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. 

2018_Board-Meetings.jpegJoin any of our Open Board Meetings to get to see how we are working to improve outcome for our special education students, educators, and families. Must be a member of the Council for Exceptional Children - apply online. All meeting in downtown Phoenix at 424 S. 2nd Street, Suite 105, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Contact us for map and parking.

  • Nov 17/18 @ 9-12pm
  • Jan 12/19 @ 9-12pm
  • Feb 9/19 @ 9-12pm
  • Mar 1/19 @ 4pm Annual General Meeting @ Black Canyon Conference Center 
  • Apr 27/19 Annual Planning Retreat @ 9-3pm @ Tucson, AZ
  • June 1/19 Retreat Follow Up @ 9-3pm


December 7, 2018  |  8:30am - 4:00pm  |  CBT @ Mesa Student Services Center

SOLD OUT. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is one the of the most effective and empirically supported interventions to address these needs. This workshop on "School-based applications of cognitive-behavioral therapy to understand and address internalizing problems" will provide accessible and practical information on implementing basic CBT therapy strategies in a K-12 setting for children who exhibit internalizing problems such as anxiety, selective mutism, phobias, trauma and stressor-related disorders, mood disorders and depression. Learning objectives and information on Dr. Sulkowski is included in the Registration link. 



January 18, 2019  |  8:30am - 4:30pm  |  Principals @ Metrotech High School

Download Registration. Spend a day with lawyers from Udall Shumway as they explain special education and disability laws and how they apply to decisions you make every day in school. Anyone making discipline decisions must know the difference between IDEA, Section 504, ARS and ADE rules/regs as they apply to K12 students in public, charter, residential and detention/corrections school settings.


February 28, 2019  |  7:30am - 2:30pm  |  #SED19 @ Arizona State Capitol

Register Soon. Join us as we educate, enlighten and engage our elected representatives at our State Capitol. Your education will begin before stepping foot in the Capital as we share special education issue briefs, tips on contacting and setting up meetings with your representative and info on what to expect at education hearings your are welcome to attend.


March 1, 2019  |  8:30am - 4:00pm  |  State Conference @ Black Canyon Conference Center

See our State Conference page this fall for registration information and details on our Keynote speaker, sessions, vendors and annual awards!


April 27, 2019  |  8:30am - 3:30pm  |  Retreat @ Casa McPherson in Tucson

Register Soon. Be a part of transforming special education in Arizona with your friendly colleagues in the Arizona Council for Exceptional Children, Council for Administrators of Special Education, Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders, and Division for Early Childhood. Help us plan events and activities for 2019-2020!


May 29, 2019  |  8:30am - 3:30pm  |  Threading the Needle @ Littleton Elementary School District 

Register Soon. Be the first to hear about new laws, rules and regulations coming out of the state legislature or the Arizona Department of Education that impact special education students, teachers or service providers. Get ready for next year! 


July 7-10, 2019  |  Join AZ in DC  |  #SELS2019 @ Washington, DC  


Register Here. This is not your typical “sit and get” event! The summit enables you to take action. First, you will be doing some pre-conference work through conference calls, email groups, etc., in preparation for making your appointments for Hill visits. You will be briefed on the latest proposals under consideration by the US Department of Education and Congress. Then, you will work in collaborative state teams to craft messages and stories that will resonate with policymakers. Most importantly, you will hit the halls of Congress on Capitol Hill meeting your Senators and Representative. This is a fast-paced, action-oriented experience that will leave you knowing that YOU can make a difference! Read more...


2019-2020  | #SEDA |  Special Education Directors Academy

Download Brochure - Contact us to get on the wait list!

Expert training, coaching and mentoring for Public/Charter/Private school special education directors or administrators. The purpose of the Academy is to assist new directors in the management of special education programs within their schools, while ensuring that the rights of students with disabilities and their parents are protected. The focus is on the core information that special education directors must know to be successful during their initial months of employment and throughout the school year.

The Academy was SOLD OUT in 2018 but will meet again across the 2019-2020 school year. Five sessions meet for 8-days during the upcoming school year - see brochure for details of session topics and content. Fees include membership in CEC and SEAA, three local conferences and mentoring from experienced directors. Seats and mentors are limited! 

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