Past Conferences

Paraprofessional Training Conference 2016

Supporting the Role of Paraprofessionals in the Classroom


The 2016 Paraprofessional Training Conference was held on July 7th and 8th at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR.  Additional information about the conference can be found in the Conference Flyer.

Training topics included:

  • Collaborating with Teachers and Families
  • Dealing with Problem Behaviors in the Classroom
  • Confidentiality and Ethics
  • Reading Interventions for All Learners
  • ADE Paraprofessional Training

Arkansas CEC Summer Conference 2016

June 15-16, 2016

Little Rock Embassy Suites


Conference Flyer

Schedule at a Glance

Conference Program


Pre-Conference Workshops

The Highly Engaged Classroom: Practical Strategies and Tools
Presented by: Susan Hentz
Sponsored by: SCEC

Self-Regulation: Educator and Related Service Roles
Presented by: Amy Goddard & Jeff Adams
Sponsored by: DADD

Do It Now, or Pay For It Later...You Did What?
Presented by: Sharon Streett
Sponsored by: CASE

2016 ARCEC Conference Slideshow

Arkansas CEC Fall Conference 2015

October 28, 29 & 30th

Little Rock Embassy Suites


Keynote Speakers
Conference Program

Conference Handouts & Resources

Pre-conference Workshops
It's Not About Winning or Losing, but How You Play the Game: Avoiding Power Struggles in the Classroom
Dr. Shelia Smith & Dr. Jennifer Hennessey View the flyer!
Using Video Modeling and Emerging Technologies for Students with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism
Dr. David F. Cihak --- Sponsored by AR-DADD View the flyer!

Andrea McWilliams
                      picture At the 2015 AR-CEC Conference, Andrea McWilliams was awarded the AR-CEC Distinguished Teacher in General Education Award.

This award was established to recognize and honor those exemplary teachers who work with students with disabilities in a general education setting. The nominee should be a teacher certified in general education. His or her work reflects significant educational success for students, continued professional development, and the highest standards of educational quality.

2015 ARCEC Conference Slideshow

Paraprofessional Training Conference

Defining Paraprofessional Roles in the Classroom

July 9-10, 2015

Conference Flyer
Conference Agenda


  • Positive Behavior Support and Interventions
  • Strategies for teaching students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities
  • Teaching students with Autism, Confidentiality and Ethics
  • ADE Paraprofessional Training

Paraprofessional Behavior Module [PowerPoint]


Arkansas CEC Fall Conference 2014

Renewing, Revitalizing, and Refreshing Educators


The conference was held November 12-14 at the Hot Springs Convention Center. 

Scholarship Recipients 

Dyslexia Facts, Myths and Help Presentation Slideshow

Watch Jeryca Einhorn sign the national anthem! 



Bryan Ayres, M.Ed
Director of the Technology and Curriculum Access Center at Easter Seals Arkansas

All Teachers Need a UDL Toolkit!

Universal Design for Learning, along with accommodations and assistive technology are the recommended strategies and tools recommended by PARCC for meeting the instructional and assessment needs of students with learning difficulties. In this session, participants will use a variety of tools and resources to understand the planning, instruction and assessment practices that will meet the needs of all learners. A practical approach to understanding PARCC, NCSC and standards based IEP's will also be presented. Although it's not required, participants are encouraged to BYOD (bring your own device). Please see our flyer for more information!

SCEC Preconference Flyer
Bryan Ayres Picture

Lauren Holahan, MS, OTR/L and Laurie Ray, MPT, PhD

Incorporating Movement into Classroom Instruction
DADD Pre-Conference - More Information

This session will provide a theoretical underpinning, evidence base, and ideas for movement-based learning activities in schools. Content and resources will cover strategies for use with students across grade and ability levels. Participants will engage in sample activities throughout the day and have opportunities to plan their own, additional, movement-based teaching methods using the Common Core State Standards as a guide.
Lauren Holahan Picture
Laurie Ray Picture

Sharon Street

Learn It Now, or PAY for It Later

In this session we will review laws and regulations and how they are applied in Arkansas. Topics will include IDEA identification and evaluation; the defensible IEP; substantive due process - measuring and proving progress; parental participation and parental preferences; procedural violations and their impact; disciplining IDEA, 504 and not-yet-identified students; school resource officers and juvenile court; homebound placement; and that most important topic -individual teacher and staff liability. Included will be a review of Arkansas due process hearing requests and decisions.


Greg Adams

Do We Have to Talk About It?
Grief support and death education for children

Program Coordinator, Center for Good Mourning and Bereavement—grief support and related outreach programs and staff support for grief/loss issues at Arkansas Children's Hospital

Biographical Information
Greg Adams Photograph

Charles Marshall
Real Heroes Don't Wear Spandex

*How to positively impact the lives of others without wearing a costume*

In real life, heroes aren't rock stars, movie stars, or sports figures. Real-life heroes are people who make a difference by believing in, and investing in, the lives of those around them. In this thoroughly inspiring and uplifting program, Charles publicly honors people in your group for their contributions and recognizes them as examples of what real heroes are. Learn how to engage the Power of Belief to revolutionize your organization!
Charles Marshall photograph

Carla Tantillo
Founder of Mindful Practices Yoga

Keeping It Cool:  Using Yoga and Relaxation Strategies to Help Students with Exceptionionalities Cool Down, Focus and Learn!

Presentation Handout
Carla Tantillo photograph

Jennifer (Jenny) Unrein

Cofounder of JennyLU Designs.  Jenny happens to have Williams Syndrome.  With her stepmother, Wendi Unrein, she helps educate the community about Williams Syndrome.  Jenny designs and sells her artwork, calendars, mugs, T-shirts, hats, and cards on her website at  JennyLU Designs donates to organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Children's Miracle Network, St. Jude Hospital, and Williams Sydrome Association.

Presentation Information Coming Soon!
Jenny Unrein Photograph


Enhancing Instruction Through Differentiation

2 Sessions: 1. Focus on Elementary Levels; 2. Focus on Secondary Levels
Classrooms today are similar to the old "one room schoolhouses" of the past. We are called upon to provide instruction for students at many different levels and must adapt our teaching to meet the needs of each individual. In this presentation you will be introduced to a common vocabulary for Differentiated Instruction and its components. Various examples of pre-assessments to discover a student's readiness level, learning profile and interests will be identified, along with how flexible grouping and anchor activities make differentiation manageable.

Coach Gaye Stark & Rosetta

How She Changed My Life!

Meet an ordinary coach & her former student w/exceptionalities...and see how their relationship changed their lives forever!

Dyslexia: Facts, Myths and Help

Dr. Fred Litton, Dr. Kathleen Atkins, and DeeDee Cain

Participants will gain a better understanding of the science behind identifying & providing interventions for individuals with Dyslexia. Participants will participate in activities that will give them insight into the academic life of a student with dyslexia.

Dyslexia Keynote Speakers