Join DEC at the CEC CASE Special Education Legislative Summit (SELS)! Plus – DEC wrap around activit


Join DEC at the CEC CASE Special Education Legislative Summit (SELS)! Plus – DEC wrap around activities! This year SELS is virtual and free to all CEC members. This means you as CEC/DEC members. Previous participants of the Special Education Summit would give it 5 stars! If you have ever wanted to attend, this is your year. Save travel funds & get awesome content!

The sessions for the SELS are spread over 2 weeks, July 13th - 24th.

Week 1 (July 13th – 17th) CEC and CASE have organized one-hour virtual training sessions to provide updated news and information about the key issues, including federal funding, teacher shortages, mental health, and special education through the pandemic. Week 2 (July 20th – 24th) will be dedicated to state groups. You will work with a delegation from your state to inform your Representatives and Senators – don't worry, CEC has social media all keyed up and ready to go! Storming the Hill may look different this year but trust us – there will be a storm!

Again, SELS IS FREE to members!

Register for the SELS here. DEC event registration will remain open but SELS Registration closes July 9th at 5 pm EST, so be sure to register soon!

If you are not currently a CEC member, your registration fee will be $100. Why not become a CEC member for $65 and go free? Better yet, become a CEC and DEC member for only $115 and have both the summit and one year of CEC and DEC for the price of $115 vs. $215! You can’t miss this deal! Plus – DEC is offering wrap around activities! FREE

Kickoff Event

Join us for the DEC Kickoff for SELS!

Friday, July 10th, 2020, 4:15 - 5:00 PM EST

Register here.

Week One Schedule

Washington Update – A Live Town Hall Event Monday, July 13th, 2020, 3:00 – 4:00 PM EST

This exciting event kicks off our Virtual SELS experience and provides a program overview of the week and your first set of tools when it comes to being an advocate. This event is included with SELS Registration.

Using Social Media Campaigns in Your State

Monday, July 13th, 2020, 4:15 - 5:00 PM EST

Join us for tips and techniques in designing and implementing your social media campaign. Register here.

Is it All About the Money? Federal Funding of Special Education Tuesday, July 14th, 2020, 3:00 - 4:00 PM EST In this overview of funding, you’ll learn not just how federal funding for special education works but also what are our “asks” in this area and what we may be expecting in this year’s appropriations. This event is included with SELS Registration.

DEC Open Mic Discussion on Legislation and Funding Tuesday, July 14th, 2020, 4:15 - 5:00 PM EST

Facilitated by DEC Policy and Advocacy Committee Members.

This is a time to ask your questions and share your thoughts about legislative and funding issues affecting early childhood. Register here.

Stemming the Tide: Addressing the Educator Shortages in Special Education Wednesday, July 15th, 2020, 3:00 - 4:00 PM EST Experts on this topic will share current information about educator shortage and the current status of the Higher Education Act, as well as what we will be asking for in this area during Virtual SELS. This event is included with SELS Registration.

DEC’s What’s Happening in Washington- An Early Childhood Update

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020, 4:15 - 5:00 PM EST

Presented by DEC’s Governmental Relations Consultant, Sharon Walsh. Register here.

Addressing the Mental Health Crisis in Our Schools Thursday, July 16th, 2020, 3:00 - 4:00 PM EST This session will provide an overview of not only the state of the mental health crisis, but also a glimpse into what educators may be facing as programs and schools reopen this fall. We will also cover what to ask for when meeting with your Congressional office. This event is included with SELS Registration.

DEC’s Open Mic Discussion on Shortages and Mental Health Thursday, July 16th, 2020, 4:15 - 5:00 PM EST

Facilitated by DEC Policy and Advocacy Committee Members.

This is a time to ask your questions and share your concerns about professional shortages and mental health issues in early childhood. Register here.

Special Education and the Pandemic

Friday, July 17th, 2020, 3:00 - 4:00 PM EST Speakers will address the current status of issues and funding related to COVID-19 and prepare you to address this topic during your virtual office visit. This event is included with SELS Registration.

DEC’s Planning for Next Week on the Hill

Friday, July 17th, 2020, 4:15 - 5:00 PM EST

Now it’s time to put our work into action and gear up for Week 2! Register here.

Week Two Schedule, July 20th - 24th

Week two will be dedicated to participants activating their advocacy skills to communicate with Members of Congress about our key issues through the means that suits each state’s delegation, i.e. through holding meetings with Members of Congress (either virtually, with their team in Washington, DC or by having a team of people visit their offices at home) and more. We will have ample social media cued up and coordinate a hashtag to amplify our message through social media both during the week and on an ongoing basis to carry our message forward.

DEC Debrief/Q&A Session

Monday, July 20th, 2020, 4:15 - 5:00 PM EST

DEC Policy and Advocacy Committee Members will be available to answer your questions and provide support as you work with in your state team. This will be a time to share what state teams are doing across the nation. Register here.

DEC Debrief/Q&A Session

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020, 4:15 - 5:00 PM EST

DEC Policy and Advocacy Committee Members will be available to answer questions and provide support as you work with in your state team. This will be a time to share what state teams are doing across the nation. Register here.

DEC Next Steps: An Introduction to the Policy and Advocacy Community of Practice

Friday, July 24th, 2020, 4:15 - 5:00 PM EST

Join us as we celebrate our work over the past two weeks and make plans to keep the work going through a Community of Practice. Register here.

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