General Sessions 2016

General Sessions

For the first time ever, CEC 2016 will feature three—that’s right, three!—general sessions. These exciting, big-picture sessions will bring thousands of special, gifted, and general educators together as a community around thought-provoking themes and speakers.

Opening General Session

Temple_GrandinWednesday, April 13, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Are you ready to kick off CEC 2016? We are too! Don’t miss the Opening General Session, Wednesday, April 13, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Not only will you receive a warm welcome from the CEC President and celebrate the CEC Professional Award recipients, you’ll hear from Dr. Temple Grandin, a role model and inspiration to hundreds of thousands of educators, families and persons with autism, who will join the CEC community as our Opening General Session Keynote Speaker. Backed by her personal experience and evidence-based research, Dr. Grandin will share her valuable insights on how others with autism can meet obstacles and improve the quality of their lives and offer useful do’s and don’ts for educators.


Second General Session

Thursday, April 14, 8:00-9:00 a.m.

LEAD “Hey, Mom!  I’ve Got ADHD and a Couple of F’s”
What do you get when you take a group of high school students, teach them the science behind their learning disabilities, help them build the confidence necessary to refuse any stigma associated with those disabilities and turn them into advocates?  You get LEADers!  Join students from the Learning and Educating About Disabilities (LEAD) program to learn how they educate their peers and the public about the social, emotional and educational aspects of learning disabilities. Don’t miss this discussion of how the LEADers have empowered themselves to be the drivers of their academic achievement and transition to college, and how you can establish similar opportunities for students in your community.  Watch the LEADersvideo.


Third General Session

sesasme street session

Friday, April 15, 8:00-9:00 a.m.

Sesame Street: See Amazing In All Children
Every child in his or her lifetime will meet someone who has autism and Sesame Street is perfectly positioned to spread a message of respect, understanding and kindness to all children and to remind us all that everyone has unique qualities and talents that make the world an interesting place. That’s why we created Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children, a nationwide initiative aimed at families and communities. Developed with input from people with autism, parents, and autism service providers, Sesame Street and Autism fosters an affirming narrative around autism for all families and kids. CEC is pleased to be a partner with Sesame Street in the development and dissemination of this initiative. Join us to learn how you and others can utilize free tools designed by Sesame Street for all kids and families.

Leader(s): Kayla Nalven, US Social Impact, Sesame Workshop, New York, NY

Kayla Nalven is a Content Specialist in the US Social Impact department at Sesame Workshop. In her role, Kayla manages the creation and implementation of training, professional development, and engagement experiences around Sesame Street’s US Social Impact initiatives. Through her work, Kayla aims to support the many adults in children’s lives in their use of Sesame Street content and resources to help children grow smarter, stronger and kinder. She holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.