What do we do?
The primary role of the Council of Educators is to provide public educators with quality training events on disability law issues. Each fall, we hold a conference on Section 504 and a Dyslexia Conference addressing the Texas Dyslexia law. In normal times, both of these events are held in Austin, Texas. These are informative and fun conferences, with fabulous general sessions, interesting breakout sessions, lots of time for questions and answers, and a great opportunity to network with other educators. We also provide customized virtual training events for individual campuses, school districts or systems, and state departments of education, and will resume on-site training when conditions improve.
How can we keep up during a time of social distancing?
We're working on several solutions. Go to the webinar training and distance learning page to see our plans for customized, live-stream distance learning for your staff wherever they might be. We're also building our capacity to provide in-house webinars to keep you up to speed.
And when conference time rolls around in the Fall?
The conferences will be virtual this year. If you have never attended a CESD Conference, you’ve missed a lot. Speakers are chosen from attorneys and practitioners who know their stuff (and can entertain as well as inform). This year, with the exception of two live Q&A sessions during the Fall 504 Conference and the Dyslexia Conference, all other sessions will be recorded and available to participants during a three-week window beginning on the first day of the event. As always, each speaker will be required to prepare written materials and/or a powerpoint that will be provided for all participants. So, even if you don’t see all of the sessions, you have all of the materials. Folks tell us that they utilize the materials throughout the year to help answer their questions.