Leadership Institute Programming

Experience Leadership

Saturday and Sunday breakout sessions 1–3 are concurrent and repeating, in addition to the non-repeating Advocacy/Children and Youth Action Network (CAN) sessions. Download a complete schedule of events.

Saturday, July 7, 2018
Opening Session: Diversity with Intention
Presenters: Vicki R. Deal-Williams, MA, CCC-SLP, CAE is the Chief Staff Officer for Multicultural Affairs at ASHA; Arlene A. Pietranton,
PhD, CAE, is Chief Executive Officer of ASHA
Location: 2nd Floor Pre-function Area

Join a conversation between two non-profit leaders as they share actions taken, lessons learned, and organizational benefits gained from intentionally building diversity among staff, volunteer leaders and the field. Bringing our best aspirations to increasing diversity is an important step, but it does not go far enough to break old habits or create the changes and improvements that come with diversity and inclusion. Those are only realized when strategic, earnest, and deliberate steps are planned, implemented, and assessed.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has taken those steps over a period of several decades. We will learn what barriers they faced and overcame; how they hold themselves accountable; the role of cultural competence as diversity initiatives come to fruition; how financial factors enter the process; and what was done to encourage diversity within their field.

Learn more about presenters, Vicki R. Deal-Williams and Arlene A. Pietranton.

Saturday, July 7, 2018
Leadership Breakout Sessions

Session 1: Legal Briefing: Legal Issues for Your Unit or Division
Presenter: Arthur L. Herold, Esq., Partner, Webster, Chamberlain & Bean
Location: Banneker

Join CEC’s legal counsel,  Art Herold, Esq., partner with Webster, Chamberlain & Bean, for a briefing to address everything you ever wanted to know about legal requirements for your unit or division but were afraid to ask. This session is a legal primer for board leadership.

Session 2: CEC Leadership: A New Vision for the Future
Presenters: Mikki Garcia; Sharon Rodriguez
Location: Wright


During this session presenters, Mikki Garcia and Sharon Rodriguez, will provide an overview of CEC’s new governance structures. Together they will answer the following questions: How did we get here? What are our intended outcomes from leadership reform? What is different and why? What is the role of the Leadership Development Committee? and What does this mean for the units and division? Attendees will also be challenged to rethink the volunteer experience in their organizations and
consider why volunteer recruitment need to be intentional, why it is important to view volunteer recruitment and management from a human resources perspective, and why it is critical to continuouslyor at least on a regular basisevaluate your organization’s volunteer engagement practices.

Session 3: Growing Membership and Managing Data
Presenters: Bryan Reynolds; Darenda Downing; Judy Harrison
Location: Bell


Membership growth and retention benefits CEC, units, divisions, and the field of special education. This interactive session will take the guess work out of member data and focus on practical ways to acquire new members; retain existing members; market your unit or division and events; use your own data; and how to make effective use of CEC’s member and customer data.

Non-repeating Advocacy/CAN Session | 10:30–11:45 a.m.: Education Priorities of the U.S. Congress and the Administration: Implications for Policy and Advocacy
Presenter: Deb Ziegler
Location: Edison F

In this wide-ranging session, CEC’s Policy and Advocacy Director will present education policies currently under discussion in Washington, D.C., review the recent changes to education policy supported by the Administration and Congress and examine their impact on children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. Issues to be discussed include federal appropriations, private school vouchers, Medicaid and health care reform, recent supreme court decisions, regulatory reform, Office for Civil Rights guidance, IDEA, ESRA and HEA reauthorization, school safety, and the midterm elections to name a few.

Non-repeating Advocacy/CAN Session | 1:15–2:30 p.m.: Public Relations & Social Media to Support Your Advocacy
Presenter: Annie Baldauf
Location: Edison F

Stimulating your public relations activities and engaging with the media can be an overwhelming task. Learn how to develop, write, and distribute a press release. Not only will you learn about the basic structure  and distribution of a press release in this session, you will also learn how to leverage social media to enhance your public relation activities. 

Non-Repeating Advocacy/CAN Session | 2:45–4:00 p.m.: Building Unit & Division Capacity for Policy and Advocacy
Presenter: Kim Sopko and Sharon Walsh
Location: Edison F

CEC’s Division on Early Childhood (DEC) has developed the power to motivate non-political stakeholders to political and legislative action and to pave the way to the improvement of systems-level issues including the funding, implementation, and accessibility of services in EI/ECSE. DEC has the tools to teach their members about policy, create dialogue with policymakers, and energize a network of members around the globe. Join DEC policy and advocacy leaders to learn about the new DEC Policy and Advocacy Council.

Sunday, July 8, 2018
Leadership Breakout Sessions

Session 1: Planning PD: Tools Developing Successful Programs
Presenters: Jennifer Bullock; Jennifer Lesh
Location: Banneker


During this session, presenters will share the results of CEC’s recent comprehensive professional development needs assessment to better understand what and how practitioners in the field of Special Education want to learn. Additionally, trends in association professional development offerings will be discussed to help participants more strategically plan, develop and implement successful professional development programs at the division and unit level.

Session 2: Maintaining Unit and Division Microsites
Presenters: Annie Baldauf
Location: Bell

Learn how to master the Higher Logic microsite content management system (CMS). Stop there, what’s a CMS? During this session you will learn how to maximize and maintain your unit or division’s microsite—learn how to create a streamlined homepage, gain best practices for site navigation, and go back to the basics and get the knowledge you need for simply building or updating a webpage.

Session 3: Assurance Forms and Tax Obligations for U.S. Units and All Divisions
Presenters: Craig Evans; Bryan Reynolds
Location: Wright


During this session, presenters will share essential information that will help your unit or division run smoothly. Topics that will discussed include: assurance form requirements and deadlines for submission; dues collections and distribution process; review of unit and division structure, 
maintaining 501(c)(3) status, documentation, insurance, and annual audit; and a Form 990 review and filing requirements.

Non-repeating Advocacy/CAN Session | 8:30–9:45 a.m.: You’re a New CAN Coordinator, Now What?
Presenter: Deb Ziegler
Location: Edison F

This session will assist new CEC CAN Coordinators to understand their role and responsibilities as CEC’s premiere grassroots advocates and provide techniques for establishing, building, organizing, and maintaining a successful grassroots network. Learn how coalition partnerships can further your advocacy goals, the latest techniques to develop and build positive relationships with elected officials and their staff, and hone your understanding of the legislative and appropriations processes.

Non-repeating Advocacy/CAN Session | 10:00–11:15 a.m.: Grassroots Advocacy Town Hall
Presenter: Paul Zinni
Location: Edison F

CEC is seeking member input to help inform the implementation of its strategic plan regarding how the association can engage individuals in advocacy at the local, state, and national level. Through this town hall the following questions will be addressed:

  1. Why are special education professionals not more involved in advocacy?
  2. What role could an advocacy network like CEC’s CAN play in the future?
  3. What effect does the fact that CEC encompasses distinct stakeholders (higher education, administrators, teachers, teacher candidates, researchers) on its grassroots advocacy?

CEC wants to hear from you. Join the conversation!

Read complete biographies of session presenters.