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Schedule at a Glance

 cover NLC Packet 
         CEC National
Legislative Conference
The National Legislative Conference brings together dynamic speakers on wide-ranging policy issues that affect special/gifted education. 

Invited Speakers include:

  • Danielle Kovach, CEC Teacher of the Year
  • U.S. Senator Tom Harkin
  • U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski
  • U.S. Representative George Miller
  • U.S. Representative Jared Huffman
  • U.S. Representative Tim Walz
  • U.S. Representative Dave Reichert
  • Melody Musgrove, Director, Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education. (invited)
  • Monique Chism, Director, Student Achievement and Accountability, U.S. Department of Education
  • Seth Galanter, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education.
  • Numerous officials from the U.S. Congress, U.S. Department of Education
Melody Musgrove, Director, Office
of Special Education Programs,
U.S. Department of Education

Topics include:

  • Transitioning to New College & Career Ready Standards and Assessments.
  • New Teacher Evaluation Systems for Special Educators.
  • Preparing, mentoring, and supporting special educators.
  • Disparate discipline, expulsion, suspension rates of students with disabilities.
  • Expanding early learning opportunities for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
  • Increasing special education research opportunities
  • Revamping teacher preparation programs.
  • Effective advocacy strategies.

Read the full program here



U.S. Senator Tom Harkin and past CEC
President Marilyn Friend

U.S. Congressman Chris Van Hollen
visits with CEC members