Annual Conference

2017 Florida Council for Exceptional Children 

71st Annual State Conference

Ponte Vedra Beach

Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa

Call for Proposals OPEN

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Professional submission due no later than midnight on July 3, 2017.
Student, Chapter Showcases, Unit and Subdivision submissions are due September 15, 2017.

Conference Strands
Florida Council for Exceptional Children 71st Annual Conference
The Florida Council for Exceptional Children (FCEC) is pleased to extend an invitation for all interested persons to submit presentation proposals for the 71st Annual Florida CEC Conference, to be held at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa 1000 PGA Tour BLVD Ponte Vedra, FL 32082 on October 15-17, 2017. The Conference will continue the wave of exciting, collaborative efforts with school districts, universities, family organizations, and Florida Student CEC, celebrating our mutual commitment to children and youth with special needs.
Highlighted this year are five:
Focusing on Customizing Learning Opportunities Across All Educational Settings:

Strand 1: School, District and State Administrative and Personnel Issues/Culture and Instructional Support
Strand 2: Instructional and behavior strategies for Students with Exceptionalities (Including Students with Gifts and Talents)
Strand 3: Culturally, Linguistically, and Socially Diverse Students with Exceptionalities
Strand 4: Family, School and Community Partnerships
Strand 5: Transition, Self­ Determination, Self­ Advocacy, College and Career, Yes I Can Award Winners
Important Information and Dates
Your Conference Planning Team seeks Presenters willing to share their PASSION for teaching and learning. We are asking Presenters to significantly condense their often vast research, techniques, and best practices, into a DYNAMIC 20-minute talk. The Conference Planning Team will assemble teams of Presenters according to their selected strand, much like a TED talk. We ask Presenters to excite conference attendees to dive in with the core messages of their work and accomplishments, to inspire attendees to utilize your knowledge and techniques in their work as educators, and to inspire them to consider this conference as the beginning of continued communication and collaboration.

Presenter Guidelines and Requirements
1. Individuals must submit proposals FULLY online.
2. Please list only persons who have fully committed to presenting.
3. Please respect presentation times and be available when scheduled. Once the Conference schedule has been assembled, session times will not be rescheduled or negotiated.
4. All presentation rooms will include an LCD projector, screen and computer. Internet will not be provided.
5. Please note that all presenters are responsible for all registration fees and expenses and MUST register NO LATER than Sept 15, 2017.
Professional submissions due no later than midnight on May 31, 2017.
All presenters will be notified of acceptance or regrets no later than June 30, 2017. Student, Chapter Showcases, Unit and Subdivision submissions are also due September 15, 2017.
Conference Location
1000 PGA Tour Boulevard
Ponte Vedra Beach

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Information

For more information about sponsorships or exhibitors, 
please contact Kim Pavlonis at

Print and complete the Sponsorship Commitment form at the bottom of this page.


Dr. Monica Verra-TiradoBureau Chief  

FLDOE - Exceptional Education and Student Services

Monica Verra-Tirado, Ed.D, serves as Chief of the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services within the Florida Department of Education. She is responsible for Florida’s implementation and general supervision of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004), coordinating Florida’s State Performance Plan and Annual Performance Report, and managing the distribution of IDEA Part B and Part B Preschool grants. Dr. Verra-Tirado provides leadership in numerous PreK-12 statewide initiatives and oversees an array of discretionary projects. Dr. Verra-Tirado is committed to collaborative partnerships among families, school district personnel, and agency representatives to ensure that Florida’s educational programs meet the needs of ALL students. She facilitates the State Advisory Committee for the Education of Exceptional Students (SAC). Dr. Verra-Tirado looks forward to communicating with legislators, instructional leaders, agency partners, and parents. Before joining the bureau, Dr. VerraTirado gained extensive experience at the classroom, school, and district levels. Most recently she served as Director of Exceptional Student Education in the Pasco County School District.

Florida CEC,
Sep 3, 2016, 9:08 AM