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Thank you for attending our Virtual Annual State Conference in 2024 A big thank you to our board members and all the volunteers that helped moderate sessions and make this event possible. Shout out to our exhibitors for their sponsorship, and we hope you loved the information and knowledge shared by our amazing keynote and session presenters. See you in 2025 - big format changes coming your way!

2024 Keynote Speakers

greg benner
Practical Emotional and Behavioral Strategies for the Classroom

Want way less burnout, stress, frustration, and exhaustion this school year? How about more youth engagement and positive behavior in the classroom? Get ready to create the classroom environment you have always wanted. In this session, practical, battle tested, and easy to use behavior strategies for the classroom will be shared. You will be able to put power struggles in the rearview mirror and teach with joy and confidence, as you have always wanted to do. You will also learn how to differentiate behavioral supports to meet student needs. At the conclusion of the session, you will be able to: 1) Build youth social and emotional strengths; 2) boost educator wellness; 3) deepen youth engagement, voice, and leadership; 4) Create a positive and engaging classroom environment.


Dr. Gregory J. Benner is the Helen and Pat O’Sullivan Professor in the College of Education at the University of Alabama. He has a knack for grassroots collective impact—getting whole communities including families, child welfare, mental health, and schools on the same page to meet needs of the whole child. In February 2018, he received the Presidents’ Award from the Northwest Positive Behavioral Supports Network for his leadership of school improvement. He is co-founder of the Tacoma Whole Child Initiative, a comprehensive blueprint for sustainable school and community transformation.

heather pierson
<Year in Review>

Dive into the pivotal legal changes, updates, and regulations that have shaped our field over the past year. We'll cover changes impacting the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to noteworthy case law developments. This concise overview is tailored for special education professionals and school/district administrator, providing a brief understanding of the evolving legal framework impacting our school. Join us to stay informed about the latest legal trends and their implications for students, parents, educators, and institutions.

Heather R. Pierson joined Udall Shumway PLC in 2009. She is a member of the School Law section, representing the firm’s education law clients throughout the State. Prior to joining Udall Shumway, Ms. Pierson taught students with behavior disorders. Ms. Pierson primarily focuses her practice on special education and disability related matters. She routinely defends school districts and other public educational institutions in matters related to disability law matters, such as special education due process hearings, Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) complaints, Section 504 due process hearings, mediation, and special education state complaints.

2024 Sponsors

Keynote Sponsors

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I Can Do It Award Sponsors



Conference Exhibitors

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Logo for National Recruiting Consultants
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2024 Exhibitor Application

For over 30 years, AZCEC/AZCASE has provided a wonderful opportunity to exhibit your business, services, and support for special education students, teachers, principals and administrators in Arizona. Our virtual conference and after-school event allows schools from across the state to send participants regardless of distance - providing great visibility and awareness of your company.

As always, we sincerely appreciate your support of our organizations, participants and student awards!

2024 Sponsor/Exhibitor Packages

Registration Closed

Email Carrie for more information



2024 Registration

Early Bird registration rates end January 26, 2024.

Regular registration rates begin January 27, 2024.

Annual General Meeting | Feb.28 @ 6:30 PM

  • Join the AZCEC and AZCASE Annual General Board Meeting immediately after the conference. The board meeting is OPEN to all members.
  • Agenda available in February


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