Upcoming Events


Event Calendar


AZCASE Annual Survivor’s Conference
Friday, August 29, 2014
Chandler Instructional Resource Center
500 W Galveston, Chandler, AZ
8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Registration Cost: $50
Do you know what you don’t know? Quick and helpful information that Directors, Coordinators, Lead Special Education Teachers, Charter Schools, and anyone responsible for special education programs needs to know!


Teacher Toolbox in Tucson: Teaching Diverse Learners in the 21st Century
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Flowing Wells Junior High
4545 North La Cholla Blvd, Tucson, AZ
Registration – 8:00-8:30AM Sessions 8:30 – 12:30 PM
Cost $40.00
AZCEC presents the 3nd Annual Teacher Toolbox in Tucson. In partnership with area school districts, AZCEC provides tips, tricks, and hands-on information that can be used by teachers on Monday morning. The focus of this Toolbox is using technology for instruction and results-based accountability. Watch for registration information coming soon!


Teacher Toolbox in Chandler: Teaching Diverse Learners in the 21st Century

October 18, 2014
Chandler High School
350 N. Arizona Ave.
Chandler, AZ
Registration – 8:00-8:30 AM Sessions 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
AZCEC presents the Annual Teacher Toolbox in Chandler. This Toolbox provides tips, tricks, and hands-on information that can be used by teachers on Monday morning. The focus of this Toolbox is using technology for instruction and results-based accountability. Watch for registration information coming soon!

AZCEC/AZCASE Online Book Study "Crucial Conversations"

October – December 2014
The conversations that special educators and administrators have with students, parents, teachers, and families influence the educational future of our students. The online format of this book study help educators learn a better way to have these tough conversations. Join this book study on "Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When the Stakes are High". Watch for registration information coming soon!

Executive Functioning
East Valley CEC Chapter
November 2014
More information to come!


Positive Approaches to Behavior and Behavior Strategies
December 6, 2014
AZCCBD presents Positive Approaches to Behavior and Behavioral Strategies.
This popular workshop is back! Quick tips for supporting challenging students in the classroom!
Watch for information to come!

January 2015

Special Topic Teacher Toolbox
Florence School District
This Special Topic Toolbox will provide information on a single topic that is of interest to special educators. Watch for more information to come.


Principal’s Guide to Special Education
February 3, 2015
Deer Valley School District
8:00 -3:00 PM
The Principal’s Guide to Surviving Special Education focuses on issues pertinent to principals and other
building administrators and covers what you need to know about special education to keep you out of trouble! This year’s keynote presenter is Denise Lowell-Britt, well-known expert in education law! Mark your calendar for this great event!

AZCEC/AZCASE Special 2 in 1 EVENT Annual Conference!
National CASE Hybrid Conference and the AZCEC/CASE Annual Conference together!

February 19-20, 2015
Black Canyon Conference Center
Phoenix, AZ

Building Bridges for Parents and Educators
East Valley CEC Chapter
February 2015

National CEC Convention
April 8-11, 2015
San Diego, CA

Annual Planning Meeting
May 30, 2015



AZCEC is the Arizona branch of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). CEC is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

Mailing Address AZCEC
2401 W. Dante Way
Tucson, AZ 85741

Join Now! Join online now using MasterCard, VISA, or Discover. To apply by phone, fax or mail, click here.

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

Identify the Signs of Communication Disorders During
Better Hearing and Speech Month
8%–9% of Children Suffer From Speech Disorders,
Many Parents Wait Too Long to Seek Treatment

May 1, 2014—With 8%–9% of young children suffering from speech disorders, May’s Better Hearing and Speech Month is the perfect time for parents to learn how to recognize the early signs of these disorders. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has information to assist parents to educate themselves through their Identify the Signs campaign. This campaign is designed to combat an overall lack of awareness about communication disorders—a major barrier to treatment for the more than 40 million total Americans who suffer.

Speech, language, and hearing disorders are among the most common disabilities in the United States. However, unlike many other disabilities, these disorders often are reversible and even preventable with early intervention. Unfortunately, many parents do not recognize the first signs of these disorders. In young children, early treatment can help prevent them from falling behind academically, socially, and in other key areas at a critical time in their development.

In children, parents should watch for the following signs of speech and language disorders:

Does not interact socially (infancy and older)
Does not follow or understand what you say (starting at 1 year)
Says only a few sounds or words or makes only a few gestures (18 months to 2 years)
Says words that are not easily understood (18 months to 2 years)
Does not combine words (starting at 2 years)
Struggles to say sounds or words (3 to 4 years)

For further information, and other resources, visit or the Arizona Speech-Language-Hearing Association at or (602) 354-8062.



The Annual Meetings for AZCEC and AZCASE will be held on February 28, 2014 at 4:00 PM immediately following the Annual Conference at the Black Canyon Conference Center, Phoenix, AZ. All CEC and CASE members are invited to attend.  The agenda for this meeting will be sent out to all members and will be posted during the Annual Conference. 

Business items include: 

  1. Review of Minutes from last Annual Meeting
  2. Review of financial standing for the year
  3. Election of officers
  4. Other items of business for the membership to consider


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The look is different but the workshops and services that AZCEC brings to you is better than ever! AZCEC is updating its website to make is easier for you to get the information that you need!

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