Throughout the year, AzCEC and our partner divisions and chapters offer opportunities for learning, collaborating, networking and professional growth. Join us in being the Voice and Vision of Special Education.


August 25, 2017
8:30 - 12:30
Chandler Instructional Resource Center (IRC) 
500 W Galveston St, Chandler, AZ 85225

Register/Flyer Here 


For Special Education Directors, Coordinators, Lead Special Ed Teachers, Charter Schools, and anyone responsible for special ed programs! Learn tips from the pros to keep your special education program in compliance and out of trouble! 4 recertification hours. Sessions include:

  • Planning Your Year -"What is due, when?"
  • Attorney Update- What your staff needs to know to start the year !
  • Lucky 21: Section 504
  • Budgeting and Finance - Making the Money Work!
  • Arizona Special Education Rules - Where we are and what is new!
  • Director Panel Q & A - Ask the Experts
  • Endrew Decision and You- Attorney Update

Cost: $50
Deadline: August 21


October 20, 2017
9:00 - 3:00
Mesa Student Services Center 
1025 North Country Club Drive, Mesa, AZ 85201

Registration Coming Soon!

The goal of this one-day training is to equip participants with the knowledge of the impact of trauma on the development and behavior of children and youth and the skills to help traumatized students thrive.  One out of three children in the United States will experience at least one traumatic event by age 16.  These experiences frequently elicit a traumatic stress response, which can impact students’ learning, behavior, formation of relationships, and accomplishment of developmental tasks.  Activities in this training will help participants to integrate trauma informed practices into the school culture and provide a supportive learning environment.  This training is appropriate for school psychologists, social workers, counselors, administrators, teachers, and SpEd Directors.

Presenter: Debi Neat, M.Ed, Certified Adolescent Health Trainer; Trauma Informed Schools Trainer, Threat Management and Emergency Response Trainer, and Lead Trainer for the School Safety and Prevention Unit at the Arizona Department of Education in School Climate and Safety.

  • Define Trauma
  • Describe types of experiences likely to be traumatic for children and adolescents
  • Explain how trauma may impact student learning and behavior
  • Identify characteristics and components of trauma informed practices in a school setting

Registration includes a full day workshop, lunch, a best selling book on Trauma Informed Care and CEU's!

Cost $109


Chapter 588 - Inclusive Strategies

October 21, 2017
9:00 - 12:00
Kyrene School District Board Room

Registration Coming Soon! 

Michael Remus, a well known local and international special education expert and champion will share practical strategies for educators and administrators alike. Do not miss this chance to get the answers you need to help a child succeed. 


TECBD - Teacher Workshops $25

October 28, 2017
9:00 - 4:00
Tempe Mission Palms, Tempe, AZ 

Register for TECBD Here  

⭐️ The annual Teacher Educators for Children with Behavior Disorders (TECBD) conference is the premier educational research conference for teacher educators working with children and youth with severe behavioral disorders. TECBD began it's mission long before support for students with severe behaviors was the norm and it continues to be a leader for showcasing the very best that our field has to offer. 

Attend the whole conference October 26-28 or the Teacher Workshops ($25) on Saturday October 28, 2017 sponsored by the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD) and your local CEC/CASE/CCBD chapter.

Local experts Dr. Daniel Gulchak and Tracey Antista will be leading two of the four half-day workshops that you can choose to attend on Saturday. 


January 26, 2018
9:00 - 3:00
Metro Tech High School
1900 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85015 

Registration Coming Soon!  

The goal of this Principals Institute is to provide legal information and practical advice to help principals, building administrators charter school directors & others in their daily work with students.


Chapter 588 - Crisis De-Escalation in the Classroom

February 17, 2018
9:00 - 12:00
Phoenix Metro Area 

Registration Coming Soon! 

😡 SNAP! Trauma and crisis can happen at anytime in or out of school for students - be prepared and know how to respond. This workshop explains the different phases of crisis escalation and the appropriate adult response to de-escalate a student who is losing emotional control. Participants will practice effective de-escalation and personal safety techniques, discuss and practice how to avoid triggering a student, and learn how to talk a student through an incident that has occurred to encourage self-management skills in the future.

Presenter: Dr. Daniel Gulchak's passion is sharing the good news about bad behavior to build the capacity of educators and empower students to succeed. He specializes in school-wide systems change including Positive Behavior Interventions and Support, classroom and behavior management strategies, and leveraging technology to improve student behavior and academic achievement.


Friday, March 2, 2018
9:00 - 4:00
Black Canyon Conference Center

All the juicy details are on our Conference page. 



Annual Planning Retreat

May 5, 2018
Tucson, AZ

Come one and all (CEC members only) to collaborate with colleagues to plan events and activities for 2018/2019. Help us evaluate our Strategic Plan and continue to move forward to advance our profession. Details will follow - be a part of the solution!