Local teachers to attend confernce

ARLINGTON Va. – Deborah Smith and Paula Kelley, special education teachers at Buckhannon-Upshur High School are two of more than 5,000 special and gifted educators who will be attending the Council for Exceptional Children’s 2014 Convention & Expo (CEC 2014) in Philadelphia, April 9-12.

CEC 2014, with more than 800 professional development sessions, will bring together cutting edge topics and leading speakers in a variety of formats to provide attendees with an interactive and engaging program that addresses important topics within special and gifted education.

Kelley and Smith will be provided with new information and practical advice about such topics as bullying prevention, universal design for learning and advances in response to intervention, along with learning more about the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, and what they mean for special education in terms of literacy, mathematics, and accountability systems.

“It is our hope that our attendees will return to their districts with practical, evidence-based information they can apply as soon as they get back to work,” said CEC President Robin D. Brewer. “We’re delighted that Paula and Deborah will be able to meet, learn from and network with colleagues from all around the world at the premier professional development event of our field.”

CEC is an international community of educators who are the voice and vision of special and gifted education. CEC’s mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with exceptionalities and their families through professional excellence and advocacy. Learn more about CEC at www.cec.sped.org.