Highlights from the CEC 2013 Convention & Expo

More than 4,000 special and gifted educators joined us in San Antonio to take part in more than 1,000 educational sessions and nearly 200 business and social events, a buzzing Expo Hall and invaluable networking opportunities.

Activist and actress Amy Brenneman kicked off the Convention with the Opening General Session keynote. Brenneman thanked educators for their hard work and making a difference in the lives of students with disabilities. Her first-hand experience as a parent provided educators with insight and encouragement and a little humor to continue their great work. Her final thoughts: "Sometimes the problem is just puberty!"

CEC celebrated the accomplishments of our 2013 Professional, Student and Yes I Can! Award recipients. The Yes I Can! Awards ceremony brought both laughter and tears to a packed house of attendees through the remarkable accomplishments and inspiring spirits of our award recipients.

CEC Teachers of the Year from around the world were honored at the Teacher of the Year Brunch. CEC's Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year shared an emotional keynote about her journey into special education.

New this year, attendees could get their photos taken for the cover of Teaching Exceptional Children (for free!) in the Membership area of CEC Central.

Blogger John from Reality 101, CEC's blog for new teachers, recaps his first trip to the CEC Convention & Expo. Read more.