Diversity Professional Development

CEC initiates several professional development activities, working with both special and general educators, to advance knowledge of best practices for students with exceptionalities from diverse cultures and ensure they are implemented in classrooms across the nation and world. These activities include:



CEC Annual Convention & Expo
CEC's Annual Convention & Expo presents research as well as instructional strategies on educating students with exceptionalities from diverse backgrounds. One of the convention's most popular learning opportunities is the strand on multicultural education. Here, educators can attend several sessions related to a particular aspect of multicultural education. The CEC Convention & Expo also features the Multicultural Summit. Led by a prominent speaker in the field, the Summit focuses on the most compelling issues in educating students from diverse cultures today. Plus, the convention presents numerous general sessions on multicultural education.

Publications and Resources
CEC's publications, including books, videos, journals, digests, and newsletter, give educators an extensive array of resources from which to learn about multicultural education. Topics include assessing diverse students, over-representation, teaching English Language Learners with learning difficulties, multicultural gifted education, and more.

The Division for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners (DDEL)
DDEL advances educational opportunities for culturally and linguistically diverse learners with disabilities and/or gifts and talents, their families, and the professionals who serve them. It is the only professional organization dedicated exclusively to the concerns of culturally and linguistically diverse exceptional learners.

The Division of International Special Education and Services (DISES)
DISES focuses on special education programs and services in other countries. DISES promotes international communication, cooperation, and progress in education and services for children and youth who have disabilities and/or are gifted and talented -- across all age groups, from infancy through adulthood.