hard working students struggle with basic reading skills. Feeling ill-prepared to help these students, Barbara searched for answers as to why so many students were struggling and what she could do about it. Her search led her to graduate school, where Barbara studied language-based reading disabilities. When Barbara learned that dyslexia is the most common reason smart, capable students struggle with reading, she knew she needed to do something about it.

Tuesday, Feb 15 - "Are We Paying Enough Attention to Cognitive Load When Designing and Delivering Instruction for Students with Disabilities? (Probably Not – But We Should!)"

  • Michael J. Kennedy is Professor of Special Education in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia. Before completing his Ph.D. at the University of Kansas, he was a high school special education teacher for six years and an elementary level teacher for three years. Kennedy’s research interests focus on the intersection of teacher quality and professional learning, learning needs of students with disabilities, and use of multimedia. Kennedy created multimedia-based interventions to support pre- and in-service teachers' knowledge and implementation of evidence-based practices including Content Acquisition Podcasts (CAPs), which are instructional vignettes intended to support teachers’ knowledge and readiness to implement evidence-based and high-leverage practices. These High-Leverage Practices video series and accompanying multimedia modules are known and used around the world to support professional learning.

Thursday, Feb 16 -"Optimism, Resilience, and You"

  • Ben Springer has worked professionally as a teacher, autism specialist, school psychologist, and director of special education. Currently, Ben works as the director of Special Education in Wasatch County School District and manages Totem PD, a professional learning company focusing on practical, ready-to-use tools for educators. Psychologist. Ben is also the author of the popular book, "Happy Kids Don't Punch You in the Face" and has just released a new book for parents called, "GPS: Good Parenting Strategies: The No-Guilt Survival Guide for Parents During the Pandemic and Beyond."

Breakout Sessions

  • Check out the many special interest breakout sessions to be presented on each day of the conference! Sessions will be recorded and conference attendees will have access to videos after the conference dates.
  • Watch for the session schedule for download!
  • Each day we will honor the student "I Can Do It" award winners, and the individuals nominated and selected for the AZCEC and AZCASE Awards.

Vendors and Sponsors

  • Yes, you can still talk with vendors!
  • Vendor Showcase! 1:30 -2:00 each day!
  • Visit the exhibitor hall, live chat with our vendors and view vendor materials. Raffle prizes and gift cards are available!

Network with Your Peers

  • Our virtual format allows you to network and connect with your peers across the state on the Social Wall!

Annual Meetings of Arizona CEC, Arizona CASE, Arizona DEBH

  • The Annual Membership Meetings for the three organizations will be held on Feb 16 at 6:30 PM. All CEC members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Nominations for 2023 -2024 board positions for all three organizations will be accepted at this meeting.

Conference Schedule

The 2023 ArizonaCEC/ArizonaCASE Virtual Annual Conference will be held over three consecutive days, Feb 14, 15, 16, 2023. The general conference schedule for each day is shown below.

  • 1:30 - 2:00 PM Vendor Showcase
  • 2:00 - 3:15 PM Breakout Sessions 1
  • 3:15 - 3:30 PM Break/Vendor Visits
  • 3:30 - 3:45 PM Membership and Awards Presentations
  • 3:45 - 5:00 PM Keynote Presentation
  • 5:00 - 5:15 PM Break/Vendor Visits
  • 5:15 - 6:30 PM Breakout Sessions 2
  • 6:30 PM Vendor Happy Hour/Annual Meeting